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Health
4:02 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

Saved By A Bad Taste, The Last 'Radium Girl' Dies At 107

Employees of the U.S. Radium Corporation paint numbers on the faces of wristwatches using dangerous radioactive paint. Dozens of women, known as Radium Girls, later died of radium poisoning. The last radium girl died this year at 107.
Argonne National Laboratory

Before turning the page on 2014, All Things Considered is paying tribute to some of the people who passed away this year whose stories you may not have heard β€” including Mae Keane.

In the early 1920s, the hot new gadget was a wristwatch with a glow-in-the-dark dial.

"Made possible by the magic of radium!" bragged one advertisement.

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The Two-Way
7:43 am
Sun December 28, 2014

Ceremony In Afghanistan Officially Ends America's Longest War

Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Gen. John Campbell opens the "Resolute Support" flag during a ceremony at the ISAF headquarters in Kabul on Sunday.
Massoud Hossaini AP

Originally published on Sun December 28, 2014 2:31 pm

U.S. troops and their NATO allies in Afghanistan have formally ended what became America's longest war, furling their flag 13 years after a 2001 invasion to topple the country's Taliban regime in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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Health Care
7:29 am
Sun December 28, 2014

Tennessee's Medicaid Deal Dodges A Partisan Fight

Gov. Bill Haslam announces his proposal to expand Medicaid in Tennessee on Dec. 15. Under the plan, the hospital association would pay the state's portion of the program.
Erik Schelzig AP

Originally published on Sun December 28, 2014 9:07 am

Tony Smith's disability check puts him over the income limit to receive standard Medicaid, but it's too little for him to qualify for a subsidy.

Sitting next to a federal health-care navigator at a Nashville, Tenn., clinic, he said he hopes lawmakers think of his plight and that of thousands of others when considering Medicaid expansion.

"I'm not looking for a handout," Smith says. "I'm just looking for some help ... because I need it."

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World
5:39 am
Sun December 28, 2014

Albright On The U.N.: 'If It Didn't Exist, We Would Invent It'

Originally published on Sun December 28, 2014 9:07 am

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Politics
5:39 am
Sun December 28, 2014

To Deal With Hostile Congress, Obama Can Look To History

Originally published on Sun December 28, 2014 9:07 am

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NPR Ed
5:39 am
Sun December 28, 2014

'Military Children': Their Struggles, Sacrifices And Strengths

Military Children from WAMU's Breaking Ground project sheds light on the challenges of being the child of soldiers.
Kavitha Cardoza/WAMU

Originally published on Sun December 28, 2014 1:19 pm

We've all seen the photo: A soldier in fatigues stoops down to hug his child one last time before heading off to a war zone.

We may have an idea of what comes next for the soldier, but rarely do we discuss what's next for the child.

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Law
9:10 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Finding A Jury Of Your Peers Actually Is Pretty Complicated

Demonstrators march in New York after grand juries failed to indict police officers in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Many are calling for the officers to be tried before a jury of their peers.
John Minchillo AP

Over the past few weeks, thousands of people have protested after grand juries failed to indict police officers in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. What they wanted was to have the officers tried in an open court before a jury of their peers. But the notion of a jury of your peers isn't so straightforward.

Take, for example, 21-year-old Roderick Giles' experience. When he got a jury summons in the mail, he reacted the way a lot of people do.

"I did not want to go to jury duty," he says. "That was the last thing on my mind to do."

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Sports
9:10 am
Sat December 27, 2014

King Kong Out To Crush Bigfoot's Claim To Fame As First Monster Truck

Bigfoot 4X4 is a legend in the monster truck world, but another truck is challenging its claim as first car crusher. The bragging rights are big deal in what has become a multibillion-dollar industry.

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The Two-Way
8:44 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Police, Politicians, Gather In New York For Ramos Funeral

Vice President Joe Biden, center, arrives for funeral services for New York City police officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church, in the Glendale section of Queens, on Saturday.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 3:37 pm

Updated at 5:45 p.m. ET

Police from around the country are gathering at the Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens today to honor a fallen comrade, Officer Rafael Ramos, who was fatally shot in an unprovoked attack one week ago along with his partner, Wenjian Liu.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Vice President Joe Biden are in attendance at the funeral, which followed a wake for Ramos on Friday that was attended by hundreds.

