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Martin Amis' 'Zone Of Interest' Is An Electrically Powerful Holocaust Novel

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Martin Amis' latest novel, which takes place in Auschwitz, has already stirred up controversy in Europe according to the New York Times. But reviewer Alan Cheuse calls it the triumph of Amis' career.

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House Approves Bill To Train, Arm Syrian Rebels

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It's the only part of President Obama's strategy for combating the extremist group Islamic State that he's asked Congress to weigh in on.

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The Insights Of An Ebola Doctor Who Became A Patient

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dr. Kent Brantly, an American Ebola survivor, tells NPR what it was like to suffer from the deadly and "humiliating" disease.

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Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And The Risk Of Diabetes

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

There's a new wrinkle to the old debate over diet soda: Artificial sweeteners may alter our microbiomes. And for some, this may raise blood sugar levels and set the stage for diabetes.

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MacArthur Fellow Terrance Hayes: Poems Are Music, Language Our Instrument

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hayes, a professor of writing at the University of Pittsburgh, was recognized for "reflecting on race, gender, and family in works that seamlessly encompass both the historical and the personal."

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Obama Renews Pledge To Keep Combat Forces Out Of Iraq, Syria

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

President Obama's remarks came as Congress votes to approve more military trainers in the region to aide the fight against the group that calls itself the Islamic State.

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The Rise And Fall Of The Fade-Out

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A slow fade, rather than a hard stop, used to be the popular way to end a pop song. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Slate reporter William Weir about the fade-out's history and recent decline.

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Iran Foreign Minister: Any Deal With Iran Better Than Nothing

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Robert Siegel talks with Steve Inskeep about the Morning Edition host's recent interview with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Zarif said Iran is "ready" to make a deal with the U.S. about its nuclear program, and that "any deal with Iran would be better than nothing."

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Multispectral Imaging Could Reveal Secrets Of Martellus Map

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A team of researchers are using multispectral imaging to uncover hidden text on a 1491 Martellus map, one of the most important maps in history. Lead researcher Chet Van Duzer thinks the discoveries will allow historians and scholars to see just how the map influenced cartography in its time.

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On Scotland's Referendum, Poor Lean Toward Indpendence

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

London-based pollster Martin Boon tells Robert Siegel that in Scotland's upcoming referendum, the poor regions of cities are leaning toward independence while the elite are in favor of maintaining ties to England.

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MacArthur Grantee Recognized For Advocacy Of Domestic Workers

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Among the scientists, artists and academics awarded this year's MacArthur grants is labor organizer Ai-jen Poo. Poo was recognized for her advocacy of domestic workers: housekeepers, nannies and other caregivers who are often underpaid and not protected by labor law. Robert Siegel talks with her about her work.

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Study Of 'Flexible Brains' May Aid Injury Understanding

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Physicist Danielle Bassett has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship based on her work studying the human brain. She talks with Melissa Block about the advances it may lead to.

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Fed Pledges To Keep Interest Rates Low For A While

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen took questions from reporters on Wednesday afternoon after the central bank's release of a new policy statement. The Fed said that its bond-buying stimulus program would end next month but it will still be a "considerable time" before short-term interest rates are increased.

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A New Campaign Ad Sport: Billionaire Bashing

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It's open season on the wealthy political donors. Democratic campaign ads tie Republican candidates to the Koch brothers, while GOP ads paint sinister images of George Soros and Tom Steyer.

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Homeless Vet's Story Illustrates Challenge In Getting Off The Street

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The White House has vowed to end chronic homelessness among veterans by 2015. We profile one vet in San Diego whose odyssey illustrates why it's so hard to get vets off the street.

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On Second Thought, Vikings Put Adrian Peterson On Exempt List

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Minnesota Vikings announced on Thursday that they will place star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt list until his legal troubles are resolved. Peterson was indicted by a grand jury for reckless and negligent injury to a child after whipping his son with a switch.

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After A Long Wait, Syrian Rebels Hope The Weapons Will Now Flow

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The "moderate" opposition has been losing ground on the battlefield and pleading for weapons from the U.S. for the past couple of years. They are hoping that their fortunes have finally changed.

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Rep. Gowdy To Lead New Benghazi Committee In First Public Hearing

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

House lawmakers will give the Sept. 11 attacks in Libya two years ago a fresh look. Wednesday's hearing will be the first public one since Gowdy, R-S.C., became head of a special Benghazi committee.

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A 'Circle' Of Support Helps Families Stay Out Of Poverty

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

An innovative program seeks to fight persistent poverty by helping a struggling family navigate past some of the day-to-day obstacles that keep many people poor.

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The Kaypro II: An Early Computer With A Writer's Heart

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Commentator Andrei Codrescu remembers the first word processor he had — the Kaypro II in the 1980s. Its inventor, Andrew Kay, died Aug. 28, at the age of 95.

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