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3:58 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

You Asked, We Deliver: A Portrait Of The World's Finest Panama Hat

This Panama hat woven by Simon Espinal may be the finest one ever made.
Roff Smith for NPR

"Would like to have seen a photo of the completed hat."

That's what one commenter noted when we ran a story on August 8: "He's Just Woven The World's Finest Panama Hat. But Who Will Buy It?"

Now we did have a nice photo of the hat weaver himself, Simon Espinal, who lives in Pile, a village hidden in the hills of Ecuador's coastal lowlands.

And there is a close-up of the top portion of the hat, which gives a pretty good idea of what it looks like.

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All Songs TV
3:48 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

New Music: Karen O's Love Letter To New York

A scene from the video to Karen O's "Singalong."
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Television
3:47 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

With Its 100th Episode, Larry Wilmore's 'Nightly Show' Has Found Its Voice

Larry Wilmore is the host of The Nightly Show, a satirical news show that airs on Comedy Central.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

Though Larry Wilmore had always hoped to be a performer, his early career was as a comedy writer. He wrote for shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and In Living Color, and he created The Bernie Mac Show. He moved in front of the camera as The Daily Show's "senior black correspondent" in 2006. So when Stephen Colbert ended The Colbert Report last year, Comedy Central tapped Wilmore to host the replacement show.

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Shots - Health News
3:35 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

Price Rises For Ticket To A Quicker Drug Review By FDA

Drew Kilb/Duke University's Fuqua School of Business

A deal struck between drugmakers AbbVie and United Therapeutics Wednesday set a record price for a voucher that can be redeemed for a fast-track review of a new medicine by the Food and Drug Administration.

AbbVie, marketer of Humira and AndroGel, has agreed to pay $350 million to United Therapeutics, a company specializing in treatments for rare diseases, for a ticket to the regulatory fast lane.

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The Two-Way
2:52 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

Louis Stokes, Ohio's First African-American U.S. Congressman, Dies At 90

Rep. Louis Stokes was the dean of the Ohio congressional delegation until he stepped down in 1999.
Tony Dejak AP

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 3:29 pm

Former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes of Ohio, who was the state's first black congressman and who represented Cleveland and some of its neighboring suburbs for 30 years, has died. He was 90.

His death Tuesday was confirmed by a family statement and comes a month after Stokes revealed that he had been diagnosed with brain and lung cancer. The family statement read, in part:

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The Record
2:51 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

A Rational Conversation: Does Anybody Even Have Time For An 80-Minute Album?

Kendrick Lamar performs onstage in June. His most recent album, To Pimp A Butterfly, runs nearly 80 minutes over 16 songs.
Earl Gibson Getty Images for BET

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 4:07 pm

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NPR Story
2:41 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

Office ‘Darwinism’: Will Your Company Follow Amazon's Lead?

The logo of U.S. online retail giant Amazon is displayed on the Brieselang logistics center, west of Berlin on November 11, 2014. (John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 3:58 pm

The recent New York Times article on the work environment at Amazon has put a spotlight on the culture of the competitive workplace and the increasing difficulty of attaining a satisfying work-life balance.

Amazon culls its workforce annually, based in part on performance reviews from coworkers. It’s a data-driven system that could be coming to more companies soon.

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NPR Story
2:41 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

Is Ashley Madison Hack Story More About Cybersecurity Or Infidelity?

A June 10, 2015, photo shows Ashley Madison's website on a computer screen in Seoul, South Korea. (Lee Jin-man/AP)

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 2:38 pm

Security experts are telling multiple news outlets today that the leaked names of Ashley Madison customers appear to be real. Ashley Madison markets itself with the tagline, “Life is short. Have an affair.” About one month ago it was reported that the site had been hacked and the names and credit card numbers of 37 million customers could be posted online.

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NPR Story
2:41 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

DJ Session: From New Zealand Country To The Poetic Musings Of The Netherlands

Marlon Williams is a singer-songwriter from Lyttelton, New Zealand. (Facebook)

KCRW DJ Chris Douridas joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to share some new summer music. There’s a bit of country and bluegrass with Pokey LaFarge and the Kiwi singer Marlon Williams. There are also some deep electro tracks with Maximum Balloon and the Flemish group Waar is Ken?

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Goats and Soda
2:28 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

If You Spill Water On This Book, That's A Good Thing

Tear out a page from The Drinkable Book and pour water through it. The built-in filter can wipe out bacteria.
Courtesy of Brian Gartside

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 3:08 pm

It looks like a regular hardcover book, though in an eye-catching shade of orange with an even catchier title: The Drinkable Book.

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Shots - Health News
2:17 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

Scientists Create Vomiting Machine To Learn How Norovirus Spreads

The vomit machine.
Courtesy of Grace Tung-Thompson

Norovirus is a huge public health problem, sickening as many as 21 million people a year in the U.S. But for all the gastric distress it causes, there are still some basic, unanswered questions about the virus.

