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Got A Girl: A Musical Match Made In Hollywood

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Dan Nakamura and Mary Elizabeth Winstead met by chance while shooting Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The two struck up a friendship, and are now on the cusp of releasing their first album.

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Customer Dissatisfaction: The Fine Art Of The Funny Complaint

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Anthony Matthews is a master of the consumer complaint, writing and collecting some of the best letters to customer service. Two of his tips for success: use humor and write a real, hard-copy letter.

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Amid Rising College Costs, A Defense Of The Liberal Arts

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Wesleyan University President Michael Roth, author of the new book Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters, says that the debate over the value of a college education is hardly new.

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Debunking Common Myths About The Common Core

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Many people don't realize it's a set of standards, not a curriculum. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with education reporter Cory Turner about other misconceptions about the Common Core standards.

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In Louisville, Ky., Minecraft Teaches Math

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

The Common Core standards have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look like in a classroom? The NPR Ed team continues its summer series from a fifth-grade math lesson.

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Amid Lake Erie's Algal Bloom, Toledo's Water Woes Continue

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

For the second straight day, residents of Toledo, Ohio, are without tap water. The problem is caused by the discovery of a toxin in the water supply, likely the result of an algal bloom.

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Former Israeli Ambassador: 'Hamas Started This War'

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

NPR's Eric Westervelt interviews Michael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador to the United States, about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

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Israel Expects More Withdrawals; Gaza Residents See Little Change

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

An Israeli strike Sunday near a school where people were taking shelter from the fighting killed at least 10 people, U.N. officials say. Some parts of Gaza are quiet; the conflict continues in others.

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Cleveland Slugger Jim Thome Retires After Signing One-Day Contract

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 3:14pm

Calling a halt to a career that put him at the No. 7 spot on the all-time home run list, Jim Thome officially retired as a Cleveland Indian Saturday.

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Islamic State Seizes Towns Near Kurdish Area; Dam Seen At Risk

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 1:33pm

The militants are hoping to cement control of the border area between Iraq, Syria and Turkey. At least 14 Kurdish soldiers were reportedly killed in the fighting this weekend.

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Anything You Can Spit Can Be Used Against You

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 1:33pm

A lot of rappers glorify crime in their music. Sometimes, lyrics that appear to boast about crimes can lead to arrest. Should violent rap lyrics be used as an admission of guilt?

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Lego Releases Female Scientists Set; May Appease 7-Year-Old Critic

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 11:07am

Months after a girl took the company to task for its female toy figures, Lego has released the Research Institute, a play set created by a "real-life geophysicist, Ellen Kooijman," the company says.

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