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Reggie Watts, Man Of Many Voices, Improvised His Way To Success

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 4:15pm

The comedian and Late, Late Show band leader beatboxes, imitates and impersonates with amazing accuracy. It was a phone call from Conan O'Brien that put Watts' one-man show into the spotlight.

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Jericho Isn't Cecil's Brother And Is Probably Still Alive, Lion Researcher Says

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 4:14pm

Citing "huge disgust and sadness," a conservation group said the lion nicknamed Jericho had been killed Saturday. But a researcher in Zimbabwe says he doesn't believe it.

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A Look Back On 'Middle Passage': The Evolution Of A Literary Classic

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 4:10pm

Twenty-five years after Charles Johnson's Middle Passage — which dwells with race, class and gender in 19th-century America — won the National Book Award, he reflects on his book's evolving meaning.

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76 Years Later, Lost F. Scott Fitzgerald Story Sees The Light Of Day

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 4:10pm

The story, called "Temperature," had never been published and was presumed lost. Long after magazine editor Andrew Gulli began his search for the story, he finally found it — and put it in print.

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More Than A Toy: Lego Enthusiasts Have Built A Community

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 4:10pm

A LEGO Brickumentary chronicles how children and adults alike use Legos for work, play and therapy. The documentary also explores the Lego Group's near demise — and meteoric return.

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SuperPACs Report Their Funds — And The Numbers Are Staggering

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 4:10pm

SuperPACs released their latest funding numbers Friday, and already it's clear that the committees' roles in 2016 will be gargantuan.

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After A West Bank Home Goes Up In Flames, Tensions Flare In The Region

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 4:10pm

A Palestinian baby was killed Friday in an arson attack in the West Bank. Jewish settlers are suspected in the attack, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called "an act of terrorism."

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ISIS Is No Weaker Than A Year Ago, Officials Say

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 4:10pm

U.S. officials believe the recent bombing campaign has done little to dislodge the self-declared Islamic State from Iraq and Syria, says an Associated Press report. AP reporter Ken Dilanian explains.

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SuperPAC Fundraising Already Dwarfs 2012 Levels

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 3:51pm

With the first big superPAC fundraising report of the 2016 campaign, it's already clear that this presidential election will be fueled by gargantuan sums of money.

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Wildfires In California Spur Emergency Declaration; 1 Firefighter Dead

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 1:32pm

Nine of the largest fires cover areas of at least 1,000 acres each; a firefighter from Rapid City, S.D., was killed while battling one large blaze in Northern California.

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After Devastating Injury, Austrian Pole Vaulter Is Breathing On Her Own

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 10:38am

Doctors say the fall has left Kira Grunberg, 21, a paraplegic — a development that shocked the sports world in Europe and brought offers of emotional and financial support.

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Sailing Federation Will Test Waters For Viruses In Brazil's Olympics Venues

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 9:26am

The International Sailing Federation says the move is prompted by concerns over athletes' health and safety, after reports of raw sewage and trash in the water around Rio.

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Being A Woman: Who Gets To Decide?

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 8:30am

This week, legal cases of athlete Dutee Chand and transgender teen Gavin Grimm put the spotlight on what it means to be a woman. Anthropologist Barbara J. King asks: Who gets to choose one's gender?

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MH370 Update: Recovered Jet Section Arrives At French Lab For Testing

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 8:11am

After the large piece of debris was discovered on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean this week, Malaysia Airlines said it "is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777."

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For Penn & Teller's Magical Partnership, The Trick Is Telling The Truth

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 8:05am

The duo Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller are back on Broadway. They both talk — yes, even Teller — with NPR's Scott Simon about magic, danger and the remarkable endurance of their 40-year partnership.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Call Me Lucky'; 'The End of the Tour'; Training Dogs For Film

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 8:03am

Call Me Lucky, directed by comic Bobcat Goldthwait, profiles his mentor Barry Crimmins. David Edelstein reviews The End of the Tour. Teresa Ann Miller talks about training the dog leads in White God

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In Germany, Asylum-Seekers Could Fill A Chronic Workforce Need

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 7:35am

Germany has struggled with a record number of refugees, prompting calls for increased deportations. But German businesses see an opportunity in these newcomers to ease a shortage of skilled workers.

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The Good Listener: How Do I Play DJ Without Embarrassing Myself?

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 7:03am

You're in the passenger seat. The driver asks you to pick the music. What's an insecure DJ to do?

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Empire Strikes PAC And Other Punny SuperPAC Names

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 7:03am

My Cat Xavier For a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow superPAC backed Hank the Cat in the 2012 Virginia Senate election. Xavier also cared about naps, treats, and prison reform.

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Prediction

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 7:02am

Our panelists predict who will steal the spotlight from Donald Trump at next week's debate.

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