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Radio Diaries
2:36 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

40 Years After 'Working,' A View From The Driver's Seat

Studs Terkel circa 1970.
Courtesy of Studs Terkel Radio Archive/WFMT

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 4:25 pm

In the early 1970s, radio host and oral historian Studs Terkel went around the country with a tape recorder, interviewing people about their jobs. He collected more than 130 conversations with a variety of people, including a waitress, a car parker, a jockey, a baseball player, a farm worker, a press agent and a sports team owner.

The result was Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. When it was published in 1974 it became a best-seller — something unprecedented for an oral history collection.

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Around the Nation
2:36 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Golf Course Provides Oasis For Low-Income Kids

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Music Reviews
2:36 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

On Final Recording, Joe Beck Exposes Possibilities Of The Guitar

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Europe
2:36 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Analyst: Response To Russian Incursion Will Be 'Defining Moment' For NATO

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Africa
2:36 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Economic Impact Of Ebola Crisis Spreads Across Africa

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The Two-Way
1:18 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

3 Americans Detained In North Korea Urge U.S. To Secure Their Release

Kenneth Bae, an American tour guide and missionary serving a 15-year sentence in North Korea, speaks to The Associated Press on Monday. Bae and two other detained Americans urged the U.S. to send a high-level emissary to secure their release.
Wong Maye-E AP

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 5:11 pm

Three Americans who have been detained in North Korea appealed today to the U.S. to send a senior representative to secure their release.

In interviews with CNN and The Associated Press, Kenneth Bae, Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller detailed the conditions of their imprisonment and urged a quick resolution of their situations.

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The Salt
12:25 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

These 5 Crops Are Still Hand-Harvested, And It's Hard Work

A woman holds the saffron crocus, during the saffron harvest in Herat, Afghanistan (left). Saffron flowers are collected in Saint Hippolyte, eastern France (right). Since the stigmas need to be picked from the flowers by hand, saffron is the world's most expensive spice.
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Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 7:03 pm

Mechanization has made the farming of many crops — lettuce and tomatoes, among them — a lot less labor intensive. But some crops are still tended and harvested by hand, and it can be painstaking work.

How do you measure the labor intensity of crops? We thought there would be an easy answer to that, but there isn't. Some agricultural economists talk about labor input in terms of hours per acre, but that may not take into account the difficulty of the labor.

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The Two-Way
12:23 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

The Flight Of The Passenger Pigeon, Now 100 Years Extinct

Martha (right), an extinct passenger pigeon, at the Smithsonian's Natural history Museum in Washington. The passenger pigeon was once the world's most plentiful bird. Sept. 1 is the centenary of the bird's extinction.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 12:56 pm

The Cincinnati Zoo held a commemorative event; the London Zoo stopped the clock outside its bird house at noon. The object of their memorials: Martha, the last passenger pigeon, who died exactly a century ago at the Cincinnati Zoo.

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Code Switch
11:55 am
Mon September 1, 2014

To Model Manhood, Immigrant Dads Draw From Two Worlds

Lindolfo Carballo, an immigrant from El Salvador, meets his son, Raynel, outside school. In El Salvador, he says, families often "teach their boys one thing and their girls differently." He's trying to set a different example for his children.
Sarah Tilotta for NPR

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 2:53 pm

Lindolfo Carballo knows there's a stereotype about men like him. He grew up in San Miguel, El Salvador, he says, in a male-dominant culture.

"I'm coming from a so-called 'machista' country, right? I mean, in this country, we all think that Latin America, in general, is where machismo is promoted," Carballo says.

In many families in Latin America, he adds, "parents — fathers and even mothers — teach their kids that men are to be served by their sisters."

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The Salt
11:51 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Cutting Back On Carbs, Not Fat, May Lead To More Weight Loss

There's new evidence reaffirming that eating foods with fat — everything from avocados and salmon to dairy fat — doesn't make us fat.
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Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 4:18 pm

We've reported a lot this year about how there's a major rethinking of fat happening in the U.S.

