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Smart Phones Are So Smart They Can Now Test Your Vision

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 2:35pm

In a new study, an easy-to-use app did just as good a job as the fancy machines in an eye doctor's office. That's a boon for people in low-income countries — and really for anyone with vision issues.

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Viewing Octopus Choreography In Captivity

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 2:24pm

Anthropologist Barbara J. King spends a morning with an octopus in an effort to find out how to make life better for sentient, smart creatures on public view.

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David Oyelowo On Acting, His Royal Roots And The One Role He Won't Take

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 1:33pm

The British-born Nigerian actor talks about playing an American veteran in Nightingale, the reasons he stays in character for weeks at a time and his aversion to playing "the black best friend."

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Latitudes: The Music You Must Hear In May

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 1:01pm

From a jazz-infused Spanish fandango to Afghan hip-hop and hot swing from London (by way of the Lower East Side), this month's roundup is full of surprising juxtapositions.

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Summer TV Preview From NPR's Eric Deggans

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:52pm

It used to be that summer was a time for reruns on television, but networks are now taking summer television seriously.

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A 'DREAMer' Goes To College

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:45pm

An Arizona high school senior tells us in her own words how growing up in two cultures helped her prepare for college.

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Pokey LaFarge On World Cafe

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:43pm

Hear LaFarge mix old-time jazz, blues, ragtime and string-band music from the past century.

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Big Decisions Still To Come From U.S. Supreme Court

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:40pm

Same-sex marriage, healthcare reform and the death penalty are a few of the issues the justices will weigh in on in the next few weeks.

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Behind China's Roller Coaster Stock Market

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:33pm

The Shanghai Composite Index tumbled more than 6 percent today, after hitting a historic high earlier this week.

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How Bits Of Pink Chewing Gum In A Pouch Changed Baseball

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:20pm

The story of Big League Chew starts in a bullpen, where two pitchers didn't like players' habit of chewing tobacco.

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Viking's Choice: The Receiver, 'Transit'

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:14pm

Like a space opera built for two, "Transit" captures a universe of dreamy prog in keyboards and drums.

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U.K. Wants European Union Reforms

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:12pm

British Prime Minister David Cameron is hoping to negotiate reforms with the E.U. before the U.K. votes on whether to remain in it.

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All Songs At 15: When The Tallest Man On Earth Played The Tiny Desk

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:08pm

For this week's Throw Back Thursday we go back to the summer of 2009 and a stirring set of songs by The Tallest Man on Earth.

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'Below-Normal' Atlantic Hurricane Season Predicted

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:06pm

As the hurricane season is set to begin, Texas and Oklahoma are bracing for more rain and flooding. We check in with a weather expert.

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So The Punk Says To The Ranchero, 'You Should Listen To Piñata Protest'

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:00pm

Piñata Protest, this week's Alt.Latino Guest DJ, combines two sounds to make some of the coolest music in the world.

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Videos Of Police Using Force Become Tool For Learning

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:52am

At the Criminal Justice Training Center in Burien, Wash., videos of police-involved shootings are unpacked in the classroom.

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Faith No More's Mike Patton: 'You Create Your Own Freedom'

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:44am

The lead singer of the mercurial rock (and funk and rap and whatever else will fit) band talks about the long path to Sol Invictus, the first Faith No More album in 18 years.

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Not Your Mother's Catholic Frescoes: Radiant Portraits Of Queer People Of Color

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:23am

Inspired by Mexican religious art, photographer Gabriel Garcia Roman portrays queer people of color as saints and warriors.

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'Trigger Mortis': New Bond Novel Brings Back Pussy Galore

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:18am

For author Anthony Horowitz, the book is a return to the "true" James Bond. This means an unpublished scene from Ian Fleming himself — and a long-delayed reunion with a franchise favorite.

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Depression Treatments Inspired By Club Drug Move Ahead In Tests

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:29am

A decade ago, scientists showed that the anesthetic ketamine could relieve major depression in hours. Now, two chemical cousins of the drug are entering the late stages of clinical testing.

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