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Postcards From The Common Core Classroom

Saturday, August 02, 2014

The Common Core State Standards mean big changes in classrooms across the country. This... is the sound of that change.

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Chicago Students To News Media: 'You Don't Know Us'

Saturday, August 02, 2014

In response to the media's coverage of crime in their neighborhood, a group of students wrote an op-ed for The Chicago Tribune. NPR's Scott Simon talks with two of those students and their teacher.

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America's Obsession With Sharks Has A Long History

Saturday, August 02, 2014

America's obsession with sharks dates to 1916 and a series of attacks along the Jersey Shore โ€” and includes a forgotten act of courage.

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Atlanta Hospital Prepares To Treat 2 Ebola Patients

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Two American aid workers who were infected with the Ebola virus are being flown from West Africa to the U.S. Emory University Hospital says they'll be in a state-of-the-art containment unit.

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All Things Considered

A Right Or A Privilege? Detroit Residents Split Over Water Shut-Offs

Friday, August 01, 2014

The city's been shutting off water to thousands of customers who aren't paying their bills. Some argue it's a violation of a basic human need; others say nonpayers are effectively stealing water.

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Breast-Feeding Is Still Difficult For Many Moms

Friday, August 01, 2014

Access to lactation specialists is slowly improving in the U.S., according to a CDC survey. And that can help many women who want to breast-feed stick with it longer, health officials say.

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How U.S. Hospitals Keep Deadly Germs Like Ebola Virus Contained

Friday, August 01, 2014

If all goes according to plan, patients with Ebola virus will soon enter the United States. How does a hospital care for critically ill patients while protecting other patients, staff and the public?

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For Ray Rice, Is A Two-Game Suspension Light Punishment?

Friday, August 01, 2014

Did ESPN's Stephen Smith need to apologize for saying women need to be aware of provocation? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

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Is The Current Gridlock In Congress As Bad As It Looks?

Friday, August 01, 2014

For the final program, host Michel Martin speaks with Neil Minkoff and Maria Cardona about the biggest political stories of the week.

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A Conservative Mayor Fights To Expand Medicaid In North Carolina

Friday, August 01, 2014

After a small North Carolina town lost its hospital, Belhaven's Republican mayor decided it was time to demand that North Carolina cover more people through the Medicaid program.

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Simmering Online Debate Shows Emoji Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Friday, August 01, 2014

A report from a local Philadelphia TV station is reigniting a debate and getting people all up in arms. (Or should we say, up in hands?)

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Unemployment Ticks Up To 6.2 Percent; 209,000 Jobs Added

Friday, August 01, 2014

The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the rate for July was little changed from June's 6.1 percent.

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Morning Edition

Minnesota's Minimum-Wage Workers Get 75-Cent Increase

Friday, August 01, 2014

Workers and advocacy groups praise the hard-fought change, from $7.25 to $8, but opponents warn it will wreak havoc on business balance sheets.

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Morning Edition

Expedited Hearings For Migrant Children Raise Concerns

Friday, August 01, 2014

The Department of Justice is speeding up court hearings for immigrant kids who have come to the U.S. in record numbers. Lawyers and immigration judges say the move undermines due process and will lead to further delays in already clogged courts. The ACLU earlier filed a suit over lack of representation.

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All Things Considered

Three Years On, Utah's Immigrant Guest Worker Law Still Stalled

Thursday, July 31, 2014

In 2011, Utah decided to let some people in the state illegally apply for work permits. But the law, pending a federal waiver, still hasn't gone into effect โ€” and now, some want to repeal it.

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All Things Considered

Thousands Of Inmates Serve Time Fighting The West's Forest Fires

Thursday, July 31, 2014

When there's a wildfire in California, odds are there are low-level offenders battling it. Inmates, trained by pros and making $2 a day, have become a crucial element of the state's wildfire response.

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Kentucky Buoys Noah's Ark Park With Millions In New Tax Breaks

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Christian theme park, featuring a 510-foot-long replica of the ark, is getting $18 million in new incentives from the state's tourism board.

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Hospitals Fight Proposed Changes In The Training Of Doctors

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Institute of Medicine this week urged Congress to allocate to community clinics more of the $15 billion it spends annually on training new doctors. But hospitals say that's the wrong prescription.

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What Somebody's Mummy Can Teach You About Heart Disease

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mummies from Ancient Egypt, Peru and the U.S. all show signs of hardened arteries. But why? Researchers say bad hygiene, open hearths and maybe some deeply ingrained genetic factors were to blame.

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Morning Edition

A Prospective Pro Athletes' Backup Plan? Pit Crewing For NASCAR

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Some college athletes who dreamed of going into pro sports are instead finding full-time work on NASCAR pit crews. NASCAR is recruiting athletes, not mechanics, and has a special training center.

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