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U.S.
7:21 am
Sat December 27, 2014

For Cubans In Key West, A Longing To Fill In 'Gaps Of Who We Are'

Cuba is 90 miles away from the southernmost point in the United States, in Key West, Fla. "There used to be a ferry that ran between the two islands every day," says 89-year-old Gregorio Garcia, who emigrated in 1958. "I hope they operate it again someday."
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 9:10 am

Like Cuban-American families throughout the diaspora, the Garcias of Key West, Fla., gather on Noche Buena, or Christmas Eve, to catch up on news and eat a traditional meal of lechΓ³n, or roast pig.

Wayne Garcia, a local building contractor and artist, prepared the pork for the family feast this year. He smokes it for seven hours in a hole dug in his backyard, in a style he says was passed down from his great-grandparents.

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The Two-Way
7:17 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Top Somali Extremist Leader Reportedly Surrenders

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 4:49 pm

Top al-Shabab leader Zakariye Ismail Ahmed Hersi, for whose capture the U.S. has offered $3 million, has turned himself in, an intelligence official in Somalia says, according to The Associated Press.

The AP says: "The intelligence officer says he turned himself in to Somali police in the Gedo region. The officer said Hersi may have surrendered because he had a falling out with those loyal to Ahmed Abdi Godane, al-Shabab's top leader who was killed in a U.S. airstrike earlier this year."

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The Two-Way
6:36 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Pyongyang Blames U.S. Amid Reports Of New Internet Outages

A poster for The Interview stands on display outside a movie theater in Glendora, Calif., on Wednesday.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 8:37 am

Updated at 9:35 a.m. ET

North Korea is blaming the United States for Internet outages experienced by the Asian nation last week, accusing President Obama of being "reckless in words and deeds" and comparing the U.S. to "children with runny noses."

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Around the Nation
5:50 am
Sat December 27, 2014

High Electric Bills Gobble Up Savings From Cheap Oil In New England

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 9:10 am

Falling oil prices are perhaps nowhere more welcome than in northern New England, where most homes burn heating oil in their furnaces and high electricity prices are going up.

This story originally aired on Morning Edition on Dec. 22, 2014.

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U.S.
5:46 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Funeral Of Slain New York City Officer Draws Thousands

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 2:30 pm

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Eric Westervelt sitting in for Scott Simon. The streets of Queens today are sea of blue.

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U.S.
5:46 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Protests Reflect Real Harm From Police Policies, Organizer Says

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 9:10 am

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National Security
5:46 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Former Guantanamo Envoy Says Prison Undermines National Security

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 9:10 am

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Music
5:46 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Preserving American Roots Music Begins With Keeping The Lights On

For 20 years, the Music Maker Relief Foundation has been supporting indigent musicians like Boo Hanks (left), who recently released a collaborative album with fellow roots musician Dom Flemons.
Peter Breslow NPR

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 1:54 pm

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Code Switch
4:50 am
Sat December 27, 2014

ICYMI 2014: Soccer Field Standoff Highlights Gentrification Tension

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Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 9:10 am

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U.S.
2:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Donations Stream In For Slain New York City Police Officers

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Business
2:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Businesses Buzz With Anticipation In Wake Of U.S.-Cuba Thaw

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National Security
2:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Military Policy Impedes Research On Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Shots - Health News
2:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

One More Reason To Reach For A Paper Book Before Bed

Sleepy in the day and wide awake at night? Give the screen a rest.
Guido Mieth Getty Images/Flickr RM

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 2:12 am

E-readers may make it particularly hard to get a good night's sleep, according to research out this week.

A study that followed every nightly twitch, turn and snore of 12 volunteers for a couple weeks found that those who read from an iPad before hitting the sack had a harder time falling asleep, spent less time in a crucial phase of sleep, and were less alert the next day.

