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Law
3:31 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Family Of Suspected Terrorist Killed By Boston Police Call For Investigation

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 6:50 pm

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Music
2:57 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

NPR Asks: What's On Your Road-Trip Playlist?

Crank up the volume and give the All Things Considered road-trip playlist a test drive.
Thomas Barwick Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 6:50 pm

The All Things Considered road-trip playlist is adding songs every week, thanks to the magic of crowdsourcing. We've asked for the songs listeners say they must hear on a long summer drive, and we've received more than 2,000 suggestions. You can listen to some of them here via our Spotify playlist — now featuring some of the songs listeners have brought to our attention.

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National Security
2:33 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Gen. Martin Dempsey: 'The Future Of Syria Doesn't Run Through Assad'

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 6:50 pm

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Politics
2:33 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry Launches Second Presidential Run

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 6:50 pm

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Food
4:43 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

California Avocado Farmers Boost Yields With New Growing Method

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 10:51 pm

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Sports
4:43 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

'I Think FIFA Stinks,' Says Reporter Who Exposed Corruption Scandal

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 11:02 pm

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Music Interviews
4:43 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Mumford & Sons On Plugging In And Turning Up

Mumford & Sons' electrified new album is called Wilder Mind.
Ty Johnson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 5:07 pm

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National Security
3:38 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Sen. Patrick Leahy: 'Our Privacy Is Part Of Our Security'

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 4:43 pm

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National Security
3:30 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Gen. Martin Dempsey On Iraq: A Fight That Will Take 'Multiple Years'

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey speaks during the graduation ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., on May 23. In an interview with NPR, he says he's not surprised by the slow going against the Islamic State, predicting it will be a "long campaign."
Mike Groll AP

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 10:42 pm

Gen. Martin Dempsey has spent more than a decade dealing with Iraq, and as his tenure as chairman of the Joint Chiefs winds down, he sees a conflict that will long outlast his time in uniform.

Dempsey helped train the Iraqi military from 2005 to 2007 in what he describes as a "debacle" in the early stages. He saw the rapid rise of the self-described Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. And now he oversees the U.S.-led bombing campaign against the extremist group in both Iraq and Syria.

And he has no illusions it will be quick or easy.

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Goats and Soda
2:57 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

MERS In South Korea Is Bad News But It's Not Yet Time To Panic

A student wearing a face mask stands in a public square in Seoul on June 3. More than 200 primary schools shut down as South Korea has struggled to contain an outbreak of the MERS virus.
ED JONES AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 6:20 pm

Should the world be in a panic about MERS?

That's the global health question of the hour. South Korea is trying to get control of an outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome. Officials have now confirmed 30 cases of the disease and two deaths. One of the patients traveled to China and remains hospitalized there. More than 1,000 people are now under quarantine in Hong Kong, China and South Korea as a result of the outbreak.

There's fear that MERS could be the next SARS, the respiratory virus that swept through the region in 2003, claiming hundreds of lives.

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National Security
3:25 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Senate Advances USA Freedom Act, After Republican Leaders Fail To Amend Bill

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 4:35 pm

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National Security
3:21 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

ABC News Report Is 'Very Disconcerting,' Former TSA Administrator Says

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 4:35 pm

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Secretary Johnson's statement about Homeland Security's inspector general report says, and I'll quote here, "the numbers in these reports never look good out of context."

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Youth Radio
3:21 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Young Trans Woman: I Felt 'A Lot Of Shame' In Coming Out

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 4:35 pm

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Energy
2:43 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Report Challenges Environmental Friendliness Of U.S. Pellet Industry

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 10:14 am

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It's All Politics
2:35 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

In Several States, Abortion Waiting Periods Grow Longer

Alyson Hurt NPR

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 4:35 pm

In recent years, states have passed well over 250 laws restricting abortion. One trend in those restrictions: longer waiting periods before women can have the procedure.

Twenty-six states already have waiting periods. Most make women wait 24 hours between the time they get counseling on abortion and have the procedure. But this year, several states are extending that to 48 — even 72 — hours.

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Remembrances
2:19 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Jean Ritchie, Singer Known As 'The Mother Of Folk,' Dies At 92

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 4:35 pm

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It's All Politics
8:48 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Justices: Retailer Can't Refuse To Hire Someone Because She Wears Hijab

Samantha Elauf outside the Supreme Court after the court in February 2015.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 11:31 am

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Abercrombie & Fitch violated the nation's laws against religious discrimination when it refused to hire a Muslim teenager because she wore a headscarf.

Samantha Elauf, 17, applied for a job selling clothes at the Abercrombie Kids store in Tulsa. She long had worn a hijab — a headscarf — for religious reasons, and she wore the black scarf when she was interviewed by the store's assistant manager.

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The Salt
4:27 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

It's Raining Nitrogen In A Colorado Park. Farmers Can Help Make It Stop

Jim Cheatham, a biologist with the National Park Service, studies the ways nitrogen in the air has been disrupting the ecological balance of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn/KUNC

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 10:29 pm

It's May in Rocky Mountain National Park, but on a mountainside 10,829 feet above sea level, snow is falling. It's pelting Jim Cheatham, a biologist with the National Park Service. Shrugging off the cold, Cheatham seizes a teachable moment. This snow, he says, holds more than just water.

