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'Purple Rain' Taught Me How To Be In A Band

July 26, 2014 - 10:00am

For Eric Deggans, Prince's movie wasn't just a spectacle. Sitting in a theater packed with kids his age, he saw Purple Rain as "a validation of the musical world I was already seeking out."

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At Washington's Training Camp, Fans Are Split On Name Change

July 26, 2014 - 8:00am

Weeks after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office deemed the Washington Redskins' name offensive to Native Americans, some football fans continue to support the team's name.

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At Jaguars' New Stadium, Come For The Football Or The Swimming

July 25, 2014 - 7:02am

The Jacksonville team revamped its stadium with luxury cabanas, pools and video displays that are longer than the field. The beleaguered team is banking on drawing more fans to its games.

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Giant Toad Resembling Former President Attracts China's Censors

July 25, 2014 - 6:50am

The 72-foot-tall inflatable is installed on a Beijing Lake. A photo of it — wearing large square glasses just like those worn by a former president — went viral online.

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Death Penalty Expert On Why Lethal Injection Is So Problematic

July 25, 2014 - 6:41am

In the wake of Arizona's botched execution, Steve Inskeep talks with Amherst professor Austin Sarat, author of the recent book Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty.

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Oregon Proposes Ban On Smoking Along Its Coastline

July 25, 2014 - 6:40am

Authorities want to cut down on cigarette butts in the sand, so they're moving to ban smoking on all 362 miles of the state's Pacific Coast. Repeat offenders could face a $110 fine.

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It's Time For Comic-Con!

July 25, 2014 - 4:58am

The annual pop culture convention underway in San Diego is not just for comic books — it brings the biggest stars from film, television and books together with their fans to talk about upcoming, and vintage, work.

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Kerry Awaits Response From Israel, Hamas On Proposed Cease-Fire

July 25, 2014 - 4:58am

The holy month of Ramadan comes to an end early next week with a celebratory feast, and Secretary of State John Kerry is hoping for a holiday cease-fire in Gaza. He proposed a seven-day truce.

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'No Easy Answer': Ex-Baseball Manager La Russa On Legacy, Steroids

July 25, 2014 - 4:58am

Tony La Russa, who won more games than any MLB manager in the past 60 years, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Links to steroids have kept notable players of his from getting that recognition.

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Former Student Dropped Out, But Still Appreciates A Special Teacher

July 25, 2014 - 4:58am

Roger Alvarez didn't make it to graduation, but he still wants to thank his high school English teacher. (This StoryCorps interview first aired January 29, 2012 on Weekend Edition.)

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Unknown Authors Make A Living Self-Publishing

July 25, 2014 - 4:58am

Printing your own book used to be seen as a mark of failure. But now, there are many well-known independent authors who have made a fortune self-publishing online.

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Honduran Foreign Minister: U.S. Should Address Root Causes Of Migration

July 25, 2014 - 4:58am

Steve Inskeep talks with Honduran Foreign Minister Mireya Aguero de Corrales, who's in Washington to help find a solution to the thousands of Central American children arriving at the U.S. border.

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'Most Wanted Man' A Worthy Addition To Le Carre's Film Adaptations

July 25, 2014 - 4:58am

The novels of John le Carre have been reliable sources of compelling cinema. The new adaptation of "A Most Wanted Man" stars Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last roles.

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Cape Cod Residents Object As Mass. Governor Offers To House Migrant Kids

July 25, 2014 - 4:58am

Massachusetts is offering to house hundreds of unaccompanied minors who've been detained crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. One of the proposed sites is on Cape Cod, but residents are blasting the plan.

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Conservative Rep. DesJarlais Faces Primary Challenge In Tennessee

July 25, 2014 - 4:58am

One of the most conservative members of Congress, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, is defending his seat against state Sen. Jim Tracy, who is making the most of the incumbent's personal scandals.

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What's The Outlook For Nigerian Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram?

July 25, 2014 - 4:58am

Renee Montagne talks with former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell for an update on the 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped in April by the extremist group Boko Haram.

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Fighting In Ukraine A Hurdle As Investigators Try To Access MH17 Site

July 25, 2014 - 4:58am

International observers and air-crash experts visited previously unexamined pieces of the Malaysia Airlines wreckage Thursday and made some disturbing discoveries, including unrecovered human remains and what may be shrapnel holes in the plane's fuselage.

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PETA Offers To Pay Detroit Residents' Water Bills If They Go Vegan

July 25, 2014 - 4:58am

The city cut off water to thousands of households with overdue bills topping $90 million. The animal rights organization stepped in, offering to pay 10 residents' bills if they go vegan for a month.

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All Of The Major U.S. Airlines Report Strong 2nd-Quarter Earnings

July 25, 2014 - 4:58am

For the first time in years, all of the major U.S. airlines are doing well. American Airlines Group said its second-quarter profits were the highest in the company's history. American only recently exited bankruptcy protection, so the results represent an impressive turnaround.

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Amazon Reports $126 Million Quarterly Loss

July 25, 2014 - 4:58am

Its growing list of investments, including its first smartphone, which launched last month, are being blamed for the loss, along with its foray into digital content production.

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