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Politics
3:54 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Foundations To SEC: Force Corporations To Disclose Political Giving

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 6:51 am

Secret money in politics, especially the corporate variety, has been controversial ever since the Supreme Court's 2010 ruling in the Citizens United case. Now, about 70 charitable foundations are asking the Securities and Exchange Commission to end that secrecy.

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Religion
3:54 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Rabbis Diversify To Connect To Students; Just Don't Bring Up Israel

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 8:46 pm

Rabbi Evan Goodman runs Hillel, the campus Jewish center, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In recent years, he's had to rethink his job.

"Years past, when I was in college," he says, the Jewish organization "was a rabbi at a campus that put up a schedule of classes ... and drew the same 10 students to everything all year."

These days, chances are good that half the Jewish students he works with have a parent who's not Jewish. One in three of them says Judaism isn't his or her religion.

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The Two-Way
3:13 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

FTC And States Sue Sham Cancer Charities

Four cancer "charities" and their operators have been charged with bilking more than $187 million from consumers. The Federal Trade Commission, along with each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, says the charities claimed to be providing assistance to cancer patients, but the donations were in reality benefiting only "the perpetrators, their families and friends, and fundraisers."

Here's NPR's Jim Zarroli's report on the suit:

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The Salt
3:11 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

What Does 'Raw' Mean? When It Comes To Almonds, You Might Be Surprised

Lesley McClurg Capital Public Radio

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 4:15 pm

When you're talking about almonds, "raw" may not mean what you think.

All California almonds — which would be virtually all the almonds in the country — are either heat-pasteurized or treated with a fumigant. The processes, which have been required by law since 2007, are intended to prevent foodborne illness. But almond aficionados say the treatments taint the flavor and mislead consumers.

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NPR Ed
2:39 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful ... This Great Teacher Abides By The Scout Law

Romy Vasquez leads the boys in drills ahead of an upcoming Eagle Scout ceremony.
Shereen Marisol Meraji/NPR

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 9:32 am

Only a small number of Boy Scouts make Eagle Scout.

The feat is even harder when you come from inner-city poverty.

Yet for 27 years, Romy Vasquez has successfully encouraged boys from South Central Los Angeles to become Scouts, and he has seen more than a dozen members of Troop 780 go on to reach scouting's highest rank.

His pitch: You want to be in a gang? Scouting is the biggest gang in the world.

"It's global," he tells the Scouts. "We got some in Japan, China, Israel, all over. So guess what? You belong to BSA!"

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Around the Nation
2:30 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Clinical Psychologist To Head Chicago's Cook County Jail

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 5:06 pm

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Shots - Health News
1:42 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Dense Breasts Are Just One Part Of The Cancer Risk Calculus

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 11:00 am

Almost half the states now require doctors to tell women if they have dense breasts because they're at higher risk of breast cancer, and those cancers are harder to find. But not all women with dense breasts have the same risks, a study says.

Those differences need to be taken into account when figuring out each woman's risk of breast cancer, the study says, and also weighed against other factors, including family history, age and ethnicity.

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U.S.
12:04 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Reporting On Rape Kit Backlog Leads To New Law And Arrests In Ohio

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NPR History Dept.
8:45 am
Tue May 19, 2015

The Repast Is Not Even Past: Old LA Menus

Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 11:28 am

Let's see — what shall we have? So much to choose from in the collection of historical menus at the Los Angeles Public Library.

There are some 9,000 items to consider — creative, colorful, delicious-looking. By just perusing the choices, we get a deep sense of the city's rich culture and juicy past.

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NPR Ed
4:38 am
Tue May 19, 2015

What Do You Do With A Student Who Fidgets?

Studies found that fidgeting can help children with ADHD collect their thoughts.
LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 11:35 am

Our story last week about the connection between ADHD, movement and thinking struck a nerve with readers. We reported on a small study in which students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder performed better on memory tasks when they were allowed to spin and move around in a swiveling chair.

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Around the Nation
4:16 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Obama Touts New Jersey City's Success In Policing Efforts

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 1:00 pm

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NPR Story
3:05 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Proposal Would Curb Police Department's Use Of Militarized Gear

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 1:03 pm

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The Salt
4:33 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Urban Farmers Say It's Time They Got Their Own Research Farms

Mchezaji "Che" Axum stands in a hoop house at the University of the District of Columbia's Muirkirk Research Farm, a resource for urban farmers in the city.
Whitney Pipkin for NPR

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 11:56 am

About 80 percent of Americans now live in urban areas, and more and more of us are growing food in cities as well.

But where's an urban farmer to turn for a soil test or when pests infiltrate the fruit orchard?

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Code Switch
3:39 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Here's What People Are Saying About The Waco Shootout And Race

Officers investigate a shooting in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, on Sunday.
Jerry Larson AP

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 8:42 am

The biker gang shootout this weekend in Waco, Texas, that left nine people dead, 18 wounded, and as many as 192 facing organized crime charges has sparked a lot of scrutiny over how police and media are treating this incident compared with how they approached the protests in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore.

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All Tech Considered
3:22 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

The Tech Behind Traffic Apps: How (Well) Do They Work?

Four different apps can sometimes present four different routes. Screenshots of a few of the apps All Things Considered host Robert Siegel tested, from left to right: Google Maps, Inrix, Nokia Here, and Apple Maps.
Google; Inrix; Nokia; Apple

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 8:50 pm

The challenge of strategizing the best route to work against the herd of other drivers can be as routine as the daily commute itself. A number of apps are out there to help shortcut one's route and evade traffic jams. But which ones are the most accurate? And how?

