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Bel Kaufman Took Us 'Up The Down Staircase'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:34

Bel Kaufman was a public school teacher who revealed what the New York public schools were really like. She died Friday, in Manhattan, at the age of 103. NPR's Scott Simon has this remembrance.

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Lover's Letters To President Harding Pushed German Cause

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:34

Newly-released love letters from President Warren Harding to his mistress make some wonder whether she was trying to influence foreign policy. NPR's Scott Simon talks to historian Jim Robenalt.

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Congress Leaves Town Next Week, But Will Anyone Notice?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:34

Next week is Congress's last before summer recess, which is often when a flurry of bills are pushed through Congress. This year, not so much, NPR's Ron Elving tells NPR's Scott Simon.

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Is Hezbollah Hesitant To Help Hamas?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:34

Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.

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Citizen Evidence Lab Separates Truth From Fiction In Viral Videos

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:34

When a grainy video of human rights abuse goes viral, how do you know it's real? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Christoph Koettl, of the Citizen Evidence Lab, which helps users verify videos and photos.

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If All The Ice Melts, What Happens To Hockey?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:34

A report from the National Hockey League says climate change could threaten the sport's future. NPR's Scott Simon talks to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about the league's sustainability plan.

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A Closer Look At A World In Crisis

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:34

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, about the confluence of global crises taking place around the world.

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Israel And Hamas Pause While Kerry Negotiates In Paris

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:34

NPR's Emily Harris reports from Gaza, where a temporary ceasefire is in effect.

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Lost At Sea, Legos Reunite On Beaches And Facebook

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:34

Nearly two decades ago, a massive wave struck a container ship and dumped nearly 5 million Legos pieces into the ocean. Today, they are still washing up on shores in England.

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Close Encounters Of The Radio Kind? Mystery Bursts Baffle Astronomers

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:13

Two large radio telescopes have detected very brief, powerful bursts of radio waves, and so far, scientists have no idea what's causing them.

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Forget The Fishing Boat: Alaskans Scoop Up Salmon With Dipnets

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:09

Salmon fishing on a scenic river in Alaska isn't always about hooking a big fish in the remote wilderness. Sometimes, it's about standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the water to fill up your freezer.

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Temporary Cease-Fire In Gaza Appears To Be Holding

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 03:50

Hundreds of residents in the Palestinian territory are taking advantage of the 12-hour lull in fighting set to expire at 8 p.m. Israeli time (1 p.m. ET) to stock up on supplies.

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Former CIA Officials Denied Chance To Preview 'Torture' Report

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-25 23:36

The report, along with a CIA rebuttal, is the most detailed accounting of a set of controversial interrogation, rendition and detention practices the CIA carried out after the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Suspect In Philadelphia Hospital Shooting Had History Of Gun Arrests

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-25 22:28

The alleged shooter had at least four gun arrests, along with assault and drug charges, according to police and court records.

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The Reasons Why Israel's Military Is In Such A Tough Fight

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-25 18:52

Israel's military has been the dominant Middle East force since the 1967 war. Yet for the third time in a decade, the army is bogged down in a protracted fight with Islamist militants.

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The Reasons Why Israel's Military Is In Such A Tough Fight

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-25 18:52

Israel's military has been the dominant Middle East force since the 1967 war. Yet for the third time in a decade, the army is bogged down in a protracted fight with Islamist militants.

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Video: Haboob, A Huge Dust Storm, Hits Phoenix Area

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-25 17:22

The storm is commonly referred to as a haboob, from the Arabic word for an intense summer dust storm. Today's storm hit in time to complicate the Friday afternoon commute.

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How will Puerto Rico's poor economy affect you?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-25 16:51

For the first time in more than a decade, lawmakers in Puerto Rico balanced their budget. And during the past ten years, the US territory has had a rough economic go: A major recession hampered state revenues, while a major crackdown on the drug trade along the U.S. border pushed much of the trafficking (and violence) into Puerto Rico. The combination of a lingering recession and an influx of drugs has led to the highest murder rate in the U.S. – almost six times higher than the national average.

It’s also led some analysts to call Puerto Rico “the New Detroit.”

That got us wondering if the balanced budget is an indicator of brighter days ahead for the Puerto Rico. And if you’re thinking at this point, “who cares about some small, tropical island?” we’ll ask you: “Do you have mutual funds?”

Puerto Rico is one of the largest issuers of bonds in the U.S. And because of a preferred tax status granted to the commonwealth, Puerto Rico’s bonds end up in many portfolios. We wanted to find out whether Puerto Rico is, indeed, the new Detroit, so we spoke with the President of Maglan Capital,

An app that combats texting while driving accidents

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-25 16:46

Kids, you gotta start looking up. It’s never been a more dangerous time to be a pedestrian, in large part, because people are no longer looking where they’re walking. Instead, they keep their eyes fixed on their mobile phones, because a broken leg or a shattered clavicle is totally worth keeping up to the minute tabs on what your FB friends are eating, drinking, or how they’re dressing their pets.

In this installment of Tech IRL, Lizzie and Marketplace’s Tech Ben Johnson walk around Manhattan to spotlight new technology that is supposed to help mobile-phone caused pedestrian and motorist accidents.

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