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3:29pm

Thu July 30, 2015
Shots - Health News

A Path From 'Blackout' Drunkenness To Sobriety And Self-Acceptance

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 4:31 pm

Sarah Hepola is the personal essays editor at Salon.com.
Zan Keith

Before Sarah Hepola got sober five years ago, she considered alcohol to be "the fuel of all adventure." These adventures included taking off her clothes in public, pouring beer on people's heads and waking up in strangers' beds. Frequently, Hepola didn't remember these incidents afterward because she had been in an alcohol-induced blackout.

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3:29pm

Thu July 30, 2015
Movie Reviews

'The End of the Tour' Offers A Hint Of David Foster Wallace's Inner Struggle

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:20 pm

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3:26pm

Thu July 30, 2015
The Salt

Artists Transform Coffee Spills Into Masterpieces

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 10:18 pm

(Left) Afghan girl; (Right) Albert Einstein, by Maria Aristidou
Courtesy of Maria Aristidou

Ever splashed yourself with coffee or sat a dripping cup down on a white tablecloth? Then you're well aware of the beverage's staining powers. But where some see a ruined shirt, others have found a canvas.

For artist Maria Aristidou, it all started with a latte. "I was working on another commission using watercolors, when all the sudden, I spilled all over the drawing," she says.

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3:23pm

Thu July 30, 2015
It's All Politics

#TBT: 40 Years After Jimmy Hoffa's Disappearance, His Legend Lives On

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 6:04 pm

Jimmy Hoffa (walking at left in front) leads a parade of supporting delegates to the Teamsters Union Convention in Miami Beach in 1957.
AP

In the summer of 1975, Teamsters President James Riddle Hoffa — Jimmy Hoffa — was already a legendary figure in both U.S. labor history and in American pop culture.

As a teenager in Detroit, he took to union organizing early on in the grocery business. He was smart and tough. With an emphasis on tough. A master strategist, he knew how to pick his targets, organize strikes and boycotts, and he rose through the Teamster ranks earning the deep loyalty of truckers and warehouse workers in a city that was becoming an industrial powerhouse.

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3:16pm

Thu July 30, 2015
The Two-Way

Experts: Flight MH370 Debris Could Have Reached Western Indian Ocean

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 4:00 pm

Chart showing main ocean currents.
American Meteorological Society

An expert in ocean circulation tells NPR's Geoff Brumfiel that it is "highly likely" that currents in the Indian Ocean could have carried debris from the presumed crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 off Australia's west coast to Reunion Island near Madagascar.

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2:59pm

Thu July 30, 2015
The Two-Way

Md. Governor Orders Closure Of 'Deplorable' Baltimore City Jail

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 4:14 pm

The Baltimore City Detention Center, seen here in 2013, was found to be riddled with corruption, according to a federal probe.
Lloyd Fox MCT /Landov

Gov. Larry Hogan says he has ordered the immediate closure of the Baltimore City Detention Center, which a federal probe revealed in 2013 as being riddled with corruption, from smuggling to sex between inmates and guards.

Update at 3:15 p.m. ET: Inmates Were Running Jail, Hogan Says

Saying that the Baltimore facility is the only city prison in the entire country that's run by a state government, Hogan says it is time for a change.

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2:03pm

Thu July 30, 2015
The Two-Way

Scientists Urge Ban On Salamander Imports To U.S. To Keep Fungus At Bay

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 3:12 pm

The Ensatina salamander, a lungless species common along the U.S. West Coast, is one of hundreds of species of salamanders endemic to North America threatened by an emerging infectious pathogen.
Courtesy of Tiffany Yap

Scientists are calling for an immediate ban on live salamander imports in the U.S. to try to prevent the spread of a fungal disease that could potentially devastate wild North American salamanders.

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1:58pm

Thu July 30, 2015
It's All Politics

For Young Voters, Crushing Student Debt Is Front And Center

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 3:44 pm

Dan Tothill, 26, and Megan Brabec, 24, are struggling with high student debt burdens and underemployment. "I hope that I can look back on myself in 10 years, like 'Oh, I was so silly to be worrying about that," Tothill said. "But, at this point, it doesn't feel that way at all."
Jesse Costa WBUR

The economy is always a key issue in presidential campaigns.

But whose economy are we talking about? Many millennial voters are underemployed and crushed under thousands of dollars of student debt.

And perhaps nowhere is the problem more acute than in New Hampshire.

Seventy-six percent of the class of 2013 had loans. On average, each New Hampshire student was carrying $32,795 of debt, according to The Project on Student Debt. It's the nation's biggest student loan debt burden.

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12:18pm

Thu July 30, 2015
The Two-Way

Obama Orders Development Of Supercomputer To Rival China's 'Milky Way'

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 3:26 pm

The Japanese supercomputer K, pictured in June 2012 at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Kobe, western Japan. The K computer is currently ranked No. 3 on a list of the 500 fastest supercomputers.
Kyodo/Landov

President Obama has ordered the development of a supercomputer that is some 20 times faster than the world's current record-holder and is expected to go online by 2025.

