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As Wildfires Burn Through Funds, Washington Seeks New Way To Pay

NPR Politics - July 30, 2014 - 4:00pm

Though officials say that this wildfire season has been tamer than average, responding to these fires has been costly. Now, the Obama administration is re-evaluating how it pays for fighting them.

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'Sharknado' Part Deux: The Laughably Bad Epic Strikes Back

NPR Arts & Culture - July 30, 2014 - 4:00pm

Syfy channel has cornered the market on a new kind of film: a movie that's played completely straight, but constructed to look cheesy and easy to ridicule. The best example? Sharknado 2, the sequel to a film so bad it became huge success. Can the network strike gold twice by being stupid on purpose?

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Who's The Man? Hollywood Heroes Defined Masculinity For Millions

NPR Arts & Culture - July 30, 2014 - 4:00pm

From silent stars to John Wayne to Iron Man, film critic Bob Mondello looks at the role that Hollywood has played in defining manliness, and how that definition has changed over several decades.

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Lawsuit Opens A Long Round Of Political Pingpong

NPR News - July 30, 2014 - 4:00pm

Republicans in the House are holding a floor vote to allow Speaker Boehner to sue President Obama. They believe he's overstepped his constitutional authority; specifically, the resolution would authorize a federal lawsuit for Obama's handling of the Affordable Care Act.

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Late Rally From Argentina Fails To Delay Default

NPR News - July 30, 2014 - 4:00pm

Earlier in the day it looked like a resolution was possible, but ultimately talks between the country and a group of creditors broke down in New York. The first time the country defaulted was in 2002.

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Fast Growth Does Little To Budge Fed's Caution — For Now

NPR News - July 30, 2014 - 4:00pm

Federal Reserve policymakers are announcing that the Fed plans to leave short-term interest rates at a level near zero. This, despite an economy that grew at a surprisingly strong 4 percent annual rate in the most recent quarter.

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Lawsuit Opens A Long Round Of Political Pingpong

NPR Politics - July 30, 2014 - 4:00pm

Republicans in the House are holding a floor vote to allow Speaker Boehner to sue President Obama. They believe he's overstepped his constitutional authority; specifically, the resolution would authorize a federal lawsuit for Obama's handling of the Affordable Care Act.

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Dom Flemons Holds On To Those Old-Time Roots

Fresh Air with Terry Gross - July 30, 2014 - 3:13pm

Prospect Hill is Flemons' first album since leaving the band Carolina Chocolate Drops. By coincidence, the multi-instrumentalist recorded the album the day Pete Seeger died.

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Can Pinterest Compete With Google's Search?

Fresh Air with Terry Gross - July 30, 2014 - 3:07pm

Pinterest has created a database of things that matter to humans. And with a programming team that's largely been hired away from Google, the company has begun offering what it calls "guided search."

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'Sharknado 2': Winner And Still Chomp

NPR Arts & Culture - July 30, 2014 - 2:40pm

Look, of course Sharknado 2 is stupid. That's not the question. The question is whether it still makes a good party game.

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Fed Continues To Ease Up On Economic Stimulus

NPR News - July 30, 2014 - 2:38pm

The Fed announced modest cuts in its bond-buying program and noted that inflation is becoming an issue. But with room to grow in the labor market, the bank is not ready to raise interest rates.

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Fed Continues To Scale Back Economic Stimulus

NPR News - July 30, 2014 - 2:38pm

The Fed announced modest cuts in its bond-buying program and noted that inflation is becoming an issue. But with room to grow in the labor market, the bank is not ready to raise interest rates.

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Women Defy Turkey's Deputy PM, Who Said Women Shouldn't Laugh In Public

NPR News - July 30, 2014 - 1:57pm

Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç was expounding on what an ideal chaste woman should be. Women around the world reacted by taking pictures of themselves laughing.

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Women Defy Turkey's Deputy PM, Who Said Women Shouldn't Laugh In Public

NPR News - July 30, 2014 - 1:57pm

Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç was expounding on what an ideal chaste woman should be. Women around the world reacted by taking pictures of themselves laughing.

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Problem Drinking In Midlife Linked To Memory Trouble Later

NPR Health&Science - July 30, 2014 - 1:54pm

One study suggests middle-aged adults with a history of problem drinking may be twice as likely to develop serious memory issues as the years wear on.

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Problem Drinking In Midlife Linked To Memory Trouble Later

NPR News - July 30, 2014 - 1:54pm

One study suggests middle-aged adults with a history of problem drinking may be twice as likely to develop serious memory issues as the years wear on.

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Sierra Leone Doctor Who Led The Fight Against Ebola Dies

NPR News - July 30, 2014 - 1:46pm

Hailed as a "national hero," Dr. Sheik Umar Khan had treated more than 100 Ebola patients before catching the virus himself last week.

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Some Loyal Foursquare Users Are Checking Out After Swarm Spinoff

NPR News - July 30, 2014 - 1:12pm

The company's move to break its app in two is costing it the users who loved Foursquare the most. "Why do I need two apps when I had one that provided both services?" asked one user.

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When Searching For Mentors, Look 'Beyond Race'

NPR Education - July 30, 2014 - 12:49pm

Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, talks about the importance of mentoring in academia, especially in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

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U.S. Issues Travel Restrictions On Venezuelan Officials

NPR News - July 30, 2014 - 12:06pm

The U.S. did not name the officials but said they have been responsible or complicit in perpetrating human rights abuses against the Venezuelan people.

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