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12:37 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Chorus Helps Trans Men And Women Find Their Voice

Chorus members Laurie Wolft (left) and George Hastie (right) pose for a photo with choral director Sandi Hammond. (Eileen Bolinsky)

A new chorus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is helping transgender men and women find their voices – and community. The Butterfly Music Transgender Chorus was founded by Sandi Hammond, a singer and vocal teacher, who wanted to help trans men and women learn to use their changing voices in a safe space.

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The Two-Way
12:34 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Deadline In Iran Nuclear Talks Extended To July 7

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, flanked by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz (left) and U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman met with Iranian negotiators Tuesday at a hotel in Vienna.
Carlos Barria AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 1:17 pm

The Iran nuclear talks, which had been scheduled to wrap up Tuesday, have been extended. The U.S. and the five other nations negotiating with Tehran over its nuclear program announced they'll meet for another week, as it became clear that they weren't likely to reach a deal by today's deadline.

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The Two-Way
12:16 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Pope In U.S. Visit Will Meet With Poor, President, Politicians

Pope Francis will meet the homeless, immigrants and prisoners as well as President Obama, and become the first pope to address Congress when he visits the U.S. in September, the Vatican announced today.

The Sept. 19-28 visit will take Francis to Cuba and the U.S., where he will visit Washington, New York and Philadelphia.

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The Two-Way
12:00 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Still She Rises: Misty Copeland Makes History With American Ballet Theatre

Misty Copeland (center) performed in the Washington Ballet production of Swan Lake in April.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 1:01 pm

In a promotion announced Tuesday, the American Ballet Theatre named Misty Copeland as the first black female principal dancer in its 75-year history. Copeland had previously been a soloist with the ABT, the premiere dance company in the U.S.

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Music Interviews
11:33 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Jerry Douglas' Tribute To Bluegrass Legends Lester Flatt And Earl Scruggs

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11:32 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Google Is Manipulating Search Results, Study Finds

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Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 12:43 pm

Google may offer the benefit of filtering a world of data into a digestible stream of links, but new research says those results are subject to manipulation.

The study, authored by top legal and economic scholars from Columbia and Harvard University, but paid for by Google rival Yelp, says the search engine giant knowingly buries its competitors. Google refutes the findings.

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NPR Story
11:32 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Christie Says He's Running In 2016 To 'Change The World'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stands with his wife, Mary Pat Christie, second from left, and their children, from left, Patrick, Sarah, Bridget and Andrew while speaking to supporters during an event announcing he will seek the Republican nomination for president, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Livingston High School in Livingston, N.J. (Julio Cortez/AP)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has launched a 2016 campaign for president.

The Republican governor formally announced his plans in a Tuesday morning event in the gymnasium of his old high school.

He says both political parties “have failed our country” in an announcement speech calling for more compromise in politics.

Christie was once thought to be a leading White House contender, but his star has faded over the last year. He’s been hurt by a traffic scandal involving senior aides and a lagging state economy.

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NPR Story
11:32 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Housing The Homeless With Health Care Dollars

Certified medical assistant Michael Thomas checks Nebbitt’s height for his chart. Nebbitt suffers from seizures, heart disease and depression. (Heidi de Marco/KHN).

When homeless people with chronic diseases get off the streets and get the care they need, their health improves and they use emergency rooms less. But does that mean health care dollars should be used to house them?

Los Angeles County has been doing just that, and now California wants to expand the effort statewide. Anna Gorman from Here & Now contributor Kaiser Health News reports.

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The Two-Way
11:22 am
Tue June 30, 2015

With Seconds To Spare, 70-Year-Old Woman Finishes 100-Mile Endurance Race

Gunhild Swanson, 70, clocked 29:59:54 in the Western States Endurance Run on Sunday.
Screenshot from USLTV.com

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 12:30 pm

The Western States Endurance Run is the world's oldest 100-mile race — and among its toughest. Runners begin the race in Squaw Valley, Calif., climb more than 18,000 feet and descend nearly 23,000 feet before they reach the finish line in Auburn, Calif.

Here's what that looks like:

This year's male winner was Rob Krar, 38, of Flagstaff, Ariz., who completed the course in 14:48:59. That's an incredible time. But the loudest cheers at the finish line on Sunday were reserved for 70-year-old Gunhild Swanson of Spokane Valley, Wash.

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The Two-Way
11:21 am
Tue June 30, 2015

11:59:60 — Look For An Extra Tick Of The Clock Tonight

Clocks around the world, like Big Ben, will have an extra second added tonight.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

If you're worried about finishing everything on your to-do list, you'll get an extra second today to cram it all in.