A machine developed by China's National University of Defense Technology and housed in Guangzhou, called Tianhe-2 (Milky Way-2), is thought to currently be the fastest supercomputer in existence — variously reported as doing either 34 or 55 petaflops (1 petaflop is equivalent to 1 quadrillion floating-point operations per second).

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12:16pm

Thu July 30, 2015
The Two-Way

3 U.Va. Graduates Sue 'Rolling Stone,' Reporter Over Rape Article

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:46 pm

Former members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia say they are the victims of defamation and negligence.
Jay Paul Getty Images

Saying that an article on campus rape that was later retracted hurt their reputations and subjected them to needless humiliation, three former members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity have sued Rolling Stone, its publisher and the reporter who wrote the story.

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12:16pm

Thu July 30, 2015
The Two-Way

Justice Dept. Hires Compliance Expert In Fight Against Corporate Crime

Justice Department lawyers who prosecute errant corporations and executives are bringing in a new member to the team — a full-time expert in compliance programs.

Andrew Weissmann, who leads the Fraud Section in the criminal division at the Justice Department, said the new hire is all part of a plan to reduce corporate crime.

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12:03pm

Thu July 30, 2015
Shots - Health News

How A Beauty Queen With Diabetes Found Her 'Sugar Linings'

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 4:31 pm

Sierra Sandison, Miss Idaho 2014, during the "Show Us Your Shoes" parade at the Miss America pageant.
Courtesy of The Miss America Organization

Last July, a photo changed Sierra Sandison's life. She went onstage in the Miss Idaho pageant with an insulin pump clipped to her bikini bottom. The photo and the #ShowMeYourPump hashtag she created went viral on social media and became NPR's most popular online story of the year.

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11:09am

Thu July 30, 2015
Goats and Soda

What Botswana's Teen Girls Learn In 'Sugar Daddy' Class

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:28 pm

The bar chart tells all: That's how eighth-graders at Bakgatle Community Junior Secondary School in Botswana can compare the HIV infection rate of older men and of teenage boys.
Don Boroughs for NPR

Chilo Ketlhoafetse struts around an eighth-grade classroom like the coolest guy in Botswana, warming the students up to talk about an awkward subject. He calls out "Nomhlaba!" and they respond "Auwe!" — nonsense words from a local childhood game. Soon he has the students clicking their fingers, dancing and following his every word.

Within an hour, the students at the Bakgatle Community Junior Secondary School in Mochudi are chanting the only message he wants to get across to them: "Older partners are riskier."

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10:36am

Thu July 30, 2015
The Two-Way

Taliban Acknowledge Death Of Leader, Select Successor

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:19 pm

Undated photo reportedly showing Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
AP

The Taliban have confirmed reports that the group's spiritual leader, Mullah Omar, is dead, and the Afghan-based extremist organization has reportedly chosen a successor.

As Eyder reported on Wednesday, the Afghan government said it had "credible information" that Omar had died in April 2013 in Pakistan.

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10:28am

Thu July 30, 2015
The Two-Way

University Of Cincinnati Officer Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Charge

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 2:33 pm

Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing appears at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, on Thursday in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter.
John Minchillo AP

A University of Cincinnati officer who was charged in the murder of an unarmed black man during a routine traffic stop has pleaded not guilty.

Officer Ray Tensing was escorted into a Hamilton County courthouse on Thursday handcuffed and in a prison uniform.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan said because Tensing is facing a potential life-in-prison sentence, she was setting his bail at $1 million.

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10:02am

Thu July 30, 2015
The Two-Way

'Top Gear' Team Signs Deal With Amazon; New Car Show Set For 2016

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 2:50 pm

James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond have signed a deal for a new show with Amazon.
Amazon Prime Video

Months after they left the BBC, car enthusiasts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are headed to Amazon, hoping to re-create the success of the long-running TV show Top Gear. The trio left the BBC under a cloud after Clarkson's contract was not renewed because of a physical attack on a show producer.

"The show will be produced by the trio's long time executive producer Andy Wilman," Amazon announced Thursday, adding that production on the new show, whose name wasn't revealed, will begin soon.

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8:12am

Thu July 30, 2015
Around the Nation

Movie Article Leads Police To Missing Convicted Bank Robber

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:21 pm

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8:12am

Thu July 30, 2015
Around the Nation

Lawsuit Challenges Maker's Mark Handmade Bourbon Claim

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:21 pm

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7:43am

Thu July 30, 2015
The Two-Way

Testing By AP Finds Water At 2016 Olympic Sites 'Rife With Human Sewage'

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 9:35 am

The Rodrigo de Freitas lake, which was largely cleaned up in recent years, was thought to be safe for Olympic rowers and canoeists. But an investigation by The Associated Press found it to be among the most polluted sites.
Leo Correa AP

It's no secret that the water at some of the 2016 Olympic venues in Rio de Janeiro has some problems.

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro got a whiff of one venue in April. But The Associated Press has just put some science into it by commissioning tests over a five-month period.

