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7:03 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Photos: From Grace Jones to Toni Morrison, Little Girl Dresses Up Like Black Heroines

Lily Bushelle, 5, as Toni Morrison.
Courtesy of Marc Bushelle

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 2:49 pm

While surfing the Web one day, Janine Harper came across a project where a photographer had taken pictures of her daughter dressed up as famous women, including Coco Chanel and Amelia Earhart. Harper showed the project to her husband, photographer Marc Bushelle, and together they thought it would be wonderful to adapt it for their 5-year-old daughter, Lily. Their goal was to create a fun learning method for Lily so that she could start to "see herself in the story" of black history.

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NPR Story
3:08 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Wis. Family Calls For Peaceful Protests After Police Kill Unarmed Black Man

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 5:45 am

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The Two-Way
5:51 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Sam Simon, Co-Creator Of 'The Simpsons,' Dies At 59

Sam Simon, co-creator of The Simpsons, shown here in 2013 at his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., died Sunday at 59.
Frazier Moore AP

Sam Simon, the philanthropist and multiple Emmy-award winning TV producer and writer who played a key role in making the animated series The Simpsons a success, died Sunday evening at the age of 59, having suffered from colon cancer.

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It's All Politics
4:04 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

3 Reasons Democrats Are Freaking Out About Hillary Clinton

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checking her phone in 2010. For many Democrats, the answer to the question: "If not Hillary, who?" is — disaster.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 6:16 pm

The back-to-back Clinton controversies are making Democrats queasy.

At a time when more than a dozen Republican presidential hopefuls are jostling each other in New Hampshire and Iowa, this should be a great moment for the virtually unopposed Hillary Clinton. She could be staying above the fray, using the time to staff up and prepare her policy agenda. But that's not what's happening.

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All Tech Considered
3:24 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Neighbors And Fans Are Curious About Apple's Massive New HQ

The new doughnut-shaped building will be a mile in circumference. "The office areas are laid out in little wedges all around the building," says Dan Whisenhunt, Apple's vice president of real estate and development.
Anya Schultz KQED

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 6:07 pm

In Silicon Valley, the world's largest Apple product is taking shape — a glass and concrete ring wider than the Pentagon.

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Race
2:38 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Oklahoma University Fraternity Closed After Racist Chant Video Posted

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 3:56 pm

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Technology
2:38 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Apple Reveals Details Behind Highly Anticipated Smart Watch

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 6:07 pm

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Economy
2:38 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Credit Rating Agencies Agree To Change Process For Reporting Errors

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 10:36 am

The three major credit rating agencies reached an agreement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Monday to change the way they handle errors on credit reports. Under the reforms, consumers can initiate a formal dispute to challenge inaccurate information and agencies must use trained employees to investigate the complaints.

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Shots - Health News
2:38 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

States Fund Pregnancy Centers That Discourage Abortion

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 6:07 pm

Google "abortion Columbus" and halfway down the first page is a headline: "Your Right to Choose, Abortion in Columbus." It's for Pregnancy Decision Health Center, or PDHC, a chain of six sites in Ohio's capital whose aim is actually to guide women out of having the procedure.

Like many of the thousands of crisis pregnancy centers across the U.S., the PDHC near Ohio State University is right next door to a Planned Parenthood. There's a cozy room for private chats and a larger open space decorated in soothing colors.

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Shots - Health News
2:38 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

College Rape Case Shows A Key Limit To Medical Privacy Law

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 3:35 pm

The privacy of students who get care at university clinics is in doubt after the mental health records of a woman who says she was raped at the University of Oregon were used by the school in the course of defending itself against a lawsuit.

The unidentified student is suing the university for mishandling her assault. She says she was raped by three basketball players last year. The University of Oregon found the players responsible, and kicked them off the team and out of school.