One biggie: When an ill person vomits, does norovirus become aerosolized? That is, can an ill person's vomiting launch tiny viral particles into the air, where they might waft into your mouth or onto surfaces that you would later touch?

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The Two-Way
2:01 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

For Incoming Freshmen, Which Cultural Touchstones Are Out Of Touch?

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 3:19 pm

Beloit College's annual "mindset list" is out. It's a series of historical and cultural references that will supposedly bewilder incoming college freshmen.

This year's list, for the Class of 2019, was curated by three professors at the small liberal arts college in Wisconsin. The school says it aims to show professors and counselors which references no longer resonate with younger generations.

A few entries on this year's list of 50 factoids about the Class of 2019 include:

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Politics
1:53 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

For Latinos, Environment Seems Just As Important As Immigration

A new poll of Latino voters shows they're increasingly concerned about the environment.
Flickr Creative Commons

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 4:12 pm

An increasing amount of research suggests the environment — an issue that has long been seen within the purview of progressive, white liberals — is now increasingly important to Latinos.

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NPR Story
1:40 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

Wildfire Destroys Huge Warehouse For Apples

Half-baked apples still hang from the trees just beside Carmen Collins' burnt down home outside of Chelan, Washington. She says she's not sure she will rebuild here. (Anna King/Northwest News Network)

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 2:41 pm

There are at least 95 fires burning in Washington state and Idaho. In central Washington, nearly a thousand people remain under mandatory evacuations near the town of Chelan, where several lightning-sparked wildfires have destroyed some 75 buildings and threaten more.

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NPR Story
1:37 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

ISIS Beheads Prominent Syrian Archaeologist

In this undated photo released Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, one of Syria's most prominent antiquities scholars, Khaled al-Asaad, speaks in Syria. Islamic State militants beheaded al-Asaad in the ancient town of Palmyra, Syria, then strapped his body to one of the town's Roman columns, Syrian state media and an activist group said Wednesday. The killing of 81-year-old al-Asaad was the latest atrocity perpetrated by the militant group, which has captured a third of both Syria and Iraq. (SANA via AP)

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 2:41 pm

Islamic State militants have beheaded the most prominent Syrian government archaeologist in the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra. A sign on 81-year-old Khaled al-Asaad’s body calls him an apostate and a supporter of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Amr Al Azm, a history professor at Shawnee State University in Ohio and a member of the Syrian opposition, spoke with Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins about Khaled al-Asaad.

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NPR Story
1:37 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

First American-Style Sleepaway Camps Open In China

Xin Guo (left) poses for a picture with Chinese campers on the last day (there were some tears) at Camps Kenwood and Evergreen in New Hampshire this summer. (Sheila Pallay)

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 2:41 pm

In China, there haven’t been overnight camps where kids can learn to water ski, play sports or be a in a camp play. But that is now changing, due in part to Scott Brody. Brody is owner and director of Camp Kenwood for Boys and Camp Evergreen for Girls in New Hampshire, where the mission is to have fun and also help bridge the skills gap for both campers and counselors, through camp activities.

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All Songs TV
1:19 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

First Watch: Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles, 'Itching Around'

Shana Cleveland appears in a scene from her latest video, "Itching Around."
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NPR Story
1:12 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

Lifetime Looks To Get Younger

"The Unauthorized Full House Story" is billed as a behind-the-scenes look at the '90s sitcom. (mylifetime.com)

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 2:41 pm

On Saturday, Lifetime will premiere “The Unauthorized Full House Story.” The film is billed as a behind-the-scenes look at the popular 1990s sitcom. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says that although the film is going to be thoroughly mediocre, it fits into the channel’s trend of tapping into a new and much younger audience.

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NPR Story
1:11 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

Walker, Rubio Share Their Plans To Replace Obamacare

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida (right) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are pictured at the Republican presidential primary debate on August 6, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 2:41 pm

Republican presidential candidates Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio have released their policy plans to replace President Obama’s health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act – also known as Obamacare.

Walker’s plan would eliminate some federal mandates and provide tax credits for Americans without employer-sponsored health insurance. The amount would be based on age rather than income. Rubio’s plan would change the employer-based tax exclusion for health insurance.

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NPR Story
1:11 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

At Iowa State Fair, Candidates Dish Out Handshakes, Hamburgers

Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (left) (R-FL) mans the grill with U.S. Rep. David Young (right) (R-IA) at the Iowa Pork Producers Pork Tent during the Iowa State Fair on August 18, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. Presidential candidates are addressing attendees at the Iowa State Fair on the Des Moines Register Presidential Soapbox stage and touring the fairgrounds. The State Fair runs through August 23. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Iowa State Fair is in full swing this week in Des Moines. Tens of thousands of people jammed onto the state fairgrounds in the heat and the rain.

Many fairgoers are looking for a fleeting second of face time with the men and women running for president. You could say the same of The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Bellini. He’s been in the press scrum all week, and talks about the scene with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

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