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8:42 am
Fri June 12, 2015

A 'Wolfpack' Of Brothers Who Met The World Through Movies

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 10:43 am

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Music Reviews
8:42 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Michael Gibbs And Bill Frisell Team Up On A New Big Band Record

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 10:43 am

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Remembrances
8:42 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Listen Back To A 1990 Interview With Actor Christopher Lee

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 10:43 am

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The Two-Way
8:40 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Jack King, NASA's 'Voice Of Apollo,' Dies At 84

A Nov. 14, 1969, photo made available by NASA shows Jack King in the Firing Room of the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Control Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., during the countdown for Apollo 12. King, who died Thursday, became known as NASA's "Voice of Apollo."
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Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 10:17 am

Jack King, who uttered the countdown heard 'round the world followed by the historic words "Liftoff on Apollo 11!" has died at age 84.

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It's All Politics
8:33 am
Fri June 12, 2015

The Life And Death Of The Iowa Straw Poll, A Once Important Political Event

George W. Bush (left) stands with Elizabeth Dole and Steve Forbes, whom he defeated in the 1999 Iowa Straw Poll.
Cliff Schiappa AP

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 11:06 am

A once important political event, which has seen its influence diminished by pay-to-play allegations, breathed its last breath Friday morning.

State Republicans voted to kill the Iowa Straw Poll in a unanimous vote — reversing themselves from a unanimous vote in January to continue it. Amid defections by key 2016 presidential candidates and despite pledged reforms, it was no longer able to survive.

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The Two-Way
7:51 am
Fri June 12, 2015

American Red Cross News Conference In Haiti Grows Heated

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 10:36 am

Haitian journalists pressed an official from the American Red Cross to explain how the charity spent almost half a billion dollars in the country — but got few answers at a news conference this week at Le Plaza Hotel in downtown Port-au-Prince.

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Shots - Health News
7:00 am
Fri June 12, 2015

The Uninsured Rate Is Low, But Proving It's The Lowest Ever Is Tricky

"Nearly 1 in 3 uninsured Americans have already been covered — more than 16 million people -– driving our uninsured rate to its lowest level ever," President Obama told a cheering crowd at the Catholic Health Association's annual conference Tuesday.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters/Landov

Almost no one disputes that the implementation of the federal health law has helped Americans who were previously uninsured gain coverage. But exactly how much has the uninsured rate dropped?

A whole lot, says President Obama.

"Nearly 1 in 3 uninsured Americans have already been covered — more than 16 million people -– driving our uninsured rate to its lowest level ever," he told a cheering crowd at the Catholic Health Association's annual conference Tuesday. "Ever," he added for emphasis.

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The Two-Way
6:44 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Big Change Yields Small Change As Zimbabweans Turn In Their Trillions

An old one hundred trillion Zimbabwean dollar note on top of a pile of other old Zimbabwean notes of various denominations in Harare, Thursday. Starting next week, Zimbabweans will be able to exchange their trillions for up to $5 U.S.
Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi AP

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 6:13 am

In Zimbabwe, even the trillionaires are struggling to make ends meet.

But that is about to change as the government begins a phasing out of the massively hyperinflated Zimbabwean dollar in favor of a multi-currency regime involving mainly a mix of U.S. dollars and South African rand that, in any case, has been the de facto norm since 2009.

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The Two-Way
6:34 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Spokane NAACP Leader's Race Becomes Subject Of Controversy

Rachel Dolezal stands in front of a mural she painted, in July 2009.
Nicholas K. Geranios AP

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 1:20 pm

Is the leader of Spokane's chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People black?

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NPR Ed
5:03 am
Fri June 12, 2015

From 'Dropout Crisis' To Record High, Dissecting The Graduation Rate

The U.S. high school graduation rate was 81 percent in 2013, the most recent year in which federal data are available.
LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 9:45 am

In his State of the Union address in January, President Obama had some sure-fire applause lines: "More of our kids are graduating than ever before" and "Our high school graduation rate has hit an all-time high."