The All Tech Considered team put a few competing traffic apps to the test in Robert Siegel's usual short commute from Arlington, Va., to NPR's D.C. headquarters.

The Test Drive

This ride is about 15 minutes in no traffic. But it's now morning rush hour.

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Law
3:22 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Community Policing Doesn't Sit Well With Everyone, Former Prosecutor Says

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 4:23 pm

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More on this subject now from someone who says all the focus on police is bogus.

O'DONNELL: All right, so it's review day today. Everybody's up for the review?

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Arts & Life
3:22 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

LA County Museum Of Art Presents Last Sculpture By Chris Burden

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 7:26 pm

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Performance artist and sculptor Chris Burden died last week of cancer. He was 69. Today, his final completed work opens to the public at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, or LACMA. NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports.

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The Two-Way
2:59 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Elian Gonzalez Says He Would Like To Visit U.S. As A Tourist

Elian Gonzalez attends the closing ceremony of the legislative session at the National Assembly in Havana on Dec. 20, 2014. Gonzalez tells ABC News that he would like to visit the U.S. as a tourist.
Ramon Espinosa AP

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 4:41 pm

Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban boy who was seized 15 years ago from his relatives in Miami by U.S. government officials who returned him to his native country, says he would like to visit the United States as a tourist.

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Education
2:45 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Majority Of Parents Say 'No' To Standardized Tests In One New York District

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 8:27 pm

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Remembrances
2:45 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Dean Potter, Pioneering Extreme Athlete, Dies In Wingsuit Flight

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 8:32 pm

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Sports
2:45 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Fast-Paced NBA Teams Signify How Much Basketball Has Evolved

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 4:23 pm

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Around the Nation
2:45 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

9 Dead In Waco, Texas, Motorcycle Gang Shootout

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 4:23 pm

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Investigators are looking into yesterday's gang fight between rival motorcycle club members in Waco, Texas. Nine people were killed. A county judge says 174 bikers have been charged. No bystanders were injured in the fight. NPR's John Burnett reports.

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Politics
2:45 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

White House Says Fall Of Ramadi, Iraq, Is A 'Setback'

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 4:23 pm

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Shots - Health News
9:47 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Does A Foreign Accent Mess Up Our Memory Of What's Said?

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 3:28 pm

Sometimes I look at my husband and think, "I really don't remember what you just said." Is that because of his charming European accent, or because hey, we're married?

Don't leap to blame the accent, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis say. They are trying to figure out how the brain deals with foreign accents, hearing loss and other speed bumps on the road to understanding.

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The Two-Way
8:43 am
Mon May 18, 2015

2 BASE Jumpers Die On Wingsuit Flight In Yosemite

Dean Potter, seen here in 2012, died this weekend along with Graham Hunt while they were attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park in California.
Hao Tongqian Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 9:41 am

The world of climbing lost a daring innovator Saturday when Dean Potter, 46, died during a wingsuit flight from Yosemite National Park's Taft Point. Potter was killed along with Graham Hunt, 29, as they attempted to soar above Yosemite Valley and El Capitan.

The pair attempted their wingsuit flight on Saturday around dusk — a time that National Geographic says many athletes choose for BASE jumping, which is illegal in all of America's national parks. They were found Sunday by a search and rescue helicopter.

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Around the Nation
2:58 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Ways To Avoid Community Violence After Local Police Encounters

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 1:10 pm

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Around the Nation
2:58 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Amtrak Victims Remembered During Memorial Service

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 7:00 am

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Amtrak trains are running again between Philadelphia and New York. The line was closed for almost a week after a passenger train derailed. Last night, people paused in Philadelphia to remember the dead as NPR's Jeff Brady reports.

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Shots - Health News
1:52 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Deaf Jam: Experiencing Music Through A Cochlear Implant

Sam Swiller and his dog, Sully, in their home in Washington, D.C.
Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 10:16 am

When Sam Swiller used hearing aids, his musical tastes ran to AC/DC and Nirvana — loud bands with lots of drums and bass. But after Swiller got a cochlear implant in 2005, he found that sort of music less appealing.

"I was getting pushed away from sounds I used to love," he says, "but also being more attracted to sounds that I never appreciated before." So he began listening to folk and alternative music, including the Icelandic singer Bjork.

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The Two-Way
11:15 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

9 Dead After Shootout Between Rival Biker Gangs In Central Texas

Authorities investigate a shooting in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant Sunday in Waco, Texas. Authorities say the shootout victims were members of rival biker gangs that had gathered for a meeting.
Jerry Larson AP

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 8:34 pm

A brawl among as many as five rival motorcycle gangs turned deadly on Sunday in Waco, Texas. Nine bikers were killed and 18 injured at a popular sports bar frequented by the gangs. No bystanders or employees were hurt.

Waco police said trouble had been brewing at the Twin Peaks bar and grill for some time. Bikers had been congregating there in ever-increasing numbers, and there had been more and more arrests for fights and weapons. Authorities had intelligence that there was a high potential for violence on Sunday. And they were right.

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Race
4:52 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Often Employees, Rarely CEOs: Challenges Asian-Americans Face In Tech

Google was one of five Silicon Valley companies included in a recent study that looked at executive-level representation for Asian-Americans in the tech industry.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 7:47 am

A new report on diversity in Silicon Valley shows that Asians and Asian-Americans are well-represented in lower-level positions — but, in comparison, severely underrepresented at the management and executive levels at five large, established tech companies.

Ascend, an Asian-American professional organization based in New York, found that although 27 percent of professionals working at those companies are Asian or Asian-American, fewer than 19 percent of managers, and just under 14 percent of executives, are.

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