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1:02 am
Mon July 15, 2013

A Peek Inside A Once Top Secret Spot In Atomic Age History

Take a tour of the Hanford site, a nuclear production complex in Richland, Wash., and you'll see the hundreds of mechanical water pressure gauges wired to the process tubes inside the core. Tour guide Paul Vinther warns that bumping these gauges could throw off the readings enough to trigger a an emergency shutdown of the reactor.
Martin Kaste NPR

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 9:40 am

People tend to remember that the atomic bomb was developed at Los Alamos, N.M., and Oak Ridge, Tenn., but they often forget about a third nuclear production complex — the Hanford Site in Richland, Wash. It's where they built the world's first full-scale nuclear reactor.

The "B Reactor" is a windowless, cinder block hulk out in the middle of nowhere. You might mistake it for an abandoned cement plant. But inside, it's a lovingly preserved time capsule of the Atomic Age. If you're lucky, your guide will be one of the people who worked here when the place was still new.

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Shots - Health News
1:00 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Patients Seek A Different Approach To Hip Replacement Surgery

Michael Pagliaro, left, laughs with Paul Scattaretico at the Muzic Store Inc. in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., as Pagliaro picks up instruments for his rental business. Before Pagliaro had a hip replacement, pain made it difficult to work.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 3:10 am

Every year more than a quarter of a million Americans have total hip replacement surgery. It's almost always a successful operation that frees patients from what's often described as disabling pain.

But in recent years, there's been lots of discussion on the Internet about "anterior approach" hip replacement, a surgical technique that's different than the standard procedure. It's one that proponents say can lead to quicker recovery, three to four weeks compared to six to eight weeks for typical surgery.

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U.S.
4:25 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

National Reaction To The Zimmerman Verdict: 'What Next?'

A woman, who refused to be identified, carries a young boy on her shoulders as she participates in a rally Sunday in Baltimore protesting the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Florida shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 1:55 pm

The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin is reverberating far beyond Florida. On Sunday, President Obama acknowledged the strong passions the verdict has incited. He asked Americans "to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son."

Many people are trying to make sense of a case that sparked a national conversation on race and gun laws.

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Politics
3:52 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

New York Turns To Old Voting Machines For Upcoming Primary

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 4:54 pm

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

Now to New York State where there have been other election problems. Election officials there say it's taking too long to finalize race results using electronic machines. So they're going old school and bringing out those with mechanical levers. WNYC's Brigid Bergin has the story.

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Code Switch
3:11 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

The Talk: What Did You Tell Your Kids After The Zimmerman Verdict?

Demonstrators gather outside the Seminole County Courthouse Saturday in Sanford, Fla. The verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman was announced late that night.
John Raoux AP

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 3:10 am

A few weeks ago, Levar Burton, the actor best-known for his role as Geordi LaForge in Star Trek and the host of the long-running kids' show Reading Rainbow, appeared on a CNN roundtable and offered up a sobering how-to on driving while black:

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U.S.
2:49 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Outcry, Sigh Of Relief: Reaction To Zimmerman Acquittal

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 4:54 pm

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DEBRA S. NELSON: Mr. Zimmerman, your bond will be released. Your GPS monitor will be cut off. You have no further business with the court.

JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

Late last night, a jury in Sanford, Florida, found defendant George Zimmerman not guilty of second degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Even as the defense rejoiced, Americans in many cities were dismayed. In Sanford, there was immediate outcry from Martin supporters.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Not guilty.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Not guilty.

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Law
2:49 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Justice System On Trial In Court Of Public Opinion

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 4:54 pm

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden. Coming up, how one African-American parent explained the Zimmerman ruling to his son.

But first, one of the outcomes of the trial of George Zimmerman is likely to be what the jurors were able to consider and whether a legal trial can fully satisfy divided public, even when it's the only constitutional means we have.

