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Author Interviews
10:34 am
Sat October 18, 2014

424 Steps To Happiness: A Father's Journey Beyond 'The Fall'

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 11:01 am

Tito is a delightful young man. The world would call him disabled; he's had cerebral palsy since birth, the result of a bungled medical procedure at a hospital in Venice.

Tito was born to Anna and Diogo Mainardi, who is one of Brazil's best-known columnists as well as a novelist and screenwriter.

Tito is dauntless and spirited. He can walk 424 steps before he falls — but he always falls.

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Simon Says
7:42 am
Sat October 18, 2014

A Candidate With Low Poll Numbers, But High Hopes

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 11:01 am

Dr. Doug Butzier died on duty this week. He was 59 and crashed in his own small plane flying home to Dubuque, Iowa.

Doug Butzier was a former paramedic who put himself through medical school and became chief of the emergency room and medical staff at Mercy Medical Center and the Dubuque Fire Department. An EMS supervisor named Wayne Dow told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "We adored him ... He appreciated what we did, and he never forgot where he came from."

Dr. Butzier leaves behind his wife, two sons, and three step-children.

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Asia
6:46 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Chinese Find Number URLs Easier Than Letters

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 2:46 pm

Chinese characters don't readily work with the English-centric internet. The New Republic's Chris Beam tells NPR's Scott Simon that the Chinese use numbers that when pronounced, sound like words. This story air originally on Weekend Edition Saturday on May 10, 2014.

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Sports
6:46 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Two Wildcard Teams Meet In World Series

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 11:01 am

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Economy
6:46 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Pritzker Travels Europe And Asia On Commercial Diplomacy Tour

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 11:01 am

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NPR Story
1:20 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

North Korean Leader, Out Of Sight For Weeks

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Politics
10:46 am
Sat October 11, 2014

A Republican Battles To Keep His Job In Deep-Red Kansas

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform in Washington, D.C., in April. Kobach's challenger, Democrat Jean Schodorf, promises to stay closer to Kansas.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 1:20 pm

If you saw Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach meeting with half a dozen supporters in an Kansas bar recently, you might think that he hadn't come all that far from his childhood in Topeka, where his dad owned a Buick dealership.

But this smiling, enthusiastic guy holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford and Yale, and he's a national stalwart of the anti-immigration movement.

"I have been involved in restoring the rule of law in immigration," he says. "That means trying to stop the lawlessness in the Obama administration, and that also means defending states like Arizona."

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Environment
8:59 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Millennials: We Help The Earth But Don't Call Us Environmentalists

Millennials seem to prioritize the environment, but may want to dissociate from the "treehugger" baggage of the term "environmentalist."
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Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 7:57 pm

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

Young people have been the life blood of the environmental movement for decades. There could be trouble on the horizon though, and it all comes down to semantics.

To explain, it's helpful to use the example of Lisa Curtis, a 26-year-old from Oakland, California.

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Author Interviews
6:45 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Actor Alan Cumming Is Not His 'Father's Son'

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 1:20 pm

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Sports
6:45 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Lots Of Baseball And A Little Soccer: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 1:20 pm

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Strange News
6:45 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Woman Finds Jeweled Treasure In Agatha Christie's Trunk

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 1:20 pm

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Simon Says
10:00 am
Sat October 4, 2014

A Stranger On A Train, A Phone Call, A Man's Life Transformed

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Originally published on Sat October 4, 2014 12:50 pm

Every now and then you can see a short story come to life right in front of you.

We were on a train this week while a man in a seat nearby spoke in a voice loud enough to carry above the whoosh of the rails to a man whose name we have changed to Phil, to tell him that the company had deliberated and decided they had to make "a transition" in his department.

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Around the Nation
9:43 am
Sat October 4, 2014

FAA Chief: No Quick Fix To Prevent Another Fire Like Chicago

Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta answers questions Friday after touring the Chicago air traffic control center with Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill. (left), and city aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

Originally published on Sat October 4, 2014 12:50 pm

The head of the Federal Aviation Administration is trying to deflect criticism over an arson fire at an air traffic control center that shut down Chicago's airports last week.

Administrator Michael Huerta toured the fire-damaged Chicago air traffic control center in suburban Aurora on Friday with members of the Illinois congressional delegation.

Huerta admitted the agency has no quick fix to prevent a similar shutdown of a control facility from paralyzing air traffic across the country.

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Around the Nation
9:16 am
Sat October 4, 2014

Atlantic City Falls From Glittering Resort To Bargain Basement

The Revel was one of four Atlantic City casinos to shut down this year.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 12:36 pm

The U.S. may have added jobs to its payroll last month, but the losses are still huge in Atlantic City, N.J., where four casinos have closed this year. A fifth teeters, and more than 7,000 people — dealers, greeters, cooks and maids — have been laid off.

The job losses could mean a future of boarded windows and abandoned buildings.

In the 1970s, Atlantic City had lost the glitter of its golden years — the 1940s and '50s, when it was a favored summer spot with a broad beach, the Boardwalk, pastel resort hotels and the home of the Miss America Pageant.

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Education
6:57 am
Sat October 4, 2014

Dancer Needed To Move To Think

Originally published on Sat October 4, 2014 12:50 pm

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Dame Gillian Lynne is Broadway royalty. She choreographed "Cats," "Phantom Of The Opera." Today she's 88, still dancing and still happily married.

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