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For Would-Be Screenwriter, Enough False Starts To Fill A Book

Thursday, August 14, 2014

There's a joke in LA that everyone — from your dog walker to your dry cleaner — is writing a screenplay. C.W. Neill pokes fun at that romantic Hollywood craft in This Movie Will Require Dinosaurs.

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Morning Edition

Who Gets First Dibs On Transplanted Liver? Rules May Change

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Location, location, location too often trumps medical need, some doctors say. But another solution to making the distribution of scarce organs fairer worries some transplant surgeons and patients.

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In Tense Ferguson, Mo., 2 Reporters Caught In Arrests

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

When SWAT officers swept through a McDonald's restaurant, they arrested not just locals, but journalists working for The Washington Post and The Huffington Post, The Associated Press reports.

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All Things Considered

Shifting Climate Has North Dakota Farmers Swapping Wheat For Corn

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Projections suggest that climate change will hurt agriculture in most parts of the world. But some areas of the U.S. could actually see a benefit as corn production moves farther north.

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All Things Considered

City-Run Gas Station Makes Waves In Southeastern Kentucky

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A gas station in Somerset, Ky., was opened recently by city officials as a way to try to lower gas prices. Critics call it a socialist move and say government competition isn't fair to local firms.

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All Things Considered

Between Ferguson's Police And Population, A Racial Divide

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Robert Siegel speaks with local political leader Patricia Bynes of Ferguson, Mo., about the clashes between residents and police taking place there since the weekend. Unrest erupted after an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by police recently in the St. Louis suburb.

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All Things Considered

In The Absence Of Answers, Protests Fill Ferguson's Silence

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The community of Ferguson, Mo., remains on edge after a police shooting left an unarmed black teenager dead over the weekend. Clashes have erupted between protesters and police, and an officer was involved in another shooting overnight.

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All Things Considered

More Dads Want Paternity Leave. Getting It Is A Different Matter

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Paid paternity leave is a luxury in the U.S. Just 10 to 15 percent of employers offer it, even though an increasing number of fathers want, and expect, time off with a new child.

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On Net Neutrality, California Cares; Texas? Not So Much

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A geographical analysis of comments to the Federal Communications Commission shows wide disparities on the issue of an open Internet.

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What Policing Looks Like To A Former Officer

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ronald Hampton — a black former police officer in Washington, D.C. — analyzes the recent spate of violent police encounters in the context of his experiences on the street.

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What Policing Looks Like To A Former Investigator Of Misconduct

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Monica Potts reflects on her time reviewing civilian complaints about encounters with the NYPD, in light of several high-profile, videotaped confrontations this summer between officers and civilians.

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Math's Highest Honor Is Given To A Woman For The First Time

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Iranian Maryam Mirzakhani, a professor at Stanford, was among four winners of the Fields Medal. She said she hopes the win "encourages young female scientists and mathematicians."

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Morning Edition

Pot Tax Fails To Be A Windfall For Colorado

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Colorado's governor expected to take in $100 million. In the fiscal year that just ended, the marijuana tax brought in $12 million. Many smokers buy medical marijuana which is taxed at a lower rate.

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Morning Edition

Will Alaskans Vote To Repeal State's Tax Cut On Oil Production?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Many Alaskans see the Aug. 19 vote as a referendum on the future of the state, which relies heavily on the oil industry but where less oil is now being pumped from the field.

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Questions Linger Over Fatal Race Involving NASCAR's Stewart

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The racing world is still in shock after a car driven by NASCAR's Tony Stewart struck and killed a 20-year-old driver during a dirt track race Saturday. David Greene talks to Nate Ryan of USA Today.

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Police Shooting Death Of Teen In Missouri Stokes Racial Tension

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Civil Rights activists and religious leaders are calling for calm and a swift investigation that includes the identification of the police officer who shot Michael Brown, a black unarmed teen.

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Proposed Oil Pipeline Would Cut Across Iowa

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Business is booming in North Dakota's Bakken Shale oilfields. Companies are working on pipeline proposals. One calls for a pipeline to be built from Iowa's northwest corner to its southeast corner.

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Young Americans Make Up The Most Unemployed Generation

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

As part of our youth unemployment series, Rory O'Sullivan, deputy director of Young Invincibles, talks to David Greene about career prospects for people graduating from high school.

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LA Clippers Sold To Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is officially the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. A California court confirmed Shelly Sterling's authority to sell the team for a record $2 billion.

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Morning Edition

Smartphone Apps Help To Battle Campus Sexual Assaults

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Several new smartphone apps offer quick ways for college students facing dangerous or uncomfortable situations to reach out to friends, connect with resources on campus or call the police.

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