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Watermelon Wedge Issue Ripens In Oklahoma

Sunday, March 01, 2015

The watermelon has been Oklahoma's state vegetable — not fruit — for nearly a decade. The poor melon has become a political football, as some lawmakers now want to repeal the its title.

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Who Fails To Pay Child Support? Moms, At A Higher Rate Than Dads

Sunday, March 01, 2015

The number of dollars of unpaid child support each year in the U.S. is well into the billions. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with data expert Mona Chalabi of FiveThirtyEight.com about the numbers.

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After Delays, Jury Selection To Wrap Up In Boston Bombing Trial

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Jury selection in the trial of the Boston marathon bomber is expected to finish on Tuesday. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Boston correspondent Tovia Smith about the start of Dzokhar Tsarnaev's trial.

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In Fourth Year Of Drought, Many Calif. Farms Won't Get Federal Water

Sunday, March 01, 2015

The Bureau of Reclamation announced Friday that for the second straight year, many California farmers will not be getting federal water imports because of the ongoing drought.

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Mr. Spock, Mixed-Race Pioneer

Sunday, March 01, 2015

As Mr. Spock on Star Trek, the late Leonard Nimoy embodied the conflicts faced by many biracial and other people of color. Even on the diverse crew of the Enterprise, he stood out.

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All Things Considered

To Curb Bear Population, Florida Reinstates Hunting Season

Saturday, February 28, 2015

In the past decade, the number of bear-related calls Florida wildlife officials have received has increased by 400 percent. To stop the rise in bear population, officials have agreed to start hunting.

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All Things Considered

One Man's Race To Outrun Alzheimer's

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Cape Cod journalist Greg O'Brien has always found solace in running, and a diagnosis of Alzheimer's hasn't stopped him. But making it work — for himself and his family — isn't always easy.

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How Conservatives Are Readying Their 'Grassroots Army' For 2016

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The message from the Conservative Political Action Conference's first-ever Activism Boot Camp was clear: a win for Republicans in 2016 must be a team effort.

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A 'Show Boat' With An Asian-American Cast Hits The Rocks

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Racial tensions between blacks and whites are at the heart of the "Ol' Man River" musical. Asian-American actors say it doesn't make sense to get on board.

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Despite Big Advantages, Emanuel Forced To Face Chicago Runoff

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Chicago will hold a runoff mayoral election in April. Incumbent Rahm Emanuel will face Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. NPR's Scott Simon talks to columnist Carol Marin about the race.

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Not So Fast, Jamestown: St. Augustine Was Here First

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Jamestown, Va., claims to be "America's First Region," but St. Augustine, Fla., turns 450 this year, making it the U.S.'s oldest continuous European settlement, a title residents are quick to defend.

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Researchers Examine The Ways Of Southern Coyotes

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The number of coyotes in the Deep South is growing, but biologists know relatively little about their habits across the south and how they are diverging from their cousins out west.

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Can You Dig It? More Evidence Suggests Humans From The Ice Age

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Initially dismissed as a hoax a century ago, scientists have found evidence in Florida of humans living 14,000 years ago. If the findings hold up, they will help rewrite the history of early man.

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All Things Considered

New Museum Depicts 'The Life Of A Slave From Cradle To The Tomb'

Friday, February 27, 2015

A New Orleans attorney has turned an antebellum plantation into a new museum. You won't find hoop skirts and mint juleps but stark relics at a site devoted entirely to a realistic look at slavery.

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Jeb's Rowdy Supporters Help Him Escape The CPAC Lion's Den

Friday, February 27, 2015

The former Florida governor's supporters shouted down his hecklers at his much anticipated appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

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All Things Considered

Film About Campus Sexual Assault Tells Survivors: 'You Are Not Alone'

Friday, February 27, 2015

Survivors Annie Clark and Andrea Pino brought a Title IX complaint against the University of North Carolina. "This is not about UNC," Clark says. "We're not doing this to vilify our institution."

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What Do Conservatives Want For 2016? We Asked

Friday, February 27, 2015

Attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference say they want the next president to focus on bipartisanship, faith, security and lower taxes.

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In The South, Way More People Are Identifying As Both Black And White

Friday, February 27, 2015

Data from the 2010 Census show that the number is rising fastest in Southern states, and among toddlers.

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Parents Choose A Simple Device To Reshape A Baby's Ear

Friday, February 27, 2015

Sometimes a baby's outer ear may be a tad misshapen. Surgery can help later on, but a plastic mold makes the most of the fact that a newborn's ears are pliable. They can reshape within weeks.

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All Things Considered

U.S. Biologists Keen To Explore, Help Protect Cuba's Wild Places

Friday, February 27, 2015

Birders especially know that Cuba harbors hundreds of rarely seen, little-studied species. As the island nation opens to more U.S. visitors, scientists hope "green Cuba" can survive increased tourism.

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