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Monkey See
3:13 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

In 'I Hate Christian Laettner,' ESPN Explores The Belly Of The Beast

Duke's Christian Laettner stretches during a news conference in Indianapolis in March 1991.
Bob Jordan AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 3:31 pm

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Goats and Soda
2:46 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Mr. Mambia Goes To Washington: To Honor His Sister, Who Died Of Ebola

Tarkpor Mambia in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. He says he "literally froze" during his first American winter in 2013, but is getting used to the cold weather.
Ryan Kellman NPR

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 6:17 pm

When he first got word of an Ebola outbreak in his home country of Liberia last March, Tarkpor Mambia didn't take the news too seriously.

He was talking to his sister Grace, 28, on the phone. She was about to finish nursing school in the inland Liberian town of Gbarnga. Mambia lives with his brother in Massachusetts, where he studies business at Salem State University.

Grace told him she hadn't tended to any Ebola patients but expected to soon. She was worried about an epidemic.

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It's All Politics
2:14 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Obama 'Embarrassed' For Republicans Who Wrote Iran Letter

President Obama is shown in the Oval Office in the White House March 3, where he spoke about yet another topic: Iran and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 4:38 pm

President Obama said he's "embarrassed" for the 47 Republican senators who tried to undercut nuclear talks with Iran by writing a letter directly to the Iranian leadership.

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Shots - Health News
12:22 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Credit Agencies Agree To Wait Before Adding Medical Debt To Ratings

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Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 8:41 am

Too many consumers have learned the hard way that their credit rating can be tarnished by medical bills they may not owe or when disputes delay insurer payment. That should change under a new policy agreed to this week by the three major credit reporting agencies.

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Monkey See
10:20 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Cultural Anniversaries And Great Things For Kids

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Back in February, when it was terribly icy, we were scheduled to record our Oscars Omnibus live in Studio 1 at NPR HQ. Unfortunately, the weather interfered, and we had to push the show forward. While this meant we didn't have people live in the room to react with glee or horror as Stephen and Glen nearly came to blows over Boyhood, it also meant we got to gather for our rescheduled show with our pal Guy Raz, of the TED Radio Hour, to talk about time.

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The Two-Way
9:58 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Patient With Ebola Is Admitted To NIH Hospital In Maryland

An American who contracted Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone was admitted to the hospital at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda early Friday.
NIH

An American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone is now receiving care at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Maryland. The patient's condition is still being evaluated, the NIH says.

The patient is the second to be treated for Ebola at the Bethesda facility, which previously cared for — and eventually released — Nina Pham, a nurse who contracted Ebola in Dallas. The hospital has also monitored two patients who were seen as being at high risk of having the deadly disease. They were later released.

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Shots - Health News
9:14 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Feds Knew About Medicare Advantage Overcharges Years Ago

Carol Berman, of West Palm Beach, Fla., makes the case for policymakers to protect Medicare Advantage benefits during the Coalition for Medicare Choices' Medicare Advantage Food Truck stop in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
Bill Clark CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 8:41 am

Federal health officials were advised in 2009 that a formula used to pay private Medicare plans triggered widespread billing errors and overcharges that have since wasted billions of tax dollars, newly released government records show.

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NPR History Dept.
9:03 am
Fri March 13, 2015

A King Speech You've Never Heard — Plus, Your Chance To Do Archive Sleuthing

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965.
AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 9:54 am

Historically speaking, I need your help.

Davis Houck, a communications professor at Florida State University, recently pointed me toward a little-explored archive at Stanford University called Project South.

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Goats and Soda
8:29 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Singing About Chikungunya Might Not Cure You But Will Make You Laugh

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Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 5:35 pm

Chikungunya is a mosquito-transmitted disease that's been rearing its head throughout Central and South America. People infected with the virus develop a fever and extreme joint pain. There's no cure, and sometimes the joint pain lasts for months or even years.

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Monkey See
7:02 am
Fri March 13, 2015

A Girl, A Shoe, A Prince: The Endlessly Evolving Cinderella

Cinderella and her fairy godmother in the 1950 Disney cartoon.
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Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 11:47 pm

"Woman gives birth to a gourd."

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Around the Nation
6:49 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Atlantic Coast Conference Mascots Face Off Without Otto The Orange

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 7:56 am

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Around the Nation
5:37 am
Fri March 13, 2015

In Ferguson, The Shooting Of 2 Officers Stirs A Long-Simmering Anxiety

Demonstrators hold a prayer service near the Ferguson police station on Thursday. Prayers were said for both activists and the two police officers who had been shot earlier in the day.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 11:18 am

For members of the Ferguson, Mo., community, the shooting of two police officers Thursday morning has ratcheted up an anxiety that's already long been simmering. As a manhunt continues Friday, one need only visit the blocks around the Ferguson Police Department to get a sense of that tension.

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Sports
5:24 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Does NCAA Ban On Paying Student Athletes Violate Federal Law?

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 7:56 am

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NPR Story
5:12 am
Fri March 13, 2015

More Indians Who Moved To The U.S. Decide To Return Home

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 7:56 am

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NPR Story
5:12 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Utah's Governor Signs LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 9:49 am

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5:12 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Ferguson Needs To Be Model For Systemic Change, Professor Says

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 6:27 pm

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StoryCorps
4:26 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Former Security Guard Reflects On What He Lost One Fateful Night

Diana and Rick Abath during a recent visit to StoryCorps.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 10:43 am

Twenty-five years ago at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, two men posing as police officers tricked Rick Abath — the night watchman — into letting them in.

