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'Little Dancer' Musical Imagines The Story Behind Degas' Mysterious Muse

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:23am

Ballerina Marie Van Goethem started modeling for Edgar Degas around 1878 and inspired his statue Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. But history lost track of her after she left the Paris Opera.

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Halting Schizophrenia Before It Starts

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:23am

Schizophrenia typically starts in the late teens or early 20s. But if you could stop that first psychotic break, could you stop the mental illness in its tracks? Some doctors think so.

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Catholic Synod Highlights Divisions, Sets Stage For Future Battles

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:23am

Roman Catholic bishops openly addressed hot-button topics that included questions about gays and Catholics who are divorced or remarried. Rarely has a synod attracted such attention.

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

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:23am

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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Nigeria Joins Senegal In Gaining 'Ebola-Free' Status

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:15am

Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about how Nigeria and Senegal were able to rid their countries of Ebola, despite the ongoing outbreak in West Africa.

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Indonesia Swears In President Who Ran On Promise Of Change

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:15am

Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Jakarta for the inauguration of Indonesia's new president, Joko Widodo, on Monday. Steve Inskeep talks with the Financial Times' Indonesia correspondent Ben Bland about the new president, known as Jokowi, and the challenges he faces as he takes office.

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N.H. Senate Race Becomes Focal Point For Both Parties

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:15am

Incumbent Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen had maintained a lead over the Republican field throughout the year in the swing state. But Republican Scott Brown, former Massachusetts senator, has closed the gap since his nomination in September.

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Starring In 'Fury': The Horrors That People Are Capable Of In War

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:15am

The WWII drama Fury is about a U.S. sergeant and his five-man crew taking a tank on a mission behind enemy lines. Critic Kenneth Turan reviews the film, directed by David Ayer and starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf.

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

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 1:34pm

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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There's Never A Dull Moment On This Trans-Siberian Adventure

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:20am

Steve Inskeep talks with Morning Edition's own David Greene about his new book Midnight in Siberia, a chronicle of his trip — in third class — across Russia aboard the Trans-Siberian Express.

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Washington, D.C. Election Guide Uses Upside-Down Flag

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 6:17am

The Washington Post reported the mistake. But officials contend it was really a brilliant ruse to get attention and fight voter apathy.

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Hot Dog Suit Costs Irish Movie Theater $25,000

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:24am

Carl Meade was fired when cameras caught him paying for a regular hot dog instead of an extra large one. He told the court it was an innocent mistake. The company was ordered to pay compensation.

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Fears Of A U.S. Ebola Outbreak Prompt Travel Ban Proposals

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

Congressional Republicans continue to call for a ban on travel from the West African nations caught up in the Ebola outbreak. But the Obama administration remains firm in opposing a travel ban, and public health officials continue to reassure travelers that the risk of transmitting the Ebola virus is extremely low.

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White House Sharpens Focus On ISIS Moves In Anbar Province

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

Militants from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, control about 80 percent of Iraq's Anbar Province. Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey says ISIS could get close enough to shell Baghdad Airport. Dempsey is being asked to come up with more options to stop ISIS.

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Wild Card Teams, Giants And Royals, To Meet In World Series

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

The San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 Thursday to advance to the championship. The day before, the Kansas City Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles to win their series slot.

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LA Schools Superintendent To Leave After iPad Controversy

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

The superintendent of the Los Angeles School District is stepping down. John Deasy's resignation follows a contracting scandal that put him on the defensive. He talks to Steve Inskeep about why he resigned.

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Sustained Lower Gas Prices Could Drive Economic Growth

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

Gas prices are plunging and before it's all over, some experts say Americans will be paying a full $1 a gallon less than a few months ago. If that's sustained, it means $1,000 more per household in extra spending money.

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Why Has There Been So Much Turmoil In Financial Markets Lately?

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

To examine the turn global stock markets have taken this week, Linda Wertheimer talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution and a contributor to "The Wall Street Journal."

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Privacy Advocates Don't Buy FBI's Warning About Encryption Practices

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

FBI Director James Comey used his first major policy address to warn that new encryption techniques could lock out law enforcement trying to solve crimes. Privacy advocates remain skeptical about the idea of building a back door in smartphones and other devices for the FBI to walk through.

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R&B Singer Erykah Badu Raises $3.60 Singing On The Street

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

The Grammy Award-winning singer said, "I just kinda always wanted to see what it would be like to sing for money on the streets." For whatever reason, she didn't get much cash dropped into her hat.

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