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5:20 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Trayvon Martin’s Mother Testifies At Zimmerman Trial

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, testified this morning in the ongoing trial of George Zimmerman. Zimmerman is charged with second degree murder in Martin’s death. Martin’s parents have been in the court every day of the trial.

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10:04 am
Fri July 5, 2013

58 MRI's And Counting -- A Neuroscientist Maps His Own Brain

It seems like a simple question: how does the human brain change over the course of a year? It turns out, we know remarkably little about that. But one scientist at the University of Texas in Austin is trying to answer that question—and to do it, he’s had to take a pretty unusual approach — getting frequent MRI’s of his brain.

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NPR Story
9:44 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Wimbledon 'Upsets' Get Linguist Thinking

Serena Williams lost in the early rounds of Wimbledon. (AP)

Originally published on Sat July 6, 2013 3:20 am

It’s down to the wire at Wimbledon, the men’s finals are on Sunday, the women’s on Saturday. And some of the biggest names will not be participating, because there have been a lot of upsets—Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova all lost in the early rounds. These upsets had linguist Ben Zimmer thinking about the use of the word “upset.”

And that got him thinking about a horse race in 1919.

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NPR Story
7:32 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Creating Art, On An Etch A Sketch

Etch A Sketch art by Andrea Tilden. (Andrea Tilden/Facebook)

Originally published on Sat July 6, 2013 3:19 am

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NPR Story
11:54 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Fourth Of July: When The Piccolo Gets To Shine

Jim Walker plays the piccolo. (www.jimwalkerflute.com)

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 1:47 pm

Fourth of July means we’ll be hearing a lot of John Philip Sousa’s famous military march “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

The big highlight comes toward the end, when the piccolos in the orchestra stand and let loose over the rest of the orchestra.

But imagine being the piccolo player who has to play that part over and over.

“The first time I played it was in the seventh grade,” Jim Walker, the retired principal flutist and piccolo player for the Los Angeles Philharmonic told Here & Now.

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NPR Story
11:54 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Is Your DNA Private? It Might Not Be

Vickie Chaplin loads patient samples into a machine for testing at Myriad Genetics Friday, May 31, 2002, in Salt Lake City. (Douglas C. Pizac/AP)

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 3:02 pm

Would you want your girlfriend’s parents to be able to test your DNA to find out your ancestry? What if the grad school you were applying to wanted to test for tendencies for mental illness?

Within a few years, the cost of DNA sequencing may be just a few hundred dollars. When it gets that cheap, it will be easy for anyone to get a test.

But should there be legal restrictions on it? And is there a way to keep our DNA private?

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NPR Story
11:54 am
Thu July 4, 2013

The Rowing Team That Stunned the World

This photo from the 1936 Olympic Games shows the University of Washington eight-oar boat (top) crossing the finish line just ahead of second-place Italy and third-place Germany. (University of Washington Libraries, Special Collection)

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 3:02 pm

In 1936, a rowing team from the University of Washington stunned the world by winning a gold medal in eight-oar crew at the Berlin Olympics in front of a crowd that included Adolph Hitler and Joseph Goebbels.

The sons of American loggers, farmers and shipyard workers defeated elite European teams, grabbing the attention of millions of Americans and transforming the sport.

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NPR Story
10:43 am
Thu July 4, 2013

How To Shoot Photos Of Fireworks

Bill Sandidge, left, and Nancy Koughan, of Decatur, Ga., watch a fireworks display on the field following a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in Atlanta. (David Goldman/AP)

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 1:47 pm

Spectacular firework displays are the grand finale of big Fourth of July celebrations.

Boston Globe freelance photographer Aram Boghosian will be at Boston’s Charles River Esplanade for tonight’s event and has some tips for how to take great photographs.

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NPR Story
10:43 am
Thu July 4, 2013

'House Jackers' Work To Save Homes From The Next Sandy

Greg Patterson shovels dirt near the foundation of a home that he and his father are elevating eight feet. (Tracey Samuelson/WHYY)

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 3:02 pm

The Fourth of July is one of the busiest times of the year on the Jersey Shore. Of course this year, many communities are still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.

