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Class Warfare Over Dinner In 'The Riot Club'

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:03pm

Danish director Lone Scherfig helms this story of posh young men descending to the depths of their worst selves.

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Married Without Children, But With Overgrown Adolescents

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:03pm

While We're Young, director Noah Baumbach's best film since 2005's The Squid And The Whale, is equally skeptical of some of the flaws it finds in both youth and middle age.

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Testing The Standards: Do Gender Differences Matter For Combat?

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:03pm

The man who designed the training experiment to determine if female Marines should be allowed into combat positions is not a Marine himself, but a civilian scientist.

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How Much Does Cancer Cost Us?

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:00pm

We asked people on Facebook to share their stories about coping with the cost of cancer care. See what they told us. Also, test your knowledge of cancer costs with a quiz.

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Marines Hope To Determine Gender Neutral Standards For Ground Combat

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:57pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Katelyn Allison, a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, about her observations of the women who are currently training in an experimental unit.

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Did You Place Your Bet? March Madness Betting Could Surpass Superbowl

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:54pm

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will bet $9 billion over the course of this year's March Madness tournament, more than double what they bet on the Super Bowl.

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Australia Advances To Cricket World Cup Final In Huge Upset Over India

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:40pm

Australia advanced to the Cricket World Cup final Thursday after defeating defending champions India. A look at the disappointed, cricket-obsessed nation.

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Computer Models Play 'What If' Game With Our Economy

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:40pm

Economists often use computer models to try to understand the economy. Planet Money checks back in on a model it used a few years ago to predict what would happen with unemployment.

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Co-Pilot's Actions In French Alps Crash Raise Questions About Cockpit Doors

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:40pm

Prosecutors in France say the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane locked the pilot out of the cockpit. Cockpit doors were hardened to resist unauthorized entry after Sept. 11.

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After Weeks On The Sidelines, U.S. Begins Air Campaign In Tikrit

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:40pm

The U.S. has begun airstrikes against militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State in the Iraqi city of Tikrit. For the past three weeks, the U.S. has stayed on the sidelines while Iranian-backed militias helped Iraq try to take the city. That effort stalled, and now the U.S. has agreed to help the Iraqis, but only if the Iranian forces leave the area.

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Saudi Arabia Launches Air Strikes On Houthi Rebels In Yemen

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:40pm

Saudi Arabia says it is working with a large Arab coalition to restore Yemen's president to power after he fled the country. The U.S. is supporting the Saudis' action to prevent a takeover by the Houthi rebels, but its role at this time is limited.

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Co-Pilot Deliberately Crashed Germanwings Plane, Investigators Say

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:40pm

Investigators say that the co-pilot locked the pilot out of the cockpit before starting the plane's rapid descent. The Germanwings CEO says that the co-pilot passed all pre-flight tests.

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Flight Club Members Say Germanwings Co-Pilot Seemed Happy

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:40pm

NPR's Robert Seigel interviews Associated Press reporter David McHugh, who visited the gliding club where the co-pilot of the plane in Tuesday's crash learned to fly. Club members said that Andreas Lubitz seemed very happy about his new job with Germanwings.

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A Fraying Promise: Exploring Race And Inequality In Havana

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:02pm

One of the revolution's core promise was an egalitarian society. But as Cuba opens up, one of the unintended consequences may be more inequality.

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Critic Faults Alcoholics Anonymous For Lack Of Evidence

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:38pm

Writer Gabrielle Glaser challenges the usefulness of Alcoholics Anonymous in April's issue of The Atlantic. The program's tenets aren't based in science, she says, and other options may work better.

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Is Colorado Primed To Become The Silicon Valley Of Agriculture?

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:29pm

Colorado's food and ag industries have been growing two to four times faster than the state's economy overall. Economists are getting ever more hopeful about cornering the market on ag innovation.

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Ebola Is Not Mutating As Fast As Scientists Feared

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:21pm

Many people have worried that Ebola could evolve into a more deadly virus — or start spreading through the air. A study published Thursday alleviates these concerns.

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Wonderful, Ridiculous, Head-Scratchingly Pointy Mexican Boots Are Now A Designer Item

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:16pm

The infamous Mexican pointy boots started in rural Mexico, made it to Texas, and finally ended up on the runways of Paris. A look back at this bizarre fashion trend.

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'Justified' Creator Aims To Stay True To The Late Writer Elmore Leonard

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:07pm

The FX series, now in its final season, is based on Leonard's novella Fire in the Hole. Showrunner Graham Yost says, "I look at this show as Elmore Leonard's show, and we're all in service of him."

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