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3:42 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Pie Crust Scandal Hits Kentucky State Fair

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 4:23 am

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NPR Story
2:58 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Deborah Rutter Becomes Kennedy Center's First Female President

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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 4:00 am

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NPR Story
2:58 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Politics In The News

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NPR Ed
2:22 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 2:58 am

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 — it's that the librarians are being reassigned.

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Business
1:18 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Amazon's German Workers Push For Higher Wages, Union Contract

Nancy Becker, an Amazon employee in Bad Hersfeld, Germany, speaks at a protest rally outside the company's headquarters in Seattle in December.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 2:58 am

Only about 11 percent of U.S. workers are in unions — down from 20 percent just three decades ago. It's different in Germany, where most workers are covered by collective bargaining.

That cultural difference is causing a clash between Amazon, the Seattle-based online retail giant, and its German workers.

Bad Hersfeld is best known as a picturesque festival and spa town in central Germany. But it's also home to two Amazon fulfillment centers that employ more than 3,000 people.

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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 2:58 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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Crime In The City
1:16 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Ghanaian Mystery Writer Says, 'It's Easy To Get Murdered In Accra'

Kwei Quartey sets one of the crime scenes in his second D.I. Dawson book in Agbogbloshie, an Accra slum.
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton NPR

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 2:58 am

White egrets swoop down on the Agbogbloshie Canal and stoop to pick at mounds of filth and trash in search of food. The clogged and stinky waterway dominates Agbogbloshie, the main shantytown in Accra, Ghana's capital city. You wonder how the birds manage to maintain white feathers as they wade in the putrid, muddy water.

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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 2:58 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

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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Around the Nation
5:48 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

For Their Own Good? New Curfew Sends Baltimore Kids Home Early

This hangout spot in East Baltimore — like the rest of the city's outdoor spaces — now comes with a police-enforced nighttime age limit. Children under 14 must be indoors by 9 p.m. each night, all year long. Kids age 14-16 can stay out a little later, until 10 p.m. on school nights and 11 p.m. on other nights.
Courtesy of Brian O'Doherty

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 12:43 pm

Young people in Baltimore are adjusting to life under a tougher curfew law. For 20 years, the city has required kids to be inside at night during the summer — but now, children younger than 14 must be in by 9 p.m. every night of the year.

It's one of the strictest curfews in the country, and you can see its impact at the gym at Fort Worthington Elementary School in East Baltimore. On a recent Tuesday evening, the sun has set — and Ulysses Cofield, or Coach U, is trying to keep an eye on the time.

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Television
4:45 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

X Prize Competition Could Make 'Tricorder' A Reality

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 5:17 pm

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Iraq
4:45 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Islamic State Suffers Rare Defeat In Amerli

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Movies
4:21 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Bostonians: Success Of Whitey Bulger Movie Hangs On The Accent

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 4:45 pm

Boston has become the set for a new film about mobster Whitey Bulger. Locals believe getting the Boston accent right will make or break the movie.

(This piece originally aired on Morning Edition on Wed., Aug. 27)

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Music Interviews
4:21 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Ty Segall Rocks Out — Acoustic-Style, And With More Polish

Ty Segall's latest album is Manipulator.
Denee Petracek Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 4:45 pm

If there's a Mozart of garage rock, it's Ty Segall. He's put out at least a dozen albums of face-melting, critic-adored low-fi rock, in the style of bands like The Troggs or The Stooges — not to mention his work with other bands and in other styles.

But his newest album, Manipulator, is different: more produced and polished. Segall came to NPR West to talk about the album with NPR's Arun Rath — and play a few songs for us.

Hear the conversation at the audio link.

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Iraq
3:40 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

PTSD Goes Largely Untreated In Iraq's Kurdish Region

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 4:45 pm

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National Security
3:40 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Guantanamo Defense Lawyer Resigns, Says U.S. Case Is 'Stacked'

Jason Wright, seen here during his 15-month deployment to Iraq, served in the military for nine years before resigning last week.
Courtesy of Jason Wright

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 4:45 pm

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks, is facing a military commission at Guantanamo Bay and potentially the death penalty. He was captured in 2003 but his case still hasn't gone to trial.

Last week, Maj. Jason Wright — one of the lawyers defending Mohammed — resigned from the Army. He has accused the U.S. government of "abhorrent leadership" on human rights and due process guarantees and says it is crafting a "show trial."

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The Two-Way
12:53 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Coast Guard Calls Off Search For Small Plane That Crashed In Ocean

A Cirrus SR22 similar to this one ran out of fuel and crashed into the Atlantic after its pilot apparently fell unconscious.
PR NEWSWIRE

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 1:29 pm

The Coast Guard says it has called off a search for the pilot of a single-engine prop plane that drifted into restricted airspace over Washington, D.C., forcing fighter jets to scramble an intercept. The apparently unconscious pilot of the small aircraft later ran out of fuel and plunged into the Atlantic Ocean.

