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12:43 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

600 Police Gunshots In 2014 Bank Robbery Chase Deemed 'Excessive'

Investigators examine the scene of the police pursuit's conclusion in Stockton, Calif., on July 17, 2014.
Max Whittaker Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 2:08 pm

Police officers fired more than 600 rounds during an hourlong chase of three armed suspects in a bank robbery last year in Stockton, Calif. — which an independent review has concluded was "excessive and unnecessary."

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Music Reviews
12:33 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

'The Thompson Fields' Mixes Prairie Dreaming With A Big-Band Beat

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Parallels
12:28 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

The World's Most Trafficked Mammal Is One You May Never Have Heard Of

A pangolin is released into the wild by officials at a conservation forest in Indonesia in 2013. The animal was among 128 pangolins confiscated by customs officers from a smuggler's boat off Sumatra.
Jefri Tarigan AP

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 5:06 pm

Lisa Hywood remembers the first time she ever set eyes on a pangolin. It was in 1994, and she had just founded the Tikki Hywood Trust, a wildlife conservation sanctuary in Zimbabwe. One morning, someone dropped off a strange-looking, injured creature that had been confiscated from an illegal trader.

"This animal arrived in a sack and smelling something horrendous," she recalls. "And I looked at this animal and I thought it's like no other mammal that I've ever encountered."

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Movies
12:25 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Documentary Revisits The 'Dazzling' Polemics Of The Buckley-Vidal Debates

William F. Buckley (left) and Gore Vidal square off on Nov. 5, 1968.
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After the Republicans held their lively first debate, you heard people saying what they always say nowadays — that our media-driven political discourse has become shallow and petty, even clownish. Hearing this, an innocent young person might believe that, not so long ago, America was a latter-day Athens in which political arguments were magnificent in their purity and eloquence.

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Movie Interviews
12:25 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Lily Tomlin At 75: The Actress Discusses Great Roles, Old Cars And Coming Out

Actress Lily Tomlin (second from right) poses with wife writer Jane Wagner (second from left) and friends Elaine Barbour (left) and Vivian Schneider before the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington.
Mike Theiler Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 5:47 am

The star of the film Grandma and the Netflix series Grace and Frankie married her partner of 42 years, Jane Wagner, in 2013. She spoke with Fresh Air about being more open about her sexuality.

"I've been out for ... 10 or 11 or 12 years or something. I mean, finally somebody printed it. ... [If asked about her sexuality during a 1989 interview with Terry Gross] I probably would have said something like, um ... 'yes, I am.' I couldn't have lied — it would have been too diminishing to lie."

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The Two-Way
11:45 am
Tue August 18, 2015

3 Things You Should Know About Birthright Citizenship

A map showing countries that grant birthright citizenship to children born to illegal immigrants.
Center for Immigration Studies

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 12:55 pm

Every few years, the common law concept of jus soli -- or birthright citizenship — comes back into the news.

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Shots - Health News
10:51 am
Tue August 18, 2015

High Cost Of Diabetes Drugs Often Goes Overlooked

After the blood sugar check, it may be time for a diabetes medicine whose price has jumped.
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When it comes to treating chronic conditions, diabetes drugs aren't nearly as sexy as say, Sovaldi, last year's breakthrough hepatitis C drug that offers a cure for the chronic liver infection at a price approaching six figures.

Yet an estimated 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes — about 10 times the number of people with hepatitis C — and many of them will take diabetes drugs for the rest of their lives. Cost increases for both old and new drugs are forcing many to scramble to pay for them.

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The Two-Way
10:33 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Accusations Of Game-Throwing Rile Little League Softball World Series

There's trouble afoot this week at the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore.
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Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 4:19 pm

A scandal rocked the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore., this week when a team from Snohomish, Wash., allegedly threw a game to prevent an Iowa team from advancing to the semifinals.

The Central Iowa All-Stars won their most recent game against Canada 7-0 and finished pool play with a 3-1 record. To advance to the semifinals, however, they needed the Snohomish team, US West, to win or score at least three runs against a team that Central Iowa had already defeated.

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Monkey See
9:23 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Television 2015: With 25 Ways To Watch TV, Does The House Always Win?

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Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 11:45 am

This is one in a series of essays running this week and next about the state of television in 2015. The series is based on developments at the recent Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., where broadcast and cable networks, along with streaming services like Netflix, presented new and existing shows to TV critics and reporters.

