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Q&A: Designing Playful Learning Spaces

Friday, July 18, 2014

An exhibit designer at the Boston Children's Museum says kids are 'natural scientists,' and she wants to create experiences that cater to that.

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TED Radio Hour

Wildfires Force Evacuation Of Towns, Hospital In Washington State

Friday, July 18, 2014

Pateros, a town of about 650 residents in north central Washington, emptied out Thursday night as wildfires continued to grow. One resident described it as looking like "the caldron of hell."

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Morning Edition

Reminder: Better Pay Your Trash Bill

Friday, July 18, 2014

A customer of trash hauler in Red Wing, Minn., hadn't paid so an employee dumped almost 2 tons of garbage on his driveway. Paul's Industrial Garage has been fined for illegal dumping.

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Morning Edition

Microsoft Announces Biggest Layoffs In Company's History

Friday, July 18, 2014

Microsoft will eliminate 18,000 jobs in the next year. That's 14 percent of the company's global workforce, and the largest reduction in its history. The changes reflect Microsoft's shift to mobile.

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Morning Edition

While Campaigning For Other Democrats, Sen. Warren Gains Fans

Friday, July 18, 2014

Senator Elizabeth Warren has had a busy mid-term election season campaigning for Democratic Senate hopefuls — especially women — across the country. Warren has ruled out a presidential run in 2016.

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Morning Edition

Calif. Officials Debate How To Get Residents To Cut Water Use

Friday, July 18, 2014

How do you make people conserve water? Officials in California are asking that question, as the state enacts unprecedented water-use restrictions during the severe drought.

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Morning Edition

Police Chief Lessons Gave Kerlikowske Insight Into Protesters

Friday, July 18, 2014

New commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Gil Kerlikowske talked to Steve Inskeep in his first extended interview on the use of force and controversial shootings by the Border Patrol.

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Morning Edition

Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dies At 89

Friday, July 18, 2014

Elaine Stritch, whose career spanned more than half a century and went from stage to screen to TV and back to stage again, died Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich.

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Morning Edition

Border Agency Chief Opens Up About Deadly Force Cases

Friday, July 18, 2014

Gil Kerlikowske, head of Customs and Border Protection, tells NPR that he is reviewing scores of incidents. "We need to be better at admitting when we're wrong or where we've made a mistake," he says.

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All Things Considered

QUIZ: Which Of These State Fair Foods Are Faux?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Combinations of batter, cheese, bacon and sugar at state fair food concessions seem to get more elaborate and outrageous every year. So we were inspired to put our state fair food sense to the test.

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All Things Considered

The Face Of The Millennial Man, Sketched In Data

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Audie Cornish speaks with sociologist Michael Kimmel about millennial men and how their lives differ from previous generations — by the numbers.

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All Things Considered

As Immigration Crisis Grows, A Protest Movement Gains Steam

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Several hundred protests will begin Friday in cities across the country, as activists rail against the Obama administration's efforts to temporarily house migrant children detained at the border.

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All Things Considered

Ring The Bells: A Carillon Campaign Is Going Nationwide

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Julie Rose unravels the unique art of the carillon. A carillonneur is someone who, at a wedding or funeral, hammers away on wooden pegs with their fists and hands to coax music from large bells.

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All Things Considered

Months From Water Crisis, Leaking W.Va. Tanks Are Demolished

Thursday, July 17, 2014

As Dave Mistich of West Virginia Public Broadcasting reports, Freedom Industries is demolishing the site responsible for the leak that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians early in 2014.

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All Things Considered

The Modern American Man, Charted

Thursday, July 17, 2014

By some measures, not much has changed for the American male in the past few decades — girls still do better in school and men still make more money. In other areas, the differences are profound.

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Hey, Miss Idaho, Is That An Insulin Pump On Your Bikini?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sierra Sandison couldn't imagine how she would hide an insulin pump during beauty pageants. So she decided to show it off for the Miss Idaho pageant. She won. Type 1 diabetics say they won, too.

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Florida Court Overturns State's Same-Sex-Marriage Ban

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The case applies only in Monroe County, which includes Key West, and will almost certainly be appealed. But a similar case is pending in Miami.

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Wildfire In Washington State Threatens Hundreds Of Homes

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Firefighters have yet to contain the blaze in the central part of the state. The Chiwaukum Creek Fire is burning through heavy timber and sent a plume of smoke 25,000 feet into the air.

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Strike Averted On Nation's Largest Commuter Rail Line

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Unions representing Long Island Rail Road workers had threatened to go out on strike Sunday, potentially stranding hundreds of thousands of commuters. But a deal was reached Thursday.

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TMM Producer Relishes 'Fresh Attitude, Young Body'

Thursday, July 17, 2014

As Tell Me More enters its final weeks of production, producer and director Andrew Limbong shares his favorite songs for the program's 'In Your Ear' series.

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