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Six Words: 'With Kids, I'm Dad. Alone, Thug'

Monday, November 17, 2014

With his brown skin and long dreadlocks, Marc Quarles stands out in his predominantly white neighborhood. He's particularly aware of that, he says, when his biracial children aren't with him.

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Morning Edition

The Power Of Suggestion Could Trigger Asthma — Or Treat It

Monday, November 17, 2014

Strong odors can be a problem for people with asthma. Even anticipating smells like chemicals or heavy perfumes can lead to an asthma attack. Some scientists think this may lead to new treatments.

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All Things Considered

Criminal Law Says Minors Can't Consent — But Some Civil Courts Disagree

Sunday, November 16, 2014

No state has an age of consent lower than 16. But in some civil cases, attorneys argue that children can make decisions about whom they have sex with — and, in some courtrooms, those attorneys win.

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All Things Considered

Lakers May Be Losing Games, But They're Still Winning Latino Fans

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Lakers are the only NBA team with a dedicated Spanish-language TV channel and broadcast crew. And it makes sense: almost half of the 10 million people in LA County are Hispanic.

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All Things Considered

In Texas, Amputees Get Their Shot At The 'Sweet Science' Of Boxing

Sunday, November 16, 2014

In San Antonio amputees who aspire to be serious boxers are getting in the ring and competing. Texas became the first state to sanction competitive amputee boxing.

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Google Asks Users To Help Fight Ebola — And They Answer With Cash

Sunday, November 16, 2014

For the first time ever, Google reached out to users in a matching campaign to help fund Ebola treatment and prevention. The company's philanthropic director explains why.

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Fines Don't Appear To Deter Mine Safety Violations

Sunday, November 16, 2014

An NPR investigation found that mine workers are at greater risk of injury in mines that are able to avoid paying safety fines. Changes in mine safety enforcement could make penalties more effective.

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Yes, The Weather Is Polar. No, It's Not The Vortex

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Meteorologists are annoyed by the hype around the phrase "polar vortex." This week's frigid snap, they say, was just a regular old cold front.

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Americans for Independence — From America

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Some residents of the United States would prefer that the states be a little less united. From Hawaii to Vermont, from Texas to Alaska, a few groups across the country advocate for secession.

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For Best-Selling Truck, Ford Bets Big On Aluminum

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Ford is about to sell an aluminum-sided version of its F-150 pickup, setting the industry atwitter with expectation. Some hope that after 40 years on top, the truck will finally fall on its tailgate.

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The Wondrous World Of Tom Thumb Weddings

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Young girls and boys take a little trip into the future of matrimony.

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Comet Lander, Firefighters Execute Dazzling Feats Above The Earth

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The sky was full of wonders this week, NPR's Scott Simon muses, as a spacecraft landed on a comet and two window washers were rescued 69 stories above the streets at the new One World Trade Center.

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Mayor Jane Byrne: 'No One Else Had The Guts'

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Jane Byrne, the first female mayor of Chicago, died at the age of 81. NPR's Scott Simon revisits a conversation from earlier this year with Kathy Byrne, the former mayor's daughter.

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'Godfather' Mansion For Sale In Staten Island

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The mansion featured in the The Godfather is on the market for nearly $3 million. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Joseph Profaci, the realtor who is selling the house.

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They Paid How Much? How Negotiated Deals Hide Health Care's Cost

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A patient's portion of a health care bill is the result of a complicated equation. But it's simple compared to the variety of deals insurers negotiate with hospitals and doctors.

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Jane Byrne Dies: No Woman Has Led A Larger U.S. City

Friday, November 14, 2014

Her up-and-down relationship with the Daleys and their Democratic machine led her into and then out of the top office in Chicago. She was 81.

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All Things Considered

Workers Say Employers In Ailing Atlantic City Hold All The Cards

Friday, November 14, 2014

A bankruptcy judge has approved pay benefits cuts for workers at the ailing Trump Taj Mahal casino. But in the city's grim job market, better-paying opportunities elsewhere are few and far between.

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All Things Considered

Board Decision Revives Discussion About Religion In Public Schools

Friday, November 14, 2014

One of the largest public school systems in the U.S. dropped religious affiliations for holidays on its school calendar. The decision represents a classic church and state battle.

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WATCH: Orphaned Sea Otter Pup Has Snack, Playtime

Friday, November 14, 2014

Found in late September along the California coast, "Pup 681" spent a month at the Monterey Aquarium before being transferred to her new home at the Shedd in Chicago.

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All Things Considered

Legal Marijuana Drives Booming Demand For Denver's Warehouses

Friday, November 14, 2014

Colorado law says the plant itself has to be grown indoors, but regulation and reluctant banks have made real estate hard to come by for pot entrepreneurs. The right property can go for millions.

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