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Fire In Brooklyn Home Kills 7 Children

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The fatal blaze that started shortly after midnight is being described as New York City's worst in seven years.

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The Definitive Road Trip? It's Data-Driven

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Planning your next road trip? A Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University has an algorithm that will plot the best route to take to see any number of sites. But it won't plan your bathroom breaks.

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New York Is Losing The Accent That Gave It 'Toidy-Toid Street'

Saturday, March 21, 2015

New York City is home to more than 700 languages — not to mention distinct New Yorker accents. All are in danger of being lost as the city's population continues to change.

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Detroit's 'Frida' Aims To Build Latino Audiences For Opera

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The opera, based on the tumultuous lives of painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, coincides with a new exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts devoted to the year they lived in the city.

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Why Some Mushrooms Glow In The Dark

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Scientists outfitted some fake fungi with LEDs and put them in a Brazilian forest to test their theory that light, not some funky mushroom fragrance, was luring bugs.

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Opinion Editor: Penn State Frats Need Immediate Re-evaluation

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Penn State is investigating the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity for a private Facebook page with pictures of nude women. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Emily Chappell, opinions editor for The Daily Collegian.

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Tsarnaev Friend Testifies: He Was Never Violent

Saturday, March 21, 2015

NPR's Tovia Smith tells NPR's Scott Simon about the prosecution's case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. He has admitted to carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing with his brother.

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Justice Department Weighs In On Assembly-Line Justice For Children

Saturday, March 21, 2015

For the first time, the federal government is asserting juveniles' right to counsel by wading into a Georgia case alleging inadequate representation. Authorities say the problems occur nationwide.

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Investment Guru Teaches Financial Literacy While Serving Life Sentence

Saturday, March 21, 2015

At San Quentin Prison in California, an inmate nicknamed "Wall Street" has gained a reputation for his stock-picking prowess while serving a life sentence.

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Police: Suspect In New Orleans Airport Attack Was Armed With Molotov Cocktails

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A former taxi driver attacked two TSA agents with wasp spray and a large blade before a sheriff's deputy shot him three times, authorities say. Police say the man has since died, the AP reports.

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All Things Considered

From Selma To Eisenhower, Trailblazing Black Reporter Was Always Probing

Friday, March 20, 2015

Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the successful crossing of the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Alabama, a key moment in the civil rights movement. Journalist Ethel Payne was there.

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All Things Considered

Scientists Urge Temporary Moratorium On Human Genome Edits

Friday, March 20, 2015

Researchers who helped develop powerful techniques warn that tweaking the genome is now easy. More public debate's needed, they say, before making changes in genes passed from parent to child.

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All Things Considered

Fourth-Graders Get Rough Lesson In Politics

Friday, March 20, 2015

Melissa Block talks to Jim Cutting, a teacher at Lincoln Akerman School in New Hampshire, who led his fourth-graders' effort to turn a bill into a law, only to have it rejected right in front of them.

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Why Los Angeles' Fast Food Ban Did Nothing To Check Obesity

Friday, March 20, 2015

A new study finds that restrictions on fast-food restaurants in South Los Angeles didn't reduce obesity as intended. That's partly because the ban didn't cover the most common types of food stores.

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Nation's Oldest Female Veteran Dies At 108

Friday, March 20, 2015

Lucy Coffey joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps two years after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

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The Time A Cartoonist Was Told To 'Lighten Up' A Character

Friday, March 20, 2015

Artist Ronald Wimberly uses a cartoon essay to tell us this story: He was drawing a Marvel character who's Mexican and African-American, so he drew her brown. But his editor had different ideas.

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Interior Department Issues New Fracking Rules For Federal Lands

Friday, March 20, 2015

The regulations, which go into effect in 90 days, establish safety measures for wells and for drilling companies to publicly disclose chemicals used in the process.

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Morning Edition

From Skid Row To Rome: The Story Of An Unusual Running Club

Friday, March 20, 2015

A Los Angeles criminal court judge has organized a running club made up of residents from Skid Row's Midnight Mission. This weekend, the club is running far away from home.

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Morning Edition

Charles And Camilla's Visit Rekindles Royal Ties To Kentucky

Friday, March 20, 2015

Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, are wrapping up a four-day U.S. visit with a stop in Louisville, Ky. Louisville has been bustling with preparations, but the city is accustomed to royal visits.

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Morning Edition

Dad To Son: 'Live With Hands Unfolded ... Release Your Gifts To World'

Friday, March 20, 2015

Fourth-grader Aiden Sykes asks his father, Albert, some of the heavy questions on his mind and gets some meaningful words in return. "My dream is for you to live out your dreams," Albert tells him.

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