Turns out, eating foods with fat — everything from avocados and nuts to dairy fat — doesn't make us fat.

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Music Reviews
11:41 am
Mon September 1, 2014

The Story Of Little Feat's Fame, Destruction And Revival

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Music Interviews
11:41 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Dom Flemons Holds On To Those Old-Time Roots

Prospect Hill is Flemons' first album since leaving the band Carolina Chocolate Drops. By coincidence, the multi-instrumentalist recorded the album the day Pete Seeger died.

Originally broadcast July 30.

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DOM FLEMONS: (Scat singing). Oh, yeah.

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The Two-Way
11:10 am
Mon September 1, 2014

U.K. Seeks To Expand Terrorism Laws To Target British Fighters

British Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons on Monday that he wants to give police the power to seize the passports of Islamist fighters bound for Iraq and Syria.
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Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 3:07 pm

Prime Minister David Cameron says he wants to give U.K. police the power to seize the passports of Islamist fighters bound for Iraq and Syria.

"We will introduce specific and targeted legislation ... providing the police with a temporary power to seize a passport at the border during which time they will be able to investigate the individual concerned," Cameron told British Parliament today.

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The Two-Way
10:17 am
Mon September 1, 2014

More Clashes In Pakistan As Pressure On Government Grows

Police use tear gas to disperse protesters in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Monday.
Anjum Naveed AP

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 5:28 pm

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Anti-government protesters in Pakistan briefly forced state TV off the air amid continuing clashes with police and renewed calls for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation.

Today's violence marks an escalation of demonstrations that had been mostly peaceful until Saturday night when protesters tried to storm Sharif's residence in Islamabad. At least three people reportedly died and 500 were injured amid clashes with police. Sharif has refused to step down.

Here's more from The Associated Press:

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The Two-Way
7:38 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Pro-Russia Rebels Say They Will Settle For Autonomy In Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Monday for a cease-fire in Ukraine, but demanded that Ukrainian troops leave positions from which they can "harm the civilian population." His comments come ahead of talks in Minsk, Belarus, involving Ukraine, Russia, Russia-backed separatists and international monitors.
Jia Yuchen Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 2:45 pm

Update at 3:21 p.m. ET

Pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine are no longer demanding full independence, telling negotiators in Belarus that they will respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy.

The Associated Press adds:

"It's a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks — possibly avoiding tougher Western sanctions. The talks follow last week's meeting between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine. Similar talks earlier this summer produced no visible results."

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The Two-Way
6:51 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Judge Blocks Enforcement Of Louisiana's Abortion Law

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 5:21 pm

Louisiana's new abortion law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital. But a lawsuit challenged the law on the basis that the requirement was medically unnecessary and would result in the closure of the state's abortion clinics. A federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked the measure.

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Shots - Health News
5:03 am
Mon September 1, 2014

More Evidence That ADHD Drugs Don't Curb Ultimate Height

A recent study found a brief delay in peak growth spurt among boys who took ADHD stimulants for at least three years, but no significant effect on their ultimate height.
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More and more kids are being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and many are medicated — often with stimulant drugs like Ritalin or Adderall.

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Goats and Soda
5:03 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Volunteer Docs In Peru Take A Shopping Trip To Look For Patients

During the rainy season, a canoe is a handy vehicle to have in the waterlogged Peruvian neighborhood of Belen.
Courtesy of Dave Ohlson

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 11:44 am

After a couple days operating on people in Iquitos, Peru, we realize we're going to need some more patients.

We started with about 50 candidates, with hernias, tumors or unidentified pains. But most were excluded for a variety of reasons. Some were too old or weak, and we feared complications with their hearts. Some never returned with the x-rays (relatively affordable at government clinics) we would need before operating. Yet others had conditions we were not equipped to operate on, like tumors of the ovaries or uterus.

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Around the Nation
5:01 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Archaeologists Find Brewery Remains At Virginia Campus

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 4:13 pm

Archaeologists digging up the grounds of the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., found the remnants of a campus brewery from the 1700s. It's already known that slaves sold the school hops.