On Saturday, a pair of F-16s were dispatched to escort the Cirrus SR22. When the fighters approached, one of the F-16 pilots observed a person at the controls of the propeller-driven plane who appeared to be unconscious.

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The Two-Way
11:44 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Corvette-Eating Sinkhole Will Be Filled In, Museum Says

A glimpse of what it's like in the sinkhole that opened up Wednesday under a wing of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.
National Corvette Museum

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 12:53 pm

The sinkhole that swallowed up eight cars at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kent., in February quickly became a favorite exhibit for museum visitors, but that's not enough to head off a decision to fill in the 60-foot wide, 40-foot-deep orifice in the floor.

Reuters reports:

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Parallels
10:46 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Gaza's Shattered Airport, Once A Symbol Of Sovereignty

The destroyed and deserted main gate of the Gaza international airport in the southern city of Rafah.
Thomas Coex AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 11:31 am

It's hard to imagine a more compelling monument to the rise and fall of the Palestinian dream of statehood than the bombed-out ruins that the 1.8 million people of Gaza call their international airport.

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The Two-Way
9:39 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Rebels Reportedly Seize Part Of U.S. Embassy Compound In Tripoli

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 1:14 pm

Islamic militiamen in the Libyan capital have reportedly seized part of the U.S. embassy compound, which was evacuated more than a month ago amid concerns over the safety of diplomatic staff.

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The Two-Way
9:04 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Hong Kong Activists Protest China's Control Of Leadership Vote

Protesters attend a rally organized by the Occupy Central with Love and Peace movement outside the Chief Executive office in Hong Kong, China, on Sunday.
Jerome Favre EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 10:52 pm

Pro-democracy activists have taken to the streets in Hong Kong to protest China's rejection of pleas that the territory hold an open election for its next chief executive three years from now.

As NPR's Frank Langfitt reports, the protesters say they will attempt to paralyze the city's financial district with protests after an announcement that gives the territory a vote in 2017, but only from a group of candidates hand-picked by a pro-Beijing committee.

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Code Switch
8:09 am
Sun August 31, 2014

How 'Sassy' Came To Mean Something Both Sweet And Sour

Jazz singer and pianist Sarah Vaughan reportedly earned the nickname "Sassy," from pianist John Malachi. Apparently she liked it.
AFP/Getty Images

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The Two-Way
8:06 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Putin Calls For Talks To Consider Statehood For Southeastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a terrestrial globe presented him as a gift in Tver region, Russia, on Friday.
Mikhail Klimentyev AP

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 1:31 pm

Update at 10:35 a.m. ET

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for "meaningful talks" to end the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine, reiterating that the Kremlin, which is said to have allowed thousands of its soldiers to join the rebels, views the situation as an internal dispute.

"Substantive, meaningful talks should begin immediately ... related to the issues of society's political organization and statehood in southeastern Ukraine to protect legitimate interests of people living there," Tass quoted Putin as saying.

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The Two-Way
6:41 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Iraqi Forces Reportedly Enter Besieged Northern City Of Amerli

In Amerli, people try to board an Iraqi Army helicopter aid flight bringing in supplies to the town on Saturday. The town, which includes some 20,000 Shiite Turkmen, has been surrounded by Sunni Islamic State fighters for two months.
AP

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 8:43 am

Iraqi security forces backed by Shiite militias and U.S. airstrikes have reportedly entered the northern town of Amerli, where Islamic State militants have laid siege to the town for weeks, prompting fears of a sectarian massacre.

Reuters and BBC report that Iraqi Army and volunteer fighters entered the town on Sunday after defeating the Sunni rebels, also known as ISIS or ISIL, east of the city. The Islamic State, which claims to enforce a pure version of Islam, has apparently targeted Amerli because of its large Shiite Turkmen population, seen by them as apostates.

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Asia
5:58 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Open Elections Ruled Out In Hong Kong; Potential Showdown Looms

Protesters attend a rally in Hong Kong on Sunday after China's National People's Congress denied open elections for the next chief executive. Many in Hong Kong feel their freedoms are eroding under mainland political pressure.
Vincent Yu AP

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 10:53 pm

China's National People's Congress on Sunday rejected calls for open elections for Hong Kong's next chief executive. The Chinese government said nominees must be chosen by a committee, which is expected to be filled with people who tilt towards Beijing.

"The Chief Executive shall be a person who loves the country and loves Hong Kong," the Congress said in a statement, which underscored that loyalty to the mainland government is a must.

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Research News
5:50 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Study Finds Nothing Special About Breakfast

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 9:15 am

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Around the Nation
5:50 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Trial Will Decide Detroit's Fiscal Future

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 7:09 am

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