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When Searching For Mentors, Look 'Beyond Race'

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, talks about the importance of mentoring in academia, especially in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

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Mom No Longer 'Dumb' About Gay Son

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ninety-year-old Rita Fischer and her son Jay recall a conversation they had back in the 1980s, when Jay first told Rita he was gay.

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Want To See The World? Try A Library In Queens

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

One of the nation's most diverse counties boasts a library system befitting the distinction. Since launching a program for immigrants, it's worked to keep pace with the borough's changing population.

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Morning Edition

NCAA Head-Injury Settlement Includes $70 Million Medical Fund

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The NCAA has settled a class-action lawsuit over its head injury policies, pending approval. Supporters laud a $70 million fund for medical monitoring; others say there's no money for injured players.

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Morning Edition

During Chicago's 1990s Crime Wave, A Rush To Judgment?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Chicago police faced an epidemic of crime — and, with it, pressure to solve high-profile cases. Linda Wertheimer talks with reporter Nicholas Schmidle about a murder case and his New Yorker piece.

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Morning Edition

Wildfire Season Flares Up Early In The Pacific Northwest

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wildfire season has intensified early in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon and Washington are turning to the federal government for assistance in fighting the fires and cleaning up the mess left behind.

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Morning Edition

California Pharmacists Resist Translating Medicine Labels

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Adding a translation to the English label would require bigger bottles, pharmacists say. They worry patients would wind up carrying a few pills around loose — without any instructions at all.

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Morning Edition

As Pharma Jobs Leave N.J., Office Space Ghost Towns Remain

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

In the past 20 years, New Jersey went from having more than 20 percent of U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturing jobs to less than 10 percent. That means offices, labs and warehouses have gone dark.

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Morning Edition

New York Skyscraper's Separate 'Poor Door' Called A Disgrace

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A developer got tax breaks for creating affordable units in its luxury high-rise, but those tenants will have to use a separate entrance. Officials vow to review zoning laws that allowed the design.

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McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The National Labor Relations Board has found that McDonald's shares responsibility for working conditions at its franchised restaurants. The company will fight the ruling.

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Court Rejects Law Threatening Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A federal appellate court rejected arguments that women could seek abortions outside the state, saying no state can farm its constitutional duties out to its neighbors.

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Y'all Keep Talking: Lab Scratches 'Southern Accent Reduction' Course

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Having offended its own staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has canceled a course intended to help employees "speak with a more neutral American accent."

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All Things Considered

Welcome To The Nuclear Command Bunker

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A small cadre of officers is responsible for keeping America's nukes on alert 24/7. Here's a peek into their world, and what it takes to do the job.

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Jury Awards Former Gov. Ventura Nearly $2 Million In Defamation Case

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said his reputation had been damaged by an account of a fight in a book. In a split verdict, a federal jury agreed with him.

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Kurdish Oil Shipment Too Far Offshore For U.S. To Seize

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A U.S. judge says an order she gave late Monday to impound a tanker carrying $100 million in oil off the coast of Galveston, Texas, cannot be enforced.

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Widely Used Insecticides Are Leaching Into Midwest Rivers

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Researchers found that a class of chemicals similar to nicotine and used on corn and soy farms has run off into streams and rivers in the Midwest. There they may be harming aquatic life, like insects.

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Report Says Big Changes Are Needed In How Doctors Are Trained

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

We spend $15 billion a year training doctors but end up with a medical workforce that doesn't meet the nation's health care needs, according to an Institute of Medicine Report.

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Getting Hospice Care Shouldn't Have To Mean Giving Up

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Medicare is trying a different approach in one experiment: Some hospice patients will still be able to get treatments aimed at prolonging life.

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All Things Considered

Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut; Sometimes You Just Drive One

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

After graduation, a group of college students landed a nutty job — quite literally. For the next year, they will don the monocle of Mr. Peanut and drive the Planters Peanut Nutmobile.

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Athletes Should Fear The Heat More Than The Heart Attack

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It's hard not to worry about heart problems when running hard in hot weather. But heat stroke is a far bigger health risk, researchers say. Marathon organizers are trying to make races safer.

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