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3:12 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Like Michael Brown And Eric Garner, Akai Gurley's Death Inspires Anger

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 4:30 pm

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Economy
3:12 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Labor Secretary: Job Growth Is Good, But Wages Need Help

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 4:30 pm

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And U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez joins me here in the studio to talk about those new jobs numbers. Welcome back to the program.

U.S. LABOR SECREATRY THOMAS PEREZ: Melissa, it's always a pleasure to be with you.

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The Two-Way
3:02 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Coming Soon To A Filling Station Near You: $1.99 Gasoline

Gas prices in Oklahoma City have dipped under $2.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 3:50 pm

The photo above isn't from the archives. It was taken this week in Oklahoma City, where the price of regular gas has fallen under $2 a gallon. The last time that happened anywhere in the U.S. was in July 2010.

The OnCue filling station is the first in the country to drop its price below the $2/gallon threshold.

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Shots - Health News
2:33 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Delivering Health Care To The Uninsured For $15 A Pop

In the documentary Remote Area Medical, a boy chooses a new pair of glasses after receiving an eye exam.
Remote Area Medical Courtesy of Cinedigm

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 5:31 pm

What happens when you break a leg and you live hundreds of miles from the nearest hospital? Or when you can't afford to get a new pair of glasses because you don't have health insurance?

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Remembrances
2:29 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Minneapolis Widow Remembers Her Husband, 'Spider-Man'

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 4:30 pm

Aaron Purmort was a mild-mannered art director by day, crime-fighting superhero by night. He was, in fact, Spider-Man. At least, that's what Purmort and his wife, Nora, would have you believe. Together, they wrote Purmort's obit before he died Nov. 25 after a long battle with cancer. Melissa Block talks to Nora McInerny Purmort to remember her late husband.

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Economy
2:22 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

'Blockbuster' Jobs Report Shows 321,000 Added To Payrolls

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 4:30 pm

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Politics
2:22 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Ashton Carter Nominated For Secretary Of Defense

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 4:30 pm

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Law
2:20 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Cleveland Comes To Grips With Scathing Report On Police Department

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 4:30 pm

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Around the Nation
2:20 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

'Rolling Stone' Walks Back On Sexual Assault Story At UVA

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 4:30 pm

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The Salt
10:31 am
Fri December 5, 2014

It's Brown, It's Barrel-Aged, It's ... Gin?

Anthony Keels, bar manager at Verbena in San Francisco, serves up a cocktail made with barrel-aged, dark gin. Keels calls this gin a game-changer.
Stacy Adimando for NPR

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 1:01 pm

While many know gin for its light, bright and dry characteristics — citrusy, herbal flavors that go so well with tonic water — another gin sits at the opposite end of the spectrum. Malty, lightly tannic, and with the subtle sweetness and spice of a young whiskey, dark, barrel-aged gin is pushing the frontiers of this spirit forward.

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Shots - Health News
10:15 am
Fri December 5, 2014

What If Sharing Your MRI Was As Simple As Pinterest?

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 7:06 am

Surely I'm not the only person who has gone to the orthopedist figuring that the radiologist sent over the MRI, only to find out that I was supposed to have asked for a CD and a paper copy of the report. Really? That is so last century.

Since I can Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest images with ease, shouldn't I also be able to get my MRI online and share it with my doctors?

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NPR Story
3:02 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Prep Work Contributes To Successful Protest Turnout

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 4:16 pm

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Around the Nation
1:35 am
Fri December 5, 2014

A Miami School Goes From Blank Canvas To Mural-Covered

Leza One paints a mural on a wall of Jose de Diego Middle School in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood. It's a project that coincides with the citywide Art Basel fair.
Greg Allen NPR

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 11:07 am

Miami's Jose de Diego Middle School, like many schools in South Florida designed to provide hurricane protection and energy efficiency, has few windows and large expanses of facade almost begging for decoration.

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StoryCorps
1:29 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Caring For AIDS Patients, 'When No One Else Would'

Ruth Coker Burks with her friend Paul Wineland. Wineland's partner was one of many AIDS patients Coker Burks has cared for over the past three decades.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 11:07 am

Ruth Coker Burks was a young mother in her 20s when the AIDS epidemic hit her home state of Arkansas in the early 1980s. She took it upon herself to care for AIDS patients who were abandoned by their families, and even by medical professionals, who feared the disease.

Coker Burks, now 55, has no medical training, but she estimates that she has cared for nearly 1,000 people over the past three decades, including her friend Paul Wineland's partner.

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The Two-Way
8:00 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Frustration, Anger Over Police Killings Ignite New Protests

Protesters hold caskets as they march across the Brooklyn Bridge for the second night in a row following a decision by a grand jury not to indict an NYPD officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York.
JOHN ANGELILLO UPI /Landov

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 7:03 am

Frustration about two recent cases in which unarmed black men were killed by police brought new protests and road closures to New York City, Chicago, Washington, Boston, Cleveland and elsewhere Thursday.

Many of the demonstrators timed their marches to disrupt rush-hour traffic. In New York, the iconic Brooklyn Bridge was shut down, and protesters crowded the terminal for the Staten Island Ferry.

