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As Beijing Prepares To Host Winter Olympics, Where Will It Get The Snow?

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:24pm

NPR's Melissa Block talks with Jennifer Turner, director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center, about water resources and environmental concerns in the extremely arid region.

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Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:23pm

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

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Dispute Emerges Over Drone Shot Down By Kentucky Man

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:11pm

William Meredith, 47, of Bullitt County, Ky., was arrested Sunday after he used his shotgun to bring down a drone that he said hovered above his property in a suburb of Louisville.

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What Does It Mean To Be A Child Prodigy In Jazz?

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:11pm

Christian McBride, host of Jazz Night In America, examines the piano phenomenon Joey Alexander, his classmate Joey DeFrancesco and his own experience as a hotly tipped young talent.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of July 30, 2015

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:03pm

Emma Farrarons' The Mindfulness Coloring Book, a pocket-sized, anti-stress booklet for grown-ups, appears at No. 12.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of July 30, 2015

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:03pm

In The Rosie Effect, a sequel to 2013's The Rosie Project, Don Tillman prepares for fatherhood. It appears at No. 15.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of July 30, 2015

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:03pm

Debuting at No. 15, Arthur Brooks' The Conservative Heart presents a new vision for conservatism.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of July 30, 2015

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:03pm

At No. 7, Ernest Cline's Armada tells the story of gamers protecting the earth from an alien invasion.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of July 30, 2015

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:03pm

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

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World Cafe Sense Of Place — Stockholm: First Aid Kit

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:48pm

The folk-pop sister act caps off World Cafe's visit to Stockholm.

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The Plan To Give Pell Grants To Prisoners

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:42pm

The Obama administration unveiled a pilot program Friday morning that will once again allow some prisoners access to federal Pell grants.

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As Migrants Attempt Trip To The U.K., Many Who Make It Are Minors

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:36pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with Peter Oakford, cabinet member for specialist children's services at Kent County Council, about the vast numbers of youth migrants crossing into the U.K.

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Letting Go Of The Wheel: How Google Is Easing People Into Self-Driving Cars

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:28pm

Google has begun testing a new self-driving car this summer that is designed to work without a steering wheel. But as the Planet Money team reports, the company's biggest challenge may be convincing Americans to hop inside.

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Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 2:45pm

Conventional farmers use millions of pounds of pesticides each year to protect crops from weeds and insects. When those chemicals drift to neighboring property, they can ruin crops on organic farms.

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The Play's The Thing — High School Productions Down The Decades

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 2:45pm

Bob Mondello looks at the most-produced shows at high schools through seven decades, and ponders what the choices made by drama teachers tell us.

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Judge Says Virginia Can Refuse To Issue Confederate License Plates

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 2:42pm

Citing a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the federal judge effectively vacated a 14-year-old state injunction that prohibited officials from refusing to issue such plates.

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Alan Cheuse, Novelist And Longtime NPR Contributor, Dies At 75

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 2:28pm

The author and critic died Friday of injuries sustained in a car accident. For years, he was the voice of NPR's literature commentary — and, for many, the "guide to a very exciting world."

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Hillary Clinton's Doctor Says She's Healthy Enough To Be President

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 2:13pm

Clinton's doctor says she's eating healthily, drinking occasionally, swimming, lifting weights and, yes, doing yoga.

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Cheetos, Canned Foods, Deli Meat: How The U.S. Army Shapes Our Diet

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 1:43pm

Many of the processed foods that we eat — and the way they're made — were invented not for us, but for soldiers, says the author of the new book Combat-Ready Kitchen.

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A Social Media Rumor That Nearly Broke Some Hearts

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 1:27pm

This week, a flurry of talk on Twitter and other social media led Mets infielder Wilmer Flores to breakdown in tears on the field; Alva Noë suggests we let it be a cautionary tale.

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