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Recalling Rodney King Protests, LA Neighborhood Uneasy

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 6:47am

Many in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles are watching the news out of Ferguson and New York closely. The neighborhood saw protests and riots after the Rodney King verdict 20 years ago.

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Missing UT Brains May Have Been Destroyed

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 6:47am

Last week, KUT's Matt Largey reported on a collection of human brains at the University of Texas — many of which had disappeared. He tells NPR's Scott Simon we now know what may have happened.

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Rolling Stone Says Trust In Rape Accuser 'Was Misplaced'

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 6:47am

Rolling Stone says it should have tried harder to verify the story of an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. Editors now say they didn't talk to the men who were accused.

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Economic Experiment Gone Wrong Leads To A Pirate's Downfall

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 6:47am

The FBI says that the man behind the online drug market Silk Road who dreamed of a utopian marketplace did terrible things to protect it. This story originally ran Dec. 2 on All Things Considered.

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A Premature Obituary Can Be A Sweet — If Strange — Gift

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 6:47am

Obituaries tend to smooth over the failures in a long life. So, says NPR's Scott Simon, it might be nice to write one for a loved one while he or she is still alive to appreciate it.

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First-Generation 'Boston Girl' Becomes Career Woman In Diamant's Latest

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 6:47am

Anita Diamant — who also authored The Red Tent — tells the story of Addie Baum in her latest novel. Baum is a Jewish girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents in Boston's North End.

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Idris Elba Plays A Soccer Coach Out To Crush Ebola In New Ad Campaign

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 5:47am

The British actor and a group of African soccer stars have teamed up with the CDC in a new public health campaign. The message: Ebola "is not an ordinary game. This is life or death."

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Playful And Serious? 'How To Be' Is Both

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 5:28am

Ali Smith's new How To Be Both combines inventive structural trickery and warm, sardonic writing in in parallel tales of a bereaved modern teenager and an Italian renaissance fresco painter.

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In The Italian Alps, Stradivari's Trees Live On

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 5:02am

The master luthier's violins and cellos include spruce from the Fiemme Valley. The forest still thrives, and its trees are still made into fine instruments.

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American Hostage In Yeman Killed In Failed Rescue Attempt

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 4:19am

An American journalist held captive by al-Qaida militants in Yemen for more than a year was killed in a failed U.S. rescue attempt.

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'Oxford American' Waltzes Across Texas

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 1:03am

The magazine's new Southern Music issue is all about Texas, from Bob Wills to Ornette Coleman.

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Half A Million Flee To Shelters As Super Typhoon Nears Philippines

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:26pm

Typhoon Hagupit is projected to slam the archipelago early today, hitting an area still recovering from a November 2013 typhoon that killed 7,300. This storm could drop 2 feet of rain in some areas.

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New Protests March Through Miami, Target Apple, Macy's In New York

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 10:04pm

Other protests of recent deaths in police shootings shut down intersections in Boston and Providence, R.I., and marched from Yale Law School in Connecticut to a nearby courthouse.

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