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Parallels
5:32 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

In Data Breach, Reluctance To Point The Finger At China

Adm. Michael Rogers, NSA director and head of the U.S. Cyber Command, has avoided singling out China for blame in the OPM hack, which may affect as many as 18 million federal workers.
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Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:35 pm

Adm. Michael Rogers is among the American officials most likely to know which country perpetrated the Office of Personnel Management's massive data breach, possibly the biggest hack ever of the U.S. government. He's not only director of the National Security Agency, but also heads the U.S. Cyber Command.

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Around the Nation
5:32 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Busy Travel Weekend Raises Concerns About Transportation Infrastructure

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:35 pm

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History
5:32 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Rejection Of Flag Exposes Larger Truths About The Confederacy

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:35 pm

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U.S.
5:32 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

New Rules Could Create A New Class Of Overtime Workers

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 7:22 pm

As President Obama promised, a new rule would make 5 million more Americans eligible for overtime pay.

Many workers say it's a welcome change. But businesses say employees could see negative, unintended consequences.

Barrett Zenger has managed a music store in Corpus Christi, Texas, for the past seven years, where he oversees two dozen employees, stocks inventory and fills in for sales clerks who call in sick.

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Health
5:32 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Doctors Divided On Perks From Pharmaceutical, Medical Device Companies

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:45 pm

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The Two-Way
5:31 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Maria Leaves Sesame Street After 44 Years On The Block

Gordon (played by Roscoe Orman), Maria (played by Sonia Manzano), and The Count on Sesame Street's 42nd season. Manzano is closing out a Sesame Street career that began in 1971.
Zach Hyman Sesame Street

For the last 44 years, you could ask Maria how to get to Sesame Street, but not any more. Sonia Manzano, the actress who has played the character since 1971, is retiring and won't be part of the next season.

Manzano, 65, announced the news earlier this week at the American Library Association Annual Conference.

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Movie Reviews
5:03 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Beyond A Voice And A Sad Story, 'Amy' Listens To A Life

Amy Winehouse
A24

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:54 pm

Booze, drugs, Svengalis galore, rampant co-dependence: The bare bones of a crash-and-burn rocker bio-pic poke through Asif Kapadia's richly absorbing documentary about the short, sharp life of Amy Winehouse. Here and there Amy flirts with prurience, but prurience is hard to avoid with a young woman who, willy-nilly, lived her private life in public. And if ever there was an artist whose life and work fed one another for better and worse, it was Winehouse.

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Television
4:30 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Sonia Manzano, Who Played Maria On 'Sesame Street,' To Retire

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:35 pm

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She has taught generations of children important lessons and read them a whole lot of books.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "SESAME STREET")

SONIA MANZANO: (As Maria) "Goldilocks And The Three Bears" - an oldie, but a goodie.

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Parallels
4:30 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

In Secular French Schools, One Group Wants To Talk Religion

A student attends a course on religion at a middle school in Metz, in eastern France, on June 5. French schools teach basics, like the history of religion, but discourage any displays of religious identity.
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Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:35 pm

For the past several years, the group Coexister has been going into secular French schools to break down religious stereotypes in the classroom.

Since January's attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket, the demand for their interventions has skyrocketed.

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Book Reviews
4:30 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Book Review: 'The Uses Of The Body,' Deborah Landau

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:35 pm

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Instead of ignoring the strange things a woman's body does through motherhood and aging, Deborah Landau's new collection revels in them. It's called "The Uses Of The Body." Tess Taylor has our review.

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Planet Money
4:30 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

With Fares Constantly In Flux, Price Tags May Be On Their Way Out

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:35 pm

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Law
4:30 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

U.S. Grants Federal Recognition To Pamunkey Indian Tribe

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:35 pm

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Today the federal government granted recognition to the Pamunkey Indian tribe of Virginia. Its members encountered the first permanent English settlers some 400 years ago, and as NPR's Brian Naylor reports, the tribe had long-sought the recognition.