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The Salt
4:49 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

A Burger Joint Pays $15 An Hour. And, Yes, It's Making Money

A worker at Moo Cluck Moo, a fast-casual burger and chicken chain in suburban Detroit, prepares a meal. Workers at Moo Cluck Moo all make $15 an hour.
Zachary Rosen for NPR

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 9:56 am

Fast-food workers rallied around the country Thursday, calling for a minimum wage of $15 an hour. But in suburban Detroit, a small but growing fast-casual burger and chicken chain has already figured out how to pay higher wages and still be profitable.

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Youth Radio
4:47 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

With Harvest Season, 'Trimmigrants' Flock To California's Pot Capital

Trimmers prepare the marijuana flower, or bud, to make it more appealing to consumers. They use scissors to snip off the leaves and stems.
Brett Myers Youth Radio

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 5:42 pm

California's Humboldt County is known for its towering redwoods. But this region about 200 miles north of San Francisco has another claim to fame. Humboldt is to weed what Napa is to fine wine — it's the heart of marijuana production in the U.S.

Every fall, young people, mostly in their 20s, come from all over the world to work the marijuana harvest. They come seeking jobs as "trimmers" — workers who manicure the buds to get them ready for market. The locals have a name for these young migrant workers: "trimmigrants."

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The Two-Way
4:21 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Court Rules Chimps Don't Have Same Rights As People

Chimps, they are kind of like us — but not quite, a court ruled.
Sonja Probst MD/Landov

We told you last month about an appellate court taking up a case that explored whether chimps had the same rights as people. Today we have an answer: No.

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The Two-Way
3:45 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

At Beer Mile Championships, Scientist Sets New Women's Record

In an image from video of the men's event at the Beer Mile World Championships, competitors are seen poised to open their beers, which they'll guzzle before taking off on their first of four laps.
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In a dizzying finish, American scientist Elizabeth Herndon set a new women's world record in the Beer Mile World Championships in Austin, Texas, last night, breaking through a tight field to obliterate the previous mark by 11 seconds.

In the men's race, Canadian mailman Corey Gallagher relied on fast drinking to separate himself from the field, turning in a time a hair over 5 minutes, just three seconds off the men's world record.

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The Two-Way
3:30 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

'New Republic', In Major Change, Cuts Publishing Schedule; Top Editor Out

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 6:10 am

The New Republic, the influential, century-old publication that during the Clinton presidency was called the in-flight magazine of Air Force One, announced today a slew of changes and cuts. Its editor, Franklin Foer, and longtime literary editor Leon Wieseltier both announced they were leaving the magazine.

NPR's David Folkenflik is reporting on the news for our Newscast unit. Here's what he said:

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All Tech Considered
3:30 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

North Korea's Cyber Skills Get Attention Amid Sony Hacking Mystery

James Franco (left) and Seth Rogen in The Interview. The North Korean dictator promised "merciless counter-measures" if this film was released.
Ed Araquel AP

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 10:32 am

The most closed country on earth — North Korea — is now denying its involvement in one of the biggest corporate hacks in history.

Someone attacked Sony Pictures Entertainment last week and made public troves of stolen data, including five unreleased films, medical records and salaries of nearly 7,000 global employees. But before a recent denial — another North Korean diplomat played coy about the country's involvement.

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Law
3:30 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

'Training Is Not The Problem' In Strained Community-Police Relations

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 4:47 pm

Noel Leader worked for the New York Police Department for more than 20 years, witnessing firsthand the racial tensions between the community and the police, and within the department itself. He left and founded "100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care." He speaks with Audie Cornish about ways to improve community-police relations following an outpouring of anger at the shootings of two unarmed black men, Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

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Politics
2:28 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

For Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Aiding Children With Disabilities Is Personal

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was a lead sponsor of a bill that would allow special savings accounts for people with disabilities. She spoke about her son Cole, who has Down syndrome, on the House floor.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 5:03 pm

The Achieving A Better Life Experience — ABLE — Act, which faced a House vote this week, hit close to home for Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state. "For me personally, this bill is about a little boy who was diagnosed with Down syndrome three days after he was born. His diagnosis came with a list of future complications," she said on the House floor.

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The Two-Way
2:26 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Ayn Rand's Novel 'Ideal' To Be Published Next Year

Ayn Rand, the Russian-born American novelist, is shown in Manhattan, N.Y., with the Grand Central Terminal building in background in 1962. Her novel Ideal will be published next year more than 80 years after she wrote it.
AP

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 11:00 pm

Fans of Ayn Rand rejoice. The New American Library announced today that Rand's novel Ideal is finally being published in the form in which she intended it.

Rand, who died in 1982, wrote Ideal as a novel in 1934. But she didn't like it and set it aside. Later that year, she reworked it as a play, which The Wall Street Journal notes had its New York premiere in 2010.

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Law
2:07 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Justice Department Says Cleveland PD Has Pattern Of Excessive Force

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 5:15 pm

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Around the Nation
2:07 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Ferguson Psychologist Describes Helping Residents Through Trauma

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 4:47 pm

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Law
2:07 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

It's A Complicated Relationship Between Prosecutors, Police

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 4:47 pm

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Around the Nation
2:07 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Portland's Statues Yarnbombed With Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 4:47 pm

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There are also some must-sees right now in Portland, Oregon - must-see Christmas sweaters. They're all over the city's downtown.

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And not just on ironic holiday hipsters, but on a menagerie of animal statues.

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Around the Nation
2:07 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Across The Country, Police Brutality Cases On Many Minds

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 4:47 pm

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Around the Nation
2:07 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

New York Braces For More Demonstrations Over Eric Garner

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 4:51 pm

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