The extra second is called a "leap second." At the very end of the day, the clock will read 11:59:60 Universal Time (the official time that international timekeepers use) or 7:59:60 pm ET.

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NPR Ed
10:48 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Frozen In Time, Remembering The Students Who Changed A Teacher's Life

La Johnson NPR

Jonathan Kozol looks back on the events he wrote about 50 years ago, in Death at an Early Age.

In this short film by LA Johnson, he reads from page 188:

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Shots - Health News
10:31 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Branding Teen Drivers As Newbies Doesn't Prevent Crashes

Marking novice drivers' cars doesn't help reduce crash rates when it comes to learner's permit holders, study finds.
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Nothing says "I'm a new driver" more than a fire-red label stuck to your license plate for all to see. That's what happens in New Jersey to anyone with a learner's permit under age 21. But identifying these newest drivers doesn't necessarily help reduce crash rates, research finds.

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Parallels
9:45 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Single Mom Leads Double Life On The Streets Of Shanghai

People walk on the Bund, the riverfront area next to the financial district in Shanghai. Many foreigners have descended on Shanghai to make money on China's economic expansion. NPR's Frank Langfitt met one such women as part of the free taxi rides he's been offering.
Aly Song Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 9:53 am

Editor's Note: NPR Shanghai correspondent Frank Langfitt once drove a taxi as a summer job. He decided to do it again, this time offering free rides around Shanghai in exchange for stories about one of the world's most dynamic cities. Here's his latest installment.

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The Two-Way
9:45 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Chris Christie Declares His Candidacy For President

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stands with (from left) his wife, Mary Pat Christie, and their children, Patrick, Sarah, Andrew and Bridget, on Tuesday at Livingston High School in Livingston, N.J.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 10:22 am

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose political career has taken almost as many turns as a roulette wheel at an Atlantic City Casino, is running for president.

He made the announcement today at Livingston High School, which he attended and was class president.

Declaring "America is tired of hand wringing and indecisiveness and weakness" in the White House, Christie said he is ready "to fight for the people of the United States of America."

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The Two-Way
9:23 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Asked To Divide Zero By Zero, Siri Waxes Philosophical (And Personal)

Siri's answer to the brain-teaser question "What's zero divided by zero" generates a response that people find both funny and unnerving.
NPR

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 12:36 pm

The Internet is abuzz about the latest Easter egg found in Apple's Siri, as the virtual assistant gives a philosophical — and, to some, a personal — response to the question "What is zero divided by zero?"

Siri's on-screen answer is straightforward. But her more elaborate verbal reply easily surpasses the simple "Does not compute" with which robots in old sci-fi movies used to announce a bout of cognitive dissonance. For one thing, her answer invokes Cookie Monster.

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It's All Politics
8:57 am
Tue June 30, 2015

'Jiggery-Pokery': The Justices Have A Punny Way With Words

Justice Scalia has pioneered using the words "tutti-frutti," "argle-bargle" and "jiggery-pokery" in the dissenting opinions of the nation's highest court.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 12:52 pm

Supreme Court justices have been turning heads this month with their choice of words, as well as with their landmark rulings.

June decisions have given us Justice Elena Kagan's bountiful Spider-Man allusions, Chief Justice John Roberts' exclamation of "What chumps!" and Justice Antonin Scalia's exhortation to "Ask the nearest hippie."

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It's All Politics
8:04 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Jeb Bush To Release 33 Years Of Tax Returns

Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at a campaign event Saturday in Nevada.
John Locher AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 12:43 pm

Jeb Bush will release 33 years of tax returns later this afternoon, a Bush campaign aide confirms to NPR.

"This is more than any presidential candidate in the history of the United States," Bush spokeswoman Allie Brandenburger wrote in an email. "This display of transparency is consistent with the high level of disclosure he has practiced during his life in public office."

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Goats and Soda
7:07 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Meet Your New Neighbors, The American Filmmakers

Temple, left, and Ingrasci, far right, get to know a few of the 81,000 Syrian refugees at the Zaatari camp.
Courtesy of 1001 Media/Living On One

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 10:56 am

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Around the Nation
6:06 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Wal-Mart Refuses Confederate Flag Cake Order; Accepts ISIS Flag

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Around the Nation
6:06 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Police In Texas Needed Help To Get Robot Working

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It's All Politics
5:38 am
Tue June 30, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Chris Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hopes to reset his political fortunes with his presidential announcement on Tuesday.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 10:54 am

This post has been updated to reflect Christie officially getting in the race for president.

