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Russia And The West: Close Encounters Of The Cold War Kind

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-12 23:47

Russia and Western countries have had several close encounters in the air and at sea recently. Russia says these are just routine military exercises, but NATO and its Nordic partners are alarmed.

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Common Core Reading: The High Achievers

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-12 23:46

The Common Core State Standards are changing reading instruction in many schools. And that means new challenges for lots of students, even traditional high achievers.

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How Kodak's Shirley Cards Set Photography's Skin-Tone Standard

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-12 23:45

Named for the original model — an employee of Kodak — the portraits were used by photo labs to calibrate printers. But until the 1970s, that model was always white.

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House, Senate To Vote On Keystone After Landrieu Calls For Vote

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-12 22:48

Legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline got new life after Senate Democrats abandoned efforts to block the measure in hopes of helping endangered Sen. Mary Landrieu keep her seat in Louisiana.

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Photos From Around The Snow-Covered Country This Week

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-12 21:49

The West and Midwest are digging out of heavy snowfall this week, reaching highs of 18 inches in some parts.

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After Solyndra Loss, U.S. Energy Loan Program Turning A Profit

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-12 20:03

The federal government lost hundreds of millions of dollars when solar panel maker Solyndra and car company Fisker went bankrupt. Now the loan program has made up for early losses and is in the black.

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Mexican Government Claims US Auction House Sold Stolen, Fake Artifacts

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-12 18:40

Bonhams Auction House sold several pre-Hispanic artifacts in New York on Tuesday. The Mexican government says half of them are fake, and the other half were stolen from Mexico.

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Baseball's Cy Young Awards Go To A Newcomer And A Repeat Winner

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-12 15:35

The Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw swept the voting for his third Cy Young, while Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians narrowly won his first.

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40 Percent Of The World's Cropland Is In Or Near Cities

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-12 14:49

Just how much of the world's cropland can we really call urban? That's been a big mystery until now.

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Farewell To Randy Jackson, An Example Of All That Ails 'American Idol'

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-12 14:08

As founding judge Randy Jackson announces his departure from American Idol, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says he embodies all that's wrong with a pioneering show that's become a pop culture cliche.

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Ebola In 3-D: A Video Game To Guide Health Care Workers Through A Ward

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-12 13:56

Oh no, I touched my face! Uh-oh, I sat on a bed. A hackathon is developing a video game to train doctors and nurses volunteering for Ebola duty in West Africa.

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After Ferguson, Police Body Cameras Catching On

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-12 13:45

The Columbia, Mo., police department gave its officers body cameras in July, saying they could help exonerate officers from claims of abuse of force. After Ferguson, the demand for cameras surged.

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Mitch McConnell's Mission: Making The Senate Work Again

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-12 13:44

Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell has wanted to be Senate majority leader since grade school. Now, as he starts his sixth term in office, he'll finally get his wish.

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Norman Lear and Amy Poehler Talk creativity

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-11-12 13:39

During Marketplace's LA Roadshow, Kai Ryssdal sat down with actor, writer and producer Amy Poehler as well as veteran TV producer Norman Lear to talk about their careers.


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For Lear, fights with network executives were the norm. But for Poehler? Not so much.

"Because there's a lot of different outlets for television now... people that want to be a bit more provocative know that they have a place and a home in cable," Poehler says.

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But Lear and Poehler weren't always big-time TV producers. Lear's family had to make it through the Great Depression. Growing up, Poehler says her family always had to keep track of money too.

"When no one really has any money, everybody knows how much money everybody makes," Poehler says.

Even though money comes a little easier for Poehler these days, she admits her career sometimes seems like a bad boyfriend.

"Your career will never call you back, it flirts openly with other people. It's never gonna marry you... It likes it when you ignore it."

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Listen to the full conversation with Poehler and Lear, from our stage show "How I Learned the Business of Creativity," in the audio player above.




New Volkswagen Policy OKs Interactions With Unions At U.S. Factory

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-12 13:39

The automaker said the new would allow dialogue with groups, including unions. It comes months after the United Auto Workers lost a vote to represent workers at the Chattanooga, Tenn., factory.

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Treasury Secretary: Boosting World Economy Requires 'Tough Decisions'

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-12 13:33

Robert Siegel talks with U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew ahead of the G-20 summit in Australia. If Asia and Europe don't pick up some economic steam, Lew says, it could spell trouble for the U.S.

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The Risk Of Brain Injuries Shifts As Children Grow Up

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-12 13:08

For toddlers, the risk is in taking a fall. Teenagers need to worry about car accidents, sports injuries and assault. Knowing how risks change can help prevent fatal or disabling brain injuries.

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As U.S. Leads Growth, It Wants Others To Step Up

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-12 13:01

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has a message for the leaders of other advanced economies: You have to shape up! The global economy is relying too heavily on just the United States for growth.

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What Exactly Are 'Monster Storms' And 'Bomb Cyclones'?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-12 12:42

The northern U.S. is getting a blast of unseasonably cold weather, thanks to what has been dubbed a "bomb cyclone." The Washington Post's Jason Samenow explains that and other odd weather terms.

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Congress' Newest Members Come To Washington

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-12 12:42

The newly elected members of Congress arrived in Washington today to begin orientation for their new jobs.

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