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Business
3:58 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Brands Target Tween Girls In Bid To Keep Them As Longtime Customers

In a video posted to YouTube last year by the women's health company HelloFlo, a preteen girl fakes her period and faces unexpected, and embarrassing, repercussions from her mother.
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Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 7:06 am

Quick — name one awkward thing you could talk about with a 12-year-old girl. How about menstruation?

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Middle East
3:58 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Saudi Arabia, Supporters Brave Varied Geopolitical Forces In Yemen

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:16 pm

NPR's Melissa Block interviews Simon Henderson with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy about the wider impact of the conflict in Yemen. Saudi Arabia, along with support from several nations including the United States, has been conducting airstrikes in Yemen targeting Houthi rebels.

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Politics
3:26 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

U.S. Intervention In The Caribbean Comes On China's Heels

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:16 pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Margaret Myers, director of the China and Latin America program at the Inter-American Dialogue, about China's involvement in the Caribbean. Over the past few years, the Chinese have financed infrastructure projects like new roads and cricket stadiums.

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World
3:23 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Despite Optimism, Many Cubans Still Wish To Leave, Secret Poll Finds

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:16 pm

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Law
3:23 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Charleston NAACP President Calls For Police Department Reforms

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:16 pm

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Shots - Health News
4:42 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Sushi Science: A 3-D View Of The Body's Wasabi Receptor

The same nerve receptor that responds to the green paste on your sushi plate is activated by car exhaust, the smoke of a wildfire, tear gas and other chemical irritants.
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Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 5:33 pm

Researchers have discovered the exact structure of the receptor that makes our sensory nerves tingle when we eat sushi garnished with wasabi. And because the "wasabi receptor" is also involved in pain perception, knowing its shape should help pharmaceutical companies develop new drugs to fight pain.

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The Two-Way
4:41 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Icy Traffic Jam On Lake Superior Has 18 Ships Stuck

United States Coast Guard ships break up ice in eastern Lake Superior on Tuesday.
Kenneth Armstrong Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 2:08 pm

Huge ice chunks stacked some 8 feet deep on Lake Superior have left 18 freighters stuck. The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards have gotten involved, sending Canadian icebreakers and American vessels to help the ships break free from Whitefish Bay.

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Shots - Health News
3:49 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Link Between Heart Disease And Height Hidden In Our Genes

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 9:53 am

Shorter people are more likely than taller folks to have clogged heart arteries, and a new study says part of the reason lies in the genes.

Doctors have known since the 1950s about the link between short stature and coronary artery disease, "but the reason behind this really hasn't been completely clear," says Nilesh Samani, a cardiologist at the University of Leicester in the U.K.

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U.S.
3:32 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Homeless Families Wait Longer For Shelter Under Seattle's System

Homeless families outside a downtown Seattle shelter.
John Ryan KUOW

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 4:23 pm

If you have an emergency, you dial 911. If you find yourself in need of emergency food or shelter, you can dial 211 — but help might not come very soon.

On a busy morning at Seattle's Crisis Clinic, specially trained operators such as Alex Williams, handle a flood of 211 calls.

"We do try to stress that, unfortunately, because the need is so great, it isn't likely to be immediate, and it could be months, even, before they are placed in a shelter," Williams says. "It can be frustrating and difficult to deliver that message."

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Fine Art
3:28 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Father Of Modern Iranian Sculpture Gets First U.S. Show In Nearly 40 Years

Artist Parviz Tanavoli with his sculpture Big Heech Lovers.
John Gordon Courtesy of Parviz Tanavoli

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 4:56 pm

With his head of silver hair and stylish black blazer, Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli looks younger than his 77 years. He's been called the father of modern Iranian sculpture, but he hasn't had a major museum show in the U.S. in almost four decades. Now, Wellesley College's Davis Museum is giving viewers a chance to see 175 of Tanavoli's sculptures and drawings.

While leading a tour of the Massachusetts school's gallery, Tanavoli stops in front of his curvaceous sculptures known as "Heeches."

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Asia
2:15 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Sidewalk Touts Trade Tips On Shanghai's Booming Bull Market

Money is pouring into the stock market, but most new investors only have a middle-school education, says Texas A&M University economist Gan Li.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 7:50 am

On weekend afternoons, large crowds descend on a pair of street corners across from People's Square in downtown Shanghai to trade stock tips. Shen Yuxi has set up a homemade desk with two laptops, a big flat screen and offers insights like this:

"When a Communist Party chairman takes office, I buy stock in companies from his hometown," Shen tells a crowd of about 20 people that spills out over the sidewalk.

Recently, Shen has been buying up companies in Shaanxi, the home province of Xi Jinping, who serves as general secretary of China's Communist Party.

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Business
2:13 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Shell's Big Deal Could Shift Global Landscape Of Gas Business

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 4:23 pm

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Law
2:13 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Convictions Come Down For Boston Marathon Bomber; Death Penalty Still Possible

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 4:23 pm

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4:48 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Stan Freberg, Advertising Satirist, Dies at 88

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 7:07 pm

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All Tech Considered
4:25 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

The Risky Boom In Carefree Social Payment Apps

Apps like Venmo promise easy, carefree money transfers between friends.
Noah Nelson Youth Radio

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 5:54 pm

The other morning, I asked my friend Amanda Mae Meyncke, a writer here in Los Angeles, to explain an app to me.