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Sports
4:59 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Japanese Baseball Games Goes 50 Innings

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 5:55 am

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Parallels
4:40 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Why Did Crowd Flee Shanghai Subway After Foreigner Fainted?

A still from the surveillance camera footage shows the fainting man (top left and bottom right) lying alone in a subway car, as the few remaining occupants hurry away.
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Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 6:34 pm

One Saturday night this summer, a foreigner fainted and fell to the floor of a Shanghai subway car.

The passengers around him scattered. Not a single person tried to help.

When the train arrived at the next station, hundreds rushed out, nearly trampling each other.

The incident was captured on closed-circuit cameras. Tens of millions in China have now seen the images, which have rekindled a long-running debate among Chinese about their national character as well as trust and fear in modern society.

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NPR Story
3:42 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Pie Crust Scandal Hits Kentucky State Fair

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 5:55 am

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NPR Story
2:58 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Mugs Aren't Just For Liquids, Make A Microwave Meal In Them

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 5:55 am

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NPR Story
2:58 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Democratic Candidates May Find Obama A Liability

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 5:55 am

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NPR Ed
2:22 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford

There aren't mass layoffs of librarians; they're just doing different jobs.
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Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 3:26 pm

Two years ago, the Chicago Public Schools budgeted for 454 librarians. Last year, the budget called for 313 librarians, and now that number is down to 254.

With educators facing tough financial choices, having a full-time librarian is becoming something of a luxury in Chicago's more than 600 public schools.

It's not that there's a shortage of librarians in Chicago, and it's not mass layoffs. The librarians are being reassigned.

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Shots - Health News
1:17 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Our Use Of Little Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests

Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 5:55 am

One Friday night, 30 men and 30 women gathered at a hotel restaurant in Washington, D.C. Their goal was love, or maybe sex, or maybe some combination of the two. They were there for speed dating.

The women sat at separate numbered tables while the men moved down the line, and for two solid hours they did a rotation, making small talk with people they did not know, one after another, in three-minute increments.

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It's All Politics
1:15 am
Mon September 1, 2014

A Political Family, Funding And Running On Both Sides Of The Aisle

The Ricketts family poses on the Chicago Cubs field in 2010, a year after they bought the team. From left, Laura Ricketts, Joe Ricketts, Marlene Ricketts, Todd Ricketts, Tom Ricketts and Pete Ricketts.
Nam Y. Huh AP

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 5:55 am

Rich families sustain American politics. Some produce candidates; others supply money. And in rare instances, a family will do both.

Meet Nebraska billionaire Joe Ricketts, founder of Ending Spending, an independent political organization that's among the top 10 spenders this election cycle. Three of his four children are politically active, including one who's running for governor.

A Billionaire With Political Punch

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Shots - Health News
1:14 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Pretending To Be A Medical Patient Pays Off For This Teen

Third-year medical student Allie Tetreault, left, talks with Gabrielle Nuki, 16, at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. Gabrielle helps med students practice patient care.
Patti Wight/MPBN

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 5:55 am

Some of us are lucky enough to stumble into a job that we love. That was the case for Gabrielle Nuki. The 16-year-old had never heard of standardized patients until her advisor at school told her she should check it out.

"I was kind of shocked, and I was kind of like, 'Oh, is there actually something like this in the world?' "

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All Tech Considered
5:49 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

New GoPro Camera Harness Captures Dog's-Eye View

The GoPro Fetch can fit dogs as small as 15 pounds and as large as 120 pounds.
GoPro

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 6:41 pm

There are few things more popular on YouTube than a good pet video.

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All Songs Considered
5:49 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

The Good Listener: Parents Just Don't Understand?

DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince said it themselves: There's no need to argue.
Jive Records YouTube

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 5:46 am

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the gigantic bottle of Marmite we probably shouldn't have ordered on a late-night whim is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on getting your parents into your favorite music.

Erik writes via Facebook: "How do you get your parents to respect the music of today?"

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