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Skinny Jeans, Expanded Waistlines, And A Washington 'Fix'

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Congress has acted 17 times to prevent a cut in Medicare doctors' payments. But the so-called "Doc Fix" has always been like that pair of jeans you keep in your closet, hoping someday they'll fit.

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The Takeaway

It's 'Vote-a-Rama' Time on Capitol Hill

Thursday, March 26, 2015

"Vote-a-rama" empowers senators to offer an unlimited number of amendments to the budget. The last "vote-a-rama" took place in 2013 and included votes on 100 amendments over 13 hours. 

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The Takeaway

Germanwings Co-Pilot Deliberately Crashed Plane

Thursday, March 26, 2015

According to reports, there was a terrifying life and death battle between members of the crew in the final moments before the crash.

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Richard III, Whose Remains Were Found Under A Parking Lot, Reburied

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The last English king to die in battle was finally given a burial fit for a king — some 530 years after he was killed.

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Schoolbook

Students Claim City Sports Program Discriminates Against Small Schools

Thursday, March 26, 2015

WNYC
Student athletes protested at a City Council hearing — they say city funding favors big schools with more white students.
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Some Messy History Behind A Fight Over A Restaurant Called 'Chop Chop Chinaman'

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Both "chop chop" and "Chinaman" have long, complicated histories, which we thought we'd surface in light of this story.

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The Takeaway

Thieves of State: How Corruption Poisons Governments

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ahead of the Nigerian elections, we look at how shady government practices can lead to instability and violence. 

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Board Games That Bored Gamers

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Strolling through the board games of yesteryear we find some that succeeded and some that faded away.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What's In and What's Out as Albany Enters Budget Crunch Time

Thursday, March 26, 2015

As the deadline approaches, a clearer picture is emerging of what's included in the New York State budget. Ethics reform is in. DREAM Act is out. Here's what else you need to know.

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Pilots Downing Their Planes Is Unusual, But Not Unprecedented

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Investigators looking into the crash of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 this week now believe it was the result of a "deliberate act" of the co-pilot. If so, it wouldn't be the first time.

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How Snobbery Helped Take The Spice Out Of European Cooking

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Complex, contrasting flavors are a hallmark of Indian cooking. They used to dominate Western food, too. What changed? When spices became less exclusive, Europe's elite revamped their cuisines.

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High-Deductible Health Plans Cut Costs, At Least For Now

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Health plans that require people to pay thousands of dollars up front cut costs in the first three years, a study finds. But no one knows if costs will rise later as people avoid preventive care.

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What's Up With Parents Who Don't Vaccinate Their Children?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

It could be a lack of confidence in the medicine. Maybe they don't think the risk of infection is that high. Or the clinic may be far from home. A new report looks at reasons in five countries.

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Details Emerge About Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz

Thursday, March 26, 2015

His flying club says Lubitz "wanted to see his dream of flying fulfilled." Investigators say he appears to have deliberately crashed Flight 4U 9525 into the French Alps, killing 150 people.

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Morning Edition

French Prosecutor Points Toward Co-Pilot's Actions In Jet's Crash

Thursday, March 26, 2015

French officials believe the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that went down in the Alps intentionally crashed the plane. Steve Inskeep speaks with NPR's Eleanor Beardsley for the latest.

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An NPR Reporter Chauffeurs A Chinese Couple 500 Miles To Their Rural Wedding

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NPR's Frank Langfitt, who has been driving Chinese people around Shanghai to meet a variety of people and better understand the rapidly changing country, takes his experiment to a whole new level.

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Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Released From Prison

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson will serve out the remainder of his sentence for misappropriating campaign funds for personal use at a halfway house in Washington, D.C.

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WNYC News

French Prosecutor: Germanwings Co-Pilot Wanted to Destroy Plane

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said the co-pilot took control of the plane and set its descent "intentionally", causing it to crash in the French Alps.

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Why It's So Hard For Us To Agree About Dong From 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

Thursday, March 26, 2015

With a name like Dong — and so few roles for Asian-American men on TV — it's understandable that this character has been raising eyebrows. But in the context of the show, Dong makes complete sense.

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Are Women's Colleges Doomed? What Sweet Briar's Demise Tells Us

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Administrators say that the Virginia institution has been grappling with financial troubles for decades. And they blame an increasing lack of interest in single-sex education.

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