Which raised some interesting questions: "Is that really true?" and "Why?" and "How do we know?" and "So what?"

A seed was planted that grew into our project this week examining that number. Our reporting shows many of the individual stories behind a single statistic: 81 percent, the current U.S. graduation rate.

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The Two-Way
4:49 am
Fri June 12, 2015

French Court Clears Dominique Strauss-Kahn In Pimping Case

Former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss Kahn leaving his hotel in Lille, northern France, in February.
Christophe Ena AP

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 5:11 am

A French court has found Dominique Strauss-Kahn not guilty on a charge of "aggravated pimping."

The court said the former head of the International Monetary Fund and one time French presidential candidate did not promote or profit from the prostitution of seven women.

The Guardian reports:

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Afghanistan
4:30 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Buddha Statues Return To Afghanistan's Bamiyan Valley

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Animals
4:00 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Scottish Charity Get Calls About All Sorts Of Animals

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 4:30 am

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The Two-Way
3:56 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Germany Closes Probe Into Alleged U.S. Hacking Of Merkel's Phone

President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel walk to a group photo of G-7 leaders in June.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 1:51 pm

Germany's top prosecutor, Harald Range, has decided to close an investigation into whether the United States' National Security Agency eavesdropped on Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone calls due to lack of evidence.

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NPR Story
2:03 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Dinosaur Franchise Reboots; It's Time For 'Jurassic World'

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 4:30 am

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Two decades ago, a massive dinosaur movie stomped into American theaters, crushing the summer blockbuster competition.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "JURASSIC PARK")

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NPR Story
2:03 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Scientists Investigate What Makes Us Itch

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 9:23 am

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Scientists have just scratched the surface of another important problem - why some things make us itch. Today, there's progress to report. Researchers in California have found a molecule that may be crucial for our brains to sense itch. NPR's Joe Palca has more.

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NPR Story
2:03 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Warriors' Shooters Get The Job Done, Tie NBA Finals 2-2

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 4:30 am

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NPR News Investigations
2:03 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Coming Home Straight From Solitary Damages Inmates And Their Families

Garcia hugs her son, Mark, on the day he was released from solitary confinement in July 2014.
Courtesy of Sara Garcia

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 5:50 am

The thing Sara Garcia remembers from the day her son, Mark, got out of prison was the hug — the very, very awkward hug. He had just turned 21 and for the past two and a half years, he'd been in solitary confinement.

"He's not used to anyone touching him," Garcia says. "So he's not used to hugs. And I mean we grabbed him. I mean, we hugged him. We held him. I mean, it was just surreal to just know I can finally give him a hug and a kiss on the cheek."

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Parallels
2:03 am
Fri June 12, 2015

In The Rolling Hills Of Galway, Spirit Of W.B. Yeats Lives On

Sister Mary de Lourdes Fahy transformed a one-room schoolhouse into the the Kiltartan Gregory Museum dedicated Yeats.
Rich Preston NPR

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 4:30 am

William Butler Yeats, one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, was born in Ireland 150 years ago this week, and across the country, the Irish are celebrating with public readings and festivals.

But his presence has never left rural County Galway, in far western Ireland, where Yeats spent many years, far from the big cities. And in turn, its landscape and spirit infuses so much of his poetry.

So it may not be surprising that a passionate nun in Galway has turned an old one-room schoolhouse on a country road into a small museum to Yeats.

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The Salt
2:03 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Organic Farmers Call Foul On Whole Foods' Produce Rating System

Whole Foods says its new rating system is a way to talk to farmers and customers about issues that the organic rules don't encompass, like water, energy, labor and waste.
Dan Charles NPR

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 10:38 am

Nobody really likes to be graded. Especially when you don't get an A.

Some organic farmers are protesting a new grading system for produce and flowers that's coming into force at Whole Foods. They say it devalues the organic label and could become an "existential threat."

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