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7:30am

Thu July 30, 2015
The Two-Way

Egypt Postpones Verdict In Trial Of Al Jazeera Journalists

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 9:18 am

Al Jazeera English producer Baher Mohamed (from left), Canadian-Egyptian acting Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and correspondent Peter Greste appear in court along with several other defendants during their trial on terrorism charges in Cairo.
Heba Elkholy AP

A court in Egypt has delayed reading the verdict in the retrial of three Al Jazeera journalists accused of aiding a terrorist organization.

The BBC reports:

"Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy, Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Australian Peter Greste were sentenced to up to 10 years in prison in June 2014.

"Their convictions for spreading false news were overturned on appeal and they were released on bail in February. ...

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7:03am

Thu July 30, 2015
The Salt

Do Fish Names Encourage Fishy Business?

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 9:41 pm

Sea bass, pollock, striped bass and other fish species are seen for sale at the Harbor Fish Market in Portland, Maine.
Ryan Kellman for NPR

Order a rockfish at a restaurant in Maryland, and you'll likely get a striped bass. Place the same order in California, and you could end up with a vermilion rockfish, a Pacific Ocean perch or one of dozens of other fish species on your plate.

This jumble of names is perfectly legal. But it's confusing to diners — and it can hamper efforts to combat illegal fishing and seafood fraud, says the ocean conservation group Oceana.

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5:07am

Thu July 30, 2015
NPR Story

Campus Police Officer Charged In Unarmed Black Man's Death

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:21 pm

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5:07am

Thu July 30, 2015
NPR Story

Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Died 2 Years Ago, Afghan Government Says

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:21 pm

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5:07am

Thu July 30, 2015
NPR Story

Huckabee Remarks Further Complicate Evangelicals Relationship With Jews

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:21 pm

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5:07am

Thu July 30, 2015
Animals

How 3-D Printing Helps Scientists Understand Bird Behavior

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:21 pm

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5:07am

Thu July 30, 2015
NPR Ed

Pell Grants For Prisoners: An Old Argument Revisited

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 4:59 pm

President Obama is the first sitting president to visit a federal prison.
Kevin Lamarque Landov

It's an old and controversial question: Should federal Pell grants be used to help prisoners pay for college?

Tomorrow, at a prison in Jessup, Md., Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch are expected to unveil a program to do just that. The new plan would create a limited pilot program allowing some students in prison to use Pell grants to pay for college classes.

The key word there is "limited" — because there's only so much the administration can do. To understand why, we have to go back to November 1993.

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5:07am

Thu July 30, 2015
Youth Radio

At One Juvenile Hall, Too Few Staff Has A Big Impact

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:21 pm

A young man peers out a window in a holding cell after arriving at the intake unit at Alameda County Juvenile Hall.
Brett Myers Youth Radio

Across the country, there are efforts to close outdated and dangerous juvenile detention centers. But even in places with so-called model juvenile halls, counties often struggle to meet the minimum standards.

A juvenile hall in San Leandro, Calif., is one such detention center that's generally well-regarded but faces some major challenges. Built in 2007, it's part of a $176 million juvenile justice complex with a detention facility, courtrooms and law offices.

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5:07am

Thu July 30, 2015
Shots - Health News

Close Listening: How Sound Reveals The Invisible

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:21 pm

Hanna Barczyk for NPR

Over the years, scientists have mostly interpreted the world through what they can see. But in the past few decades, a culture of listening has blossomed, especially among biologists who seek to understand how animals communicate. This week Morning Edition embarks on a weekly summer series called Close Listening: Decoding Nature Through Sound. We begin with an innovation that transformed medicine by searching sounds for clues to illness and health.

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5:07am

Thu July 30, 2015
Music Interviews

Through Doubt And Dark Times, Joss Stone Lets Her Voice Light The Way

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:21 pm

Joss Stone's new album, Water For Your Soul, is out July 31.
Courtesy of the artist

Joss Stone's voice first stunned listeners more than a decade ago. The British singer was only 14 years old then, but her booming, soulful voice got noticed, as did her knack for taking success in stride. At age 28, she hasn't stopped: Stone's newest album, Water for Your Soul, comes out this Friday.

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5:07am

Thu July 30, 2015
Parallels

In The West Bank, A Rough Start Doesn't Deter New Arab TV Channel

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:21 pm

Afaf Shini, a host on the Palestine 48 TV channel, holds a reading card with the satellite channel's logo during a morning broadcast in Ramallah in July. Israel shut down operations just days after the launch.
Nasser Nasser AP

One out of every five people in Israel is Arab. But Israeli TV sets aside only a few hours a week for Arabic-language programming. And Arabs in Israel don't have many opportunities to see their own cities and lives reflected on the screen. That's the idea behind a new TV channel. It's called Palestine 48, a reference to the year Israel was founded.

The channel's new morning show is called Our Morning Is Different. It's like an Arabic version of the Today show, with a breezy opening jingle and stock footage of sunlight peeking through a field.

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