"Chances are it's carrying the excess nitrogen we're talking about," says Cheatham.

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Technology
3:32 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Tech Startup Harnesses Virtual Reality For Use In Architecture

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 8:46 pm

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Other startups are rushing to capitalize on virtual reality as well.

THOMAS HIRSCHMAN: We're talking to cities, developers, architects and institutions.

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Commentary
3:32 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Getting A Tattoo Is An Unlikely Rite Of Passage For This Teen

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 8:46 pm

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Television
3:02 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Lifetime's Scripted Drama 'Unreal' Goes Behind The Scenes Of Reality TV

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 8:46 pm

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If you would never watch a television show like "The Bachelor," or if it's your guilty pleasure, well, a new drama called "UnREAL" may be equally appealing.

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It's All Politics
2:53 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Supreme Court Sides With Immigrant Caught With Pills In His Sock

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who wrote for the court majority, said Moones Mellouli's crime should not be considered enough to remove someone from the country under federal law. In dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote he sees "nothing absurd about removing individuals who are unwilling to respect the drug laws" where they live.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 8:46 pm

The Supreme Court has dealt a blow to U.S. immigration officials in a closely watched case by ruling that a broad state anti-drug law may not be enough to justify deportation.

By a 7-2 vote, the court ruled that a Tunisian man convicted of carrying pills in his sock should not have been removed from the U.S. for that reason.

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Europe
2:32 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Paris Officials Begin Removing Love Locks From Iconic Bridges

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 11:38 am

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The city of romance has had enough of love - well, love locks. Officials in Paris say the padlocks attached to bridges by lovebirds threaten the city's historic architecture and public safety. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley sent this report.

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U.S.
3:46 pm
Sun May 31, 2015

Bringing Music And A Message Of Hope To Native American Youth

After years as punk rockers, Jeneda (right) and Clayson Benally formed the band Sihasin, which means "hope" in Navajo. "We have every possibility to make positive change," says Jeneda.
Courtesy of Sihasin

Originally published on Sun May 31, 2015 4:20 pm

Native American youth living on reservations can often face an overwhelming array of challenges, including poverty, addiction and abuse. Partly because of hurdles, high school dropout rates and suicides are far higher on reservations than the national average.

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Author Interviews
3:35 pm
Sun May 31, 2015

Rich Housewives Go Under The Microscope In 'Primates Of Park Avenue'

Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 10:13 am

On the hunt from a good public school for her son, Wednesday Martin moved from her old home in downtown Manhattan to a new one just a few miles north. The spots were no more than a short cab ride away from one another, yet she soon found they were galaxies apart in personality.

For one thing, the moms around her looked entirely different.

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My Big Break
3:17 pm
Sun May 31, 2015

From Cuba To Florida: Diana Nyad's Final Attempt At A Record-Breaking Swim

Diana Nyad and Bonnie Stoll prepare for Nyad's swim to Florida in 2012. She failed that attempt, but returned a year later to complete the 110-mile-long journey.
Ramon Espinosa AP

Originally published on Sun May 31, 2015 4:20 pm

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.

When long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad turned 60, she was determined to complete her life's biggest challenge.

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Music Interviews
4:07 pm
Sat May 30, 2015

When Nora Jane Struthers' Identity Was Stolen, She Created A New One

Nora Jane Struthers' new album is titled Wake.
Courtesy of the artist

Nora Jane Struthers may never have become a singer-songwriter if her identity hadn't been stolen. Rebuilding her life allowed her to take a risk and do something she'd wanted to for years. It paid off: She has a new album out titled Wake.

Her story begins at a charter school in Brooklyn where Struthers worked as an English teacher.

"I started teaching sophomores and moved to teaching seniors in my last year," Struthers says. "I loved it."

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Law
4:07 pm
Sat May 30, 2015

Examining Gang Enhanced Sentences In California's Legal System

Originally published on Sun May 31, 2015 10:56 pm

NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates talks to Daniel Alarcon about his reporting on gang enhanced charges and sentencing. California law gives the prosecution the chance to increase the penalty in gang cases.

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Author Interviews
3:09 pm
Sat May 30, 2015

'Like An Avalanche': Otis Redding's Unstoppable Crossover

Author Mark Ribowsky describes Otis Redding as "bigger than the music he sang, because of how he sang and interpreted it during the most traumatic, metamorphic decade in history."
Volt Records / Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 4:07 pm

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The Salt
4:08 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Trickster Journalist Explains Why He Duped The Media On Chocolate Study

Why did a deliberately bad study showing the weight-loss benefits of chocolate get picked up by many news outlets? Science journalist John Bohannon — the man behind the study — says reporting on junk nutrition studies happens all the time.
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Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 5:15 pm

On Thursday we told you about an elaborate hoax carried out by a science journalist who wanted to teach the media a lesson about being more responsible in reporting on nutrition science.

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