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Youth Radio
4:38 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Probation With A Therapeutic Approach Keeps Kids Out Of Juvenile Hall

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:12 pm

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Law
4:38 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

University Of Cincinnati Police Officer Indicted In Killing Of Black Motorist

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:12 pm

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Middle East
4:38 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Afghan Government Says Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Is Dead

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:12 pm

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Parallels
6:42 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Investigation Underway Into Killing Of Cecil, Zimbabwe's Best Known Lion

Cecil the lion is shown walking in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park in a YouTube video from July 9, 2015. Credit: Bryan Orford
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Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 3:12 pm

Conservationists are lamenting the hunting and killing of a well-known lion from western Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park.

The black-maned lion, named Cecil, was 13 years old and had become popular among tourists from around the world.

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Sports
6:31 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Remembering The Flair Of #45: Boston Red Sox To Honor Pedro Martinez

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The Salt
6:02 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Oceans Called A 'Wild West' Where Lawlessness And Impunity Rule

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 12:19 am

There are about 140 million square miles of open ocean, and according to New York Times reporter Ian Urbina, much of it is essentially lawless. As Mark Young, a retired U.S. Coast Guard commander and former chief of enforcement for the Pacific Ocean, told Urbina, the maritime realm is "like the Wild West. Weak rules, few sheriffs, lots of outlaws."

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All Tech Considered
6:40 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Narcissistic, Maybe. But Is There More To The Art Of The Selfie?

To selfie, or not to selfie?
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 11:09 am

The smartphone has given us a whole new genre of cultural expression: the selfie.

If you're into selfies, it's safe to say you've probably taken one, and maybe wished you didn't have those dark circles under your eyes.

Now there are plenty of apps out there to fix that.

But whether you think your selfies can be elevated to art may depend on how much effort you are willing to put into them.

A Personal Brand Boost

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U.S.
6:30 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

With Religious Services, Immigrant Detainees Find 'Calmness'

Detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., gather for a Sikh prayer service.
Liz Jones KUOW

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 7:24 pm

When undocumented immigrants move through government-run detention centers in the U.S., it can take months before they find out if they'll be deported or allowed to stay in the country.

During this long wait, many become frustrated. And some turn to religion.

It's the job of the in-house chaplain to help connect detainees to religious services.

Keith Henderson, chaplain at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., says, "I love it. I love the job," partly, he says, because he likes challenges.

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Latin America
6:11 pm
Sun July 26, 2015

A Day Of Triumph In A Time Of Change: Cuba's High Holiday Explained

Cubans gather in Santiago de Cuba to celebrate this year's Revolution Day, the 62nd anniversary of Fidel Castro's first open assault on the forces of President Fulgencio Batista, who would eventually be overthrown by the rebels.
Yamil Lage AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 11:23 pm

On this day 62 years ago, Fidel Castro launched the attack that marked the start of the Cuban revolution. In the years since, the day has taken on emotional significance for the Cuban people — and for the communist government that celebrates it annually.

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Global Health
5:13 pm
Sun July 26, 2015

Transgender Women Face Inadequate Health Care, 'Shocking' HIV Rates

Transgender performers walk backstage during an event to mark World AIDS Day in 2013. A new WHO report demonstrates extremely rates of HIV infection among transgender women in 15 countries.
Prakash Mathema AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 11:27 pm

Transgender people are not getting adequate health care, and widespread discrimination is largely to blame, according to a recent World Health Organization report. And the story is told most starkly in the high rates of HIV among transgender women worldwide.

JoAnne Keatley, one of the authors of that study, puts it plainly.

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Parallels
5:49 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Struggling Greek Businesses Choked By Money Controls

A shop owner arranges his goods in central Athens on Monday. Greek banks have reopened, but capital controls remain in place.
Angelos Tzortzinis AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 9:09 pm

This week the Greek Parliament approved a set of reforms it hopes will lead a new bailout. The country remains under strict capital controls that bar people from sending money abroad. In a country that imports much of what it uses and eats, that's having a debilitating effect on the economy.

