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This Week on the Radio: "Is This Working?"

This American Life - October 19, 2014 - 8:00pm
Stories of schools struggling with what to do with misbehaving kids. There's no general agreement about what teachers should do to discipline kids. And there's evidence that some of the most popular punishments actually may harm kids.

Photo: a student at Lyons Community School in New York does an exercise before a student "circle." More photos here.

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Many Views Of Muhammad, As A Man And As A Prophet

NPR Arts & Culture - October 19, 2014 - 7:01pm

In her new book, The Lives of Muhammad, Boston University professor Kecia Ali discusses the different ways that Muslim and non-Muslim biographers have depicted the prophet over the centuries.

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From Mannequin To Actor: Geena Davis' 'Ridiculous, Ridiculous' Break

NPR Arts & Culture - October 19, 2014 - 5:32pm

Geena Davis has played unforgettable roles in movies like Beetlejuice and A League of Their Own. But before her acting debut in Tootsie, she worked at a clothing store in window displays.

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The Boston Herald's Missed 'Cartoongate' Lessons

NPR Arts & Culture - October 19, 2014 - 5:24pm

The newspaper's heartfelt column about a political cartoon that was widely criticized as racist raises a question: Did editors learn the right lessons from the uproar?

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The Boston Herald's Missed 'Cartoongate' Lessons

NPR News - October 19, 2014 - 5:24pm

The newspaper's heartfelt column about a political cartoon that was widely criticized as racist raises a question: Did editors learn the right lessons from the uproar?

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Waterless Worlds The New Hot Dystopia

NPR Arts & Culture - October 19, 2014 - 5:22pm

Following years worth of news stories about climate change and drought, books and movies are starting to capture those stories, too. Worlds without water are the settings for quite a few new projects.

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Ebola In Church: A Reverend's Quarantine Spreads The Word

NPR News - October 19, 2014 - 2:34pm

There's one place in Monrovia where people continue to gather together despite the threat of Ebola: Sunday church service. One reverend knows firsthand how the smallest mistake can be deadly.

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Ebola In Church: A Reverend's Quarantine Spreads The Word

Morning Edition - October 19, 2014 - 2:34pm

There's one place in Monrovia where people continue to gather together despite the threat of Ebola: Sunday church service. One reverend knows firsthand how the smallest mistake can be deadly.

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Pentagon Preps Ebola Medical Response Team

NPR News - October 19, 2014 - 2:04pm

The 30-person team is designed to be deployed nationally in case anyone else in the country is diagnosed with Ebola. The team would provide medical assistance to hospitals.

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One Of 7 Northern White Rhinos Left In The World Dies In Kenya

NPR News - October 19, 2014 - 12:18pm

Suni, a 34-year-old northern white rhino, was the first to be born in captivity and only one of two breeding males known to exist.

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Our Skulls Might Have Evolved To Withstand Blows To The Face

NPR Health&Science - October 19, 2014 - 12:04pm

Many scientists believe that a diet of nuts, seeds and other tough, brittle foods shaped our faces, but a June study in Biological Reviews suggests that violence had a heavier hand in its evolution.

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As Their Wells Run Dry, California Residents Blame Thirsty Farms

NPR News - October 19, 2014 - 11:42am

Many rural residents rely on private wells for tap water. As the severe drought continues, many are wondering why farms seem to be getting water ahead of families.

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An Urban Village Pops Up To Comfort Hong Kong Protesters

NPR News - October 19, 2014 - 11:06am

What began as a pro-democracy roadblock has grown into a combination street fair/art gallery, with an outdoor study hall, movie screenings, speeches and even a free library.

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Health Care Worker On Cruise Ship Tests Negative For Ebola

NPR News - October 19, 2014 - 10:55am

The news comes after the woman voluntarily quarantined herself aboard the ship and after Mexico declined to let the ship dock. The woman was allowed off the ship with the rest of the passengers.

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Texas Hospital: 'We Are Deeply Sorry' For Missing Ebola Diagnosis

NPR News - October 19, 2014 - 7:57am

In a letter published on Sunday, Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said it had made mistakes in the diagnosis of index patient Thomas Eric Duncan.

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Will Ebola Impact Midterm Elections?

NPR News - October 19, 2014 - 7:43am

Weekend Edition Sunday's new segment, "For the Record," kicks off with politics and Ebola. NPR's Rachel Martin asks NPR's Mara Liasson and Dallas columnist J. Floyd about the politics of the disease.

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California Farmers: We Are Getting 'Much Less Water'

NPR News - October 19, 2014 - 7:43am

Farmers say they aren't using up groundwater supplies, nor are they solely to blame for the water crisis. Almond grower Dan Errotabere talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the situation on his farm.

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Will Ebola Impact Midterm Elections?

NPR Politics - October 19, 2014 - 7:43am

Weekend Edition Sunday's new segment, "For the Record," kicks off with politics and Ebola. NPR's Rachel Martin asks NPR's Mara Liasson and Dallas columnist J. Floyd about the politics of the disease.

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DOD: Climate Change Is A Volatile Factor In International Security

NPR Health&Science - October 19, 2014 - 7:43am

The Department of Defense says climate change is an "immediate risk" to the nation. Adm. David Titley talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about how the military must respond.

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Understanding Society Through 3 American Classics

NPR Arts & Culture - October 19, 2014 - 7:43am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Azar Nafisi about her new book, The Republic of Imagination, a reflection on America through three of its most memorable books.

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