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Shots - Health News
2:38 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Mad Cow Research Hints At Ways To Halt Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

Prion protein can be infectious, spreading from cell to cell in the brain. Here four nerve cells in a mouse illustrate how infectious prion protein moves within cells along neurites — wire-like connections the nerve cells use for communicating with adjacent cells.
Science Source

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 7:18 am

Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ravage the brain in very different ways. But they have at least one thing in common, says Corinne Lasmezas, a neuroscientist and professor at Scripps Research Institute, in Jupiter, Fla. Each spreads from brain cell to brain cell like an infection.

"So if we could block this [process], that might prevent the diseases," Lasmezas says.

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Shots - Health News
1:41 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Do Parents Nurture Narcissists By Pouring On The Praise?

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 7:16 am

When a kid does something amazing, you want to tell her so. You might tell her that she's very smart. You might tell her that she's a very special kid. Or you might say that she must have worked really hard.

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Shots - Health News
11:38 am
Mon March 9, 2015

To Head Off Trauma's Legacy, Start Young

Silvester Fullard fixes dinner for his 11-year-old son Tavestsiar. When Tavestsiar first came to live with his dad in 2010, he was closed off, Silvester says; "he didn't want to be around other kids."
Charles Mostoller for NPR

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 6:25 pm

At the Cobbs Creek Clinic in West Philadelphia, Dr. Roy Wade relies on some of the same tools every pediatrician uses for exams — blood pressure cuffs, a stethoscope, and, of course, tongue depressors.

He also uses particular questions to get at something that few doctors try to measure: childhood adversity.

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Around the Nation
11:04 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Many Unaccompanied Minors No Longer Alone, But Still In Limbo

Boys wait in line to make a phone call at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Arizona in June. Many of the minors who arrived from Central America last year are now awaiting court hearings to determine if they can stay in the U.S.
Ross D. Franklin/Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 5:45 am

Last summer, NPR spoke with a teenage boy who fled the violence in his home country to come live with his aunt just outside of Washington, D.C. Jose was just one among the wave of unaccompanied youths from Central America who poured across the border last year.

Nine months later, he says he's very worried about the safety of his three younger siblings, who still live back home. We agreed not to use Jose's full name or say which Central American country he's from, because his parents were murdered there in 2012 for not cooperating with drug traffickers from a local gang.

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NPR Ed
11:03 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Math Love, Game-Based Learning, And More From NPR Ed At #SXSWEdu

Sarah Hagan, a young algebra teacher in Oklahoma oil country, will be joining us at SXSW Edu to talk about her unorthodox approach to classroom math.
Elissa Nadworny NPR

It's not quite as glamorous as the way our colleagues at NPR Music do it, but this week, the NPR Ed team will be heading down to Austin, Texas for the South By Southwest Edu conference.

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Shots - Health News
9:26 am
Mon March 9, 2015

For Young People In Rural Areas, Suicide Poses A Growing Threat

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 3:59 pm

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults, and those who live in rural areas are especially at risk.

For young people between the ages of 10 and 24, the suicide rates in rural areas are nearly double those of urban areas, according to a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. And that disparity is growing.

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NPR Ed
7:34 am
Mon March 9, 2015

The Teacher Who Believes Math Equals Love

For her trigonometry class, Sarah Hagan (center) uses everything but the kitchen sink: a flower pot, garbage basket, rolls of tape, rubber balls, even loose spaghetti.
Elissa Nadworny NPR

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 5:19 pm

What makes a great teacher great? That's the question at the heart of 50 Great Teachers, from the NPR Ed Team.

Sarah Hagan has a passion for math, and the pi-shaped pendant to prove it.

The 25-year-old teaches at Drumright High School in Drumright, Okla. The faded oil town is easy to miss. Fewer than 3,000 people live there, and the highway humps right around it.