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The Two-Way
4:24 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

ISIS Reportedly Destroys Ancient Statue In Captured City Of Palmyra

The self-declared Islamic State has released photos purportedly of its fighters destroying an ancient artifact in the Syrian city of Palmyra weeks after the Islamist extremists captured the city.

A "priceless" 2,000-year-old statue of a lion dating from the city's Roman heritage is seen being smashed in what Syrian antiquities director Maamoun Abdelkarim tells Agence-France Press is "the most serious crime [ISIS has] committed against Palmyra's heritage."

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The Salt
3:16 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Do Organic Farmers Need Special Seeds And Money To Breed Them?

"Who Gets Kissed" corn is a variety bred in Wisconsin specifically for organic farmers. It's named for an old game. At corn husking time, a lucky person who found a rare ear of corn with red kernels had the right to kiss anyone that he or she chose.
Courtesy of Adrienne Shelton

Rearranging veggie genes is big business, and we're not even talking about biotechnology. Private companies and university researchers spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year breeding better genetic varieties of food crops.

But organic farmers say those programs have a big blind spot when it comes to figuring out which new varieties are truly better. Few companies or researchers test those varieties under organic conditions.

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Music
3:04 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Your Road-Trip Playlist Is Ready

Turn up the car radio and hit the highway with the newly completed All Things Considered road-trip playlist.
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Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:35 pm

With the holiday weekend coming up, All Things Considered has just the playlist for your road-tripping needs. We asked listeners to tell us what songs they consider essential fuel for long summer drives, and more than 3,000 suggestions rolled in. Now, we've whittled the list down to a mix of 99 songs, including the one you recommended most frequently: Golden Earring's "Radar Love."

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The Two-Way
2:33 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Afghan Court Commutes Death Sentences In Mob Killing Of Woman

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 5:19 pm

An appeals court in Afghanistan has overturned the death sentences handed to four men who were part of a mob that attacked and killed a 28-year-old woman falsely accused of burning the Quran.

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Goats and Soda
2:33 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

How Salt + Car Battery = Clean Water

A woman in Yatta, Kenya, explains how to make clean water using a car battery and just the right mixture of salt and water.
Jane Mauser Courtesy of MSR

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 7:27 pm

It's easy to take clean, safe water for granted. It just flows out of taps continuously — even in drought-ridden California.

But for hundreds of millions of people around the world, clean water is a luxury. In many places, even patients in hospitals and kids at school don't have water that's safe to drink.

Now, an unlikely partnership of an outdoor equipment manufacturer and a global health NGO is trying to change that.

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The Two-Way
2:32 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Taiwan Airliner's Black Box Shows Pilot May Have Shut Off Wrong Engine

The mangled fuselage of a TransAsia Airways commercial plane is dragged to the river bank after it crashed in Taipei, Taiwan, in February.
AP

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 2:59 pm

"Wow, pulled back wrong side throttle."

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NPR Story
2:27 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

How The 'Modern Family Effect' Is Changing Public Opinion About Gay Rights

ABC's "Modern Family" has won five Emmy Awards, and was renewed for its seventh season on May 7. (ABC)

Last Friday the Supreme Court made a landmark decision for gay rights. But another institution has also played a significant role in changing American public opinion about this issue: Hollywood.

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans talks with Here & Now‘s Robin Young about the “Modern Family effect” and how television has changed the way Americans think about gay relationships.

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NPR Story
2:27 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

DJ Session: Sounds For The Holiday Weekend

Bilal is a classically trained vocalist from Philadelphia, and was swept up into the neo-soul movement in the early-2000s. He released his newest album, "In Another Life," on June 30. (Courtesy)

For the upcoming holiday weekend, this week’s edition of the Here & Now DJ Sessions features KCRW’s Anthony Valadez, with new music from the artist Bilal, a trained opera singer who has now gone in a very different direction. He also shares songs from U.K. artist LA Priest, Canadian singer and musician Mocky and Argentine DJ/producer Chancha Via Circuito.

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