I used my debit card to pay for our order of coffee and toast, and then got her to pay me back with this app she uses, Venmo.

It's what's known as a peer-to-peer finance app, which is Silicon Valley's way of saying that it lets people pay each other without handling cash or swiping cards. People like to use it to split bills.

To get started, she opened up the app.

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Technology
3:08 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Airbnb Anticipates Tourism Boost With Launch In Cuba

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 4:21 pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Ted Henken, professor of Latin American studies at Baruch College, CUNY, about Airbnb's entry into Cuba. Henken sees it as a brilliant move by the company, one that benefits both the U.S. and Cuba.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Rand Paul Hopes To Court Young, Libertarian Vote In Presidential Bid

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 8:45 pm

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For more on Rand Paul's candidacy, joining us now is NPR political editor Domenico Montanaro. Welcome to the studio.

DOMENICO MONTANARO, BYLINE: Thank you very much for having me.

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Shots - Health News
2:58 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Many Obamacare Policyholders Face Tax Surprises This Year

Depending on the amount taken in subsidies, or changes in reported income and family status, some Obamacare policyholders this year will get a bigger refund than expected and others will owe more in taxes.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 5:54 pm

The old saying goes, "Nothing is certain except death and taxes." But the Affordable Care Act has added a new wrinkle.

For many policyholders, the ACA has introduced a good deal of uncertainty about their tax bills. That has led to surprise refunds for some and higher-than-expected tax payments for others.

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U.S.
4:24 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Burden Of Proof Hurt State In N.J.-Exxon Settlement, Some Say

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 8:07 am

State officials released the details of New Jersey's proposed $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil on Monday, giving us a closer look at one of the largest environmental settlements in the state's history.

Environmentalists complain the company is getting off easy after polluting wetlands for many decades. The settlement focuses on two of Exxon's former refineries, Bayonne and Linden, in northern New Jersey.

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U.S.
4:07 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Report Shreds 'Rolling Stone' Rape Story, But Many On Campus Have Moved On

An independent review of a Rolling Stone article about an alleged rape at the University of Virginia found fundamental errors in the way the story was reported and edited. University President Teresa Sullivan said the story had damaged campus efforts to address sexual assault.
Zach Gibson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 11:49 am

A report released Sunday about a Rolling Stone magazine story detailing an alleged rape at the University of Virginia is one more chapter in a long, troubling story for the campus.

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Sports
3:34 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Dodgers Eye World Series, Cubs Optimistic On Baseball's Opening Day

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 5:48 pm

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Environment
3:34 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

NASA Battles Rising Sea Levels To Protect Kennedy Space Center

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 5:48 pm

Sea level rise is beginning to affect the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A protective dune not too far from the launchpads has collapsed and waves have washed over railroad tracks built in the 1960s. Now NASA is taking steps to protect its launch infrastructure.

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Politics
3:34 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Framework Deal Raises Questions About Inspection Of Iranian Nuclear Sites

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 5:48 pm

NPR's Melissa Block interviews David Albright, a former nuclear inspector and founder of the Institute for Science and International Security, about what needs to be in a final agreement on Iran's nuclear program and how inspections would work.

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Book Reviews
2:36 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Book Review: Jo Nesbo, 'Blood On Snow'

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 5:48 pm

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Law
2:36 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

In Closing Argument, Prosecutor Says Tsarnaev Wanted To 'Punish America'

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 5:48 pm

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Law
2:36 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Police Officers Debate Effectiveness Of Anti-Bias Training

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 5:48 pm

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Media
7:12 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

'Rolling Stone' Report Reveals 'Systemic Failing' Behind Campus Rape Story

Originally published on Sun April 5, 2015 7:23 pm

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U.S.
5:17 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Utah Brings Back Firing Squad Executions; Witnesses Recall The Last One

The firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah, is shown in June 2010.
Trent Nelson AP

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 12:46 pm

Last month, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill bringing back the firing squad as a method of execution. The state abandoned firing squads in 2004 but now, it has returned as the backup option — partly because of a shortage of lethal injection drugs, the state's default execution method.

Utah is now the only state in the U.S. that authorizes execution by firing squad.

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Environment
4:28 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Will Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water Help Drought-Hit California?

Joshua Haggmark, Santa Barbara's water resources manager, is in charge of getting the city's desalination plant back online.
Becky Sullivan

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 3:42 am

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown made water conservation mandatory in the drought-stricken state of California. "As Californians, we have to pull together and save water in every way we can," he said.

But if the four-year drought continues, conservation alone — at least what's required by the governor's plan — won't fix the problem.

Across California, communities are examining all options to avoid running out of water. Some, like the coastal city of Santa Barbara, are looking to the past for inspiration.

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Sports
3:13 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Strongwoman Shoulders The Weight Of A Male-Dominated Sport

Twenty-two-year-old Strongman competitor Brittany Diamond can carry more than twice her body weight and lifts cars for fun.
Courtesy of Brittany Diamond

Originally published on Sun April 5, 2015 7:12 pm

It's just two days before the 2015 Arnold Strongman Classic, an international competition for strongmen and strongwomen in Columbus, Ohio, and Brittany Diamond is worried.

As a relative newcomer to the sport, the 22-year-old from Boston has never even seen the 100-pound dumbbell she'll soon be asked to lift and press with just one arm.

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