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Around the Nation
12:29 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Lifted On Giant Inner Tubes, An Old Tree Moves In Michigan

Construction workers lift an oak tree to move it to the other side of the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.
Austin Thomason Michigan Photography

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 8:42 am

For as many as 250 years, a bur oak has been growing on what is now the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. The big tree stands in the way of an expansion of the Ross Business School.

But instead of cutting it down, the university is moving the tree. It's not easy, it's not cheap, and it's definitely not fast.

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Shots - Health News
12:13 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Fresh From Appalachia: Chinese Medicinal Herbs

The Appalachian Medicinal Herb Growers Consortium's goal is to raise plants that meet the quality standards demanded by clinical practitioners.
Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 1:00 pm

Traditional Chinese medicine is gaining acceptance in the U.S., though still largely as a complementary treatment.

Mainstream doctors are mixed on its effectiveness. Still, as alternative treatments gain traction and the demand for Chinese herbs grows, farmers in Appalachia are responding.

The Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine in Pilot, Va., is surrounded by miles of mountains, forests and farmland.

Outside the building, small plots of Chinese medicinal herbs grow on terraced slopes.

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Sports
10:22 am
Sun October 26, 2014

World Series Game 4: A Small Ball Paradise

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 4:38 pm

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Commentary
10:22 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Is The U.S. Military Too Reliant On Contractors?

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 4:38 pm

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: I'm going to tell you something, mister, and I want you to remember it.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: Now you listen to me.

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Health
10:22 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Mother-Daughter Procedures, And Other Cosmetic Surgery Trends

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 10:27 am

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UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: 52.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: 752.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: 25.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #3: 6.1125.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #4: 25,846.

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Around the Nation
11:50 am
Sun October 19, 2014

As Their Wells Run Dry, California Residents Blame Thirsty Farms

Many rural California residents rely on private wells for tap water — wells that are starting to dry up.
Jeremy Raff KQED

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

Imagine flushing the toilet and watching sand come up. That's what happened to Pam Vieira, who lives south of Modesto, Calif. Her water well has slowed to a trickle, and you can see the sand in the tank of her toilet.

"Sometimes we have brown water," Vieira says. "Sometimes we have no water."

Vieira is one of as many as 2 million rural California residents who rely on private domestic wells for drinking water.

Some of those people are among the hardest hit by the state's severe drought, as wells across the state's Central Valley farm belt start to go dry.

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Parallels
11:19 am
Sun October 19, 2014

An Urban Village Pops Up To Comfort Hong Kong Protesters

Student demonstrators don't want to fall behind on their studies, so volunteers built them an outdoor study hall. Some of the desks are built into the concrete highway divider.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

Hong Kong's main pro-democracy protest camp turned three-weeks-old over the weekend. What began as a road block has grown into urban village with several hundred tents that attracts more than a thousand people at night.

The camp is a combo street fair, outdoor art gallery with political sculptures, propaganda posters as well as speeches, movie screenings and even a free library.

The vibe here is like an American college campus in the 1960s, except it's on an island on the edge of the South China Sea and surrounded by skyscrapers.

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Religion
9:44 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Mormon Teens Re-Enact Handcart Disaster To Bring History To Life

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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Religion
9:44 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Bishops Fail To Agree On Same-Sex Unions

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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Sports
7:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Are The Royals Just Lucky? The Week In Sports

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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Author Interviews
7:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Understanding Society Through 3 American Classics

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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Pop Culture
7:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Here's What Happens When Gandalf Talks To Schoolchildren

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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Not all kids are so disciplined. Most parents are battling their children just to get them to sit down and study - threatening, cajoling, flat out bribing at times. What does it take to get them to buckle down and hit the books? It takes a wizard.

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Middle East
1:34 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Tourists Discover The Modern Attraction Of Ancient Iran

Iranian women look at the palace of King Darius of Achaemenid Persepolis, near Shiraz in southern Iran.
Behrouz Mehri AFP/Getty Images

Iran is in the middle of a tourism boom. American travel agencies say they are planning more trips to the Islamic Republic. Officials in Iran say they are issuing more tourism visas, and spending by foreign visitors is up.

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Animals
12:39 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

American Intruder Lurks In Scottish Streams, Clawed And Hungry

In the northwestern United States, this crayfish would be just a friendly bit of local fauna. But in Scotland, it's an invasive species wreaking havoc on trout streams.
Ari Shapiro NPR

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 1:14 pm

Forget Nessie: there's another insidious creature living in the waters of Scotland.

The story starts in the streams and lakes of the northwestern United States, where North American signal crayfish are a familiar sight. Turn over a rock and you may well encounter one.

But in Scottish streams and lochs, these creatures are intruders.

In the United States, we often hear about invasive Asian carp, zebra mussels or snakehead fish from China that take over American waterways. It's a two-way street: American species are causing chaos in other parts of the world, too.

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Your Money
12:36 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

The Holidays Bring A New Season For Credit Card Breaches

By this time next year, U.S consumer are likely to be using credit cards with electronic chips, like these in Germany. But such cards are expected to stop only 60 percent of fraud, prompting a retailers' spokesman to call them the "not-so-smart card."
Martin Meissner AP

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 8:00 pm

The holiday season is approaching, a time for sales and Santa and, now, credit card data breaches.

Though cyberthieves have stolen millions of card numbers this year, shoppers are heading into the heavy-spending season with no new credit safeguards in place.

When you hear about a data breach, Bryan Sartin is one of the guys who go in to investigate.

"I've seen my own personal information in those lots of stolen data many, many, many, many, many times," Sartin says.

