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A Candidate With Low Poll Numbers, But High Hopes

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dr. Doug Butzier was the Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate in Iowa when he died in a small plane crash this week. NPR's Scott Simon thinks on the hopes even "lost cause" candidates inspire.

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Brooklyn DA Works To Overturn His 'Legacy Of Disgrace'

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Since Kenneth Thompson became district attorney, he's been investigating a number of old cases. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, he recently asked a judge to throw out a 30-year-old murder conviction.

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James Foley Memorial Set In His New Hampshire Home Town

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A memorial for journalist James Foley will be held Saturday, on what would have been his 41st birthday. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Rev. Marc Montminy, who is presiding over the service.

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Dallas Hospital Deals With Aftermath Of Ebola Missteps

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Authorities in Texas are working to limit travel by health workers who may have been exposed to Ebola. Meanwhile, the hospital at the center of the first cases in the U.S. is trying to move forward.

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Advice For Reporting On Detroit: Avoid 'Urban Settler' Metaphors

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Detroit Metro Times Editor Michael Jackman wrote about some phrases to avoid when writing about his city. Hold the "tabula rasa" and "urban frontier," he tells NPR's Scott Simon.

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In Alaska Race For Governor, Democrats Try An Unusual Tactic: Dropping Out

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Alaska's Republican governor looked to have a lock on re-election, until state Democrats realized that their best tactic would be to give up โ€” and clear the path for an independent challenger.

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Once A Year, Farmers Go Back To Picking Corn By Hand โ€” For Fun

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Farmers across the Midwest harvest billions of bushels of corn nowadays using giant machines called combines. But a contest keeps a more primitive corn-picking technique alive: human hands.

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Washington, D.C., Pitches New Bridge Park As A 'Model For Social Equity'

Friday, October 17, 2014

The park, built on piers left over from an obsolete, demolished bridge, would connect two disparate parts of the city in hopes of sparking new life and knitting two communities.

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All Things Considered

California Nurses' Union Pulls Ebola Into Contract Talks

Friday, October 17, 2014

Ebola training, staffing and protective gear are bargaining chips as nurses in California hammer out a new contract with Kaiser Permanente. Their requests mirror the concerns of nurses nationwide.

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Spike In ER, Hospital Use Short-Lived After Calif. Medicaid Expansion

Friday, October 17, 2014

Previous research found that going on Medicaid increased a poor person's use of costly emergency room visits. Now an analysis suggests that initial spike in ER visits quickly tapers off.

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Florida 'Loud Music' Shooter Michael Dunn Gets Life In Prison

Friday, October 17, 2014

Dunn was convicted earlier this month in a second trial for the fatal shooting of black teenager Jordan Davis in 2012.

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Fiesta Fan Photos: Your Dishes On Display

Friday, October 17, 2014

NPR listeners recently threw open their kitchen cabinets and showed off their collections of the brightly colored Fiesta dishware line: stacks of mix-and-match plates, favorite mugs, family heirlooms.

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Predictions Of 'Peak Oil' Production Prove Slippery

Friday, October 17, 2014

Just a few years ago, authors were predicting production would soon hit a peak and then decline. But since then, supplies have surged. So are the forecasters now slapping themselves in the head?

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Just Seeing Charts And Graphs Makes Drug Claims More Credible

Friday, October 17, 2014

Graphs look so impressive. Even graphs that include no new information made people more likely to think that a drug is effective, a study finds. Can you inoculate yourself against that bias?

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Morning Edition

Washington, D.C. Election Guide Uses Upside-Down Flag

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Washington Post reported the mistake. But officials contend it was really a brilliant ruse to get attention and fight voter apathy.

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Morning Edition

Privacy Advocates Don't Buy FBI's Warning About Encryption Practices

Friday, October 17, 2014

FBI Director James Comey used his first major policy address to warn that new encryption techniques could lock out law enforcement trying to solve crimes. He wants a back door into smartphones.

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Morning Edition

LA Schools Superintendent To Leave After iPad Controversy

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Los Angeles schools superintendent is stepping down. John Deasy's resignation follows a contracting scandal that put him on the defensive. He talks to Steve Inskeep about why he resigned.

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Morning Edition

Fears Of A U.S. Ebola Outbreak Prompt Travel Ban Proposals

Friday, October 17, 2014

Congressional Republicans continue to call for a ban on travel from the West African nations caught up in the Ebola outbreak. The Obama administration, however, remains firm in opposing a travel ban.

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Morning Edition

Wild Card Teams, Giants And Royals, To Meet In World Series

Friday, October 17, 2014

The San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 Thursday to advance to the championship. The day before, the Kansas City Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles to win their series slot.

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Morning Edition

R&B Singer Erykah Badu Raises $3.60 Singing On The Street

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Grammy Award-winning singer said, "I just kinda always wanted to see what it would be like to sing for money on the streets." For whatever reason, she didn't get much cash dropped into her hat.

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