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A Cooler Pacific May Be Behind Recent Pause In Global Warming

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Earth's average annual temperature has been rising for decades, but not in the last 15 years — colder winters and hotter summers notwithstanding. Now scientists offer evidence that this "pause" in average warming is because a cooler Pacific is temporarily taking up more heat than usual.

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Behind March On Washington's 'Sunny Reputation,' A Deep Fear

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Even though the March on Washington was nonviolent, many braced for riots. Host Michel Martin speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch about the story behind the march.

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Freedom Singer: 'Without Music, There Would Be No Movement'

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Freedom Singers, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez were some of the people who provided the soundtrack at the March on Washington. The Freedom Singers' Rutha Mae Harris tells host Michel Martin why the civil rights movement couldn't exist without music.

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For King's Adviser, Fulfilling The Dream 'Cannot Wait'

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

After days of worry, Clarence B. Jones, legal adviser to Martin Luther King Jr., was relieved to stand at the Lincoln Memorial and watch the event unfold without a hitch. While there's been great progress in the decades since, Jones says, he also feels King's dream still remains unfulfilled.

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Weekly Innovation: A Mattress That Makes It Easier To Cuddle

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Cuddle Mattress is designed to let you spoon or hug your better half more comfortably. It's the latest product in our Weekly Innovation series.

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Julia Child Was Wrong: Don't Wash Your Raw Chicken, Folks

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The doyenne of TV chefs imparted much wisdom to American cooks, but one piece of Child's advice you should ignore is to wash your raw poultry before cooking. It spreads germs. Everywhere. Yet studies suggest 90 percent of Americans do it, so food safety researchers are launching a campaign to squash the habit.

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Goodie Mob: Building New Leaders From The Elders

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Cee-Lo Green says the group's reunion provides an opportunity to bring something new and deep to hip-hop. Goodie Mob's new album, Age Against the Machine, aims to challenge the genre's mainstream powerhouses.

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A College Kid, A Single Mom, And The Problem With The Poverty Line

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A college student getting help from his parents may be below the poverty line. The mother who earns $23,000 a year is not.

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Tortellini, The Dumpling Inspired By Venus' Navel

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Legend has it that an innkeeper caught a glimpse of the goddess of love in her bedroom and then rushed to his kitchen to create an egg pasta inspired by Venus' belly button. Today the art of making tortellini is endangered, but several groups are devising creative ways to preserve the tradition.

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Race And Country Music Then And Now

Friday, August 23, 2013

A new book provides evidence of racial mixing in country music as far back as the 1930s, but today is the red Solo cup (to quote a Toby Keith lyric) half full or half empty?

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The Charity That Just Gives Money To Poor People

Friday, August 23, 2013

There are no strings attached. People can spend the money on whatever they want, and they never have to pay it back.

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Ben Affleck, The New Batman

Thursday, August 22, 2013

To the names Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale, add Ben Affleck. Warner Bros. says Affleck will be the next big name Hollywood star to play the role of Batman on the big screen. He'll star in the still untitled movie expected to be released in the summer of 2015.

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Bradley Manning: 'I Am A Female,' Call Me Chelsea

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Army private responsible for the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history is asking for hormone therapy. Manning's lawyer will push for that to happen during the soldier's long stay in prison.

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How A Look At Your Gmail Reveals The Power Of Metadata

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The NSA says it's only examining traffic information, not the content of Americans' phone calls. How much can that information tell you? Quite a lot, and in some ways it's more useful than actual content. NPR's Larry Abramson learns what analysts can discover about his life and contacts just by looking at his Gmail account.

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Meth, Poverty Drive Up Cattle Rustling In Texas

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cattle rustling is on the rise in Texas and Oklahoma. So far this year, authorities have seen a 40 percent increase in thefts. But one of the reasons why may be a bit surprising: Drug users are stealing them.

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Teen Girls' Yen For Indoor Tans Sparks Battle Over Risks

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dermatologists say it's a lot easier to manage the skin cancer risk to young people from indoor tanning than it is to ban the sun. But the indoor tanning industry says doctors should be more focused on skin cancer in older folks.

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Why Millennials Are Ditching Cars And Redefining Ownership

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Internet and file sharing have transformed how young people think about possessing music, art, books — even cars. As the millennial generation questions ownership of nearly everything, they are opting to spend money on experiences. And car companies are left scratching their heads.

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How Extreme Australian Rains Made Global Sea Levels Drop

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sea level has been rising steadily as a result of global warming. But in 2010 and 2011, levels dropped sharply by a quarter of an inch. A new analysis says that's because extraordinarily heavy rainfall got trapped in inland Australia.

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Winona Ryder: With Smaller Roles, A Welcome Return From Exile

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

NPR has been looking at comebacks — from politicians reinventing themselves to the recovery of once-endangered species. Then there are disgraced movie stars. Winona Ryder made everyone forget about her 2001 shoplifting arrest with her role in Black Swan. How far has her comeback taken her?

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NPR CEO Knell To Leave After 2 years On The Job

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

CEO Gary Knell announced on Monday that he is leaving NPR to take the helm at National Geographic Society. The offer was too good to refuse, Knell told NPR staffers, giving him the chance to lead a larger educational and publishing and television organization on a "global stage."

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