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NPR History Dept.
9:03 am
Tue August 18, 2015

4 Foods Americans Don't Eat Much Anymore

American eel. Anguilla rostrata.
NOAA Flickr

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 10:18 am

Strange, isn't it, we remark to Sandra L. Oliver — founder and editor of Food History News — that Americans in the 19th century ate foods such as robins and calf's foot jelly and boiled eels.

She cautions against criticism of previous generations or other cultures. "You are safer not talking 'strange' but rather, perhaps, neglected or abandoned eating habits," she says. "That would include almost any offal — that is, livers, spleen, kidneys, heart, brains, sweetbreads, et cetera."

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Goats and Soda
8:40 am
Tue August 18, 2015

The Underage Girls Of Mexico's Sex Trade: Hope Amid The Horror

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 12:55 pm

The report that ISIS is forcing girls as young as 12 to become sex slaves is part of a larger issue. In the world today, an estimated 2 million underage girls work in the sex trade.

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Book Reviews
8:03 am
Tue August 18, 2015

'Dark, Dark' Doings In A Slick Debut Thriller

Ariel Zambelich NPR

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 9:21 am

I am slightly embarrassed to admit I had never before encountered the term "hen party" before reading Ruth Ware's suspenseful debut novel In a Dark, Dark Wood. Like so many phrases that describe all-female gatherings, such as quilting bee or kaffeeklatsch, that hen business has a slight cluck of the patronizing to it. That one of the main characters here is nicknamed "Flopsy" doesn't help things along any.

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The Two-Way
6:32 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Indonesian Officials Find No Survivors In Wreckage Of Downed Plane

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 10:27 am

Indonesian rescue crews have found the wreckage of a Trigana Air Service twin-turboprop that was carrying 54 passengers and crew when it crashed in Papua province over the weekend.

The crews found no survivors, but they did recover the plane's black boxes, which could provide a clue as to why the aircraft crashed en route from the provincial capital of Jayapura to the city of Oksibil, some 175 miles south.

Agence France-Presse reports:

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Around the Nation
5:44 am
Tue August 18, 2015

College Student Opts For Solar-Powered House Over Dorm Room

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 6:14 am

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It's All Politics
5:03 am
Tue August 18, 2015

'Spice' It Up! Trump Factor Takes Toll On 'Blanded' Walker

Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the Iowa State Fair, where he encountered protesters over his record in Wisconsin.
Charlie Neibergall AP

No Republican presidential hopeful this year has more riding on Iowa than Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

After leading in polls in Iowa most of the year, Walker is suddenly slumping. And he might have Donald Trump to blame.

It's not necessarily that the support Walker had earlier in the summer, when he was the clear front-runner in Iowa polls, has gone to the real estate mogul. Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz have seen something of a surge since the first presidential debate.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Social Satire, Spiked With Schadenfreude In 'Everybody Rise'

Courtesy of St. Martin's Press

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 8:03 am

New York Times reporter Stephanie Clifford's ambitious debut novel, Everybody Rise, about a young social climber desperately trying to claw her way to the top of New York's Old Money society, takes its title from the last lines of Stephen Sondheim's bitter toast of a song, "The Ladies Who Lunch." But its inspiration (like that of Sophie McManus' The Unfortunates, another much buzzed first novel this summer) springs from Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth.

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Around the Nation
5:01 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Police Dashboard Camera Records Officer Helping Woman In Labor

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 6:14 am

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The Two-Way
4:56 am
Tue August 18, 2015

A Second Explosion Hits Bangkok, As Police Track Down Suspect In First Blast

Investigations continue at the Erawan Shrine the morning after an explosion in Bangkok. Thailand's prime minister promised on Tuesday that authorities would quickly track down those responsible for the bombing.
Mark Baker AP

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 8:35 am

As police searched for a man they believe is responsible for a blast that killed at least 20 people and injured 140 others on Monday, a second explosion hit Bangkok on Tuesday.

The second explosion was not deadly. According to the Bangkok Post, someone threw a pipe bomb off a bridge. The bomb hit a pillar and detonated, "sending up a large plume of water."

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NPR Story
3:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Firefighters' Families Demand Answers About Tianjin Chemical Explosion

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 6:14 am

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NPR Story
3:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

NRLB Rules Northwestern Football Players May Not Unionize

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 12:38 pm

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NPR Story
3:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

For The First Time, Female Soldiers To Graduate From Army's Ranger School

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 3:50 pm

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NPR Story
3:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

U.S. Steel To End Operations At Alabama's Fairfield Works Mill

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 6:14 am

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NPR Story
3:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Greek Islanders Struggle To Aid Refugees Without Losing Tourists

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 4:44 pm

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Politics
3:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Feeling Momentum, Carly Fiorina Visits The Iowa State Fair

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina poses for a photo in front of the Butter Cow while touring the Iowa State Fair on Monday in Des Moines.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 11:42 am

Republican Carly Fiorina failed to qualify for the main stage at the first GOP presidential debate on Aug. 6 in Cleveland. But recent polls suggest she got a boost from her standout performance in a smaller forum for candidates who were polling at the bottom of the field.