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U.S.
2:49 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Shocked But Peaceful Reaction To Zimmerman Trial In Sanford

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 2:19 pm

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden.

Seventeen months after the death of teenager Trayvon Martin, the murder trial of George Zimmerman has come to a close with two words: not guilty. Last night, the former neighborhood watch volunteer was acquitted of both manslaughter and second-degree murder charges in Sanford, Florida.

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Law
2:49 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law Gets Its Day In Court

The Penndot Drivers License Center in Butler, Pa., displays signs promoting the requirement for voters to show an acceptable photo ID at the polls. On Monday, a judge will rule on the constitutionality of the state's controversial voter ID law.
Keith Srakocic AP

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 9:13 pm

Pennsylvania's voter ID law will be back in state court Monday after more than a year of legal limbo. A state judge will decide whether the 2012 law — which hasn't been enforced — violates the state's constitution.

The measure requires voters to show a particular state-issued photo ID before casting ballots. Last week, civil rights advocates like the NAACP's John Jordan railed against the requirement.

"It's a ploy to take votes away from people who deserve them — veterans, seniors, students, people with disabilities, people of color and hard-working folk," Jordan said.

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News
2:49 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

The Civil Rights Stand Of A Young Gerald Ford

President Gerald Ford finishes giving a speech on Jan. 13, 1975. Ford was born 100 years ago Sunday.
Marion S. Trikosko Courtesy of Library of Congress

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 4:54 pm

President Gerald R. Ford, the only American to serve as both vice president and president without ever being elected to either office, was born 100 years ago Sunday.

Ford will be remembered for his role in the turbulent post-Watergate era. But a little-known story from his college days might also serve to define Ford's character.

The Gerald Ford We Know

In 1973, Ford was a congressman from Grand Rapids, Mich., who had risen through the ranks to become House minority leader. In those days before C-SPAN, Ford was barely known to most Americans.

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U.S.
2:49 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

For The Boys Who See Themselves In Trayvon Martin

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 4:54 pm

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

But the Zimmerman file and verdict bring to the surface deep-seated issues around race and justice, especially for parents of African-American boys. Reverend Otis Moss III is pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. He's also the father of two. Last night, after the Zimmerman verdict was handed down, Moss held his 12-year-old son and faced a heartbreaking question. He recounted the story in today's sermon.

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All Tech Considered
11:28 am
Sun July 14, 2013

Why A Symbol For 'The' Probably Won't Take Off

This new symbol for "the" probably won't become a new trend.
Youtube

An Australian restaurant owner-turned-innovator has created a character to replace the word "the" in the English language. Similar to how the ampersand replaces "and" and the "@" symbol replaces the word "at," Paul Mathis' character looks to simplify the most common word in the English language.

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News
6:04 am
Sun July 14, 2013

Zimmerman Not Guilty On All Charges

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 10:12 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION, from NPR News, I'm Rachel Martin. It took more than 16 hours of deliberations but last night, a jury in Sanford, Fla., pronounced George Zimmerman not guilty. Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year, faced two charges - second-degree murder and manslaughter. The jury's verdict came nearly 17 months after that February night when Zimmerman and Martin had a confrontation that ended with the teenager dead from a single, fatal gunshot.

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News
6:04 am
Sun July 14, 2013

Crowds React With Disbelief To Zimmerman Verdict

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 10:12 am

The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin came as a surprise to many outside the courthouse in Sanford, Florida, and around the country. Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Code Switch blogger Gene Demby.

News
6:04 am
Sun July 14, 2013

Fla. Pastor Prepares To Confront Zimmerman Verdict In Church

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 10:12 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

As we've been reporting this morning, George Zimmerman has been acquitted of manslaughter and second-degree murder after a Florida jury found him not guilty late last night. This morning, Pastor C.J. Haynes of the New Salem Primitive Baptist Church in Sanford is preparing to minister to his congregation, and he's kind enough to take some time to join us live amid his preparations.