Determined to be prepared for the next big storm, some property owners are lifting their homes and businesses higher above sea level.

The people who do this work are called “house jackers.” And they are in high demand these days.

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10:43 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Meningitis Vaccination Effort Aimed At Gay Men

Allen Smith, 21, from West Hollywood, Calif., gets a free vaccine against bacterial meningitis at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in West Hollywood, Calif., Monday, April 15, 2013. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 3:02 pm

There have been 22 cases in the past three years of a deadly new strain of meningitis that has spread in New York’s gay, bisexual and MSM (men who have sex with men) communities.

Seven of the men who contracted the illness died.

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NPR Story
1:38 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Jobless Rates For Young Europeans Hit Record Levels

People queue to enter an unemployment registry office in Madrid, January, 2013. (Paul White/AP)

Jobless rates for people between the ages of 18 to 25 are skyrocketing across the European Union.

EU leaders recently took a step to try to stem the tide by agreeing to pump $8 billion into job training programs for young people.

Young people in Greece are being hit especially hard. The unemployment rate for them is more than 60 percent.

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NPR Story
11:43 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Applying 'Moneyball' Methods To The NBA

Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) looks to move past Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, March 18, 2013. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 7:10 am

You’re probably familiar with the Brad Pitt movie, “Moneyball” — or the book it was based on by Michael Lewis. The financially strapped Oakland A’s, unable to afford the best players, put together a successful team using data analysis.

Houston native and Rockets fan Muthu Alagappan is trying to do the same for basketball.

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NPR Story
11:27 am
Wed July 3, 2013

William Faulkner On The Battle Of Gettysburg

William Faulkner works at his typewriter Aug. 12, 1954, in Oxford, Miss. (AP)

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 4:40 pm

Some of the most famous words ever written about Gettysburg were penned by the great southern writer William Faulkner.

In his 1948 novel “Intruder In The Dust,” Faulkner wrote about the promise the afternoon of July 3, 1863, held for the southern cause, the moment before the Confederate attack that became known as “Pickett’s Charge.”

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NPR Story
9:22 am
Wed July 3, 2013

A Look At The Economy Midway Through 2013

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 10:45 am

This week marks the halfway point of the year. Where is the economy today?

This also is the 4th anniversary of the start of the “recovery.” The GDP has been growing non-stop since late June or early July of 2009.

Have most people now completely recovered financially?

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NPR Story
10:45 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Heartbeats Could Replace Passwords

(Its.MJ/Flickr)

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 7:22 am

The average person has 30 to 50 accounts requiring a password, but uses only about five different passwords. And the most common password is still “password.”

Security experts say people should use a different password for each account, with each password at least 14 characters long.

Instead of memorizing all those passwords, what if the key to unlocking everything could be linked to something unique about you — like the rhythm of your heart?

That’s what biometric researchers in Toronto have come up with.

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NPR Story
9:46 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Wedding Films Are About More Than Getting Married

A scene from the film "Four Weddings and a Funeral." (PolyGram Filmed Entertainment)

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 7:22 am

With the Supreme Court weighing in on gay marriage, can Hollywood be far behind?

Filmmakers often use wedding movies to address issues like commitment and family dysfunction, says Los Angeles Times film writer Steven Zeitchik.

We talk to Zeitchik about movies including “The Wedding Banquet,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Wedding Crashers,” “Bridesmaids,” “Father of the Bride,” “Rachel Getting Married” and “The Graduate.”

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NPR Story
9:32 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Why Google Pulled The Plug On Google Reader

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 7:22 am

Google has pulled the plug on its RSS service, Google Reader.

Launched in 2005, it was designed to help people organize information on the Internet by sorting content into a manageable, constantly updated feed.

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5:17 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Here & Now Comes to Valley Public Radio

Beginning on July 1, 2013 Valley Public Radio will broadcast Here & Now, Monday thru Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to meet growing audience demand for midday news and analysis.

A live production from NPR and WBUR, Boston, in collaboration with public radio stations across the country, Here & Now reflects the fluid world of news as it’s happening, with timely, smart and in-depth news and conversation.  NPR's Science Friday will continue to air on Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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