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Health
6:14 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

What If Chemo Doesn't Help You Live Longer Or Better?

For best quality of life, many cancer patients who can't be cured might do best to forgo chemo and focus instead on pain relief and easing sleep and mood problems, a survey of caregivers suggests.
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Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 11:10 am

Chemotherapy given to patients at the end of life often does more harm than good, according to a study that calls into question this common practice.

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Sports
4:58 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

British Cyclist Chris Froome Leads As Tour De France Enters Final Days

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 6:14 pm

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Around the Nation
4:58 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Chattanooga, Tenn., Church Bells Ring Out In Honor Of Killed Service Members

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 6:14 pm

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Today in Chattanooga, Tenn., a somber moment.

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Late this afternoon, several churches and chapels rang their bells.

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Africa
4:58 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Nigerian President: U.S. Refusal To Provide Weapons Aides Extremism

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 7:10 pm

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Remembrances
6:21 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Doctorow Wove Fact And Fiction To Imagine America As It Could Be

The way E.L. Doctorow told it, the phrase "historical novel" is something of a misnomer when it comes to his writing. "I think really of myself as a national novelist; I am an American novelist writing about my country."
Mary Altaffer AP

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:35 pm

E.L. Doctorow used to tell a story about a journalism class he took as a high school student in the Bronx. As he told NPR back in 2003, he wrote a profile of a doorman at Carnegie Hall who was beloved by all the performers there. His teacher, apparently, loved the story so much, she wanted to publish the story in the school paper — so she told Doctorow to get a photo of the man.

There was just one problem.

"I hadn't expected that kind of enthusiasm," Doctorow recalled, "and I said, well, 'Not exactly, there is no Carl.' I made him up."

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Media
6:21 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

'Washington Post' Urges U.N. To Help Free Reporter Held In Iran

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:26 pm

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Arts & Life
4:57 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

The Story Of South Korea Told Through One Cartoonist

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 6:40 pm

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Health
4:57 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

'Quantum Leap' In Alzheimer's Research Delivers New Understanding

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 6:21 pm

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Law
4:57 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

FBI Still Searching For Motive In Chattanooga, Tenn., Shootings

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 6:21 pm

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Business
6:13 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

5 Years Later, Legacy Of Financial Overhaul Still Being Weighed

President Obama signs the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul bill in Washington on July 21, 2010. Five years later, debate over the effectiveness of the legislation continues.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 5:57 pm

Five years ago Tuesday, President Obama signed into law the massive overhaul of U.S. financial regulations called Dodd-Frank. But there's still a battle over whether the law has helped stabilize the financial system or whether it has harmed the economy and should be rolled back.

Congress designed Dodd-Frank to fix excesses in financial markets and mortgage lending — excesses that triggered the financial crisis and forced massive bailouts of Wall Street firms.

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Shots - Health News
6:01 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

How Vandalism And Fear Ended Abortion In Northwest Montana

Susan Cahill, owner of All Families Healthcare, stands in front of the first building in Kalispell, Mont., where she offered abortion services. After vandalism closed her last clinic down, Missoula became the nearest place for women in the Flathead Valley to find abortion services.
Corin Cates-Carney/MTPR

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 9:28 am

There has never been a welcome mat for abortion service providers in the Flathead Valley, a vast area that stretches over 5,000 square miles in the northwest corner of Montana. Susan Cahill began providing abortions in 1976 in the first clinic to offer the service in the Flathead.

"But that had an arson fire, and then we rebuilt that," she says. "Then we had the anti-choice people try to arrest me for doing abortions when I wasn't a doctor."

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Parallels
6:17 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Parrying Doubts In Two Capitals, Leaders Sell The Iran Nuclear Deal

The U.N. Security Council endorsed the historic Iran nuclear deal on Monday. Now, world leaders — notably in the U.S. and Iran — must garner enough support for the agreement at home.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 9:33 pm

The U.N. Security Council endorsed a historic nuclear deal with Iran on Monday, and it immediately drew complaints from hard-liners in Tehran as well as from lawmakers — particularly Republicans — in the U.S.

