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Paralympic Champion Makes The Case For Meningitis Vaccine

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 4:29am

Amy Purdy lost both legs below the knee to meningitis at age 19. She's now using her cred as a champion snowboarder to encourage teenagers to get vaccinated.

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Marketers Turn To Memories Of Sweeter Times To Sell Cereal

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 5:57pm

The taste of foods from our childhood can trigger intense emotional reactions. Thanks to the power of food nostalgia, General Mills is bringing back the sugary cereal French Toast Crunch.

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Trading Pom-Poms For Field Boots: Mireya Mayor's Big Break

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 4:57pm

The explorer's life plays out like an adventure film. But before she ever went diving with great whites, she was cheering for the Miami Dolphins — until a required science course changed her plans.

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'Leviathan' A Dark Social Satire Of Russian Society

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 4:18pm

The new Russian film Leviathan chronicles one man's struggle against a greedy mayor confiscating his property, providing an epic and timely portrait of Russian society.

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Teen's Suicide Highlights Need For Understanding Of Transgender Issues

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 4:18pm

Earlier this week, the suicide note of a 17-year-old transgender teen from Ohio, went viral. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Greta Martela, creator of a suicide hotline for those struggling with transgender issues.

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Landing On Your Feet After Falling Through The 'Opportunity Gap'

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 4:18pm

The unemployment rate for people under the age of 25 is more than twice the national average. As part of our Starting Over series, a young woman figures out how to bridge the "opportunity gap."

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Minimum Wage Increases Across U.S. Affects Wide Range Of Workers

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 4:18pm

This week, 21 states and the District of Columbia raised their minimum wage, affecting an estimated 3.1 million workers; from a Dairy Queen owner in South Dakota to a hotel banquet server in Alaska.

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After Making Waves In 2014, ISIS' Power Appears To Ebb

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 4:18pm

By the summer of 2014, a third of Iraq was under the control of the self-proclaimed Islamic State or ISIS, and people worried the capital might be next. Six months on, that's changed.

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In Preventing Trans Suicides, 'We Have Such A Long Way To Go'

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 4:18pm

A transgender teen's anguished suicide note has launched a national conversation. The founder of a suicide hotline for trans people says Leelah Alcorn's pain and lack of support are all too common.

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Former Republican Sen. Edward Brooke Dies At 95

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 4:10pm

Brooke was the first African-American to be popularly elected to the U.S. Senate, serving in the chamber for 13 years. He was a major champion of fair housing laws.

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Appeals Court Rules No Delay For Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 3:27pm

A federal appeals court reject a request from attorneys representing bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to delay the start of trial, which is scheduled to begin Monday.

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A Young Generation Sees Greener Pastures In Agriculture

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 2:15pm

The average age of a farmer in the U.S. is over 58 and climbing. But in places like Maine, a growing number of under-35 farmers see an opportunity for better lives growing food for their communities.

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From Marling To Modest Mouse, A Look At 2015's New Music

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 1:42pm

NPR Music's Stephen Thompson surveys a few anticipated highlights of the coming year in music, including Screaming Females and The Lone Bellow.

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Israel To Freeze Tax Revenue To The Palestinians

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 1:04pm

The move to cut off about $127 million a month in funding follows Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' decision to push for joining the International Criminal Court.

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Rural Doctor Launches Startup To Ease Pain Of Dying Patients

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 12:22pm

Getting basic health care to rural areas has always been difficult, and delivering specialized care even harder. One doctor is raising money to bring palliative care to patients in rural California.

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