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50 Percent Off A College Education? Not Such A Good Deal After All

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 6:28am

Why so many private colleges are giving out massive discounts.

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Alison Parker And Adam Ward: Good Journalists Gone Too Soon

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 6:27am

Alison Parker and Adam Ward were shot and killed while reporting on live television. The two journalists loved their jobs, and the viewers of WDBJ-TV in Roanake, Virginia loved them back.

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The Gentlemen Bastards Unfold Sumptuous Stories Within Stories

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 6:03am

This weekend, the NPR Books Time Machine is rewinding Scott Lynch's swashbuckling Gentleman Bastard series, a combination fantasy of manners, heist caper and heartfelt buddy comedy. With pirates.

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No More Standing By The Spigot: Messaging App Alerts Water Availability

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 6:03am

A startup in India — where an aging, ad hoc system limits water availability — is using text messages to let people know when their faucets should work, so they don't waste hours awaiting the deluge.

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Making Sense Of A Tragedy, One Narrator At A Time

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 6:03am

June Reid has lost everyone she loves in one horrifying moment, but she's not the only one grieving. Bill Clegg's new novel tells of June's loss through the voices of those who know and encounter her.

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For Inca Road Builders, Extreme Terrain Was No Obstacle

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 5:49am

A new exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian highlights the engineering prowess of the Inca, whose great road once spanned mountains, deserts and forests in 6 South American countries.

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Egyptian Court Sentences 3 Al-Jazeera Journalists To 3 Years In Prison

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 4:57am

Saturday's ruling in Cairo is the latest twist in a long-running trial which was criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists.

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Sam Clovis: I Trust Trump To Go To Washington And Change Things

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 4:14am

Donald Trump's Republican presidential campaign continues to lead in the polls, and this week Trump hired Sam Clovis to be his national campaign co-chairman. A week ago, Clovis worked for Rick Perry.

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Love In The Key Of Summer

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 4:08am

For our Summer of Love series, listener Kevin Gibbs remembers a woman he met when working at a jazz club in 1976, one he'll always associate with Michel Legrand's "Once Upon a Summertime."

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High-Profile Russian Trials Bring International Criticism

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 3:52am

The conviction of a Ukrainian filmmaker is one of several cases in Russia that have drawn protests from human-rights groups and Western governments, including the U.S.

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Tropical Storm Erika May Fall Apart Over Hispaniola; Dominica Deaths At 20

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 11:36pm

The storm caused devastating flooding and landslides on the tiny island early this week, but may pose less of a threat to Florida, according to National Weather Service forecasts.

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Episode 647: Hard Work Is Irrelevant

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 8:28pm

Patty McCord helped create a workplace at Netflix that runs more like a professional sports team than a family. If you're not up to scratch, you're off the team. Is this the future of work?

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Scientist Who Wrote Protest Song About Canada's PM Is Put On Leave

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 7:44pm

Tony Turner wrote and sang "Harperman," leading a (barefooted) choir through lyrics that ask questions such as "Who squashes all dissent?" and "Who muzzles all the scientists?"

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Worsening Wildfire Seasons Tax The Forest Service

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 5:16pm

The agency says it's now spending record amounts on fire suppression, and these bills are coming at the expense of its other programs — many of which would help prevent future wildfires.

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NHL Hall-Of-Fame Coach Al Arbour Dies At Age 82

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 5:07pm

The long-time coach of the New York Islanders won four Stanley Cup championships with the team — after winning four as a player.

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On Wall Street: Not Much Fun, But It Sure Was Interesting

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 5:01pm

Markets have been seeing some of the biggest stock-price swings in years. And economists say the extreme volatility is starting to weigh down consumer confidence.

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All About That Bass, But Give The Drummer Some

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 4:39pm

Bassist Christian McBride, host of NPR's Jazz Night In America, explains the complicated dynamics between the bass and the drums in jazz — and James Brown.

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Gunshots And Screen Grabs: Reactions To NPR's Coverage Of The Virginia Shooting

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 4:28pm

Pictures, audio, visuals, descriptions – We consider the editorial choices in reporting on a newsroom tragedy.

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#NPRreads: Middle East Air Quality, Lead Poisoning, And Jell-O

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 4:03pm

Around the newsroom and around the world, here's what we're reading this week.

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Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Reunite For War's 50th Anniversary

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 4:01pm

Pilots and their families planted a tree at Arlington National Cemetery, and honored comrades who were killed in the war.

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