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Confronting The Challenges Of Traveling With A Disability

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Planning a vacation can be daunting, especially for people with disabilities. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Carole Zoom, a disability activist who's traveled the world.

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Gripes About Health Costs Punctuate A Cross-Country Trip

Sunday, June 08, 2014

A health reporter traveled across the country and asked people how they feel about health care and health insurance. At almost every stop people complained about the expense.

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While Broadway Sings Its Praise, The Wigmaker Remains Unsung

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Sunday night's Tony Awards will honor actors and actresses, but not those who create their elaborate coiffures. That's because the best in the business know how to stay out of the spotlight.

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All Things Considered

Lessons From The Language Boot Camp For Mormon Missionaries

Saturday, June 07, 2014

The Missionary Training Center, which prepares young adults to spread the Gospel around the world, is recognized as a model for language instruction. And the program only takes a few weeks.

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All Things Considered

Prisoner Swap One Of Several Tough Moments For Obama In Recent Weeks

Saturday, June 07, 2014

NPR's National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson talks with Arun Rath about the controversial Berghdal POW swap, the roll out of tougher emissions standards and systemic problems within the VA.

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All Things Considered

How Bergdahl's Release Fits In The History Of Prisoner Exchanges

Saturday, June 07, 2014

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with military historian Paul Springer, author of America's Captives, about the history of prisoner exchanges in times of war.

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'Expecto Patronum!' How Themed Weddings Are Sweeping The Nation

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Combining your love for Harry Potter and Game of Thrones could make for one memorable day, and strangely dressed characters are increasingly storming marriage ceremonies across America.

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Move Over, Bridgegate: Chris Christie's Next Campaign Roadblock

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Turns out New Jersey's economy — not the George Washington Bridge scandal — may be the biggest threat to the governor's presidential ambitions.

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Senate Bill Would Crack Down On Auto Defects

Saturday, June 07, 2014

A GM investigation revealed the company's failure to fix a deadly defect in its cars. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., about a law that would require more transparency.

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Pink The Pelican Released After Pouch Surgery

Saturday, June 07, 2014

In April, a California brown pelican's pouch was brutally slashed. Pink the pelican was released this week after successful surgery. NPR's Scott Simon talks with veterinarian Dr. Rebecca Duerr.

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No One Judges The Ride At Americade

Saturday, June 07, 2014

This week, bikers in the Northeast are flocking to Lake George, N.Y., for a motorcycle rally called Americade. Some 50,000 visitors take to the streets in tattoos, leather jackets and revving engines.

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Actor Tracy Morgan Injured In A Car Accident In New Jersey

Saturday, June 07, 2014

The actor was scheduled for a stand-up gig at a Delaware casino. A tractor trailer is thought to have crashed into a bus limo carrying six passengers, including Morgan.

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A Small Device Helps Severely Nearsighted Drivers Hit The Road

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Dustin Jones is visually impaired, but after he got a bioptic telescope he started driving. About 40 states allow severely nearsighted drivers to use this technology on the road.

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Armed Man Killed In Attack On Atlanta Courthouse

Friday, June 06, 2014

The man, who was scheduled to plead guilty to drug-related charges later Friday, was armed with an assault rifle, grenades, smoke bombs and tear gas.

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All Things Considered

A Campaign To Bring Back 'America's Distance': The 1-Mile Race

Friday, June 06, 2014

The mile was once an important running competition, but today's races are generally measured in meters. A race that's often called a mile — four laps around a 400-meter track — is just shy of one.

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All Things Considered

Open Carry Activists Bear Arms In The Streets — And Chipotle

Friday, June 06, 2014

As part of the open carry movement, some gun rights activists in Texas have been carrying rifles into restaurants. Many national chains have responded by instituting no-guns policies.

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Despite Va. Order, Car Services Uber, Lyft Refuse To Pull Over

Friday, June 06, 2014

The smartphone-linked services have run afoul of taxi drivers who accuse them of having lax insurance and background checks.

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N. Dakota's Gay-Marriage Law Challenged; Wisc. Ban Struck Down

Friday, June 06, 2014

N. Dakota had been the only state with an unchallenged ban. In Wisconsin, a federal judge ruled that state's ban is unconstitutional.

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NBA Finals: Did The Heat Take Down Miami?

Friday, June 06, 2014

A faulty air conditioning system spiked temperatures during the first game of the NBA finals, and the San Antonio Spurs took the win. The Barbershop guys talk sports, politics and pop culture.

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Rabbi: American Jews Should Not Worry About Anti-Semitism

Friday, June 06, 2014

A new survey from the Anti-Defamation League estimates that nearly one in 10 Americans are prejudiced against Jews. But Rabbi Eric Yoffie says American anti-Semitism is not a real threat.

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