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All Tech Considered
6:16 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

With Ad Blocking Use On The Rise, What Happens To Online Publishers?

The rise of ad blockers threatens the business model that drives much of the Internet economy.
Danae Munoz Ikon Images/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 1:56 pm

Advertising is the basic business model of the Internet. It's one reason we can view online content free of charge.

Millions of Web surfers already download software to block ads online, and that number is growing. Soon, Apple could be making mobile ad blocking easier.

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Animals
6:28 pm
Sun July 19, 2015

PETA Says Undercover SeaWorld Employee Posed As Animal Rights Activist

During the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade, SeaWorld's float was accompanied by police in Pasadena, Calif. PETA supporters were arrested for protesting the float that day, and PETA claims that a SeaWorld employee posing as a PETA volunteer tipped police off to the protest.
Ringo H.W. Chiu AP

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 11:31 am

In recent years, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has waged a protest campaign against SeaWorld, saying that the U.S. theme parks' treatment of trained orcas is cruel. Now, PETA says it has identified a SeaWorld "agent" in its midst.

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Sports
5:36 pm
Sun July 19, 2015

Once Immune To Cord-Cutting, 'King Of Live Sports' Finds Throne Shaken

Ryan Phelan rehearses on the set of SportsCenter at ESPN's headquarters in Bristol, Conn., in 2007. Years ago, the network had been thought impervious to the seismic shifts shaking the cable landscape. Now, that appears to be changing.
Bob Child AP

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 9:18 pm

It's no secret that cable television is in trouble. With Hulu, Netflix and many networks streaming their shows online, viewers don't have to watch shows like Scandal or American Horror Story live. They can stream it the next day — or the next year.

Nevertheless, one channel had long looked impervious to the trouble: ESPN. Even as other channels suffered losses in subscriptions, the sports network was sitting pretty for one simple reason: People want to watch sports live.

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My Big Break
5:12 pm
Sun July 19, 2015

From Adman To Stand-Up: Jim Gaffigan's Transition Took A Few Good Naps

Jim Gaffigan spent years in stand-up before, finally, someone took a chance on him: that someone just happened to be David Letterman. "The weird thing is, because Letterman thought I was good, everyone changed their mind," he says. "It changed the narrative surrounding me, completely."
Courtesy of TV Land

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 9:52 pm

As part of a series called My Big Break, All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

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Environment
6:33 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

Birds, Bees And The Power Of Sex Appeal: The Ribald Lives Of Flowers

Stephen Buchmann Scribner

Flowers, bugs and bees: Stephen Buchmann wanted to study them all when he was a kid.

"I never grew out of my bug-and-dinosaur phase," he tells NPR's Arun Rath. "You know, since about the third grade, I decided I wanted to chase insects, especially bees."

These days, he's living that dream. As a pollination ecologist, he's now taking a particular interest in how flowers attract insects. In his new book, The Reason for Flowers, he looks at more than just the biology of flowers — he dives into the ways they've laid down roots in human history and culture, too.

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Shots - Health News
5:10 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

When Losing Memory Means Losing Home

Greg O'Brien and his wife are finding it more difficult to drive to and from their family's secluded house on Cape Cod. As they move out and move on, O'Brien has discovered a bittersweet trove of memories.
Sam Broun Courtesy of Greg O'Brien

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 6:33 pm

In this installment of NPR's series Inside Alzheimer's, we hear from Greg O'Brien about his decision to sell the home where he and his wife raised their three children. O'Brien, a longtime journalist in Cape Cod, Mass., was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in 2009.

Greg and Mary Catherine O'Brien have lived in their house on Cape Cod for more than 30 years. It's their dream house. They used to imagine growing old there.

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World
5:10 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

In Northern Ireland, 'Terror Gets Old,' But Divisions Linger

Courtesy of Corinne Purtill and Mark Oltmanns

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 9:00 pm

In Northern Ireland, "the Troubles" — the long and bloody conflict between Catholic Irish nationalists and pro-British Protestants — formally came to an end with a peace agreement in 1998.

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