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3 Million Young People Missing From Housing Market? It's Everyone's Problem

Monday, May 19, 2014

Fewer young adults are buying homes today compared with a decade ago. The National Housing Conference's Lisa Sturtevant and NPR's Marilyn Geewax explain worries that it could harm the housing market.

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Morning Edition

Rice Finds 'Purrfect' Angle To Recruit High School QB

Monday, May 19, 2014

A recruiting letter was catnip to a high school football star in Texas. J.T. Granato said yes to Rice University after getting a pitch in the mail. It was addressed to Granato's beloved cat.

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Morning Edition

Boy Tries To Win Over Girl With A Foul Ball

Monday, May 19, 2014

During a Blue Jays/Rangers game, a boy catches a foul ball. He gives it to an older girl, who flashes a big smile. Video shows he gave her a ball he already had in his hand — he kept the foul ball.

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Morning Edition

Oil Industry Blamed For Freight Rail Delays

Monday, May 19, 2014

Many grain bins and silos remain full, long after last fall's harvest because the railroads are behind in shipping. A slowdown in rail service is delaying deliveries of other commodities too.

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Morning Edition

AT&T To Buy DirecTV In Nearly $50 Billion Deal

Monday, May 19, 2014

The acquisition was approved by the boards of both companies over the weekend and announced on Sunday. The deal takes place at a time when the media landscape has been transformed by new technologies.

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Morning Edition

Pa. Democrats Aim For Spot To Challenge GOP Governor

Monday, May 19, 2014

Pennsylvania is among six states holding primary elections Tuesday. Gov. Tom Corbett is unchallenged in the GOP primary, but the general election is a different story.

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Morning Edition

Hacking The Brain With Electricity: Don't Try This At Home

Monday, May 19, 2014

Small jolts of electricity to the brain can treat diseases like epilepsy and Parkinson's. But some healthy people are trying electrical stimulation to make the brain sharper. And it may not be safe.

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All Things Considered

Fighting Bugs With Bugs: Hatching A Solution For Troubled Trees

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Asian citrus psyllid is a tiny bug that spreads a devastating tree disease. Pesticides can't always control it, so California farmers have turned to a different solution: another bug.

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McConnell Faces Challenge From The Right In Tuesday Midterms

Sunday, May 18, 2014

On Tuesday, voters in six states head to the polls for primary elections. NPR's Charles Mahtesian gives NPR's Lynn Neary a preview of what to expect.

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Poverty, A Frustrating Mix Of Bad Choices And Bad Luck

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Stories about poverty can evoke strong reactions, in part because Americans are conflicted about the topic. Both bad circumstances and bad choices can be the cause.

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Court User Fees Bill Defendants For Their Punishment

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Courts have found a new source of funding by charging fees to defendants in the criminal justice system. NPR's Joe Shapiro tells NPR's Lynn Neary about his year-long investigation into the fees.

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How A Conservative Darling Could Lose His Conservative State

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sam Brownback's reelection as the GOP governor of Kansas might have been a slam dunk, but he's managed to anger enough constituency groups — including some Republicans — that now he faces a real race.

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Do We Need This Government Agency? 'Let Me Google That'

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Why would anyone pay for something when the exact same thing is available for free? That's the question asked of an obscure federal agency pursuing a Cold War mission in the age of the search engine.

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All Things Considered

Southern Baptist Leaders Seek Softer Approach To Homosexuality

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Though the denomination still considers homosexuality a sin, some leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention are telling pastors to rein in harsh rhetoric and accept that gay people are in their pews.

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All Things Considered

How It Happened: 10 Years Of Gay Marriage

Saturday, May 17, 2014

On May 17 10 years ago, Massachusetts issued the first fully legal same-sex marriage license in the United States. Tanya McCloskey and Marcia Kadish were the recipients of that license. The growing acceptance of gay marriage in the U.S. is due in part to gay advertising and public support of gay-friendly workplace policies. Marketing expert David Paisley explains how that change happened to guest host Tess Vigeland.

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150 Years Old, Arlington Cemetery Is Running Out Of Room

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Arlington National Cemetery is 150 years old this week, but the historic land is constantly running out of plots. Plans to expand can only delay the time when the cemetery will be full.

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5 Fab Fads That Just Faded Away

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Remembering a time in America when chameleon coiffures and sand baths were all the rage.

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Oprah Winfrey's Channel Calls Off Michael Sam Series

Saturday, May 17, 2014

OWN had planned a documentary series to feature the first openly gay NFL player in his bid to earn a spot on the St. Louis Rams. The network backed off to give him space "to achieve his dreams."

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A Worldwide Voyage To Prove Stars, Wind And Waves Are Enough

Saturday, May 17, 2014

An ambitious journey by canoe gets underway in Hawaii on Saturday: Two double-hulled vessels will set sail on a three-year journey around the world.

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Gender And Money At The Helm Of 'The New York Times'

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Rumors are flying over the firing of The New York Time's first female editor, Jill Abramson. Scott Simon talks with NPR's David Folkenflik about how gender and compensation may have played a roll.

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