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A Vital Chapter Of American History On Film In 'Selma'

Mon, 2014-12-22 23:30

Director Ava DuVernay speaks to NPR's Michele Norris about making Selma, a searing depiction of the battle for voting rights — and the first major movie about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Baby Thrives Once 3D-Printed Windpipe Helps Him Breathe

Mon, 2014-12-22 23:29

Michigan doctors used 3D printing to custom make a splint to prop open Garrett Peterson's defective windpipe last January. He's home with his parents this Christmas, as "normal life" begins.

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Reporter Offers Free Cab Rides For Stories From 'Streets of Shanghai'

Mon, 2014-12-22 23:24

NPR Shanghai correspondent Frank Langfitt once drove a taxi. He's gone back to his former job, offering free rides around Shanghai in exchange for stories about one of the world's most dynamic cities.

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California DMV Prepares For Undocumented Residents Applying For Licenses

Mon, 2014-12-22 23:19

The state is expecting 1.6 million undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses when a new law takes effect Jan. 1. The DMV is adding 800 employees to help handle the influx.

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Mexican Police Helped Cartel Massacre 193 Migrants, Documents Show

Mon, 2014-12-22 19:08

Members of the Zeta cartel, which was fighting for control of regional human trafficking networks, told prosecutors 18 officers worked as lookouts, as well as turning a blind eye to cartel activity.

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Sandwich Monday: The 'Shroom Burger From Shake Shack

Mon, 2014-12-22 13:54

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a next-level veggie burger: the 'Shroom Burger from Shake Shack. It's a fried mushroom burger stuffed with two types of cheese.

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What You Need To Know About Subprime Lending For Smartphones

Mon, 2014-12-22 13:50

A new startup focuses on offering loans for the purchase of top-of-the-line smartphones. But what seem like deals come with hefty markups.

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Services Offer A Means To Foil Widespread 'Elder Fraud'

Mon, 2014-12-22 13:31

The holidays are a time for giving — and for scams that prey on altruism, particularly among older adults. But several products on the market are designed to help fight fraud that targets seniors.

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Widespread Internet Outage Reported In North Korea

Mon, 2014-12-22 13:19

It comes days after President Obama pledged a "proportional response" to the communist country's alleged hacking of Sony Pictures. It's unclear what caused the outage.

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A Very Code Switch Christmas TV Special

Mon, 2014-12-22 12:58

It's that time around Christmas, when all we can see are a handful of stories on our TV screens. Frosty, and Charlie, and Ralphie, and Kevin, but there's not too much brown in this mostly white canon.

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Is Your Heart Doctor In? If Not, You Might Not Be Any Worse Off

Mon, 2014-12-22 12:31

Researchers find that high-risk heart patients in teaching hospitals fared better when their cardiologists were away at national conventions instead of working at their usual jobs. Why?

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Jailed Cuban Spy's Wife Is Pregnant — With A Little Help From The U.S.

Mon, 2014-12-22 12:23

The U.S. helped Gerardo Hernandez and his wife conceive through artificial insemination while he was in prison for spying. Hernandez was released last week as part of a prisoner swap.

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The Khoisan Once Were Kings Of The Planet. What Happened?

Mon, 2014-12-22 12:22

In the landscape of modern Africa, they are a link to the long-ago past. They know everything about plants and animals. But their way of life — and language of clicks — may be doomed.

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'Dreamer' Immigrants Apply For Arizona Driver's Licenses

Mon, 2014-12-22 12:16

More than 22,000 young immigrants are now eligible to apply for a license in Arizona, something they were blocked from doing in 2012, thanks to an executive order by Gov. Jan Brewer.

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'Rolling Stone' Asks Columbia J-School To Investigate Flawed Rape Story

Mon, 2014-12-22 11:34

The magazine's story centered on a University of Virginia student who said she was gang-raped during a fraternity party in 2012. Several discrepancies were found in the story.

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When Humans Quit Hunting And Gathering, Their Bones Got Wimpy

Mon, 2014-12-22 11:03

Humans have lighter bones than other primates, and that change happened a lot later than anthropologists had thought. Blame our sedentary ways after our ancestors took up farming.

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The 85-Year-Old Widow Who's The Symbol Of Spain's Economic Woes

Mon, 2014-12-22 11:02

Carmen Martinez Ayuso was evicted from her apartment due to a loan her son took out and couldn't repay. Now she's been the recipient of unexpected kindness this holiday season.

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Army General To Determine Fate of Bowe Bergdahl

Mon, 2014-12-22 10:47

The Pentagon said action against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could range from no further action to convening a court martial. The Taliban held Bergdahl for five years until his release in a prisoner exchange.

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In Slovakia, Christmas Dinner Starts In The Bathtub

Mon, 2014-12-22 10:19

Christmas carp is a holiday mainstay in many central European nations. Traditionally, it swims in the family tub for a day or two, sometimes becoming a sort of pet before it ends up on the plate.

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Singer Joe Cocker Dies At Age 70

Mon, 2014-12-22 10:13

Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer famous for hit songs such as "Feelin' Alright" and "Up Where We Belong," has died, his management agency says.

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