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Musicians' Brains Really Do Work Differently — In A Good Way

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:20am

Watch a great little TED-Ed video that lays out the scientific evidence.

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More Companies Selling Antibiotic-Free Meats

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:20am

Demand is rising for meat raised without antibiotics. The owner of a company specializing in antibiotic-free meat and poultry joins us.

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Processing Immigrants Slows At Family Detention Center

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:12am

Immigration lawyers say families are being held longer than usual at the Berks County Residential Center in a small Pennsylvania town.

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'World Music' With A Kick

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:05am

NPR's Anastasia Tsioulcas recently returned from an international world-music festival. Here, she joins Alt.Latino to share some of her thrilling finds.

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How Well Do Your Apps Protect Your Privacy?

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:59am

The website PrivacyGrade rates Android apps based on the personal information they collect from you. It's another reminder that your data are constantly on the move, whether you know it or not.

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Takata Quality Official Apologizes Over Air Bag Defect Linked To Deaths

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:46am

Hiroshi Shimizu's remarks came in testimony to a Senate panel. U.S. regulators want the company to issue a nationwide vehicle recall. So far, the recall has been restricted to high-humidity areas.

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Soda Companies Step Up Their Marketing To Black And Latino Kids

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:36am

Black youth saw more than twice as many ads for sugary drinks on TV compared with white children and teens in 2013. Advertising for the drinks on Spanish-language TV also increased by 44 percent.

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A Worry In Theory, Medical Data Privacy Draws A Yawn

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:25am

Nearly three-quarters of Americans say their doctors use electronic records. The overwhelming majority of people aren't particularly concerned about the privacy of the information, an NPR poll finds.

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Mike Nichols, Award-Winning Director Of 'The Graduate,' 'Silkwood,' Dies

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:00am

Mike Nichols was an ultimate Hollywood insider who won every major show business award directing for stage, film and TV. But his life in America began as an outsider immigrant from Germany.

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Duchess Of Alba, Spain's Richest Woman, Dies At 88

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 9:48am

Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart had more titles than any other aristocrat in the world. She died today in Seville.

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An NPR Photographer Looks Ebola In The Eye

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 9:42am

Baby Sesay was in a care center in a village in Sierra Leone, waiting to find out if she had Ebola. Our photographer took a picture. Two days later, she was gone.

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Book News: Ursula K. Le Guin Steals The Show At The National Book Awards

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 9:26am

In a ceremony that saw both icons and newcomers honored, it was a fiery speech by the science fiction legend that had attendees talking. Also: A Jonathan Safran Foer book gets adapted to ballet.

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Swedish Appeals Court Upholds Detention Order For Julian Assange

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 9:15am

Prosecutors want to question the Wikileaks founder, who has taken refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, over allegations that he sexually assaulted two women in 2010.

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Sleep's Link To Learning And Memory Traced To Brain Chemistry

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 8:56am

During sleep, the brain locks in existing memories and can even form new ones. Scientists say they are starting to understand how that happens. A midnight snack may interfere.

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Republicans Warn Obama Ahead Of Planned Immigration Action

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 8:45am

The president's action, to be announced later today, will grant temporary relief to some immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. Republicans could strip away funds that would go toward Obama's order.

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Renowned Theater And Film Director Mike Nichols Dies

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 8:12am

Nichols, perhaps best known for his 1967 classic film, The Graduate, has won Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy awards. He died Wednesday at age 83.

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Buffalo, Parts Of Upper Midwest, Brace For More Snow

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 8:03am

With more than 5 feet already on the ground in some areas of western New York state, another 3 feet is forecast. Worse yet, warming temperatures over the weekend could turn much of it to flood water.

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Turkey Looks For Energy In An Abundant Resource: Pistachio Shells

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 7:33am

Converting the shells into biogas could provide most of the heat for a planned city of 200,000, engineers say. There's precedent in Australia, where macadamia nut shells are generating power.

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A Flurry Of Premieres For American Orchestras

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 7:03am

How about some good — even great — news from American orchestras? Today and tomorrow, four of the country's biggest ensembles are playing world premieres by prominent composers.

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Top Stories: Florida College Shooting; Director Mike Nichols Dies

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 6:44am

Also: Secretary of State Kerry continues work on Iran nuclear agreement; a study finds 3 minivans fare poorly in crash tests; and a noisy Oregon rooster needs to find a new home.

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