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The Two-Way
12:21 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Hundreds Attend Wake Held For Slain NYPD Officer

New York City police officers attend the wake of their fellow NYPD officer.
Andrew Theodorakis Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 6:14 pm

Updated at 7:50 p.m. ET

Hundreds of police officers gathered in New York Friday for the wake of officer Rafael Ramos, one of two patrolmen who were killed last weekend. The gunman's motive may have included revenge for the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of authorities.

USA Today reports:

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The Two-Way
8:24 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Ukrainian Peace Talks Put On Hold

Women pass by a group of the Ukrainian government soldiers in the village of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine on Wednesday. Peace talks to resolve the conflict have inexplicably been called off.
Sergei Chuzavkov AP

A key round of negotiations aimed at ending the fighting in eastern Ukraine has been unexpectedly called off.

Belarusian officials, who were set to host the continuation of talks in their capital, Minsk, starting today, had no immediate comment on the reason for the cancellation.

As the BBC writes:

"The latest talks also included Russia and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

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Code Switch
7:03 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Sony Hack Reveals Hollywood's Acceptance Of White Privilege

The Rev. Al Sharpton (left) and Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, speak to reporters after they met with Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal on Dec. 18.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 11:00 pm

It is, perhaps, the worst nightmare for those of us constantly trying to get a white-dominated Hollywood to widen its doors of opportunity for people of color: All those executives who say the right things in public and give to the right causes, just might think something much less admirable about diversity behind closed doors.

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Shots - Health News
1:34 am
Fri December 26, 2014

A Split View On Obamacare's Past And Future

Kevin Counihan (left) runs HealthCare.gov, and Michael Cannon, of the Cato Institute, is a prominent critic of Obamacare.
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Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 5:52 am

Kevin Counihan and Michael Cannon look at the Affordable Care Act and see very different things.

Cannon is part of the brain trust behind a Supreme Court case that could result in the repeal of a part of the exchanges he says is illegal.

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Around the Nation
1:33 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Getting High Safely: Aspen Launches Marijuana Education Campaign

Officials in Aspen have put out a brochure on how to use marijuana safely and legally.
Marci Krivonen

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 11:02 pm

The state government and the marijuana industry in Colorado are working to educate people about how to use pot safely. But in the high Rockies, one community is taking matters into its own hands.

The local sheriff in Aspen is leading an education effort that targets skiers and snowboarders flocking to the winter resort. And the sheriff isn't waiting until visitors hit the slopes β€” their education starts at the airport with pamphlets on marijuana.

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All Tech Considered
1:31 am
Fri December 26, 2014

As Uber Expands, It Asks Cities For Forgiveness Instead Of Permission

The app-based car service Uber has had a big year for business --€” and controversy.
Ariel Zambelich NPR

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 1:12 pm

Perhaps no single company has stirred so many emotions this year β€” across so many continents β€” as Uber.

In 2014 Uber became more β€” much more β€” than a car service: The Silicon Valley startup became a symbol for capitalism itself.

The company's value soared from under a billion to about $40 billion, making it one of the most valuable private companies on Earth. But it also has become mired in turf wars, legal battles and scandal.

Hypergrowth And Backlash

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The Two-Way
9:24 pm
Thu December 25, 2014

'The Interview,' Greeted By Sold-Out Shows, May Net Millions This Weekend

Patrons queue up to see "The Interview" Thursday at the the Cinefamily at Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles.
Richard Vogel AP

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 10:29 pm

Lawyer Derek Karpel thought The Interview would be a horrible movie after reading some of the reviews, but told reporter Julie Walker that his opinion was a bit different after he saw the film on Thursday at Cinema Village in New York City.

"It's not a great movie β€” this is not Kubrick, this is a stupid Seth Rogen/James Franco movie," he said. "With that said, they were still very funny. I thought it was well done."

Web developer Nick Doiron, who was at the same screening, said he thought that the film lived up to the hype, and that the audience seemed to agree.

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Around the Nation
2:29 pm
Thu December 25, 2014

Employers Help Legal Immigrants On Path To Citizenship

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