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8:58 am
Tue May 26, 2015

When 'Petting Parties' Scandalized The Nation

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 9:55 am

To some social observers, petting parties of the 1920s were a natural, post-First World War outgrowth of a repressed society. To others, the out-in-the-open hug-and-kissfests were blinking neon signposts on the Road to Perdition.

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The Two-Way
8:41 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Iranian Court Begins Espionage Trial Of 'Washington Post' Reporter

A 2013 photo shows Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, a correspondent for the Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National. Both of them were in an Iranian court Tuesday.
Vahid Salemi AP

More than 10 months after Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian was detained on vaguely defined espionage charges, his trial began Tuesday in a closed court in Tehran. Rezaian is a citizen of both Iran and the U.S.

Noting the trial's start, Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency notes that Rezaian, 39, "is accused of espionage for the US government and activity against the Islamic Republic of Iran."

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Shots - Health News
8:24 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Second Opinions Are Often Sought, But Their Value Isn't Clear

Actress Rita Wilson arrives at the premiere of the documentary Fed Up in West Hollywood, Calif., in May 2014.
Gus Ruelas Reuters/Landov

Actress Rita Wilson, who was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy, told People magazine in April that she expects to make a full recovery "because I caught this early, have excellent doctors and because I got a second opinion."

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The Two-Way
8:24 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Reports: Cleveland, Justice Department Reach Agreement Over Police Conduct

Police officers are illuminated by patrol car lights during a protest against the acquittal of Michael Brelo on Saturday in Cleveland.
John Minchillo AP

The city of Cleveland has reached an agreement with the Justice Department over allegations that the city's police department engaged in a pattern of using excessive force, violating the civil rights of its residents, The New York Times, the AP and

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Goats and Soda
7:58 am
Tue May 26, 2015

New Mothers Get A New Kind Of Care In Rural Nigeria

How can women in rural Nigeria get the care they need? That's what Columbia University graduate students in public health asked residents of Kadawawa, Nigeria.
Courtesy of Alastair Ager and Alissa Pires

How do you help a country struggling to provide quality health care, particularly to its rural citizens?

More doctors would be great. New and better clinics would help. But in some places, community-health workers are an important part of the solution.

Community health workers live where they work. They're not trained medical professionals, but they do have "training that is recognized by the health services and national certification authority," according to the World Health Organization.

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It's All Politics
7:03 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Just How Big Is The Asia Trade Deal Obama Wants? It's A Beast

Protesters demonstrate against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal in front of the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo last year.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 9:16 am

One of the most basic facts about the Trans-Pacific Partnership is also the most important: It's huge.

The trade deal got over a big hurdle Friday when the Senate voted in favor of giving the Obama administration "fast-track" authority to negotiate the deal with Canada and 10 Asian nations.

That leaves the U.S. House, and it's unclear it has the votes yet. If it passes, though, TPP, which has angered many in the president's party, would be by far the largest free trade agreement the U.S. has in effect.

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Media
7:02 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Charter To Pay $78B For Time Warner Cable

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Europe
6:07 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Italy's Berlusconi Discovers Social Media As A Campaign Tool

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi finished serving a tax fraud conviction in March.
Luca Bruno AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 8:19 am

Italy holds regional elections Sunday, and one politician trying to make a comeback is the scandal-plagued former prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi.

Taking his cue from Italy's digitally savvy young Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Berlusconi has opened an Instagram account, posting more than 60 photos on the first day alone.

We see the 78-year-old media tycoon holding trophies of his soccer team, A.C. Milan; addressing rallies; and posing with his 29-year-old girlfriend, Francesca Pascale — as well as hugging his white poodle Dudu.

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Animals
5:12 am
Tue May 26, 2015

British Cities Act To Protect Ducks With Their Own Lanes

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 6:07 am

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The Salt
5:03 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Game For Ancient Grain: Palestinians Find Freekeh Again

In a village outside of Jenin, in the West Bank, Palestinian farmers harvest wheat early and burn the husks to yield the smoky, nutty grain known as freekeh.
Daniella Cheslow for NPR

In early May, Nasser Abufarha drove through the rural farmlands around Jenin in the northern West Bank and noticed the timeless features of village life. Young boys harvested cauliflower bigger than their heads, a sun-beaten old man passed on foot with a hoe propped against his shoulder and middle-aged women strolled to their modest homes on a path between waving wheat fields.

