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Rescuing Science From The Military ... With Comics?

August 31, 2014 - 7:03am

A new box set collects Matt Hawkins' comic Think Tank, which follows a sexy, scruffy scientific genius attempting to break away from his job developing lethal weapons for the military.

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A Trip With Her Folks Turned Barbara Bush Into A Global Activist

August 31, 2014 - 7:03am

She visited Africa with her presidential parents and found her calling. Barbara Bush talks about Global Health Corps, the group she started, and shares a "tweet of advice" for her volunteers.

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The Good Listener: Parents Just Don't Understand?

August 31, 2014 - 6:54am

Thoughts on a timeless question: "How do you get your parents to respect the music of today?"

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The Salmon Cannon: Easier Than Shooting Fish Out Of A Barrel

August 31, 2014 - 5:23am

Alarmed by the rapid decline of wild salmon populations, a company has invented a novel way to help migratory fish over blocked rivers. It uses air pressure to fire them out of a cannon.

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'Why Not?' David Mitchell On Mixing Fantasy And Reality In 'Bone Clocks'

August 31, 2014 - 5:20am

The plotting in Mitchell's new novel isn't quite as complex as in previous works, but it takes an abrupt turn into dystopian fantasy towards the end. "It's what the book wanted to be," he tells NPR.

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U.S. Conducts Airstrikes Near Besieged Iraqi Town

August 30, 2014 - 11:43pm

American and other forces have launched an offensive to free the town of Amerli, surrounded by Islamic militants for more than two months and desperately short on food and clean water.

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Liberia's Ebola Routine: Wear Your Temperature On Your Lapel

August 30, 2014 - 7:01pm

NPR producer Nicole Beemsterboer reflects on 10 days in Liberia: children losing parents, young men risking their lives to collect bodies, and the smell of chlorinated hand-washing water everywhere.

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The Other Rock History

August 30, 2014 - 6:48pm

What makes an essential rock song? Musicologist Greil Marcus argues that it's not the stature of the performer, but the degree to which a song tells the story of rock 'n' roll itself.

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When Wildlife Documentaries Jump The Shark

August 30, 2014 - 6:34pm

Networks like the Discovery Channel have been criticized for pushing entertainment at the cost of science, with fake "documentaries" about everything from mermaids to mythical monster sharks.

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Saavy PR Campaign Has Lured Many To Fight In Syria's Civil War

August 30, 2014 - 5:25pm

More than 500 people may have traveled from the U.K. to Syria to fight in its civil war. Arun Rath talks to Jessica Stern, author of Terror In The Name Of God, about how it's drawing Westerners.

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Sanctions Against Russia Have Failed To Achieve Political Goals

August 30, 2014 - 5:25pm

Arun Rath talks to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer about NATO and EU options for confronting Russian aggression in Ukraine.

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Despite Quiet, Ukraine's Novoazovsk Still Feels Like A War Zone

August 30, 2014 - 5:25pm

In Ukraine, worried officials in the southeastern part of the country beefed up their defenses on Saturday as rebel forces slowly moved west following the recent capture of a strategic seaside town.

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Beware: Your Uber Ride May Come With A Side Of Oversharing

August 30, 2014 - 5:25pm

The "sharing economy" has created a lot of solutions for cheap rides and places to stay. In a piece for Ozy.com, Pooja Bhatia writes about one undesired byproduct: oversharing.

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Len Elmore: Black Athletes Need To Speak Out About Ferguson

August 30, 2014 - 5:25pm

NBA veteran Len Elmore sees something missing in conversations around Ferguson: the voices of black professional athletes. He talks to Arun Rath about his op-ed in USA Today.

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New GoPro Camera Harness Captures Dog's-Eye View

August 30, 2014 - 5:25pm

This past week, the camera maker GoPro unveiled the Fetch harness, which allows people to attach the durable cameras to their dogs. The company was inspired by some DIY efforts at pet videography.

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'Kill My Mother' Is A Darkly Drawn Confection

August 28, 2014 - 7:03am

Veteran cartoonist Jules Feiffer has just written his first graphic novel, the noirish Kill My Mother. Reviewer Alan Cheuse is discovering graphic novels equally late, but still finds it a good read.

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Telling Crimea's Story Through Children's Books

August 28, 2014 - 7:02am

Blending history, myth and geopolitics, Lily Hyde uses fairy tales to teach children and young adults about Eastern European history. To cover the current unrest, though, she's put fiction on hold.

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China Accuses Panda Of Faking Pregnancies To Get Treats

August 28, 2014 - 6:55am

When pandas have symptoms of pregnancy, keepers put them in private rooms and feed them extra food. When it's clear the pandas aren't pregnant, some maintain the act to keep the better accommodations.

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Jamaica Sets Its Sights On Winter Olympic Hockey Team

August 28, 2014 - 6:37am

Payers recently gathered in Toronto for the Jamaica Olympic Ice Hockey Federation trials. The Toronto Sun is accusing Jamaica of "poaching" Canadians of Jamaican descent.

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Ex-Assistant Pleads Guilty To Art Theft

August 28, 2014 - 5:01am

A former assistant to pop artist Jasper Johns has pleaded guilty to interstate transportation of stolen property. James Meyer admitted he lacked permission to take or transport art from 2006 to 2011.

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