Fri July 18, 2014
NPR Story

Actor Kurt Russell Talks About The Family Business: Baseball

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 8:00 am



The Portland Mavericks were a minor league baseball team that played in the 1970s. Their story is told in a new documentary on Netflix. It's called "The Battered Bastards Of Baseball." This team was irreverent, unorthodox. The roster included a bunch of hopefuls and has-beens.


The Mavericks were founded by a baseball outsider, the actor Bing Russell probably best known for his role as Deputy Clem on "Bonanza." But he was also a serious student of baseball.

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Fri July 18, 2014
NPR Story

When It Comes To Thinking, 2 Fish Heads Are Better Than 1

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 11:52 am

Maybe we can learn from fish — they don't call a group of them a school for nothing. Researchers found that when 2 fish swim together, they make better decisions than when 2 fish are swimming alone.


Fri July 18, 2014
Around the Nation

Border Agency Chief Opens Up About Deadly Force Cases

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 8:57 am

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske sits under an image of New York's Ground Zero in his office in Washington. For him, it serves as a daily reminder of the security threats that have shaped his agency.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

The new commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection says he is reviewing scores of incidents in which agents have used deadly force.

R. Gil Kerlikowske made that statement during an exclusive interview with NPR's Morning Edition. It was his first extended conversation about controversial incidents in which the Border Patrol has killed civilians without apparent accountability. (Click here for a full transcript of the interview.)

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Fri July 18, 2014
All Tech Considered

Better Culture Could Have Prevented Viral Comcast Call

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 11:13 am

The call center of Zappos.com gets high marks from consumers for strong customer service.
Shashi Bellamkonda Flickr

This week, one man's customer service call to Comcast turned into a badgering — a simple request to cancel his service was repeatedly beaten back by the employee on the other end of the line. It was a familiar feeling for a lot of us, which perhaps explains why more than 4 million people have listened to it in less than a week.

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Fri July 18, 2014
Shots - Health News

Head Scientist At CDC Weighs Costs Of Recent Lab Safety Breaches

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 10:40 am

The CDC's director, Tom Frieden, testified before a congressional subcommittee Wednesday regarding a recent anthrax incident and lab safety improvements he is instituting.
AFP/Getty Images

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is on the hot seat.

It all started in mid-June, when the CDC announced that dozens of its scientists might have accidentally been exposed to anthrax.

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Thu July 17, 2014

At The Scene Of The Crash: An Attempt To Make Sense Of The Wreckage

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 2:59 pm

Audie Cornish talks with reporter Noah Sneider, who's at the crash site of the Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region.


Thu July 17, 2014
Goats and Soda

Sizing Down Food Waste: What's The Worst Thing To Toss?

Throwing out a pound of boneless beef effectively wastes 24 times more calories than throwing out a pound of vegetables or grains. Egg and dairy products fall somewhere between the two extremes.
Morgan Walker NPR

Sometimes I feel like a broken record at home: "Let's eat the leftovers for dinner, so they don't go to waste,"

But inevitably, Sunday night's pasta and meatballs get tossed out of the refrigerator to make way for Friday night's pizza.

Now scientists at the University of Minnesota offer up another reason to put those leftover meatballs in the tummy instead of the garbage: There are hidden calories in the beef that go to waste when you toss it.

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Thu July 17, 2014
The Two-Way

Libya Asks U.N. For Assistance In Protecting Oil And Airports

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 8:42 pm

Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz asked the United Nations Security Council for help protecting the country's ports, airports and oil installations on Thursday, warning that the country could become a failed state.

He pleaded with the council "to take the case of Libya seriously before it is too late," according to Reuters.

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Thu July 17, 2014

A Day Of Tumult, Tragedy And Violence In Europe And Middle East

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 8:40 pm



Now, what we know about today's two big stories - the ground invasion that's now underway in the Gaza Strip and the crash of a Malaysia Airlines flight in Ukraine. We'll begin with the downing of the Boeing triple seven. It left Amsterdam at twelve fifteen p.m. local time, and was supposed to arrive at Kuala Lumpur national airport early tomorrow morning. Malaysia Airlines says when it lost contact with flight 17, its last known position was over Ukrainian airspace.


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Thu July 17, 2014
The Two-Way

Some Airlines Say They Are Avoiding Ukrainian Airspace

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 12:24 pm

This screen grab from Flightradar24.com shows the pocket of open airspace above Ukraine after a Malaysia Airlines flight crashed in the eastern part of the country.

We are following the news of a Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in eastern Ukraine with 298 passengers and crew onboard, and some airlines are now operating over the area with added caution.

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