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Television
4:40 am
Wed March 27, 2013

TV's Musical Dramas Aren't Always Worth Singing About

There are three musical scripted series on network TV right now: Glee, Nashville and Smash. TV critic Eric Deggans says they are all struggling, in their own way, to integrate drama and music.

Media
3:34 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Looking For 'Oxygen,' Small Papers Erect Digital Pay Walls

In Long Beach, Wash., Chinook Observer editor and publisher Matt Winters has overseen his paper's transition to the Internet and, more recently, to a pay wall.
Ashley Gross for NPR

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 8:38 am

The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle recently said they will start charging readers for online content, joining big papers like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Some large papers have made it work because they offer a lot of unique content.

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Education
3:32 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Phoenix Schools Under Fire For Program Linked To Scientology

Wooden classroom desks
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Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 9:37 am

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Education
3:31 am
Wed March 27, 2013

A Hot Topic: Climate Change Coming To Classrooms

For the first time, new nationwide science standards recommend teaching K-12 students about climate change.
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Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 1:29 pm

By the time today's K-12 students grow up, the challenges posed by climate change are expected to be severe and sweeping. Now, for the first time, new nationwide science standards due out soon will recommend that U.S. public school students learn about the climatic shift taking place.

Mark McCaffrey of the National Center for Science Education says the lessons will fill a big gap.

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Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court
7:49 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

DOMA Challenge Tests Federal Definition Of Marriage

A pro-gay-marriage protester stands in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, the first of two days of oral arguments on challenges to laws that limit the definition of marriage to unions of a man and a woman.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 1:15 pm

After weeks and months of public debate and speculation about the legal fate of same-sex marriage, the second round of arguments takes place at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday.

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Shots - Health News
5:23 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Employers Try To Spur Healthy Behaviors With Health Plan Rewards

Chick-Fil-A employees Jennifer Cummins, right, and Joshua Figaretti work out in the gym during lunch at the company's corporate headquarters office in Hapeville, Ga. Increasingly employers are offering health plan incentives to encourage healthy behaviors from workers.
Ric Feld AP

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 6:24 pm

As employers try to nudge employees toward healthy behaviors, a growing number are taking aim at the medical expense accounts linked to the health plans they offer their workers.

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Around the Nation
4:56 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Feds Ban Banks From Charging Homeowners Fees On 'Forced Insurance'

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 5:58 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

Federal regulators are taking aim at a practice they say is forcing millions of struggling homeowners to pay higher insurance premiums. The Federal Housing Finance Agency issued an order today. It bars banks from charging lucrative fees and commissions on so-called lender-placed insurance policies. NPR's Jim Zarroli explains.

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Around the Nation
4:56 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Revamping An L.A. Housing Project Takes Army of 'Life Coaches'

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 5:58 pm

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Public housing has received its share of makeovers with both controversy and success. In Los Angeles in the heart of Watts, a plan is under way to redevelop the 60-year-old Jordan Downs housing project. This not just a physical renovation. As Gloria Hillard reports, the effort involves a large-scale social services program.

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Health
4:56 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Expanded Definition Of Disability Created Million Dollar Opportunity For Lawyers

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 5:58 pm

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It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

All this week, we're reporting on a remarkable increase in the size of the country's disability programs. Fourteen million Americans now receive a monthly disability check from the government. The number has roughly doubled every 15 years. As we've reported, there are many, complicated reasons for the increase. There's also one, very simple one: Congress. In 1984, Congress changed the definition of disability. Lawmakers broadened it, and made it more vague.

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Law
4:56 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

North Dakota Passes Nation's Toughest Abortion Laws

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 5:58 pm

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You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

North Dakota now has the toughest abortion laws in the nation. That's after the state's governor, Jack Dalrymple, signed three bills into law today. One makes it a crime to perform abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected.

As NPR's Kathy Lohr reports, that would effectively ban nearly all abortions in the state and sets up a likely court challenge.

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Law
4:56 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Other States Could Be Affected By Supreme Court's Proposition 8 Ruling

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 5:58 pm

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Now, we're going to hear from one state that bans same-sex marriage and could be affected by the Supreme Court's ruling on today's case. In 2008, voters in Arizona approved an amendment to the state Constitution that, like California, defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Tom Horne is Arizona's attorney general, and he joins us now from Phoenix. Tom Horne, welcome to the program.

TOM HORNE: Well, I'm an NPR listener, so it's a great pleasure to be with you.

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The Salt
3:39 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Food Fraud Database Lets Us All Play Detective

Spices are common targets for food fraudsters.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 11:45 am

By now we know that not every food is what it seems.

Beef might be horse meat, and tuna might be much cheaper escolar. Extra virgin olive oil is often nothing of the kind.

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NPR Story
2:03 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

The Epidemiology Of Gun Violence: Race, Region And Policy

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 2:25 pm

A Washington Post analysis of statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds a correlation between gun deaths, and race and geographic location. African Americans are much more likely to be victims of gun-related homicide, whereas whites are more likely to commit suicide.

Monkey See
12:37 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Tweaks, Retooling, And When To Give Up: A Tale Of Two Singing Shows

Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher, and Blake Shelton make up the adjusted judging panel on NBC's The Voice.
Adam Taylor NBC

As The Voice returns to NBC this week for its fourth season, viewers are seeing two new, if quite familiar, faces as Shakira and Usher occupy the coaches' seats vacated by Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. Its talent-show rival over on Fox, The X Factor, will also see two new judges when (if? no, "when," surely) it comes back in the fall.

So why does The Voice seem so healthy and The X Factor so wobbly?

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The Salt
12:23 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

An Oral History Of New York Food: Dining Out Wasn't Always 'In'

A pushcart fruit vendor at the Fulton fish market in New York City in 1943
Gordon Parks Library of Congress

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 11:42 am

As Marcel Proust so famously documented, it's often the simplest of foods that can carry us back to remembrances of things past.

And so perhaps it's not so surprising that, when freelance food writer Anne Noyes Saini began asking New York's elderly residents about their memories of the foods of the city during the early- to mid-20th century, it was humble meals like baked beans and the fruits sold by old-timey wagons that most often came to mind.

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