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The Two-Way
5:34 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Dozens Dead In Indonesia Air Force Plane Crash

Military personnel remove an aircraft wheel at the site where an air force cargo plane crashed in Medan, Indonesia, on Tuesday.
Dedy Zulkifli AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 10:23 am

Updated at 12:22 p.m. ET

Dozens of people are dead after an Indonesian air force C-130 Hercules transport plane crashed into a residential area in Medan, the country's third-largest city, shortly after takeoff Tuesday. An Indonesian military spokesman put the toll at 74.

Air force spokesman Rear Marshal Dwi Badarmanto said 74 bodies were recovered from the crash site. The dead included air force personnel and their relatives, he said.

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Latin America
2:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Brazil Tries To Rebuild Relations With U.S. After NSA Spying Scandal

President Barack Obama walks with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, second from right, during a visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 6:06 am

It's rare that a world leader will cancel a planned state visit to the White House, but that's what happened two years ago when Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff found out that the U.S. had been spying on her and her top aides.

The Brazilian leader is now trying to let bygones be bygones, and is in Washington, D.C., to visit with President Obama.

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Law
2:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Supreme Court Concludes Term With Death Penalty Ruling, Looks Ahead

The gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. On Monday the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 11:52 am

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued the last of its opinions for this term — on the death penalty, anti-pollution regulations and the power of independent commissions to draw congressional and state legislative districts. In addition, the court issued a set of orders that set up cases to be heard next term on affirmative action and abortion.

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Parallels
2:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Would You Buy A Used Car From A Man Named Beer Horse?

NPR's Frank Langfitt has been offering free taxi rides around Shanghai to talk to ordinary Chinese. He drives a Camry around the city, but rented a van for a trip 500 miles outside the city earlier this year. He recently decided to buy a car, which can be a complicated process in China.
Yang Zhuo for NPR

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 12:43 pm

I'd been renting a Toyota Camry to give free rides around the city for my series Streets of Shanghai, about the lives of ordinary Chinese. But the monthly rental fees were killing me, so I figured I could save money by buying a used car.

I went to a reputable used car dealership. The first hint that this would be different than shopping in the U.S. came when I met my salesman, a fresh college grad.

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Code Switch
2:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Making The Law Respect Gender Identity After Death

Filmmaker Christopher Lee attends a 1999 film festival.
Elizabeth Sheldon Courtesy of Elizabeth Sheldon

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 9:04 am

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Law
2:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Supreme Court Reprieve Lets 10 Texas Abortion Clinics Stay Open For Now

The U.S. Supreme Court gave a reprieve to Texas clinics that provide abortion services.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 11:02 am

Tuesday would have been the last day of operation for 10 clinics in Texas that provide abortion services. But on Monday the U.S. Supreme Court, in one of its final actions of this session, said the clinics can remain open while clinic lawyers ask the court for a full review of a strict abortion law.

Two dozen states have passed regulations similar to the ones being fought over in Texas.

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Environment
2:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

U.N. Brokers Global Effort To Rein In Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 5:13 am

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The Two-Way
9:46 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Puerto Rico's Governor Wants Lenders To Wait For More Than $73 Billion Debt Payments

Alejandro Garcia Padilla, the governor of Puerto Rico, discussing the commonwealth's budget earlier in 2015.
Ricardo Arduengo AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 10:26 am

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Monday that international creditors need to lighten Puerto Rico's nearly $73 billion public debt burden.

In a televised speech, Garcia said, given the state of its economy, Puerto Rico's public debt is unpayable. He cited a report by a former chief economist of the World Bank that recommends lenders consider easier terms for the island. Padilla said he will go further and seek a multi-year moratorium on debt payments to allow the island time to rebuild its economy.

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It's All Politics
8:22 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

President Pitches Overtime Rule That Could Raise Wages For 5 Million

President Obama signs a presidential memorandum in March of 2014 that directed the Department of Labor construct a new set of overtime rules, with the goal of making more employees eligible for overtime pay.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:17 am

President Obama is expected to release this week a long-awaited rule governing overtime that could affect 5 million people as soon as next year, a source familiar with the plans confirmed to NPR.

The proposed rule would more than double the salary cap under which most workers would qualify for overtime pay whenever they work more than 40 hours a week, the source said. The cap would be raised from $23,660 to $50,440, and indexed to wage growth or inflation, ensuring the cap would move with the overall economy.

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