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Q&A: Plumbing The Mysteries Of The Teenage Brain

Sat, 2014-10-04 04:03

In Age of Opportunity, psychologist Larry Steinberg applies neuroscience to risk-taking, peer influence, the boredom of high school and other adolescent conundrums.

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Islamic State Beheads British Aid Worker, Makes New Threat

Sat, 2014-10-04 03:55

A fourth westerner has been beheaded by the terrorist group calling itself the Islamic State. We explore how a former British cab driver named Alan Henning become their latest victim.

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Putin Among The Surprises On Nobel Peace Prize List

Sat, 2014-10-04 03:55

The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced Oct. 11. There are some expected names and a few surprising ones on the this year's list of nominees.

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Author: Secret Service Culture Is 'Rotten'

Sat, 2014-10-04 03:55

A series of embarrassing and potentially catastrophic missteps has people wondering how to fix the Secret Service. Author Ronald Kessler speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about how it can regain trust.

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Some Residents Turn Against Hong Kong Protesters

Sat, 2014-10-04 03:55

Activists in Hong Kong have spent a week protesting for democracy. The situation is escalating, with police using tear gas. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with correspondent Anthony Kuhn in Hong Kong.

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Why Turkey Was Slow To Join Anti-ISIS Forces

Sat, 2014-10-04 03:55

NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the Financial Times' Daniel Dombey about recent developments in Turkey, since its parliament voted to assist U.S.-led forces in the fight against ISIS.

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Brazil's Election Culminates A Season Filled With Shocks

Sat, 2014-10-04 03:55

Brazilians head to the polls Sunday in one of the most exciting elections in recent history there. The presidential race pits two women against each other — a first for the South American country.

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Judge Orders Release Of Guantanamo Force-Feeding Videos

Sat, 2014-10-04 03:10

In her opinion, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler said it "strains credulity to conclude that the release of these videos has a substantial probability of causing the harm the government predicts."

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A Montana Doctor Is Humbled By A Month Of Treating Ebola Patients

Sat, 2014-10-04 03:03

George Risi spent a month in Sierra Leone. The infectious disease specialist cared for more than 300 patients. About 100 died. Nothing could have prepared him for the experience.

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A Virologist Takes You Inside The Ebola Protective Suit

Sat, 2014-10-04 03:03

Virus hunter Joseph Fair speaks about the needs and challenges ahead for containing the outbreak, and why he thinks things will get worse before they get better.

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Tech Week: Who's Offline, How Hong Kong Connects, How Google Works

Sat, 2014-10-04 01:49

Also in this week's tech roundup, America's biggest bank says 76 million households were affected by its summer hack.

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Gambling in Macau: A Reversal of Fortune ... And Values

Sat, 2014-10-04 01:46

From a quiet backwater, the former Portuguese colony of Macau has developed a sparkling skyline and 35 casinos with revenue six times that of Las Vegas — and more on the way.

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Gambling in Macau: A Reversal of Fortune ... And Values

Sat, 2014-10-04 01:46

From a quiet backwater, the former Portuguese colony of Macau has developed a sparkling skyline and 35 casinos with revenue six times that of Las Vegas — and more on the way.

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What We Know About The American Being Held By The Islamic State

Fri, 2014-10-03 15:48

Peter Kassig was an Iraq War veteran who went to Syria to volunteer at hospitals. In a profile aired by CNN in 2012, Kassig said he's an idealist who believes in hopeless causes.

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Understated Justice Department Lawyer Emerges As Key Player

Fri, 2014-10-03 15:44

Stuart Delery stayed out of the limelight even as he argued controversial cases. A recent promotion makes him the highest-ranking openly gay lawyer in the Justice Department.

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Fire Breaks Out At Site Of Flight 93 National Memorial

Fri, 2014-10-03 14:52

The fire left three administrative buildings badly burned. The memorial marks the spot where United Flight 93 crashed during the terrorist attacks of September 11.

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After Losing Parents To Ebola, Orphans Face Stigma

Fri, 2014-10-03 14:17

UNICEF estimates that thousands of children in West Africa have lost parents to Ebola. Convincing communities to accept and care for these children isn't always easy.

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As Populations Shift, Democrats Hope To Paint The Sun Belt Blue

Fri, 2014-10-03 13:18

Democrats see an opportunity in the South's changing demographics — particularly in states with growing Hispanic communities, lots of unregistered black voters and migration from other states.

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New 15-Year Mortgage May Open Homeownership Door For More Buyers

Fri, 2014-10-03 13:00

The 30-year mortgage is the foundation of the real estate market. But some advocates are proposing a new type of 15-year loan that would allow people to own more of their home more quickly.

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GMOs Are Old Hat. Synthetically Modified Food Is The New Frontier

Fri, 2014-10-03 12:54

Scientists hyping synthetic biology say it may one day give us biofuels, drugs and organisms that will solve hefty global problems. But synthetic biology food is already here, and causing controversy.

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