Elder Haynes, good morning. Thanks so much for joining us.

PASTOR C.J. HAYNES: Good morning. And thank you for having me.

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News
6:04 am
Sun July 14, 2013

NAACP Calls For Federal Action

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 10:12 am

The NAACP is asking the Justice Department to file civil rights charges in the Zimmerman case. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous.

News
6:04 am
Sun July 14, 2013

Zimmerman Found Not Guilty

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 10:12 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Late last night in the Seminole Circuit Court in Sanford, Florida...

JUDGE DEBRA NELSON: Members of the jury, have you reached a verdict? If you'll please call the verdict form and hand it to Deputy Jarvis.

MARTIN: A six-person jury, all women, had finished deliberating the fate of George Zimmerman. He was charged with second degree murder and manslaughter for the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

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News
6:04 am
Sun July 14, 2013

Untangling The Legal Issues In The Zimmerman Case

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 10:12 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

It has been 17 months since the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in the Florida town of Sanford. Late last night, the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged in his death was acquitted on charges of manslaughter and second-degree murder. The Zimmerman trial began as a routine homicide, but quickly evolved into something with much larger consequences about racial profiling and can control. It also became a story that could have long-lasting legal consequences.

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News
6:04 am
Sun July 14, 2013

Zimmerman Verdict Sparks Disbelief

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 12:00 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News, I'm Rachel Martin.

As we've been reporting this morning, George Zimmerman was acquitted late last night of charges relating to the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The trial polarized the town of Sanford, Florida, with larger question of race, profiling and the nature of self-defense.

Outside the courthouse, a crowd had gathered last night awaiting the verdict. NPR's Hansi Lo Wang was there and he has this report.

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News
6:04 am
Sun July 14, 2013

Zimmerman Acquitted Of Murder Charges

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 10:12 am

George Zimmerman was allowed to leave the courtroom Saturday night a free man. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin updates the story.

The Sunday Conversation
2:00 am
Sun July 14, 2013

Patrolling Border, Sheriff Sees Immigrants' 'Determination'

Tony Estrada is the sheriff of Santa Cruz County, Ariz.
Courtesy of Tony Estrada

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

Tony Estrada is the sheriff of Santa Cruz County, Ariz., the poorest of all the border counties in the U.S. There are more than 1,000 Border Patrol Agents stationed in the county, which shares some 50 miles of border with Mexico.

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Code Switch
2:00 am
Sun July 14, 2013

With Fla. Verdict, Is Protective Clothing Still Required?

Many families live in dread of standing in the shoes of Trayvon Martin's parents. His mother, Sybrina Fulton (second from left) and father, Tracy Martin, were in court Friday as a Florida jury began its deliberations.
Gary W. Green AP

"I'm ashamed at how long it took me to realize why so many people in my family have been consumed with looking church-ready when they step out the door regardless of time or day."

That Facebook quote came from Phyllis Fletcher, an African-American colleague at KUOW in Seattle. And it reminded me of something my sister once told me when a white friend teased her about taking too long to get ready when they went on joint shopping expeditions. "Why are you getting all dressed up? Just throw on some jeans, like me, and let's go."

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The Salt
1:02 am
Sun July 14, 2013

Homemade Bitters Put The Local Bite Back Into Cocktails

Homemade bitters with medicinal herbs and roots at the Black Trumpet Bistro in Portsmouth, N.H.
Emily Corwin New Hampshire Public Radio

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 10:41 am

Evan Mallett is hovering over some plants in a Victorian-era greenhouse in Portsmouth, N.H.

Mallett, a chef at the Black Trumpet Bistro, is collecting medicinal herbs, which he infuses in alcohol to make his own bitters, a bittersweet alcoholic concentrate used to flavor cocktails.

Mallett says he often forages in the woods for ingredients like wild chamomile, dock and burdock root for his bitters, too.

