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An Idea That Stuck: How A Hymnal Bookmark Helped Inspire The Post-It Note

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm

3M employee Art Fry had a problem: When he sang with his church choir, his paper bookmarks fell out of his hymnal. Thankfully for Fry, his coworker Spencer Silver had a new adhesive in the works.

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Eric Clapton And J.J. Cale: Notes On A Friendship

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm

One year after J.J. Cale's death, his friend and fan Eric Clapton says we still don't know the half of the late songwriter's talent. Read Clapton's extended interview with NPR's Eric Westervelt.

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The Long History Of The Gaza Tunnels

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 3:15pm

Alexander the Great complained about the tunnels under Gaza during his siege of the area in 332 BC. They are still an issue today as the Israelis and Palestinians slug it out.

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Ukrainian Troops Said Poised To Retake Rebel-Held Donetsk

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 2:34pm

Kiev's forces have been advancing on key rebel stronghold in hopes of forcing a collapse of the separatist movement.

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This Traffic Backup Brought To You By ...

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 1:52pm

With the advent of the "sharing economy" it is now possible for millions to turn a quick buck by renting out underused assets like a spare guest room or a car. So why not your car bumper, too?

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Vincenzo Nibali Set For Tour De France Victory

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 1:13pm

The 29-year-old cyclist will become the first Italian to wear the yellow jersey into Paris since Marco Pantani in 1998. This year's event was marked by favorites dropping out early on.

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Barrel Bomb Attacks Devastate Iraqi Families

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:03pm

Rights workers say civilians are being killed by government attacks with so-called barrel bombs — the crude weapons made famous in Syria's current conflict.

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North Korea Reportedly Tests Short-Range Ballistic Missile

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:24am

It is the latest in a slew of missile tests conducted by North Korea in recent weeks in the lead up to the 61st anniversary of the signing of the an armistice that halted fighting in the Korean War.

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Dressing Up As A T-Rex Is All Part Of The Job

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 9:15am

Remember in Empire Strikes Back where Han Solo slices open the belly of a tauntaun so Luke can stay warm? That's not much different from how Eli Presser climbs into his T-Rex costume.

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

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 9:00am

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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U.N.: Second Black Box Found At Algerian Airliner Crash Site

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 8:41am

The data recorder was recovered from the Air Algerie AH5017 debris field in southern Mali. Investigators are linking Thursday's crash that killed 118 to bad weather.

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Tech Week: Industry Diversity, Digital Afterlives, Net Neutrality

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 8:22am

The roundup: Twitter released a scorecard showing that its workforce is largely male and white. And what happens to our digital stuff after we log off for the last time?

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Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 8:08am

A Dartmouth study suggests that fifth-graders are still "learning to read," not just "reading to learn."

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves,' 'Hard Day's Night,' Arthur Allen

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 8:03am

A new book is a manual for transgender; John Powers reviews the restoration of A Hard Day's Night; Arthur Allen talks about his book The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl.

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U.S. Embassy Compound In Libya Shut Down Amid Fighting

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:40am

The State Department says personnel are being moved to an alternate location amid an escalation of fighting among rival militant factions in the capital, Tripoli.

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Is Hezbollah Hesitant To Help Hamas?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:34am

Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.

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War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:34am

With labor negotiations growing more strained, a lockout seems likely next week at the Metropolitan Opera. Management says payroll must be trimmed while unions want to curb production costs.

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Bobby Patterson's 'Got More Soul,' Heart And Spirit

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:34am

Soul singer Bobby Patterson got his start in the 1960s, and he's still singing. At 70 he's put out a new album, "I Got More Soul." NPR's Scott Simon talks to Patterson about the album.

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'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:34am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen L. Carter about his new novel, Back Channel. It's a political thriller set during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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If All The Ice Melts, What Happens To Hockey?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:34am

A report from the National Hockey League says climate change could threaten the sport's future. NPR's Scott Simon talks to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about the league's sustainability plan.

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