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Tools Of The Trade: The Abacus

Monday, November 10, 2014

Many teachers still rely on this centuries-old calculating device to provide a hands-on approach to math.

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Bombing At Nigerian High School Kills Dozens

Monday, November 10, 2014

As many as 48 students reportedly died in the attack came during a morning assembly Monday. It's being blamed on the insurgent group Boko Haram.

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Will Jeb Bush Run For President? His Brother Says Maybe

Monday, November 10, 2014

George W. Bush says there's a good chance his brother will run for president in 2016. And he also thinks his family name shouldn't hold Jeb back if he does.

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Morning Edition

Catalonia Votes For Independence; Spain Says It Won't Happen

Monday, November 10, 2014

Spain's northeast region voted overwhelmingly in favor of breaking away. But the result won't be recognized by Spain, which says the vote was illegal.

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Morning Edition

Ebola Today Could Mean Illiteracy Tomorrow In West Africa

Monday, November 10, 2014

Millions of children aren't going to school because of Ebola. The fear is that some kids will never return to class. For others, the time off means putting their career dreams on hold.

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Morning Edition

If Literature's Great Characters Could Text, They'd Charm Your Pantalets Off

Monday, November 10, 2014

Texts from Jane Eyre imagines a Mr. Rochester who worries over his "attic wife" and a super flirty Scarlett O'Hara: "did you know that pantalets are out this year[?] that's why I'm not wearing any :)"

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Want To Grow These Apples? You'll Have To Join The Club

Monday, November 10, 2014

New brands are reshaping the apple aisle of supermarkets. Many are "club apples" --varieties that are controlled and managed by select groups of farmers.

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Morning Edition

Combining The DNA Of Three People Raises Ethical Questions

Monday, November 10, 2014

Scientists in England are ready to do something that's never been done before — combine the DNA of two women and one man to create embryos that don't carry hereditary mitochondrial disorders.

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Morning Edition

Whether Green With Envy Or Tickled Pink, We Live In A Color-Coded World

Monday, November 10, 2014

Red means stop; green means go. You live in a red state or a blue state. Elizabeth Blair kicks off NPR's color series with a look at the way color organizes our lives — in ways we don't even realize.

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Why The Caged Bird Raps

Monday, November 10, 2014

Caged Bird Songs pairs some of the late Maya Angelou's poems and lyrics to hip-hop beats — but producer Shawn Rivera says the rhythms were already there.

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First Listen: Bryan Ferry, 'Avonmore'

Sunday, November 09, 2014

The Roxy Music singer channels his classic work while still sounding fresh. Ferry's sound remains full, clear and direct, with intricate layers of instruments shifting in and out of focus.

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All Things Considered

A 3-Star General Explains 'Why We Lost' In Iraq, Afghanistan

Sunday, November 09, 2014

In his new book, a former Army lieutenant general compares the war on terrorism to Alcoholics Anonymous: "Step one is admitting you have a problem."

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All Things Considered

'The Black Horn': Blowing Past Classical Music's Color Barriers

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Robert Lee Watt, the first black French horn player to join a major U.S. symphony, spent 37 years with the LA Philharmonic. He faced a lot of resistance along the way, as his new memoir recounts.

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All Things Considered

Friend's Visit To Veteran's Normandy Grave Gives Family Closure

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Eugene Vigosky is one of thousands of Americans killed in World War II buried at the American Cemetery in Normandy. Reporter Tim Lambert, a friend of the Vigoskys, visited the grave site.

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All Things Considered

Low Gas Prices Haven't Slowed Domestic Drilling — Yet

Sunday, November 09, 2014

With gas prices plunging below $3 a gallon, motorists have plenty to celebrate. But people in oil-producing states, where low prices mean fewer jobs and less government revenue, are starting to worry.

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All Things Considered

Holiday Travelers Should Expect Packed Planes, Higher Fares

Sunday, November 09, 2014

With fuel prices down, profits are up. But that doesn't mean you'll be able to find cheap airfares, especially over the holidays: The airline industry is predicting its busiest season in years.

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All Things Considered

James Earl Jones: From Stutterer To Janitor To Broadway Star

Sunday, November 09, 2014

The 83-year-old was once a farm kid who didn't want to talk. Today, the unmistakable stage and screen actor (not to mention the voice of Darth Vader) still calls himself a "journeyman actor."

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All Things Considered

In Berlin, A Beat That Bloomed From Rubble

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Today Berlin is a techno hot spot. The scene has its roots in the fall of the Berlin Wall, when young people from East and West got together in abandoned buildings to dance and celebrate together.

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Reaches Labor Deal With Musicians

Sunday, November 09, 2014

The Grammy award-winning ensemble will open the first concert of its 70th anniversary season with Beethoven's ninth symphony, the "Ode to Joy."

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Ill-Equipped And Underpaid, Kurdish Fighters Hold ISIS At Bay

Sunday, November 09, 2014

With Iraq's military in tatters and U.S. forces gone, the Kurdish peshmerga is the only viable force to stave off ISIS in Iraq. With little support from Baghdad, discontent grows among the fighters.

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