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Around the Nation
3:34 am
Mon March 9, 2015

50 Years Later, Thousands Commemorate Selma's 'Bloody Sunday'

Mercedes Binns, who has been to Selma 17 times because of its civil rights history, walks on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, on Sunday in Selma, Ala.
Bill Frakes AP

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 8:17 am

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Around the Nation
3:34 am
Mon March 9, 2015

More Snakes Added To U.S. Banned Species List

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 10:56 am

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Around the Nation
3:26 am
Mon March 9, 2015

A Warm Winter Shifts The Path Of Alaska's Iditarod

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 6:20 am

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Shots - Health News
1:55 am
Mon March 9, 2015

The Gentle Cesarean: More Like A Birth Than An Operation

Kristen Caminiti cuddles her son Connor while doctors stitch her up following a C-section.
Courtesy of Kristen DeBoy Caminiti

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 12:30 pm

There are many reasons women need cesareans. Sometimes the situation is truly life-threatening. But often the problem is that labor simply isn't progressing. That was the case for Valerie Echo Duckett, 35, who lives in Columbus, Ohio. After receiving an epidural for pain, Duckett's contractions stopped. By late evening she was told she'd need a C-section to deliver her son, Avery. Duckett says she has vague memories of being wheeled into the operating room, strapped down and shaking from cold.

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Health
3:25 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

People With 'Invisible Disabilities' Fight For Understanding

Carly Medosch has conditions that cause intense fatigue and chronic pain. She took part in a 2014 Stanford Medicine X conference that included discussion of "invisible" illnesses.
Yuto Watanabe Stanford Medicine X

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 6:25 pm

Some disabilities are more obvious than others. Many are immediately apparent, especially if someone relies on a wheelchair or cane. But others — known as "invisible" disabilities — are not. People who live with them face particular challenges in the workplace and in their communities.

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U.S.
3:01 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

The Challenge Of Running Fair Trials In A Media-Saturated Age

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 6:25 pm

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U.S.
3:01 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

Anniversary March Commemorates Selma's Voting Rights Fight

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 6:25 pm

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The Two-Way
2:58 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

Selma Gathering Re-Enacts March Across 'Bloody Sunday' Bridge

Mercedes Binns, who has been to Selma 17 times because of its civil rights history, walks on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, on Sunday in Selma, Ala.
Bill Frakes AP

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 4:35 pm

Updated at 6:30 p.m. EDT

A day after President Obama spoke in Selma, Ala., to mark the 50th anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday' — a police crackdown on the 1965 voting rights march — tens of thousands of people gathered to trace the footsteps of the original protesters who were met by state troopers firing tear-gas and swinging truncheons at the foot of the Edmund Pettus bridge.

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The Salt
1:02 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

FDA Tests Turn Up Dairy Farmers Breaking The Law On Antibiotics

FDA tests have turned up residues suggesting a few dairy farmers are illegally using antibiotics.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 10:00 am

When it comes to the current controversy over antibiotic use on farm animals, milk is in a special category.

Lactating cows, unlike hogs, cattle or chickens that are raised for their meat, don't receive antibiotics unless they are actually sick. That's because drug residues immediately appear in the cow's milk — a violation of food safety rules.

Milk shipments are tested for six of the most widely used antibiotics, and any truckload that tests positive is rejected. So when cows are treated, farmers discard their milk for several days until the residues disappear.

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The Two-Way
8:45 am
Sun March 8, 2015

Clintons Face Scrutiny Ahead Of Hillary's Campaign Announcement

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and daughter Chelsea Clinton wave at the Clinton Global Initiative at the University of Miami on March 7.
Gaston De Cardenas AP

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 2:55 pm

Addressing a crowd at the Clinton Global Initiative University at Miami University in Coral Gables, Fla. on Saturday, former president Bill Clinton discussed the Clinton Foundation's decision to accept donations from foreign governments. The foundation's choice is questioned by critics as a possible conflict of interest, especially since some of the funds came in during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, a post she left in 2013.

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Humans
6:10 am
Sun March 8, 2015

Seniors Speed-Date In 'Age Of Love'

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 11:08 am

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There's a new documentary out with a very simple message - people want to find that someone special no matter their age. It's called "The Age Of Love," and it takes us to a speed dating event for seniors. NPR's Ina Jaffe has more.

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Race
6:10 am
Sun March 8, 2015

Obama Evokes The 'Eternal Struggle' In Selma

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 11:08 am

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Politics
6:10 am
Sun March 8, 2015

GOP Hopefuls Do A Balancing Act At Ag Summit

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 11:08 am

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