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Syria Resolution Could Be A Hard Sell On Capitol Hill

Monday, September 02, 2013

A day after President Obama announced he'll wait for congressional authorization before launching strikes on Syria; members of Congress attended a classified briefing at the Capitol. Even though there's still one week left of summer recess, dozens of lawmakers flew to Washington, D.C. from their home districts just for the meeting.

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In Maine, Even With A GPS, You Can't Get There From Here

Monday, September 02, 2013

Once a standard fixture at every gas station, paper maps have all but folded in the digital age. But there are places that can baffle your high-tech gadgets. In Maine, weekend explorers might want to take along a map in addition to their GPS unit.

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Trucker Shortage Worsens As Energy Sector Booms

Monday, September 02, 2013

With the oil and gas sectors booming, the need for truckers is growing. But the ranks of well-trained drivers are shrinking, especially as baby boomers hit retirement age. And competition for drivers has become fierce, with the annual turnover rate nearing 100 percent.

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'Cold Justice' Is Coming To A Small Town (And TV) Near You

Sunday, September 01, 2013

On TNT's new reality show, Cold Justice, a former prosecutor and a former crime scene investigator travel around rural America digging into unsolved, sometimes forgotten, murder cases.

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Cowboy Church: With Rodeo Arena, They 'Do Church Different'

Sunday, September 01, 2013

A new Christian movement is growing in the American South and Southwest. "Cowboy church" pastors say their simple services, Western decor and adjacent rodeo arenas are bringing in worshipers who thought they didn't like church.

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In The Classroom, Jill Biden Is A Teacher First

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Jill Biden is best known as wife to Vice President Joe Biden, but she also has been a teacher for more than three decades. She joins NPR's Rachel Martin to talk about her challenges and successes as an educator.

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Making It On Minimum Wage

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Joanna Cruz, a New Jersey mother of three who works as a cook at a convenience store, wrote in an online essay that "too often, people think that individuals on public assistance programs are lazy. I would like for them to spend one day in my shoes." She shares what it's like to support a family on minimum wage with guest host Wade Goodwyn.

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College Football Season Starts

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Alabama starts the year ranked No. 1, but after the playoffs, rankings will be less subjective. Guest host Wade Goodwyn checks in with NPR's Mike Pesca for a preview of the sports ahead: the start of the NFL season, the concussion settlement and a look at the 2013 college football.

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What One GOP Congressman Would Do About Syria

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Republican Rep. Tom McClintock of California lobbied heavily for President Obama to seek congressional approval for military intervention in Syria. McClintock speaks to guest host Wade Goodwyn about the debate ahead.

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Austin Lakefront Institution Closes Doors For Lack Of Water

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Carlos'n Charlie's, a restaurant on Austin's Lake Travis that has long been a place for boaters and bathers to hang out in the summer, is closing its doors after Labor Day because the lake has receded. Guest host Wade Goodwyn speaks with Pete Clark, part-owner of the restaurant.

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Texas Megachurch At Center Of Measles Outbreak

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. more than a decade ago, but the disease has cropped up again in communities with low vaccination rates. In North Texas last month, 21 people came down with the disease, which began at a vaccine-skeptical megachurch.

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Out Of The Fields And Into Computer Science Classes

Sunday, September 01, 2013

In the largely Hispanic Salinas Valley, high school students are more likely to imagine a future in agriculture than high-tech. A new program is trying to change that by helping young people who would have been working in the fields earn a bachelor's degree in three years.

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With Modern Makeovers, America's Libraries Are Branching Out

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Library or Apple store? The Digital Commons at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C., has more screens than it does books. It's just one example of the many ways libraries are remodeling to meet the needs of 21st century users.

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Lawmakers Welcome President Asking For Their OK On Syria

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Many congressional leaders had pushed for the White House to seek authorization before going ahead with a strike against the Damascus regime.

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The Rise And Fall Of Slackers

Saturday, August 31, 2013

As we pause this Labor Day weekend to celebrate the Great American Worker, we can't help but wonder: Where have all the do-nothings gone? Like pay phones and video parlors, slackers seem to have disappeared.

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Maine Toy Museum Is Really For Grownups

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The small town of Waldoboro, Maine, boasts two attractions: Moody's Diner, reputed to be one of the oldest in the country, and the Toy Museum. But it's not really for kids. Founded in 1996 by John Fawcett, an artist and former University of Connecticut art teacher, it is a monument to Betty Boop, Donald, Mickey, the Lone Ranger and all of the artifacts of a kiddie culture only adults remember.

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Colorado Event Honors Iraq War Hero

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Two-Mile High Veterans Weekend event in Leadville, Colo., will pay special tribute to Leadville native Lance Cpl. Nick Palmer, who was killed in Fallujah in 2004. Host Scott Simon speaks with former State Department adviser and event co-organizer Kael Weston, as well as Nick Palmer's father, Brad Palmer.

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6 Things To Keep In Mind As Obama Confronts Syria

Friday, August 30, 2013

As President Obama tries to make good on threats to punish Syrian officials for crossing a "red line" with their suspected use of chemical weapons, he's being buffeted by political crosscurrents.

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N.D. Town Mulls Over Threat Of White Supremacist Takeover

Friday, August 30, 2013

The Southern Poverty Law Center says Paul Craig Cobb and his supporters planned to grab control in 16-resident Leith and declare a "White Nationalist international community."

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Brain Changes May Explain Stroke Risk In Migraine Sufferers

Friday, August 30, 2013

All people have brain abnormalities, but people with migraines are more likely to have ones similar to tiny strokes, a study finds. That's particularly true for people who have migraines with aura. The changes may explain why people with migraines have a higher risk of stroke.

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