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5:08 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Movie Review: 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation'

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

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Another "Mission: Impossible" movie opens today. The franchise has been good to Tom Cruise, raking in more than $2 billion in worldwide box office receipts. So now take five. Here's our critic Kenneth Turan.

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Animals
5:08 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Here's How To Identify Sounds You Hear In Nature

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

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Thanks to smartphones, you rarely have to strain anymore to remember the name of a song. Start up a phone app. Hold your device by the radio or a restaurant speaker. And the app will usually recognize the song.

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Animals
5:08 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Death Of Beloved Lion Heats Up Criticism Of Big Game Hunting

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

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All Songs Considered
3:03 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks From July

DJ Koze.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 11:53 am

Recommended Dose, our monthly column of the best in underground dance music, took June off while we argued over our favorite tracks of the first half of 2015. (You can see them here and listen to them here.) So we broke the rules and included a few cuts from June that we didn't hear while hunkered down in the NPR Music war room.

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The Two-Way
8:08 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

New York Court: Chimps Are Still Property, Not People

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 8:51 am

What has thumbs and no habeas corpus entitlement? Chimpanzees. A Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled Thursday that chimps are still viewed as property, not people, under the law.

The lawsuit was filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project, a group that wanted two research chimps — named Hercules and Leo — out of confinement.

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NPR Story
7:25 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

KPCC'S Off Ramp

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NPR Ed
6:18 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

The Most Popular High School Plays And Musicals

Cast members of Notre Dame Academy's Godspell perform during the fifth annual Minty Awards for high school theater at the St. George Theatre on Staten Island, N.Y.
Kathryn Carse Landov

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 9:24 am

True, I never basked in the glow of the high school stage. But I have fond memories of working behind the scenes, as stage crew. Dressed in black, I rushed the bed onstage for Tevye's dream sequence in Fiddler on the Roof.

I've also spoken with many people who weren't involved in theater at all but can still — for some reason — remember the shows their schools performed.

There's just something about the high school stage.

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The Two-Way
6:15 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei was denied a six-month visa to the U.K.
Johannes Simon Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 6:26 pm

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei says he was denied a six-month visa to the U.K. because British officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction on his application.

Ai applied for the six-month business visa, but was instead restricted to a 20-day travel visa from Sept. 9-29.

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Parallels
5:59 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Amid Political Dysfunction, Beirut Residents Suffer The Stench Of Garbage

A Lebanese woman covers her nose as she walks past piles of garbage on a Beirut street.
Hassan Ammar AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 8:04 pm

Beirut is usually one of the pleasanter places in the Middle East — a bright, cosmopolitan city squeezed between the Mediterranean Sea and a green ridge of mountains. But for the past two weeks or so, the stench from mounds of festering garbage has filled its gaudy streets.

"The trash is climbing up, the mountain is getting higher and higher," says one immaculately dressed, middle-aged woman with a perfect bouffant, wrinkling her nose. She wouldn't give her name because she criticizes powerful people — Lebanon's politicians, whom she holds responsible for the garbage crisis.

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U.S.
5:59 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Many Colleges Have Armed Police Squads, But Are They Worth The Risk?

On Wednesday, Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters announced murder and manslaughter charges against University of Cincinnati police Officer Ray Tensing for the traffic stop shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose. During the press conference, Deters said that "being police officers shouldn't be the role of this university."
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 9:20 am

American college campuses are increasingly patrolled by armed police officers — and it's a trend that burst into public view Wednesday, when a University of Cincinnati officer was charged with murder in the shooting death of a black motorist during a traffic stop. But this arming of college cops is causing some worries.

When prosecutor Joe Deters announced the indictment of University of Cincinnati Officer Ray Tensing on Wednesday, he had harsh words about the officer's competence, saying he should never have been a cop.

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Shots - Health News
5:16 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Low-Income Teens Have Best Shot At Getting HPV Vaccine

A teenage girl gets a shot of HPV vaccine, which protects against a virus that causes cervical cancer.
Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel MCT/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 8:31 am

When it comes to getting the HPV vaccine to protect against cervical cancer, teens below the poverty line are doing better than the rest.

Among teenage girls ages 13 to 17 whose total family income was less than the federal poverty level for their family size, 67.2 percent have received the first dose of the human papillomavirus vaccine, compared to 57.7 percent for those at or above the poverty line. For teen boys, it's 51.6 percent compared to 39.5 percent.

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The Salt
5:16 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps 'Detox,' Too

Mineral supplements, ape-style: A female chimp called Kana eats clay in the Budongo Forest of Uganda.
A.Schel Budongo Conservation Field Station/Animal Ecology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 10:32 am

Chimpanzees are like us in many ways. They can cook, they enjoy a good drink here and there, they share about 95 percent of our DNA.

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Sports
5:13 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Kazakhstan Promises 'Real Winter Wonderland' In Bid To Host 2022 Games

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 6:24 pm

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Environment
5:13 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

AP Study Finds Viruses Linked To Raw Sewage In Rio De Janeiro Olympic Waters

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 6:24 pm

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Asia
5:13 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Despite Rising Costs, China Is Gung-Ho To Host 2022 Winter Olympics

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 6:24 pm

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Goats and Soda
5:13 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Help Wanted: The Philippines Needs More Exorcists

Father Jose Francisco Syquia heads the Office of Exorcism in the Philippines.
TED ALJIBE AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 7:21 pm

Alvin Bailon and his wife were at their wits' end last September. Their 12-year-old son, an honors student, had begun having anxiety attacks, mostly about school. "And then all of a sudden he would slowly lose consciousness," Bailon recalls. "We term it as doze off. He would doze off and he would fall down slowly."

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World
5:13 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 6:24 pm

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Energy
5:13 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Shell Announces Plans To Eliminate 6,500 Jobs

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 6:42 pm

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Oil companies are coming to terms with the prospect that oil prices could stay low for years. Today, Royal Dutch Shell announced it's laying off 1,600 workers. NPR's John Ydstie reports.

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World
5:13 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

U.N. Envoy: Solution To Syrian Conflict Must Be A 'Political One'

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 6:24 pm

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World
5:13 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

U.S. Couple Held In Egyptian Prison For 1 Year Over Unfounded Child Abuse

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 6:49 pm

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