"At the time of the robbery I had just dropped out of Berklee College of Music. I was playing in a band, and working night shift at the museum," Abath said during a recent visit to StoryCorps with his wife, Diana. "I was just this hippie guy who wasn't hurting anything, wasn't on anybody's radar and the next day I was on everybody's radar for the largest art heist in history."

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Sports
4:22 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Mayweather, Pacquiao Will Brawl For Boxing's Richest Purse Ever

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) and Manny Pacquiao pose for photos after a news conference in Los Angeles. The two are scheduled to fight in Las Vegas on May 2.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 10:28 am

There's some disagreement — even between the match's promoters — on where the upcoming mega-fight will rank in the greatest bouts of all time.

Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. and Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao — two of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world — meet May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in a welterweight world championship unification bout.

Leonard Ellerbe, chief executive of Mayweather Promotions, calls it "the biggest event in the history of boxing."

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The Two-Way
8:48 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Texas Ends Contract With Group That Has Run Alamo For More Than A Century

Members of the San Antonio Living History Association fire a volley as they take part in a Dawn at the Alamo memorial service at Alamo Plaza in San Antonio on March 6, 2006. Texas is taking back the landmark from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, which has run the Alamo for more than 100 years.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 4:17 pm

Texas is ending its contract with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas to run the Alamo. The San Antonio Express-News is reporting that the move ends the organization's more than 100-year-long management of the landmark.

The change will help "create a bigger, brighter future for this Texas shrine," Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush said in a joint statement with the DRT.

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All Tech Considered
4:58 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Silicon Prairie: Tech Startups Find A Welcoming Home In The Midwest

Lincoln, Neb., is home to several startups, which use the city's low cost of living and high quality of life to attract workers.
Nicolas Henderson Flickr

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 7:50 am

Some startup entrepreneurs are leaving the high tech hot spots of San Francisco, New York and the Silicon Valley for greener pastures in a place that actually has greener pastures: Lincoln, Neb.

In fact, one of the secrets to the economic success of Lincoln, a city with one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, is a surprisingly strong tech startup community that is part of what some in the region are calling the Silicon Prairie.

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The Salt
4:53 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

A Craft Beer Tax Battle Is Brewing On Capitol Hill

Brewers pay a federal tax on each barrel of beer they produce. Two proposals on Capitol Hill would lower that tax for small brewers, but not everyone's on board.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 7:49 am

Congressman Patrick McHenry is a man who knows his beer. The refrigerator in his Capitol Hill office is filled to the brim with it. The Republican's district includes the city of Asheville, N.C., which claims it has more breweries per capita than any other U.S. city.

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Around the Nation
4:51 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Justice Department Report Sparks Resignations Of Key Ferguson Officials

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 6:43 pm

After a Justice Department report ridiculed the city's government, a number of key Ferguson, Mo., officials resigned, including the powerful city manager and the police chief. But it may take more than shuffling personnel to heal the wounded city.

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The Two-Way
4:43 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Powdered Alcohol Faces Hurdles After Regulatory Approval

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved this week powdered version of Palcohol's cosmopolitan, margarita, rum and vodka.
Palcohol

Two days after a federal regulator approved powdered alcohol, there's already an attempt to ban it.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said today he is introducing legislation in the Senate to make the production, sale and possession of Palcohol illegal.

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Around the Nation
4:42 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Search Continues For Perpetrators In Ferguson Police Shootings

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 6:43 pm

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It's All Politics
4:42 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Hillary Clinton's Privacy Problem

In April 1994, Hillary Clinton took questions from reporters for more than an hour as first lady. By that point, she had a reputation for not being particularly transparent and for not spending enough time addressing the national media.
Doug Mills AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 4:21 pm

Controversy swirled. The press had questions, a lot of them. And so, finally, Hillary Clinton decided to address reporters.

"Well let me thank all of you for coming," she said, sitting on a low platform in the State Dining Room.

It was April 1994. The first lady wore pale pink and took questions for more than an hour about the Whitewater investigation, cattle futures, the suicide of White House Deputy Counsel Vince Foster and which documents may have been removed from his office. Finally, there was the question of why she had let the scandals fester so long.

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Television
4:34 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

'Breaking Bad' Homeowner Tired Of Pizzas On The Roof

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 6:43 pm

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And now some pizza to go with all that craft beer.

FRAN PADILLA: We've had pizzas on our roof. We've had pizzas on our driveway; pizzas until we're sick of looking at pizzas.

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Around the Nation
4:34 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Iraqi Refugee Death Puts Spotlight On Crime-Ridden Dallas Neighborhood

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 6:43 pm

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Race
4:34 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Southern Christian Leadership Conference President Marches For Selma Anniversary

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 6:43 pm

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Politics
4:34 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Utah LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill Includes Religious Exemptions

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 9:49 am

The governor of Utah is expected to sign a bill into law Thursday that protects LGBT residents from housing and employment discrimination. It also includes exemptions for religious groups.

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Shots - Health News
12:05 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Before The Gas Is Passed, Researchers Aim To Measure It In The Gut

Feces contain digested food residue and a wide variety of microorganisms, mostly bacteria, that are adapted to life in the intestines. The gases the microbes produce could help doctors and scientists track and understand changes related to health.
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Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 8:40 am

Electrical engineer Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh calls the stinking mixture puddled in jars inside his laboratory "fecal inocula."

The jars of fresh poop are instrumental to his research at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia to develop ways to scientifically analyze people's farts, something that the researchers believe could help them more easily track the activity of the human gut microbiome.

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