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Alan Greenblatt

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World Cafe Next: Sam Morrow

Monday, July 28, 2014

For our World Cafe: Next this week we are featuring the music of Sam Morrow's debut album, Ephemeral. Morrow is from the South. He's in his early 20s. His songs are almost all influenced by his recent struggle with addiction and the insights of its aftermath. But by no means ...

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How Our Story About A Child's Science Experiment Sparked Controversy

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A story that ran last Sunday on All Things Considered about a sixth-grader's science fair project has elicited not just criticism but controversy.

Since the student's project built on the work of scientists, she's been accused this week of being a "plagiarist" who "ripped off" earlier ...

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Are Opponents Of The Death Penalty Contributing To Its Problems?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Kevin Cooper was convicted of murdering a married couple and two children, and was sentenced to die.

That was back in 1985. Cooper is still awaiting execution on California's death row.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos, who is handling the case, blames the long delay on Cooper's multiple ...

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Tree Planted To Honor Beatle Is Killed By Beetles

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Flowers may grow so incredibly high, as the Beatles once sang, but trees — not so much.

Actually, a pine tree planted in Los Angeles a decade ago to honor former Beatle George Harrison reached a height of 12 feet before succumbing recently.

To an infestation. Of beetles.

"No one ...

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Deal In Detroit Could Signal Cuts To Pensions Elsewhere

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It used to be that if you were a public employee, you knew your pension benefits could not be touched.

That's no longer the case.

Pensions have been under political attack in recent years, with some politicians arguing they can't afford to fund generous retirements at the same time they're ...

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Rubio: U.S. Cannot Admit All Children Seeking Asylum

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tells NPR the nation can't "absorb" all migrants fleeing violence and must secure its own border first. He dismissed potential 2016 rival Hillary Clinton as old news.

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Why An African-American Sports Pioneer Remains Obscure

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Alice Coachman Davis never entered the pantheon of breakthrough African-American sports heroes, like Jesse Owens or Wilma Rudolph. But she was a pioneer nonetheless.

In 1948, competing as Alice Coachman, she became the first African-American woman to win Olympic gold, breaking the U.S. and Olympic records in the high jump.

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Drug Sentencing Guidelines Reduced For Current Prisoners

Friday, July 18, 2014

The U.S. Sentencing Commission on Friday voted unanimously to reduce terms for drug traffickers already in prison.

More than 46,000 drug offenders will be eligible for early release, unless Congress makes a move to stop the plan by Nov. 1.

On average, sentences could be reduced by more than ...

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The Latest from Eastern Ukraine

Friday, July 18, 2014

The BBC’s David Stern is in Eastern Ukraine and reports on how the Ukrainian government is responding to the downing of the jet.

He joins Here & Now’s Meghnan Chakrabarti with an update.

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  • David Stern, reporter for the BBC. He tweets @loydstern.
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Typhoon Batters Chinese Island, Heads For Vietnam

Friday, July 18, 2014

The strongest typhoon to hit China in years battered the island of Hainan on Friday.

Typhoon Rammasun killed 54 people as it passed across parts of the Philippines Wednesday and gained strength as it crossed the South China Sea.

It was categorized as a super typhoon by China ...

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Amazon Launches Subscription Service For E-Books

Friday, July 18, 2014

Amazon launched a new subscription service for e-books and audiobooks on Friday called Kindle Unlimited.

The service, which will cost subscribers $9.99 per month after a free initial 30-day trial, offers access to more than 600,000 e-books and about 2,000 audiobooks. The reading and listening experiences can be linked through ...

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Of Monsters And Men On World Cafe

Friday, July 18, 2014

As part of World Cafe's Sense of Place: Iceland series, we were invited into the rehearsal space of the band Of Monsters and Men, which has been writing songs in preparation for a forthcoming album. During our time there, the group members spoke about the success of their 2012 ...

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Wildfires Force Evacuation Of Towns, Hospital In Washington State

Friday, July 18, 2014

Pateros, a town of about 650 residents in north central Washington, emptied out Thursday night as wildfires continued to grow. One resident described it as looking like "the caldron of hell."

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Berlusconi Underage Sex Conviction Overturned By Italian Court

Friday, July 18, 2014

An appeals court in Italy has overturned the conviction of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on charges that he paid for sex with an underage prostitute and then abused his power to cover up the crime.

The Milan court unexpectedly threw out last year's verdict against the billionaire politician, ...

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Libya Asks U.N. For Assistance In Protecting Oil And Airports

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz asked the United Nations Security Council for help protecting the country's ports, airports and oil installations on Thursday, warning that the country could become a failed state.

He pleaded with the council "to take the case of Libya seriously before it is too late,"

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Israel Launches Ground Offensive In Gaza

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the army to send ground forces into Gaza Thursday night.

"We are hearing reports that so far the operation has been concentrated in the north," reports NPR's Emily Harris, who is in Gaza.

Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas, called the invasion "a dangerous ...

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Florida Court Overturns State's Same-Sex-Marriage Ban

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A judge in Florida overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage on Thursday.

The ban had been approved by 62 percent of voters in 2008.

"The court is aware that the majority of voters oppose same-sex marriage, but it is our country's proud history to protect the rights of the ...

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Wildfire In Washington State Threatens Hundreds Of Homes

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Residents of roughly 1,700 homes have been told they should evacuate as a wildfire burns out of control in central Washington state.

Few have heeded the warnings, however. Only a handful of people have shown up at emergency shelters.

"People in this area are very self-sufficient," Eileen Ervin, spokeswoman for ...

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Strike Averted On Nation's Largest Commuter Rail Line

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A tentative agreement has headed off a strike at the nation's largest commuter railroad.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who became personally involved in talks between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and unions representing Long Island Rail Road workers, announced Thursday that a deal had been reached, three days ahead of ...

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Federal Judge Declares Death Penalty Unconstitutional In California

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A federal judge has ruled that California's use of the death penalty is dysfunctional and violates the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.

U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney's ruling came in response to an appeal by Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was sentenced to death in Los Angeles ...

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