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3:10 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Photos: Commemorating The March On Washington

Steady rain fell on the crowd at the event.
Kevin Dietsch UPI/Landov

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 4:21 pm

A photo gallery of celebrations and speakers during the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on the National Mall.

Planet Money
2:32 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Photos: The Planet Money T-Shirt Goes To Indonesia

Robert Smith NPR

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 5:57 pm

This week, Jess Jiang and Robert Smith visited the factory in Indonesia where U.S. cotton was spun into yarn for the Planet Money T-shirt. (They also visited several other factories.) Here are some of the pictures Robert posted to our T-Shirt Tumblr.

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This Is NPR
2:13 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

NPR And Member Stations Take A Wide View Of March On Washington

Josephine Ball
Chloe Coleman NPR

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 10:48 am

Today the March on Washington celebrates its 50th year in U.S. history, as one of our nation's largest - and most effective - political rallies for widespread socio-economic change.

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Parallels
2:11 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Damascus Residents Stock Up As Attack Appears Imminent

Vehicles carrying Syria's national flag and playing songs in support of President Bashar Assad drive through the streets of Damascus on Wednesday.
Khaled Al-Hariri Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 4:37 pm

The author is a Syrian citizen in Damascus who is not being further identified for safety reasons.

The likelihood of a U.S. strike against Syria seems to be setting in among the people of Damascus.

Just a couple of days ago, many residents seemed fairly blase. Now people are beginning to react with a mixture of patriotism, fear and dark humor. People are also starting to stock up on some nonperishable items.

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The Two-Way
2:09 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

After 152 Years, St. Louis Gains Control Of Its Police Force

A St. Louis Police cruiser.
Alan Greenblatt NPR

St. Louis is about to get something it hasn't had in 152 years: control of its own police force.

Thanks to a statewide ballot measure approved last fall, Missouri officially hands over the keys to the squad cars on Sunday.

It's only right for the city, which spends $180 million annually on cops, to take command, says Maggie Crane, director of communications for Mayor Francis Slay. "This is really just an antiquated system that needed to be changed," she says.

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Shots - Health News
1:12 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Diverse Gut Microbes, A Trim Waistline And Health Go Together

The tale of the tape may be told, in part, by the microbes inside you.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 6:39 pm

Scientists have discovered new clues about how microbes in our digestive systems may affect health.

European researchers found that the less diverse those microbes are, the more likely people are to gain weight, become obese and develop risk factors for serious health problems.

Evidence has been mounting in recent years that bacteria and other organisms in our bodies do a lot more than just help us digest food.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:23 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Enough Already With This 'Theory Of Everything'

Physicists searching for a "Theory Of Everything" are like kayakers paddling against the current, in search of the water's source.
iStockphoto.com

Last week I wrote about some of the themes from my book A Tear at the Edge of Creation. Today, I want to briefly state the reasons why a so-called "Theory Of Everything" (TOE) is an impossibility.

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Krulwich Wonders...
12:15 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

How To Disappear When Someone's Spying On You

Courtesy of Adam Harvey

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 6:32 pm

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Music
12:15 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Neko Case Takes Your Questions

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 3:32 pm

Join us at 12:30 p.m. ET this Thursday, August 29, for a live listening party with Neko Case. We'll play her new, epically titled album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, in its entirety. Afterward, Case will join All Songs Considered co-host Robin Hilton and NPR Music writer and editor Stephen Thompson to discuss the record and take questions from listeners. You can post your questions in a chat room we'll open during the webcast. Or you can tweet your questions: #askneko

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The Record
12:11 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Nine Inch Nails And Earl Sweatshirt Explore Darkness

Trent Reznor (left) of the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, which puts its seventh album, Hesitation Marks, out next Tuesday. Rapper Earl Sweatshirt (right) released his major label debut on Tuesday.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 2:34 pm

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The Picture Show
11:13 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Colorizing The March On Washington

Demonstrators march through the streets. Colorized by Oliver Wistisen.
Original photo by Warren K. Leffler Library of Congress

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 11:47 am

Sure, color film existed in 1963. And sure, there are probably color photos of this day in history. But the vast majority of the imagery we're used to seeing is black-and-white — such as, for example, the digitized photos in the Library of Congress (LOC).

