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Charity Will Benefit If Mayweather Reads 'Harry Potter'

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 5:06am

Rapper 50 Cent challenged Boxer Floyd Mayweather to read a page of a Harry Potter book aloud without messing up. If he can do it, 50 Cent will donate $750,000 to the charity of Mayweather's choice.

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Author And His Daughter Cook Around The Word And You Can Too

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:56am

Kelly McEvers talks to food writer Mark Kurlansky and his daughter Talia about their cookbook International Night, based on their tradition of cooking a meal every week from a different country.

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Outside Groups Mirror Successful Strategies Of Political Parties

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:56am

This is a big political year in Iowa. A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs, and the Republican party has opened 11 field offices statewide. But there's also a new team working the state — the Virginia-based group Americans For Prosperity. Mobilizing voters, running TV attack ads — when do secretly financed outside groups start to resemble political parties?

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Protests In Ferguson Cause Some Kids To Suffer Emotional Distress

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:56am

In Ferguson, Missouri, some parents have taken their children to protests, while others have chosen to leave them at home. We talk to families about their choices as educators and others meet to discuss how parents and children cope with unfolding events.

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Process Determining Next Afghan President Is Fraught With Delays

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:56am

More than two months after Afghans voted for a new president, the results are unknown and the process in turmoil. Afghan and international monitors are muddling through an audit of all the ballots cast, and the two candidates are trying to come to agreement on the terms of a national unity government. A security agreement with the U.S. hangs in the balance.

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Blood From Ebola Survivors May Help Treat Patients

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:56am

Global health officials are trying to figure out how they can safely and effectively collect blood plasma from Ebola survivors and give it to people sick with the virus. David Greene talks to David Wood, who is part of an Ebola interventions task force for the Word Health Organization.

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Is Syria Becoming A Partner In The Fight Against Islamist Terror?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:56am

Kelly McEvers talks to Emile Hokayem, of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, about the growing shift among some western nations toward the idea of working with Syria's Assad regime against Islamist militants.

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The Last Word In Business

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:56am

David Greene and Kelly McEvers have the Last Word in business.

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Business News

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:56am

David Greene has business news.

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Pesticides Used On Florida's Mosquitoes May Harm Butterflies

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:56am

Environmentalists and a South Florida community want to limit aerial spraying for mosquitoes — saying it's ineffective and harmful to wildlife. Two butterfly species were added to the endangered list.

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Outside Group Mirrors Successful Strategies Of Political Parties

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:56am

A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs in Iowa, and the GOP has opened 11 field offices statewide. But there's also a new team working the state, the Virginia-based group Americans for Prosperity.

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Job Corps Celebrates 50 Years Helping Low-Income Youths

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:56am

The federal program has centers across the country that provide education and vocational training. Kelly McEvers talks to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez about how Job Corps serves disadvantaged youths.

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Poet Finds Summer Is A Time To Reconnect With Nature

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:56am

In this poem, "Kingfisher," Chris McCabe recalls a bird watching trip, and an attempt to see a rare bird — the vivid blue kingfisher — that he long dreamed of seeing.

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Exit Interview: Page Steps Down As U.S. Ambassador To South Sudan

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:56am

David Greene talks to Susan Page, the first U.S. ambassador to South Sudan. The relatively new nation is locked in a crisis over a power struggle between the president and his former vice president.

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Romance Fans Will Fall For Characters In 'If I Stay'

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:56am

If I Stay is based on the best-selling novel by Gayle Forman. Chloë Grace Moretz plays a 17-year-old girl, in a coma after a car wreck, who has to choose between life or death.

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When It Comes To Economic Recovery, Location Is A Factor

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:56am

Census Bureau data show a wider gap between rich and poor. Kelly McEvers explores this with economist Enrico Moretti of the University of California-Berkeley, author of The New Geography of Jobs.

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Sanctions Could Weaken Vladimir Putin's Renewed Popularity In Russia

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:56am

The standoff between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine has raised the specter of a new Cold War. David Greene talks to Julie Ioffe, of the New Republic, about what Russia's next move may be in Ukraine.

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When Living Out Of A Car, It's Hard To Feel At Home

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:35am

Kris Kalberer and her family lost their house in 2011. Now they live out of their car. Kris says she feels guilty for not being able to fix this. But her teenage daughter Erika doesn't blame her mom.

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The Dread Factor: Why Ebola And 'Contagion' Scare Us So Much

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:31am

Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the "dread factor."

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TV's New Doctor Who Has An Old Connection To The Series

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:29am

The BBC will soon air its first Doctor Who episode with Peter Capaldi as the show's hero, The Doctor. Capaldi tells NPR TV critic Eric Deggans the 50-year-old series inspired him to become an actor.

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