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Yes, There Really Is A Town In Liberia Called 'Smell No Taste'

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:34pm

It's the place where a teenager died of Ebola this week. And like all unusual geographic names, it's got a story behind it.

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Busy Travel Weekend Raises Concerns About Transportation Infrastructure

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:32pm

Expect heavy traffic and busy airports if traveling this Independence Day weekend. Travel industry groups say with unemployment down and wages ticking up, more Americans will be on the move.

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Deputy Secretary Of State: Iran Needs Nuclear Deal 'More Than We Do'

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:32pm

NPR's Rachel Martin interviews Tony Blinken, the U.S. deputy secretary of state and the former deputy national security advisor for President Obama, about the latest on the negotiations with Iran.

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Rejection Of Flag Exposes Larger Truths About The Confederacy

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:32pm

As many Americans reject the Confederate flag as a symbol not appropriate for public display, NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Professor James W. Loewen about Southern secession and the Civil War.

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Maria Leaves Sesame Street After 44 Years On The Block

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:31pm

Sonia Manzano's acting career began when she was in the original cast of Godspell – a musical which began as a student production on campus, according to the Associated Press.

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New Rules Could Create A New Class Of Overtime Workers

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:24pm

The president's proposal would make 5 million more Americans eligible for overtime pay. But the changes don't mean that employers will pay more.

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Getting Divorced In The Philippines Where It's Against The Law

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:23pm

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with freelance journalist Ana Santos about her experience getting divorced in the Philippines, the only country where divorce is illegal.

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Doctors Divided On Perks From Pharmaceutical, Medical Device Companies

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:13pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Charles Ornstein of ProPublica about its research into payments doctors receive from drug and device companies.

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Beyond A Voice And A Sad Story, 'Amy' Listens To A Life

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:03pm

A new documentary about singer Amy Winehouse goes beyond biopic standards to reveal a woman whose pains and successes were both well-earned.

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So Far, So Good For The Economy. But What About The Second Half?

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:45pm

The Labor Department's June report showed decent job growth, with unemployment dipping to 5.3 percent. In fact, 2015's first half was fairly good. But economists see dangers lurking in the back half.

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In Data Breach, Reluctance To Point The Finger At China

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:43pm

Personal data of at least 18 million federal workers may have been accessed via the OPM computer system. Some officials quietly blame China; others want to avoid upsetting this major trade partner.

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5 Things You Should Know About Jim Webb

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:35pm

The former senator, the fifth Democrat to enter the presidential race, has a colorful background as a veteran, author, reporter and defender of the confederacy.

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Book Review: 'The Uses Of The Body,' Deborah Landau

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

Poet Tess Taylor reviews The Uses of the Body by Deborah Landau.

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BP Settlement To Address Ecosystem Damage Caused By Oil Spill

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Bethany Kraft, director of the Gulf Restoration Program at Ocean Conservancy, about the BP spill's impact on the environment to date.

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BP To Pay $18.7 Billion In Landmark Settlement Over 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

Oil giant BP agreed to pay $18.7 billion in a settlement announced on Friday by Gulf Coast states and the federal government. The deal pays for the harm from BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which was the worst in U.S. history. The accident killed 11 rig workers.

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Man Offers Cheap Housing In Silicon Valley By Renting Out Backyard Tent

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

Due to high costs of housing in Silicon Valley, John Potter rents out a tent on Airbnb for $40 a night.

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Obama Touts New Federal Overtime Pay Rule In Wisconsin

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

President Obama traveled to Wisconsin Friday to tout the administration's new proposed rule that could make 5 million more people eligible for overtime pay.

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With Fares Constantly In Flux, Price Tags May Be On Their Way Out

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

It's easy to forget that the price tag was only invented 150 years ago. It's a fairly recent innovation, and the Planet Money podcast explains how it might be on its way out.

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U.S. Grants Federal Recognition To Pamunkey Indian Tribe

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has granted federal recognition to the Virginia tribe, whose members encountered the first permanent English settlers some 400 years ago.

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Sonia Manzano, Who Played Maria On 'Sesame Street,' To Retire

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

Maria from Sesame Street — aka actress Sonia Manzano — is retiring after more than 40 years. NPR reports on the Hispanic pioneer's impact on generations of children.

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