But what if we could see them in color?

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Wed August 28, 2013

NeverEnding Stories: Chemical Warfare

iStock

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 6:45 pm

While exploring the archives of American newspapers, I discovered a chilling interview — conducted more than 100 years ago — with a creator of chemical weapons.

The story, which appeared in the Atlanta Constitution on Feb. 4, 1912, was buried deep in the paper. The British chemist is not named; nor is the reporter.

Its relevance to contemporary news is remarkable.

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Code Switch
10:39 am
Wed August 28, 2013

What Do We Forget When We Remember History?

A white heckler arrested during an anti-segregation demonstration in Lexington, Ky., is hustled into a police car in August 1963. Forty years later, the Lexington Herald-Leader ran a correction apologizing for the newspaper's lack of coverage of the civil rights movement.
AP

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 3:19 pm

Over the summer Code Switch has been live tweeting events from 50 years ago as though they were just now unfolding. We hoped to bring our audience the look and feel of that era in a way that complemented the anniversary stories we've been doing all year.

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Parallels
10:35 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Limited U.S. Strikes ... Followed By Major Attacks On U.S.

A month after U.S. naval ships shelled Lebanon, Muslim extremists blew up the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241 U.S. military personnel on Oct. 23, 1983. Over the past three decades, limited U.S. military strikes have been followed on several occasions by major attacks against U.S. targets.
Bill Foley AP

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 5:23 pm

As President Obama weighs a possible limited military strike against Syria, he may want to consider the track record of his predecessors on this front. It's not encouraging.

The Obama administration and several before it have seen limited attacks as a way to send a tough message without drawing the U.S. into a larger conflict.

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Race
9:55 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Flashback: The March On Washington

Fifty years after the March on Washington, five people recall their experiences.
NPR

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 2:57 pm

Fifty years ago today, an estimated 250,000 people traveled to Washington, D.C., for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom — one of the largest civil rights rallies in American history, and the day that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his indelible "I Have A Dream" speech.

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Parallels
9:50 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Who Are Syria's Friends And Why Are They Supporting Assad?

Russian President Vladimir Putin greets his Syrian counterpart, Bashar Assad, in Moscow on Dec. 19, 2006. Russia --€” along with China and Iran --€” has remained a steadfast ally of Assad amid calls for international intervention in Syria.
Mikhail Klimentyev AP

Originally published on Sun September 1, 2013 8:33 am

While much of the world is lining up against Syria, the country is not entirely friendless, and it's hoping its allies can provide at least some cover in the confrontation over its apparent use of chemical weapons.

Russia and China are almost certain to block any U.N. resolution that could be used to authorize force against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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Shots - Health News
9:44 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Despite Distaste For Health Law, Americans Oppose Defunding

Defunding strikes most Americans as the wrong prescription for the Affordable Care Act.
Ricardo Reitmeyer iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 4:49 pm

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act often talk about how unpopular it is.

And this month's tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation bears them out. Negative views of the law (42 percent) top positive ones (37 percent).

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Deceptive Cadence
9:12 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Singing And Sandwiches For A Tenor's Centennial

New York native Richard Tucker in the title role of Offenbach's The Tales Of Hoffmann.
Sedge LeBlang Metopolitan Opera Archives

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 10:21 am

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The Two-Way
9:07 am
Wed August 28, 2013

'Twerk' Sashays Into Oxford's Online Dictionary, 'Srsly'

Singers Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke during Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Her twerking raised many eyebrows.
Lucas Jackson Reuters/Landov

Miley Cyrus isn't responsible, though this week she certainly did introduce a lot of us old folks to "twerking":

"Twerk" is one of several dozen words or phrases that Oxford Dictionaries Online has added to it website.

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Animals
8:47 am
Wed August 28, 2013

The Quick Brown Fox Jumped Into London Man's Bed

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 12:33 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. A London man got quite the wake up call Tuesday morning. He felt what he thought was a nuzzle from his girlfriend lying next to him in bed, but when he rolled over he found himself face to face with a fox. It seems the girlfriend had gone to work and the animal had come in through the cat door.

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