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7:45 am
Sat July 5, 2014

On The Hunt For The Nation's Best Burrito

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 9:23 am

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Shots - Health News
5:12 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Two Sisters Share One's Road To Recovery

Loretta Jackson gently stretches the hands of her sister, Shirlene English, to aid physical rehabilitation after Shirlene's brain aneurysm and stroke.
Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:00 pm

Four generations live under one roof in the Jackson household in Sacramento, Calif. — 46-year-old Loretta and her husband, her daughters and granddaughter, her sister and her 71-year-old father. There are a lot of breakfasts to prepare, and Loretta usually starts the laundry and other chores at about 6 in the morning.

Part of her daily routine is working with Shirlene, Loretta's 51-year-old sister, who suffered a stroke in 2000 that left her partially paralyzed and unable to speak.

"She couldn't say nothing," Loretta says. "Nothing at all."

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Shots - Health News
5:33 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

As A Husband Becomes Caregiver To His Wife, A Marriage Evolves

Rick and Marianne wash dishes together. She no longer remembers that he is her husband.
Andrew Nixon Capital Public Radio

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 7:56 am

When Rick Rayburn retired from the California State Parks system, he had his heart set on balmy days of gardening, playing tennis and traveling to France with his wife, Marianne.

But then, about three years ago, she was diagnosed with dementia. It disrupted the couple's lives from top to bottom, right on the cusp of retirement. At 67, Rick has taken on a big new role.

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Around the Nation
4:00 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Out Of The Sounds Of Jersey, A Familiar Voice Makes A Mosaic

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:27 pm

If you've ridden the subway in New York City, you know Bernie Wagenblast's voice: He's the one making the subway announcements. But Wagenblast's true love lies in the sounds of his home state, New Jersey. He's been on a mission to visit every New Jersey town, collecting the sounds that define each one. Emma Jacobs of WHYY speaks to Wagenblast about his project.

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Around the Nation
4:00 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Hurricane Arthur Makes History With Its Landfall

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:27 pm

Hurricane Arthur is dampening the July Fourth weekend along the eastern seaboard. It's the earliest hurricane to make landfall in North Carolina since records began in the mid-19th century. For more, Robert Siegel speaks with Jeff Masters, the director of meteorology for the Weather Underground.

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Men In America
4:00 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Chicago Students Enroll As Boys, And Graduate As College-Bound Men

In one of the waiting rooms of the Chicago Civic Opera House, Urban Prep graduates dance and let off some steam before the school's commencement ceremony begins.
Cheryl Corley/NPR

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:27 pm

This story is part of All Things Considered's "Men in America" series.

In America, nearly 40 percent of black boys live in poverty, and barely half will graduate from high school.

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Around the Nation
4:00 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Safety Changes Are Small Comfort When Oil Trains Pass

Firefighters douse blazes after a freight train loaded with oil derailed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, last July.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:27 pm

A fiery oil train derailment in Canada killed 47 people a year ago, prompting regulators and railroads in the U.S. to make changes. Some who live near where oil trains travel are still worried, though.

Amy Roe with the Delaware chapter of the Sierra Club lives not far from where tank cars transport and store crude oil. Roe wishes the country would move away from fossil fuels faster. That plays into her opposition to oil trains, but she's also concerned about safety, especially after the accident that happened last July in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

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Men In America
4:00 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

From Axes To Razors, The Stuff That Makes You Feel Manly

"I work with hand tools every day but few feel as good, or as manly, as a well cared for ax," says Cory, via Instagram.
Cory Instagram

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:27 pm

This story is part of All Things Considered's "Men in America" series.

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Around the Nation
4:00 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Tests And Tales Of Becoming A U.S. Citizen

Hector Colon (left) and Victor Duran, both of the Dominican Republic, wave American flags after being sworn in during a naturalization ceremony in Atlanta on Tuesday.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:27 pm

On Independence Day, ceremonial swearing-in ceremonies of new citizens are traditional — a celebration of the country's past and its evolving future. On Friday, 7,500 people from across the country will take the Oath of Allegiance and become naturalized U.S. citizens.

Most foreign citizens who live in the U.S. are here legally but are not citizens. So on the anniversary of the day when Americans declared themselves no longer subjects of the King of England, what does citizenship means to those who do choose to naturalize?

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Code Switch
3:34 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Is Univision Ready To Up Its Game When It Comes To Women?

The finalists for Miss Mundial Brasil 2014 visit the set of Univision's entertainment talk show El Gordo y la Flaca. The show often invites guests to take a dip in an on-set hot tub. This particular segment is titled "8 reasons to fire up the Jacuzzi."
Screenshot Univision.com

EDITOR'S NOTE: This post includes the use of an anti-gay slur because it is relevant to the the story.

Right before the kickoff of the World Cup match between Mexico and the Netherlands (June 29), one of the Univision announcers interrupted the network's reliably hyperkinetic broadcast to read a statement.

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The Two-Way
3:23 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

We Have A Weiner: Joey Chestnut Defends Hot-Dog-Eating Crown

He chowed down 61 in 10 minutes. 61! That's 23,790 calories, in case you're counting.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 4:14 am

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut ate eight fewer hot dogs than last year, but that didn't prevent him from defending his title at Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest in New York.

Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., devoured 61 hot dogs and buns in the allotted 10 minutes. He ate 69 last year. But that wasn't the only reason for Chestnut to celebrate: Just before the competition began on Coney Island, he proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Neslie Ricasa, also a competitive eater. She said yes.

Matt Stonie finished second. He ate 56 hot dogs and buns.

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The Two-Way
1:55 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

SiriusXM Fires Anthony Cumia, Host Of 'Opie & Anthony,' Over Tweets

Radio shock jocks Greg "Opie" Hughes (left) and Anthony Cumia walk to the XM Satellite Radio studios in 2006, in New York. The network fired Cumia on Thursday for what it said were "racially-charged and hate-filled remarks."
Louis Lanzano AP

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 7:51 pm

Anthony Cumia, co-host of SiriusXM's Opie & Anthony, was fired by the satellite radio network for what the company called his "racially-charged and hate-filled remarks on social media."

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Author Interviews
12:31 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

'The True American' Reveals A Hopeful, Complicated Country

After the 9/11 attacks, hate crimes against people who were thought to be Muslim caught the country's attention. In "The True American," Anand Giridharadas follows the stories of one of those victims.

Art & Design
12:31 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

For Designer B. Michael, Mentoring Is Key To Diversifying The Fashion World

B. Michael is one of a few top-tier African-American fashion designers whose designs are worn by some of Hollywood's top names. Host Michel Martin talks with the designer about his inspirations.

Monkey See
7:49 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Too Old For Youth Culture And Toys

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Stephen Thompson and I are joined this week by our blog siblings Gene Demby and Kat Chow of NPR's Code Switch, which always puts us in an upbeat and playful mood. Fittingly, we take a couple of listener questions this week about youth and play.

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