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The Good Listener: How Can I Become A 'Music Person'?

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 7:03am

A reader grew up listening to Rick Astley in the '80s and needs to know if it's too late to change.

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The Secret Lives of Teachers

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 7:03am

Our new series looks at what teachers do when they're not teaching. Artist? Carpenter? Quidditch player? What's your secret life?

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Supreme Court Lets Texas Enforce Voter ID Law For Nov. Election

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 7:01am

With three justices dissenting, the high court's ruling effectively blocks a lower federal court decision declaring the law restrictive and unconstitutional.

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Chinese Find Number URLs Easier Than Letters

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:43am

Chinese characters don't readily work with the English-centric internet. The New Republic's Chris Beam tells NPR's Scott Simon that the Chinese use numbers that when pronounced, sound like words.

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Two Wildcard Teams Meet In World Series

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:43am

The World Series starts Tuesday. NPR's Scott Simon talks to sports correspondent Tom Goldman about the unexpected stars of the series — the managers.

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Pritzker Travels Europe And Asia On Commercial Diplomacy Tour

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:43am

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker recently returned from Ukraine and Turkey, and she heads next to Japan and South Korea. NPR's Scott Simon talks to her about practicing commercial diplomacy.

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How To Train A Movie Star Insect

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:43am

How do you get insects to "act" on camera? Entomologist Steven Kutcher tells NPR's Scott Simon about wrangling bugs for Hollywood and using the insects as living paintbrushes.

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Brooklyn DA Works To Overturn His 'Legacy Of Disgrace'

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:43am

Since Kenneth Thompson became district attorney, he's been investigating a number of old cases. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, he recently asked a judge to throw out a 30-year-old murder conviction.

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Texas Can Enforce Voter ID Law For November Election

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:43am

The Supreme Court announced that Texas can use its controversial new voter ID law for the November election. NPR's Scott Simon gets the latest from Supreme Court correspondent Nina Totenberg.

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James Foley Memorial Set In His New Hampshire Home Town

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:43am

A memorial for journalist James Foley will be held Saturday, on what would have been his 41st birthday. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Rev. Marc Montminy, who is presiding over the service.

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American Soldier, Iraqi Interpreter: From Strangers To 'Brothers'

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:43am

When Sgt. Paul Braun was serving in Iraq, his company was assigned an interpreter they called Philip. At first the two men were wary of each other; later, Braun worked to bring Philip to the states.

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Back Across The Wall: Questions For Garth Nix

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:03am

Author Garth Nix returns to the world of the Old Kingdom with Clariel, the story of a young woman of great magical power who, denied the freedom to live as she wants, chooses a dangerous path.

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300,000,000 Is A Horrific, Poetic Anti-Ode To America

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:03am

Blake Butler's new novel, 300,000,000, is not for the squeamish. This portrait of a serial killer and the detective who hunts him will curdle the blood — and possibly the soul — of any reader.

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Ásgeir: Tiny Desk Concert

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 5:34am

The Icelandic singer's voice is angelic and yearning, his songs simple and universal. At the Tiny Desk, his raw, slowed-down arrangements bring a sense of grace to what were already elegant songs.

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Supreme Court Allows Texas To Use Voter ID Law In November

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 5:15am

A majority of the justices rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department to prohibit the state from requiring voters to produce photo identification in order to cast ballots.

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A Collection Of Poems That Offers An Unlikely Kind Of Hope

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:45am

In his second poetry collection, The New Testament, Jericho Brown weaves together strains of religious invocations with his uneasy identity as a southern, gay, black man into a beguiling self myth.

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Once A Year, Farmers Go Back To Picking Corn By Hand — For Fun

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:44am

Farmers across the Midwest harvest billions of bushels of corn nowadays using giant machines called combines. But a contest keeps a more primitive corn-picking technique alive: human hands.

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The Ebola Survivors Who Can't Go Home

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:42am

They beat the deadly virus. But transportation back home is hard to come by. So they're living in an abandoned hospital ward, hoping someday to resume the life they had before Ebola struck.

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Universities To Speakers Who've Visited West Africa: En Garde!

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:37am

Fears of Ebola — not always justified — have caused organizers in Africa and the United States to cancel or reschedule events they worry may lead to spread of the disease.

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Tech Week: Egg Freezing, Gamergate And Online Giving

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:36am

Debates about the role of women in the technology workforce and in gaming are swirling over two notable stories this week.

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