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Iraq
10:30 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Iraqis Displaced By ISIS Face Another Threat: Winter

The dirt and gravel at the Baharka displacement camp in northern Iraq will turn to a sea of freezing mud in the winter rain. Aid workers say they don't have enough blankets and winter clothing for all those displaced by the advance of ISIS.
Safin Hamed AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 4:54 pm

Leeza Guerges sits on the concrete floor of the unfinished building where she lives now.

She calls for her two kids, husband and in-laws to eat the eggs, meat and rice she's prepared. The meat was donated, a rare treat for the family displaced from their home near the northern city of Mosul when ISIS took it about two months ago.

They gather together on the floor and for a moment try to forget that they can't go home, and everything they once had is lost.

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Fine Art
10:18 am
Sun October 12, 2014

On The National Mall, An American Portrait In Sand And Soil

The face in Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada's larger-than-life portrait is a composite of photos the artist took of young men from many racial backgrounds.
Tami Heilemann Department of the Interior

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 1:14 pm

Last month on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., trucks pulled up bearing thousands of tons of dark topsoil and sand. Volunteers arrived with shovels and rakes. Following an artist's instructions and guided by satellite coordinates, they laid out a design across 6 acres to create a work commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery.

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Sunday Puzzle
8:11 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Coming To TV This Fall: Anagrams!

Sunday Puzzle
NPR

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 1:14 pm

On-air challenge: Every answer today is the name of a popular prime-time TV series from this century, on either broadcast or cable. Identify the shows from their anagrams. For example, OBLIGE + V = BIG LOVE.

Last week's challenge: Take the first four letters of a brand of toothpaste plus the last five letters of an over-the-counter medicine, and together, in order, the result will name a popular beverage. What is it?

Answer: Pepsodent + Ricola = Pepsi Cola

Winner: Brendan Pimper, LaHabra, Calif.

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Iraq
7:51 am
Sun October 12, 2014

In Arid Iraq, Control Of Water Is Part Of ISIS Arsenal

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 1:14 pm

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Middle East
7:37 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Kerry Soliciting Aid Funds For Gaza Reconstruction

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 1:14 pm

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Latin America
7:37 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Morales Is The Favorite In Bolivia Elections

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 1:14 pm

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Around the Nation
7:37 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Mass Mobs Bring Thousands To Detroit Church Services

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 1:14 pm

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Politics
1:18 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Gabby Giffords' SuperPAC Fights For Her Old House Seat

Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly in 2013. A former Arizona representative, Giffords now lobbies for tighter gun laws.
Mary Schwalm AP

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 3:49 pm

Of all the issues in all the congressional races this fall, none may be more personal than gun violence in Arizona's 2nd District.

That's the seat Democrat Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords held until she resigned after being shot in the head three years ago.

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Religion
10:36 am
Sun October 5, 2014

Vatican Synod Tests The Pope's Vision Of A More Merciful Church

Archbisop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan (left) attends the Opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday in Vatican City. The two-week conference will discuss family issues, including controversial topics like divorce and contraception.
Franco Origlia Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 1:51 pm

Pope Francis has summoned bishops from all over the world to Rome to discuss issues concerning families – including hot-button issues like artificial contraception and gay civil unions.

The meeting, called a synod, opened on Sunday and is seen as a test of Francis' vision of a more merciful Church.

Not since the landmark Second Vatican Council half a century ago has a church meeting raised so much hope among progressive Catholics — and so much apprehension among conservatives.

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Theater
10:29 am
Sun October 5, 2014

Seeing Neurological Patients As Characters, Not Case Studies

Kathryn Hunter, Jared McNeill and Marcello Magni star in The Valley of Astonishment.
Pascal Victor/ArtComArt

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 1:51 pm

Peter Brook is truly the grand old man of world theater. He became famous with his productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company in the early 1960s; wrote the seminal theater text The Empty Space; and started the International Centre for Theatre Research in Paris, where he developed such plays as the nine-hour adaptation of the Sanskrit epic, The Mahabharata.

Now, at the age of 89, Brook has brought his company to Brooklyn with a new play all about the mysteries of the human brain.

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Games & Humor
8:06 am
Sun October 5, 2014

This Week, A Pretty Lepidoptera

Sunday Puzzle
NPR

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 1:58 pm

On-air challenge: The word cho means "beautiful" in Korean and "butterfly" in Japanese. Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name based around "cho." Specifically, the first word of the answer starts with C and the second word starts HO.

Last week's challenge: Think of a 10-letter word that names an invention of the early 20th century, which includes an A and an O. Remove the A. Then move the O to where the A was, leaving a space where the O was, and you'll name a much more recent invention. What is it?

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Science
7:57 am
Sun October 5, 2014

The World's Largest Cave Chamber Rises 1,000 Feet

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 1:51 pm

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The Impact of War
7:57 am
Sun October 5, 2014

Monument Honors Vets Left With Scars, Physical Or Mental

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 1:51 pm

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A new memorial opens today here in Washington, D.C. It's just off the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol Building. The structure of granite, bronze, and glass pays tribute to servicemen and women permanently wounded in the line of duty.

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Music Interviews
7:57 am
Sun October 5, 2014

Larkin Poe, A Sister Act With Staying-Power

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 1:51 pm

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In a way, our next guests can thank public radio for their early success. Almost 10 years ago, the show Prairie Home Companion launched a team talent competition.

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Politics
7:57 am
Sun October 5, 2014

How To Measure A Crowd, Without The Political Numbers

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 1:51 pm

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UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: 52.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: 11:52.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: 25.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: 6.12

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