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Shots - Health News
7:11 am
Sat July 11, 2015

Trying To Remember Multiple Things May Be The Best Way To Forget Them

Leigh Wells Ikon Images/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 1:35 pm

Our days are full of things to remember, and they don't always arrive in an orderly fashion. Perhaps you begin your commute home and remember that you need to pick up milk. But then immediately, another to-do springs to mind: You never called back your friend last week. You may try to hold both in your head, but in the end the milk, the phone call or both still sometimes fall away, forgotten.

A new scientific model of forgetting is taking shape, which suggests keeping multiple memories or tasks in mind simultaneously can actually erode them.

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Animals
6:45 am
Sat July 11, 2015

For This Tarantula-Killing Wasp, Dinner's A Meal Best Served Living

Meal time for one species probably means sleepless nights for others.
Debbie Hall Flickr

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 9:38 am

It's been wet in Texas this year — exceptionally wet, as a matter of fact. With record amounts of rain, Texas is more than a little hot, green and rife with happy insects.

Take the tarantula hawk, for example. In case you've never heard of it, it's a wasp that's so big, and so nasty, that it attacks tarantulas — who happen to be quite big and nasty themselves.

So, what does a happy tarantula hawk look like? Ben Hutchins, an invertebrate biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, takes NPR's Wade Goodwyn through all the gruesome wasp-on-tarantula details.

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Sports
6:45 am
Sat July 11, 2015

Wimbledon, Golf And The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 9:38 am

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Author Interviews
9:11 am
Sat July 4, 2015

An Outsider In Buenos Aires Goes Incognito, For Love Of Tango

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 2:52 pm

In the dirty, crowded, and impoverished immigrant barrios of Buenos Aires of 1913, a 17-year-old girl arrives with little more than some clothes and her grandfather's violin.

Her name is Leda, and she's the character at the heart of Carolina De Robertis' third novel, The Gods of Tango.

Leda, an Italian girl, was sent for by her cousin-husband, but widowed before her ship even lands in South America. She soon finds comfort and excitement in a new kind of music that's filling the city's courtyards, bars and brothels: the tango.

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NPR Ed
9:11 am
Sat July 4, 2015

At Age 3 — Transitioning From Jack To Jackie

Sisters Jackie Carter Christian (left) and Chloe Marie Christian at the beach.
Courtesy of the Christian family

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 3:18 pm

It's controlled after-school anarchy at the Christian-Carter household. Seven-year-old Chloe has rolled herself up in an exercise mat in the living room of the family's Oakland, Calif., home.

"Look I'm a burrito," Chloe shouts.

Her 4-year-old sister, Jackie, swoops in for a bite — and a hard push.

"Ow!" Chloe shouts. "Mom! Jackie pushed me!"

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Parallels
8:07 am
Sat July 4, 2015

A Reopened Embassy In Havana Could Be A Boon For U.S. Businesses

A fisherman cycles past the U.S. Interests Section building, behind right, in Havana in May.
Desmond Boylan AP

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 5:42 pm

When Secretary of State John Kerry goes to Havana to raise a flag over the soon to be reopened embassy this summer, it won't be just an important symbolic moment.

The administration says the U.S. will be able to station more American personnel in Cuba, and that should be a big help in practical terms as more Americans travel to and trade with the Cold War-era foe.

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Remembrances
6:54 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Remembering 'Britain's Schindler'

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 10:04 am

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Sports
6:54 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Williams Survives, Nadal Falls At Wimbledon

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 10:04 am

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Science
6:54 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Strontium Nitrate And Barium Nitrate, The Fuel In Fireworks

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 10:04 am

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Ladies and gentlemen, light your fuses.

(SOUNDBITE OF FIREWORKS)

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U.S.
7:50 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Phoenix Students Restore School To Reclaim Native American Identity

Former band student Rosalee Talahongva in front of her old music building, which is being turned into a Native American cultural center.
Christopher Livesay NPR

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 9:02 am

From 1891 until 1990, just shy of a century, Phoenix Indian School boarded students from Navajo, Apache and other tribes across the Southwest.

Patty Talahongva is a Hopi who went to Phoenix Indian until 1979. By then, attendance was voluntary. That wasn't the case for generations of students before her.

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Art & Design
7:11 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Queen Elizabeth, The Art Critic

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 9:30 am

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NPR Story
7:11 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Women's Sports News: World Cup, WNBA, Reigning Triathlete

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 9:30 am

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And now it's time for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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Parallels
8:38 am
Sat June 20, 2015

At Waterloo Re-Enactment, History So Real You Can Taste It

Re-enactors prepare to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Battle of Waterloo in Belgium on Friday. Some 5,000 re-enactors, 300 horses and 100 canons are taking part over two days.
Geert Vanden Wijngaert AP

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 5:41 pm

Tens of thousands of people have been gathering in the Belgian countryside over the last week to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo. The bloody battle of June 18, 1815, marked the final defeat for Napoleon at the hands of a coalition of his enemies. The re-enactment is attracting history buffs, tourists and wannabe soldiers.

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Animals
7:16 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Volunteer Rangers Work To Rein In Antler Poachers

Troy Capps found deer antlers in central Oregon's backcountry. Capps is a co-founder of Oregon Shed Hunters, a group that promotes ethical shed hunting.
Courtney Flatt Northwest Public Radio

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 9:40 am

The trick to looking for antlers in the wild — if you're going about it ethically — is to keep your eyes to the ground.

"You're trying to just find something that looks out of the ordinary," Rob Tanner says.

Tanner and his brother-in-law Troy Capps are hiking around juniper trees and bitterbrush in the high-desert terrain of central Oregon. They're looking for antlers that were shed by deer or elk, otherwise known as shed hunting.

"It's just an adrenaline rush," Tanner says. "It's like, 'Oh, you know, this could be the one.' "

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The Salt
7:16 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Barcelona's Mom-And-Pop Tapas Bars Take On The Big Tourist Chains

Pedro Barros Diéguez and Albina Macia Fernández, the husband-and-wife owners of Casa Pages, a traditional bar in Barcelona. Many of the city's historic, family-run businesses are in danger of closing because of rising rents, spurred by a huge spike in tourism
Courtesy of Devour Barcelona

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 8:24 am

Construction workers clamp scaffolding onto the historic facade of Colmado Quilez, an old-fashioned general store selling wine and cheese in downtown Barcelona.

One hundred years ago, customers rolled up here in horse-drawn carts. Now BMWs park on the Rambla de Catalunya, which has become one of Barcelona's poshest avenues.

So posh, in fact, that this family business can no longer afford to stay.

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