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A Wet And Wild Look Inside The 'Mushroom Houses' Of A Fungi Farm

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Foraging for wild, edible fungi may be a growing trend. But most of the mushrooms we eat come from farms โ€” and a behind-the-scenes look at one of them turns out to be pretty exciting on its own.

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All Things Considered

Just A Bit Of DNA Helps Explain Humans' Big Brains

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Scientists have found some human DNA that, when added to mice, makes their brains bigger. But as DNA research into human brains goes forward, are there ethical lines we shouldn't cross?

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Back Before Children Looked Childish

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Through the lens of Depression-era filmmaker H. Lee Waters, we can see the past โ€” when being young was not always fun.

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Morning Edition

Mayor Who Got Bit By Groundhog Loses Primary Election

Thursday, February 19, 2015

On Groundhog Day in Sun Prairie, Wis., Mayor Jonathan Freund got bit by the rodent and the video went viral. This week he lost a primary election, finishing third in a field of three

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Morning Edition

Massachusetts Seminary Doesn't Give Up Joking For Lent

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Having had enough of postponements due to recent snow storms, the Andover Newton Theological School put out a statement jokingly suggesting it would postpone Lent a week.

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All Things Considered

Ala. Governor Apologizes To Indian Government In 'Excessive Force' Case

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley apologized to the Indian government and one of its citizens, Sureshbhai Patel, for a police officer's "unfortunate use of excessive force" in an incident near Huntsville.

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All Things Considered

Some Gas Stations Find New Business As Food Destinations

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

There are taquerias, barbecue joints and gastropubs. To any food-loving road traveler, these places were always around, especially if you happened to chat up the locals and find one of these hidden gems. But increasingly the eateries are popping up at gas stations and convenience stores, where the food was, let's just say, less than stellar. Now, they're a destination in and of themselves.

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All Things Considered

Oklahoma May Scrap AP History For Focusing On America's 'Bad Parts'

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

In Oklahoma, state lawmakers are debating a bill that would axe the teaching of Advanced Placement courses in U.S. history. The reason? Some believe the classes focus too much on what is "bad about America." The bill, which passed easily through a committee this week, outlines what should and shouldn't be taught in the classroom.

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All Things Considered

Boston Mayor: Stop Jumping Out Of Windows Into Snowbanks

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Earlier this week, Mayor Marty Walsh warned Bostonians to stop jumping from second-story windows into snowbanks. "This isn't Loon Mountain," he said, "This is Boston."

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For Somalis In Minneapolis, Jihadi Recruiting Is A Recurring Nightmare

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

U.S. officials say young Somali-Americans are leaving the Twin Cities for Syria to join the militant group ISIS, encouraged by an earlier wave of jihadists who had joined al-Shabab in Somalia.

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All Things Considered

From Jobs To Car Parts, Port Dispute Rippling Through The Economy

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A labor dispute between shipping lines and dock workers has created big cargo backups at many West Coast ports. The slowdown is touching nearly every part of the nation's consumer economy.

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After a Racial Attack, A South Philly School Tries to Heal

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

In 2009, several Asian students were beat up at their high school. Students and teachers said it was a racially motivated attack. Six years later, here's what the school has done change things.

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Heaps Of Oranges Could Rot As West Coast Dock Dispute Drags On

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Millions of pounds of citrus fruit are stranded and at risk of spoiling in warehouses and boats at major ports in California. It's the result of a dockworker labor dispute that's jammed operations.

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By The Numbers: White House Takes On Violent Extremism

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Domestic and world leaders gather this week to discuss terrorist threats. Here's a look by the numbers.

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2014 Midterm Election Was The Most Expensive One Yet

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The $3.77 billion appeared to come from a smaller cadre of donors than in the 2010 midterms, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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Why Congress Doesn't Really Worry About What Most Americans Think

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Polls show Americans are largely in favor of authorizing further actions against the Islamic State. Yet there is one group of Americans that is having far more trouble deciding how it feels: Congress.

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Pregnant And Uninsured? Don't Count On Obamacare Coverage

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Women who get pregnant and don't have health insurance can't sign up outside open enrollment until after they give birth. Advocates say that puts mother and child at risk of serious health problems.

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Morning Edition

W.Va. Train Derailment Raises Safety Questions About Newer Tankers

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Authorities are investigating what caused a freight train hauling crude oil to derail and explode into flames. The rail cars that ruptured were newer tankers designed to be more puncture resistant.

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Morning Edition

Gallup Ranks Red And Blue States

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Gallup has released its list of the most Democratic and most Republican states in the nation. We'll look at which states made the list and why.

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Morning Edition

Minneapolis' Plan Designed To Combat Recruiting By Radical Groups

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism focuses on the homeland. Minneapolis unveils its plan Wednesday. Its Somali-American community has lost dozens of men to terrorist recruiters.

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