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Post-Ron Swanson, Nick Offerman Has The 'Gumption' To Be Himself

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 5:10pm

"I've never accused myself of being manly," Offerman says, noting his real-life persona is different from his Parks and Recreation character. His book is a set of essays about people who inspire him.

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A Home Air Quality Monitor That Can Be Checked Out From The Library

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 5:03pm

In polluted Pittsburgh, a new device from a local university helps residents assess indoor air. It's not the only monitor on the market — but is the only one available to borrow from a public library.

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Long-Time Actress And Comedian Anne Meara Dies

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:51pm

Meara, who was married to Jerry Stiller and mom to Ben Stiller, had roles on Rhoda, Alf, Sex and the City and The King of Queens.

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How Running Away From Home Opened Doors In Hollywood

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:42pm

Actor Kenneth Choi is best known as the boisterous Chester Ming in The Wolf of Wall Street. Growing up in Chicago, acting was his passion, but his dad didn't approve. So he ran away — to Hollywood.

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How Dangerous Is Powdered Alcohol?

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:16pm

Last month, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved a powdered alcohol product, making both parents and lawmakers nervous. Some states have already banned powdered alcohol. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Brent Roth of Wired, who made his own powdered concoction and put it to the test.

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An Iconic Image That Captured A Legendary Knockout

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:16pm

Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the heavyweight boxing title rematch in Maine between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston. Ali, then 23, knocked Liston out in the first round. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Sports Illustrated photographer Neil Leifer, who captured the moment afterward when Ali towered over Liston.

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Remembering Nobel Prize-Winning Mathematician John Nash

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:16pm

The great mathematician, whose accomplishments and struggle with schizophrenia were depicted in the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind, died with his wife, Alice, in a car accident on Saturday. "His suffering, I know, was real," says University of Chicago economist Roger Myerson. "But he was touched by glory."

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'It's For You To Know That You Forgive,' Says Holocaust Survivor

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:16pm

Eva Kor, who was held at Auschwitz and recently testified against former Nazi guard Oskar Groening, says that when a victim chooses to forgive, they take the power back from their tormentors.

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A Mother-Son Folk Duo Went 'From The Kitchen To David Letterman'

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:16pm

Madisen Ward and his mother, Ruth Ward—better known as Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear—have been performing together for six years, but have only recently begun to attract national attention.

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Defense Secretary Carter: Iraqi Forces Lack 'Will To Fight' ISIS

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 2:45pm

Ash Carter, in an interview on CNN, said that the ISF lost Anbar despite "vastly outnumbering" fighters of the self-declared Islamic State.

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Malaysia Finds Gravesites In Camps Used By People Smugglers

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 12:43pm

The gruesome discovery of the sites thought to contain dozens or possibly hundreds of remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, follows a similar find this month across the border in Thailand.

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A Festival Of Science

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 11:23am

A five-day celebration of all things empirical investigation of the cosmos — the World Science Festival 2015 — begins this week.

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'Beautiful Mind' Mathematician John Nash, Jr. Dies In New Jersey Car Crash

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 9:40am

The Nobel Prize winner who struggled with schizophrenia and was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 2001 film, died with has wife in a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike, officials say. He was 86.

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Greece Warns That It Will Probably Miss Next Month's Debt Payment

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 8:13am

Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis says a $1.76 billion payment due next month "will not be given and is not there to be given."

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At Dover Air Force Base, Bringing Home The Fallen With Grief And Joy

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 8:02am

The rituals of caring for the remains of service members are carried out with special grace by the staff at Dover Air Force Base. "We believe in what we're doing here," says one. "We love them."

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Accusations Pile Up Against Panama's Former President

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 7:37am

One of Central America's richest and most eccentric former politicians, Ricardo Martinelli, may soon face charges for stealing millions of dollars from the government during his five years in power.

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Nepali Villagers Flee After Landslide Cuts Off Major River

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 7:19am

Rising waters behind the earth dam created by the landslide could burst through, inundating villages for miles downstream, officials say.

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'How Could You Not Know You Were Pregnant?'

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 7:02am

Brittany Ohman got pregnant in high school, and didn't realize it till she went into labor in her freshman dorm. She talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about her surprise pregnancy and her son, James.

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NFL Aims To Spice Up Games With Tweak To Extra Point Rules

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 6:27am

An NFL rule change has been called "the biggest change to NFL scoring in the league's 95 year history." NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Mike Pesca, of Slate's "The Gist" podcast, about what it means for the game.

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Colorado's Free IUD Program Set To End In July

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 6:27am

A program that made IUDs accessible to Colorado teenagers is running out of funding. State Rep. Don Coram, a Republican, fought to save it. He credits the initiative with the drop in teen pregnancies.

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