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Anatomy Of A Dance Hit: Why We Love To Boogie With Pharrell

Friday, May 30, 2014

There are songs that just make people want to get up and shake their booty. Why? Scientists say the most enticing rhythms have something missing — beats that your body can't help but fill in.

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Condiment Detente: Sriracha Plant To Stay In California City

Thursday, May 29, 2014

After a contentious half-year, Irwindale's City Council and Sriracha-maker David Tran have come to an agreement: His factory stays put and the spicy scent stays in the bottle.

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All Things Considered

Economic Upswing Has Fewer Americans Receiving Food Stamps

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Last year, about 1 in 7 people in the U.S. were getting food stamps, or SNAP benefits. But the numbers have started to drop as more people find work and better-paying jobs, analysts say.

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Hot Sauce Art: LA Museum Honors Sriracha and Tapatio

Thursday, May 29, 2014

For an exhibition called "LA Heat," the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles asked 30 artists to come up with new works inspired by two homegrown hot sauce heroes: Sriracha and Tapatio.

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All Things Considered

As Oklahoma Drought Continues, Farmers Prepare For Losses

Thursday, May 29, 2014

As Oklahoma enters its fourth year of sustained drought, some farmers expect the harvest to be so bad they'll end up calling their insurance agents and declaring this year a total loss. StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz reports that some are calling this the worst drought since the '50s — or even since the Dust Bowl.

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All Things Considered

Criminal Records Keep Creating Obstacles Long After Incarceration

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A new report from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is shedding light on some unexpected consequences of being convicted of a crime — everything from troubles with employment to bans in public housing. The group says it's time to start thinking about forgiveness.

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Measles Hits Amish Communities, And U.S. Cases Reach 20-Year High

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Because more people are refusing vaccines, measles can spread when people bring it to the U.S. from abroad. That's what's behind the high number of cases this year, with 288 so far.

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Anonymous Man Starts Internet Frenzy By Giving Away Cash

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A man who says he cleared a big profit in a real-estate deal has been giving away money, hiding $50 or $100 at a time in California cities. More than 250,000 are following his clues on Twitter.

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'Oh My Jesus!': Shots Fired During NPR Interview In Chicago

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Correspondent David Schaper was speaking on tape with a community activist about efforts to clean up a Chicago neighborhood when a burst of gunfire erupted down the street.

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Morning Edition

NPR Reporter Witnesses One Of Chicago's Latest Shootings

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Gun violence in Chicago is so common in some neighborhoods that the daily reports of shootings can seem like little more than numbers. Our reporter saw the dangers of Chicago's South Side firsthand.

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Morning Edition

50 Cent's Pitch: Just A Bit Outside

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Rapper 50 Cent's first pitch at a Met's game Tuesday night joins other ceremonial pitches that could be considered an embarrassment. Video shows his pitch going far left of the catcher.

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Morning Edition

Dallas Man Orders World's Most Expensive Starbucks Drink

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Sexagintuple Vanilla Bean Mocha Frappuccino is valued at $54.75. It has 60 shots of espresso.

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Morning Edition

Library Of Congress Searches For Missing Jefferson Books

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Staffers at the Library of Congress have been looking for 250 books that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. He gave these books and several thousand more to start the library more than 200 years ago.

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Morning Edition

Politicians On Both Sides Of The Aisle Outraged Over VA Scandal

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A preliminary review by the Veteran Affairs' inspector general has found that inappropriate scheduling practices are a systemic problem. The scandal is a serious political problem for the White House.

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Morning Edition

Shooting Of Sikh Army Veteran Divides Community

Thursday, May 29, 2014

In late January, police officers in Lodi, Calif. shot and killed a Sikh-American Army veteran who was mentally ill. The shooting left many unanswered questions and divided the local Sikh community.

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Home Has Four Wheels: Photos Of People Who've Broken Down Walls

Thursday, May 29, 2014

People live out of their cars for all sorts of reasons. Photographer Andrew Waits set out to document their stories. He asked dozens of people across five states why they had left their houses behind.

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Morning Edition

The Divide Over Involuntary Mental Health Treatment

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mental health programs are getting extra attention after the killing spree in California. A law in the state lets authorities mandate care in some cases. Here are the questions it's raised.

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All Things Considered

Already Tough On Gun Control, Massachusetts Aims To Get Tougher

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Massachusetts is considering a bill that would require background checks on all private gun sales, including at gun shows and online, and would give police more discretion to deny gun licenses.

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Georgia Looks To Reopen Some Closed Hospitals As ERs

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Financial problems have led many hospitals to shut down completely. Georgia is issuing licenses to rural hospitals that would allow them to become nothing more than free-standing emergency rooms.

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Texas Tea Party Gives GOP Establishment The Blues

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

This was starting to look like a bad year for the Tea Party, with primary losses to GOP establishment candidates beginning to pile up. Then came Texas.

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