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Sometimes Leaving A Youth Sport Is A Family Affair

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:53pm

Edward Munoz grew up a soccer phenom and his family invested in making him a success. School suffered, so he quit playing two years ago but only recently talked with his father about that decision.

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Doctor: We Should Worry About The Flu, Not Ebola

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:53pm

Commentator Danielle Orfi, a doctor at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, says we should be worried about the flu, not Ebola. Ebola is serious, he says, but not spread widely in this country.

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Sandwich Monday: The Primanti Bros. Pitts-burger

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:41pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a sandwich from the famous Primanti Bros. of Pittsburgh.

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Judge Says 1,000 Potential Jurors May Be Screened For Boston Bombing Trial

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:35pm

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial is scheduled to start in January. Out of those 1,000 jurors, 100 of them will be questioned by prosecutors and defense attorneys.

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Ex Hex's 'Rips' Does What It Says On The Cover

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:00pm

The initial triumph of Rips is that nearly every one of its songs is sing-along-catchy, immediately memorable.

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One Lawyer's Fight For Young Blacks And 'Just Mercy'

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:00pm

When police pulled a gun on Bryan Stevenson as he was sitting quietly in his car in Atlanta, he knew he had to effect change. His memoir describes his attempts, including freeing men on death row.

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Eye Phone? Your Next Eye Exam Might Be Done With Your Phone

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:46pm

Doctors need to look at the eyes to diagnose disease, but the machines they use are big and expensive. An iPhone or tablet may do as well, scientists say, bringing eye care to the underserved.

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MAP: FEMA Is Buying Out Flood-Prone Homes, But Not Where You Might Expect

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:45pm

An NPR analysis of more than 7,000 buyouts shows most states receiving federal money are not on the coasts.

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World Cafe Next: The Stray Birds

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:07pm

Download two songs from the well-loved Pennsylvania folk trio's new album, Bad Medicine.

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The Artificial Boundary That Divides Iraq

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:59pm

A checkpoint near Kirkuk marks the line between Kurdish-controlled territory and the world of Islamic State extremists. Some 5,000 civilians stream across daily, lives and families divided.

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Comet Narrowly Passes Mars, NASA Orbiters

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:55pm

The comet Siding Spring came closer to Mars than any comet has come to a planet in recorded history.

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Alternate Routes: Lasting Impressions From The Road

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:50pm

Our digital and social media producer Rachel Rohr is back from a month-long trip cross-country, talking with young Americans.

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HGTV Is A Hit With Affluent Women Viewers

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:40pm

Meredith Blake of the Los Angeles Times explains the channel's recipe for success, and why it's so popular among affluent women.

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Holiday Retail Sales Projected To Be High

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:35pm

A new report finds people are as ready and willing to go shopping as they were before the financial crisis.

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The Budos Band On World Cafe

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:22pm

The nine-member band showcases a mix of funk and Afrobeat on its new album, Burnt Offering.

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Heroin Use On The Rise In North Carolina

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:20pm

More and more Americans are dying from heroin overdoses. We take a look at North Carolina, where 183 people died from the drug last year.

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Week In Politics: Midterm Elections Approach, Texas Voter ID Law Stands

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:10pm

NPR's Charlie Mahtesian discusses key upcoming races and the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial decision to let Texas's voter ID law stand.

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Mark O'Connor On Mountain Stage

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:08pm

The prolific composer, respected educator and nationally beloved fiddler performs live on stage.

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U.S. Boosts Kurds' Effort To Hold Kobane

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:06pm

Kurdish fighters are battling Islamic State militants, trying to hold the Syrian town that is on the border with Turkey.

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Plane Of Good Samaritans: Why Fly To (And From) West Africa

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:03pm

On the plane to Monrovia, our NPR correspondent saw the best of human nature in the passengers on board. Almost all of them were headed to Liberia to lend a helping hand.

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