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Health
2:23 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Big Data Not A Cure-All In Medicine

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 4:31 pm

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Environment
6:54 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

A Shadow Economy Lurks In An Electronics Graveyard

Kwesi Bido, 14, (right) stops to fix 13-year-old Inusa Mohammed's flip flop. Both spend evenings and weekends searching for scrap at Agbogbloshie, an electronic waste dump in Accra, Ghana.
Courtesy of Yepoka Yeebo

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 1:51 pm

The average American produces an estimated 66 pounds of electronic waste every year. You can't compost it; it's gotta go somewhere.

Often, in violation of the law, that means a dump in the developing world — like the region of Agbogbloshie in the West African nation Ghana.

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Author Interviews
4:42 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

How 'Star Wars' Helped Patton Oswalt Beat His Movie Addiction

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 7:37 pm

Before he made it big in Holloywood, actor, writer and comedian Patton Oswalt was a junkie — addicted to movies, as he explains in a new memoir, Silver Screen Fiend.

The word addiction gets thrown around a lot, but Oswalt tells NPR's Arun Rath that his relationship to movies was downright pathological.

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Remembrances
3:45 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

ESPN Sportscaster Stuart Scott Dies At 49

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 6:55 pm

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It's been an exciting weekend in the NFL Playoffs, but there was a sadness pervading ESPN's broadcast today. Treasured colleague Stuart Scott died this morning after a long battle with cancer.

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Opinion
3:45 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

In This New Year, Is It Time To Nix The Thank-You Letter?

Peter Ormerod argues that parents shouldn't force their children to write thank-you cards — it's an exercise in insincerity, he says, and there are better ways to promote gratitude.
Diego Cervo iStockphoto

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 8:09 pm

Now that the holidays are over, another season has arrived. It's time for children to put pen to paper and scratch out thank you letters — all under the watchful eye of their parents.

In a recent piece for The Guardian, Peter Ormerod argues that it's time to do away with that ritual. He writes that thank you letters "represent arguably the first instance in our lives when insincerity is officially sanctioned, which is particularly sad given that the best thing about children is their honesty."

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Starting Over
3:06 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

She Left The Nightlife Behind To Become A Life Coach

Mira Johnson took an unusual route on her journey to becoming a life coach.
Courtesy of Mira Johnson

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 1:45 pm

This is part of a series of stories about starting over, profiling people who, by choice or circumstance, reinvented or transformed themselves.

At just 32, Mira Johnson has made a lot of changes — some drastic. Her choices took her to low points, but also to where she is now: coaching others to make changes themselves.

Perhaps the best place to start her story is with a little-known saying about Portland, Ore.

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The Salt
5:01 pm
Sat January 3, 2015

Marketers Turn To Memories Of Sweeter Times To Sell Cereal

General Mills is bringing back the popular '90s cereal in a nod to nostalgia and in the hopes of boosting its weak cereal sales.
General Mills AP

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 8:54 am

The taste of foods from our childhood can trigger intense emotional reactions. It's a fact well known to students of French literature and marketing executives.

And it's changing the make-up of the cereal aisle. Thanks to the power of food nostalgia, General Mills is bringing back the sugary cereal French Toast Crunch.

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My Big Break
3:57 pm
Sat January 3, 2015

Trading Pom-Poms For Field Boots: Mireya Mayor's Big Break

During a wildlife survey in Madagascar, Mayor discovered a new species of mouse lemur. "[It] weighs less than two ounces, fits in the palm of your hands," she says.
Mark Thiessen Courtesy of Mireya Mayor

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 8:54 am

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Mireya Mayor's life plays out like an adventure film.

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Movie Reviews
3:19 pm
Sat January 3, 2015

'Leviathan' A Dark Social Satire Of Russian Society

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 7:12 pm

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Around the Nation
3:19 pm
Sat January 3, 2015

In Preventing Trans Suicides, 'We Have Such A Long Way To Go'

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 12:03 pm

The death of transgender 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn has started a national conversation about the issues faced by trans youth.

Alcorn left behind a suicide note referencing her parents' refusal to accept her identity, saying, "The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren't treated the way I was, they're treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights."

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Interviews
3:19 pm
Sat January 3, 2015

Landing On Your Feet After Falling Through The 'Opportunity Gap'

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 8:54 am

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Music News
4:00 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Wilko Johnson Set Out To Make One Final Album, But It Didn't Work Out That Way

Wilko Johnson (left) and Roger Daltrey play a benefit for Pancreatic Cancer UK in London.
David M. Benett Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 4:23 pm

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Middle East
2:51 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

After Uprising, A Struggle To Restore Tunisia's Ancient Emblems

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 4:23 pm

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Latin America
2:51 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Why Are Fewer Mexicans Crossing The U.S. Border?

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 4:23 pm

More non-Mexicans were apprehended at the southern border than Mexicans in 2014 and apprehensions of Mexicans have fallen to a historic low. Lourdes Garcia-Navarro talks with Jeff Passel of the Pew Research Center.