The "homemade bitters" trend is relatively new.

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U.S.
3:16 pm
Sat July 13, 2013

A Trial Made For Prime Time

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 3:26 pm

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JACKI LYDEN: And as Jim just mentioned, the issues at play in the Zimmerman trial - guns, race and even social class - almost compel us to watch.

(SOUNDBITE OF NEWS SHOWS)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: The trial of George Zimmerman, another dramatic day in court...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: It's become such a closely watched, very highly charged court trial...

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The Two-Way
7:45 am
Sat July 13, 2013

Russia Says It Hasn't Received Snowden Asylum Request

Edward Snowden at a news conference at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on Friday in an image provided by Human Rights Watch.
Tanya Lokshina AP

Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 3:44 pm

Immigration officials in Russia say they've not received any application from Edward Snowden, the man accused of leaking top-secret NSA documents, a day after he told the media in Moscow that his plan was to seek temporary asylum.

Interfax news agency quotes Russian migration service head Konstantin Romodanovsky as saying no asylum request had been received as yet.

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The Two-Way
5:45 am
Sat July 13, 2013

Jury Acquits Zimmerman Of All Charges

George Zimmerman, right, is congratulated by his defense team after being found not guilty of all charges in Seminole Circuit Court in Sanford, Fla., on Saturday.
Gary W. Green AP

Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 11:14 pm

Updated 10:27 p.m. ET

The jury in the murder trial of George Zimmerman on Saturday acquitted the former neighborhood watch volunteer of all charges in the 2012 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin during a scuffle in a gated Florida community.

The six-woman jury announced its verdict of not guilty at about 10 p.m. ET, after more than 16 hours of deliberations over two days.

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News
5:16 am
Sat July 13, 2013

Witness In Zimmerman Case Testifies By Skype

Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 11:22 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

When George Zimmerman stood trial this week the prosecution called his former professor Scott Pleasants to the stand, not in person but over that social media technology called Skype. The state of Florida completed a round of questioning...

(SOUNDBITE OF CRIMINAL TRIAL)

JOHN GUY: Thank you. No other questions, Your Honor.

JUDGE DEBRA NELSON: OK. Cross.

(SOUNDBITE OF BEEPING)

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News
5:16 am
Sat July 13, 2013

Zimmerman Jury Deliberates

Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 11:22 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. A six-person jury in Sanford, Fla., is deliberating today in the murder trial of George Zimmerman. He's the neighborhood watch volunteer who's charged in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. After three weeks of testimony and more than 50 witnesses, the jury heard closing arguments from prosecutors and defense yesterday.

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Food
5:16 am
Sat July 13, 2013

A Summery Spread That's As Cool As A Cucumber

Benedictine is a combination of cream cheese, cucumber and onion. It may sound odd, unless you're from Kentucky.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 11:58 am

Cream cheese, cucumber juice and a touch of onion. That may sound like an unlikely combination, but Benedictine is a Kentucky favorite. Gwynne Potts, a self-proclaimed aficionado, says it's delicious.

"The best thing to eat Benedictine on is just white bread," Potts says. "No special bread; it only takes away from the Benedictine."

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StoryCorps
3:52 am
Sat July 13, 2013

Brothers Lost On Deployment; Sister Mourns 'Soul Mates'

Monica Velez and her two brothers, Freddy (left) and Andrew, in 1996. Freddy died in Iraq in 2004, and Andrew died in Afghanistan in 2006.
Courtesy of Monica Velez

Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 11:22 am

Cpl. Jose "Freddy" Velez served in Iraq. His brother, Spc. Andrew Velez, deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Both died in their early 20s. They are survived by their sister, Monica.

"My mom left us when I was 7, so my dad was a single parent," Monica says. "And I did all the household chores. I got the boys dressed for school, I taught them how to ride their bike, I taught them how to read and write."

One of her favorite memories is when both brothers came back from basic training and told her she could no longer be bossy.

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