But there was one new element, says Abufarha, a Palestinian-American businessman and the founder of the largest fair trade exporter for Palestinian produce.

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The Two-Way
4:34 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable Reach Merger Deal

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 7:51 am

Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications announced Tuesday that they had reached a merger deal.

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Around the Nation
3:18 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Artist Makes Money Off Of Other People's Instagram Photos

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 6:07 am

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Around the Nation
3:18 am
Tue May 26, 2015

As Wells Dry Up, Calif. County Aims To Streamline Solutions For Water

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 7:04 am

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Music News
3:18 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Heavy Rotation: Seinabo Sey's 'Hard Time'

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 7:04 am

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It's All Politics
3:03 am
Tue May 26, 2015

With New Look And More Energy, Rick Perry Tries To Move Past 'Oops'

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, sporting black-rim glasses, speaks at a Pizza Ranch in Sioux Center, Iowa, last week.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 5:59 am

The Rick Perry that Iowans were promised in 2012 may have finally shown up — four years too late.

The former Texas governor's much-heralded first presidential run quickly cratered four years ago, beset by stumbles from a candidate who was still recovering from back surgery and never seemed to find his footing on a national stage.

But last week in campaign stops in Northwest Iowa, the likely GOP presidential hopeful was back to his gregarious, confident self on the first of three days he spent barnstorming a state that could make or break his 2016 comeback hopes.

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Back At Base
1:26 am
Tue May 26, 2015

A Special Focus On Caring For Vets At The End Of Their Lives

A wall of tributes, prayer cards and notes of appreciation from families whose loved ones have been cared for at Madigan Army Medical Center.
Patricia Murphy KUOW

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 8:18 am

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

Caring for the nation's veterans at the end of their lives can be a complex task. Service members — especially combat veterans — can struggle with guilt, abandonment and regret.

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Parallels
1:25 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Do Touch The Artwork At Prado's Exhibit For The Blind

A blind visitor to Spain's Prado Museum runs his fingers across a 3-D copy of the Mona Lisa, painted by an apprentice to Leonardo da Vinci. The 'Touching the Prado' exhibit features 3-D versions of the museum's most famous works.
Ignacio Hernando Rodriguez Courtesy of Prado Museum

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 7:04 am

It's a warning sign at art museums around the world: "Don't touch the artwork."

But Spain's famous Prado Museum is changing that, with an exhibit where visitors are not only allowed to touch the paintings — they're encouraged to do so.

The Prado has made 3-D copies of some of the most renowned works in its collection — including those by Francisco Goya, Diego Velazquez and El Greco — to allow blind people to feel them.

It's a special exhibit for those who normally can't enjoy paintings.

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Movies
4:45 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Hollywood Promises Summer Of Blockbusters, And Could Deliver

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 4:52 pm

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Law
4:45 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Officer's Acquittal Highlights Tense Police, Community Relations In Cleveland

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Law
4:45 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Brelo Verdict Shows The Difficulty In Applying Use Of Force Standards

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The Two-Way
2:58 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Chicago Bears Release Ray McDonald After Arrest For Domestic Violence

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 9:06 am

The Chicago Bears released defensive end Ray McDonald Monday after he was arrested on charges of domestic violence in California — his second arrest in the past nine months.

The Chicago Tribune adds:

"McDonald was arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence and child endangerment, the Santa Clara, Calif., police department said. It's the second time since Aug. 31 that he's been arrested as a result of women claiming he assaulted them.

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U.S.
2:44 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Why Have We Stopped Building War Memorials?