In her bid for the presidency, Fiorina is positioning herself as a conservative alternative to Democrat Hillary Clinton. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO is the only woman in the GOP race, and she has repeatedly criticized Clinton on the campaign trail.

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Shots - Health News
3:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Medicare Says Doctors Should Get Paid To Discuss End-Of-Life Issues

Jo Ann Farwell, a retired social worker, has a brain tumor; she wanted to make sure her sons were clear about her end-of-life wishes. So, after talking with her doctor, she filled out a form that Oregon provides to ease those family conversations.
Alan Sylvestre Kristian Foden-Vencil/Oregon Public Broadcasting

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 12:05 pm

Remember so-called death panels?

When Congress debated the Affordable Care Act in 2009, the legislation included a provision that would have allowed Medicare to reimburse doctors when they meet with patients to talk about end-of-life care.

But then Sarah Palin loudly argued that such payments would lead to care being withheld from the elderly and disabled.

Her assertions greatly distressed Dr. Pamelyn Close, a palliative care specialist in Los Angeles.

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Fine Art
3:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Durand-Ruel: The Art Dealer Who Liked Impressionists Before They Were Cool

Paul Durand-Ruel, shown above in his gallery in 1910, acquired some 5,000 impressionist works — long before others were buying them.
Dornac Durand-Ruel & Cie/Courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 7:33 am

It might seem unusual for an exhibit to focus on a man who sold paintings rather than the artists who painted them. But there was one particular 19th century Paris art dealer who shaped the art market of his day — and ours — by discovering artists who became world-wide favorites. He's now the subject of a major exhibition in Philadelphia.

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The Two-Way
6:37 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

For The First Time, Women Will Graduate From Army's Rigorous Ranger School

A woman participates in the final phase of U.S. Army Ranger training, taking place in the hot humid swamps of the Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., earlier this year. For the first time, two women completed the training, the military announced Monday.
Scott Brooks MAI/Landov

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 7:06 pm

Two women have completed the Army's tough Ranger School, officials say. Both are in their 20s and are lieutenants.

NPR's Tom Bowman reports that the women, whose names haven't been released, attended West Point and will graduate with the rest of their Ranger class on Friday.

The Pentagon has not decided whether they will be approved for ground combat.

"They'll now wear the Ranger tab on their uniforms," Tom says. "A coveted award among infantry soldiers."

Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh congratulated all the new Rangers in a press release:

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The Salt
4:41 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Were Carbs A Brain Food For Our Ancient Ancestors?

A group of British researchers has a hunch that once ancient humans learned to cook, starchy foods like root vegetables or grasses could have given them a calorie bump that fueled the evolution of the human brain.
Scott Sherrill-Mix/Flickr

Carbohydrates are a rich source of energy. That's exactly why some of us may feel a bit conflicted about them, since several recent studies and diets have suggested we should cut them to lose weight. (The latest study concluded that total calories matter most if you want to shed pounds.)

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The Two-Way
3:41 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

U.S. Army Soldiers Mobilized To Help Suppress Wildfires For First Time Since 2006

Western firefighters will be getting help from the U.S. Army for the first time in nine years. Which fire the soldiers will fight has not been announced. In this photo, Sonoma Valley Firefighters put out a hot spot from the Rocky Fire near Clearlake, Calif., earlier this month.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 4:35 pm

The Army is deploying 200 soldiers to help fight wildfires that are burning through about 1.1 million acres across the Western United States. That's according to a press release from the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

"It's been nine years since wildfire was so widespread all at once that active military troops joined firefighters battling blazes," NPR's Howard Berkes reports. "Four military C-130 cargo planes are also in use as air tankers."

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Space
3:38 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

U.S. Grants Patent For Free-Standing Space Elevator Tower

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 5:48 pm

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Now to space, and we'll take the elevator. The U.S. Patent Office has granted a patent for a freestanding space elevator tower. The idea of a space elevator has long captured the imaginations of writers, from Arthur C. Clarke to Roald Dahl.

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