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Europe
2:51 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Migrants On Cargo Ships Often Know Crew Will Abandon It

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 4:23 pm

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The Two-Way
6:40 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo Dead At 82

New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, appearing on a live call-in radio show in New York, Nov. 14, 1991, said he wouldn't be able to make a decision on his presidential candidacy until he had solved problems with the state budget. The standoff with the Legislature ultimately ran beyond the New Hampshire primary, preventing Cuomo from launching a bid.
Ron Frehm AP

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 11:41 am

Mario Cuomo, who served as governor of New York from 1983 to 1994 and passed on running for president in 1988 and 1992 despite intense pressure from the Democratic Party, died today at the age of 82, his son CNN host Chris Cuomo confirmed to the network.

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Business
4:02 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Tesla Battery Factory Could Be A Boon For Nevada

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 8:34 pm

Tesla Motors recently chose Nevada for its massive battery factory in exchange for one of the biggest incentives packages in recent history. The factory will be built in a rural area about an hour east of Reno with little infrastructure and years of high unemployment. Small communities are scrambling to prepare for a wave of speculators, businesses and people.

These story first aired on Morning Edition on Dec. 29, 2014.

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The Salt
3:43 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

A 40-Day Vegan Fast, Then, At Last, A January Christmas Feast

Abebe, the owner of Abyssinia, a popular Ethiopian eatery in Nairobi, Kenya, shows some of the foods permitted during the pre-Christmas fast. Orthodox Ethiopians typically eat just one vegan meal per day for 40 days before the Christmas feast on Jan. 7.
Gregory Warner NPR

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 2:48 pm

An Ethiopian kitchen can be a place of both succulence and self-denial.

In the kitchen of Abyssinia, a popular Ethiopian eatery in Nairobi, the owner, Abebe, demonstrates how his cook prepares the dish called kitfo. It's raw minced beef whipped together with cardamom and chili and a spicy butter, with a texture and taste closer to delicate cheese than to steak tartar.

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Digital Life
2:38 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

The Best Of The Internet In 2014

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 9:11 am

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro talks to Sean Rameswaram, host of the weekly pop culture podcast, Sideshow, about his top picks for the best of the Internet in 2014.

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Food
2:38 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

To Prevent A Hangover, Develop A Pre-Drinking Plan

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 8:34 pm

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Latin America
2:24 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

In Brazil, Plastic Surgery Seen As A Right, Not A Privilege

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 8:34 pm

With January first marking the start of many people's self-improvement projects, Lourdes Garcia Navarro shares a story she reported earlier this year about plastic surgery in Brazil.

This story first aired on All Things Considered on Oct. 7, 2014.

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Around the Nation
2:21 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Florida's Gay Marriage Advocates Fighting A Battle They Thought They'd Won

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 2:38 pm

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U.S.
2:21 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Net Neutrality Debate Forces FCC Chairman Into The Spotlight

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 3:54 pm

Editor's note: This piece incorrectly characterizes the position of Netflix and Amazon on the issue of net neutrality. Netflix and Amazon do not support paid prioritization and have previously registered their opposition with the FCC.

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Around the Nation
3:37 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Fatal Shooting By Toddler Brings Attention To Concealed Weapons

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 4:48 pm

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Found Recipes
3:20 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

A Cure For The Common Hangover, Found On The Stove

After a long night, don't head to the medicine cabinet — head directly to the stove and a simmering pot of posole.
Jesse Hendrix Inman Courtesy of Estes PR

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 9:52 am

On New Year's Day, there's one comfort food that could be your magical hangover remedy, according to chef Anthony Lamas.

"If you're cold, you're hung over, you've had a long night, posole is that Latino cure for you in a bowl," he says.

That's right — don't head to the medicine cabinet, head directly to the stove and a simmering pot of posole, a traditional hominy stew from Mexico, says Lamas, the owner of the restaurant Seviche in Louisville, Ky.

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Sports
3:20 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Long-Awaited College Football Playoff Finally Here

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 4:48 pm

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Latin America
2:47 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Cuban-Americans Cautiously Optimistic About U.S. Relations

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 4:48 pm

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro speaks with writer Achy Obejas about Cuban-American response to changes in U.S.-Cuba relations. We also have an update about on a story from Havana we reported on Tuesday. Artist Tania Bruguera planned to stage an event there and she, along with a number of other dissidents, were detained. The move was strongly condemned by the U.S. State Department.

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Remembrances
2:44 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Hollywood Particularly Hard Hit With Notable Deaths In 2014

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 4:48 pm

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Media
2:36 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Fallout Continues For CBC In Wake Of Ghomeshi Sex Assault Scandal

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 4:48 pm

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The Salt
3:14 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Beyond Free Lunch: Schools Open Food Pantries For Hungry Families

Erica Johnson prays before her meal. She volunteers at the food pantry at John Still school where three of her four children are students. She eats alone after she feeds her kids.
Andrew Nixon Capital Public Radio

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 7:33 pm

John Still K-8 School, home of the Tigers, serves Meadowview, a picturesque name for a Sacramento, Calif., neighborhood blanketed in concrete and bare of trees.

There are 970 students on John Still's campus, and every one of them qualifies for the free and reduced meal program, which provides breakfast, lunch and a supper snack.

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