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 4:45 pm

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Around the Nation
2:30 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

In California, Technology Makes Droughtshaming Easier Than Ever

A sign encouraging people to save water is displayed at a news conference in Los Angeles. Water use restrictions in California amidst the state's ongoing drought have led to the phenomenon of "droughtshaming," or publicly calling out water wasters.
Nick Ut AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 5:22 am

California's drought is turning neighbor against neighbor, as everyone seems to be on the lookout for water wasters.

Take Los Angeles resident Jane Demian, for example. She recently got a letter from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Water Conservation Response Unit, about an unverified report of prohibited water use activity at her home in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of L.A. Demian says she was called out for water runoff onto the sidewalk, driveway and gutter, and the unauthorized "washdown of hardscapes" like the walkway to her house.

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Back At Base
2:30 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

'Remember The Maine' — In Indiana!

The remains of the battleship USS Maine, which was blown up in Havana Harbour, triggering the Spanish-American War.
Henry Guttmann Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 4:45 pm

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

It was the spark that led to America's first overseas war. After an explosion sank the battleship USS Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898, the cry rose up in the U.S. to "Remember the Maine."

The event was commemorated across the country — sometimes in unexpected places — like the city of East Chicago, Ind.

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NPR Story
2:26 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Problems Persist At VA Despite Congressional Mandate

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 1:07 pm

It’s been over a year since the Veterans Affairs administration was rocked by a scandal that led to the ouster of then-Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Tens of thousands of veterans could not get in to see a doctor at a Veterans Health Administration facilities in Phoenix, Arizona, because of long waits. The Phoenix administrators lied about the caseload to make the numbers look legitimate, adding to the problem.

According to an internal investigation by the VA, at least 35 veterans died because they did not receive timely care at the Phoenix VHA facilities.

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NPR Ed
2:03 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Through Performance, Mississippi Students Honor Long-Forgotten Locals

Yarborough with his Tales From The Crypt students in Friendship Cemetery in Columbus, Miss.
Elissa Nadworny NPR

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 4:45 pm

It's early evening in Friendship Cemetery, the local graveyard in Columbus, Miss. The white tombstones are coated with that yellow glow you only see right before dusk.

Students from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science are spread out among the gravestones. They're dressed up in costumes: A tall brunette is wearing a dark maroon dress her grandmother made. A young man wears a top hat and leans on a walking cane.

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Sports
1:59 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

For Women's World Cup, U.S. Soccer Fans Kick It Up A Notch

American Outlaws, seen on the big screen, cheer for the U.S. women's national team more than half an hour before kickoff during a match with Mexico on May 17.
Shereen Marisol Meraji NPR

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 4:45 pm

Soccer fans are replacing their favorite club jerseys for national colors as the best female players in the world prepare to face off in Canada for World Cup 2015, which starts on June 6.

The American Outlaws, considered the biggest U.S. national soccer fan association, has already been rocking red, white and blue to cheer on the women's national team.

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NPR Story
1:07 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Debate Over Seal Hunting In Greenland Resumes

The Inuit people of Greenland are trying to get a ban on the sale of seal products overturned.

The European Union imposed that ban five years ago, and the Inuit say it has destroyed their livelihoods because it has wiped out the export of seal fur.

The BBC’s Malcolm Brabant reports.

NPR Story
1:07 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Not Your Mother's Pot Brownie

Karin Lazarus' bakery in Boulder, Colo., specializes in marijuana-infused baked goods. (Ally Bruschi)

Twenty-three states now allow marijuana for medical use and several others are considering doing the same. Two states including Colorado now allow recreational use of the drug as well.

For people who are sick and use pot to relieve symptoms related to pain, seizures or depression, smoking is often not an option.

The so-called edible market is becoming big business in Colorado, where patients can buy cannabis-infused brownies, truffles and ice cream at their neighborhood dispensary.

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NPR Story
1:07 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Under Pressure In Europe, Amazon Changes Tax Strategy

Amazon is no longer routing its European sales through the low-tax country of Luxembourg, in an effort to cut costs. Instead the American company will pay taxes in individual European countries.

The move comes amid numerous EU investigations into how companies, including Amazon, pay their taxes on the continent.

As Al Jazeera’s Ali Velshi tells Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins, it could significantly increase Amazon’s tax bill.

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