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Box Office Wallows In A Summer Slump, And Some Seek To Find Out Why

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:09pm

Only one movie in July, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has broken the 100 million mark during its opening weekend. Box office receipts all summer have proven anemic. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with RENTRAK, talks to Audie Cornish about the box office slump.

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Teacher Tenure Fight Spills Into N.Y., Where A New Lawsuit Brews

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:09pm

A new salvo has been fired in the fight over teacher tenure. A group led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown filed a complaint in New York state court, arguing that tenure laws are preventing the state from providing every child with the "sound, basic education" its constitution guarantees.

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Tales Of Immigration Explore Modern-Day Odysseys And 'Hyphenated Identities'

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:09pm

The transition from one part of the world to another is filled with anticipation, conflict and drama. These trips can herald life-changing transformations for families seeking out better lives.

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Nick Waterhouse On 'Song Travels'

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 2:11pm

His style may be his own, but it distinctly recalls the sound of the 1950s. The vocalist, guitarist and songwriter shares his love of 45 rpm records and raw, live rock 'n' roll.

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Cognitive Science Honors Its Pioneers And Leaders

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 1:54pm

There isn't a Nobel Prize for cognitive science: the interdisciplinary study of the mind. But the field does have the Rumelhart Prize and its 15th winner has a familiar name.

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From Star Trek To LGBT Spokesman, What It Takes 'To Be Takei'

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 1:47pm

George Takei is famous for his role as Mr. Sulu on Star Trek. Now a new documentary, To Be Takei, delves into his personal story — including growing up in Japanese internment camps, and coming out.

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Jenny Lewis' 'The Voyager' Is An Album To Spend Time With

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 1:44pm

Jenny Lewis achieved musical fame as part of the indie band Rilo Kiley, which broke up in 2011. Her third solo album announces a new chapter in her career — and perhaps her life.

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Jessica Williams On Piano Jazz

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 1:41pm

Dave Brubeck called her "one of the greatest jazz pianists I have ever heard." She digs up an old tune and calls two Monk numbers on this 1992 episode of the program.

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FAA Seeks $12 Million Fine Against Southwest Airlines

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 1:18pm

A contractor for the airline failed to perform repairs properly and Southwest put some jets back into service despite their not being in compliance with federal regulations, the agency alleges.

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World Cafe Next: Sam Morrow

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 1:08pm

Hear two songs by a young Southern songwriter who drew inspiration from his struggle with addiction — and the insights of its aftermath.

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2 Americans Catch Ebola In Liberia, As Nigeria Reports First Case

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 1:01pm

The largest Ebola outbreak in history continues to grow. There have been more than 1,200 cases reported. And the virus has likely spread to Africa's most populous city, Lagos.

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Fast-Food Scandal Revives China's Food Safety Anxieties

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:59pm

An American-owned company that supplies meat to fast-food chains in China has pulled all its products made by a subsidiary. An expose revealed some of the products were mishandled and had expired.

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Rob Reiner Reflects On Making Movies From 'And So It Goes' To 'Princess Bride'

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:50pm

The actor and director joins us in the studio.

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Margot Adler, An NPR Journalist For Three Decades, Dies

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:46pm

Adler joined NPR in 1979 and covered everything from the emergence of the AIDS epidemic to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. She was 68.

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Are House Calls Making A Comeback?

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:40pm

Avir Mitra of WHYY reports that due to a growing older population and rising medical costs, the doctor home visit is getting a second look.

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It May Be Summer, But For Economists, This Week Feels Like Christmas

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:37pm

Each day this week will bring new decisions and reports that could have a big impact on the nation's economy.

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Big Money In Dollar Tree's Acquisition Of Family Dollar

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:35pm

We take a look at the $8.5 billion deal, and how the business of dollar stores has adapted as the economy has improved.

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KEXP Presents: Courtney Barnett

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:30pm

Everyone's favorite asthma-ridden Australian performed a special show for KEXP fans in Seattle. Watch Barnett perform her hit song, "Avant Gardener," live at The Triple Door.

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To Stop Cheating, Nuclear Officers Ditch The Grades

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:19pm

A switch to pass-fail grading is curbing the "perfection" culture among U.S. nuclear missile forces. Critics of the old way say striving to be perfect invited cheating by those who launch the nukes.

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New HBO Documentary Looks At Gaming Addiction

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:50am

"Love Child" tells the story of a South Korean couple whose baby starved to death while they cared for a virtual child.

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