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Songs We Love
9:03 am
Mon August 17, 2015

Songs We Love: dJJ, 'Just A Lil'

Welsh producer dJJ. He is anonymous, after all.
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Generally, a "song of the summer" is commercially released in the springtime and develops a devoted Top 40 following as the temperature rises. Things work a little differently in the dance world, where connected DJs get their hands on — and spin — an irresistible tune, months before it becomes available to the public.

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The Two-Way
7:10 am
Mon August 17, 2015

Indonesian Authorities Spot Wreckage Thought To Be Of Missing Plane

A Trigana Air ATR-42 similar to the one missing in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province.
Bagus Indahono EPA/Landov

Indonesian authorities have spotted a wreckage, which they believe belongs to a missing Trigana Air Service turboprop plane, in a remote area of Papua.

The Financial Times reports:

"Search and rescue aircraft spotted the wreck in the Bintang Mountains, according to Reuters, and are heading to the site to look for any survivors.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
6:04 am
Mon August 17, 2015

Belief That Mental Illness Can Be Contagious Contributes To Isolation

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Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 9:42 am

Many illnesses are contagious. You'd do well to avoid your neighbor's sneeze, for example, and to wash your hands after tending to your sick child.

But what about mental illness?

The idea that anxiety, autism or major depression could be transmitted through contact may sound crazy — and it probably is. There's a lot we don't know about the origins of mental illness, but the mechanisms identified so far point in other directions.

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Monkey See
6:03 am
Mon August 17, 2015

The Giant Foam Finger: What We Talk About When We Talk About Brett Favre

Brett Favre serves as a sturdy metaphor for, well, a lot of things.
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Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 10:49 am

In the first two episodes of The Giant Foam Finger — a new, sports-themed offshoot of Pop Culture Happy Hour — NPR Code Switch blogger Gene Demby and I have discussed one play in a decade-old NFL game, and we've tackled the phenomenon of fan hatred.

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NPR Story
5:10 am
Mon August 17, 2015

When Gold Prices Drop, Who Benefits?

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 8:50 am

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Animals
5:10 am
Mon August 17, 2015

Decoding Nature: Identifying Sounds A Horned Owl Makes

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 12:29 pm

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Economy
5:10 am
Mon August 17, 2015

China Devaluates Currency; Multiple Effects On Global Economy

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 8:50 am

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The Two-Way
8:17 pm
Sun August 16, 2015

Jason Day Wins PGA Championship, Sets Major Record

Jason Day (right) walks with Jordan Spieth up the 16th fairway during the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits on Sunday. Day won the championship; Spieth came in second, securing the world No. 1 spot.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 1:08 pm

Jason Day earned his first major title at the PGA Championship today, beating out Jordan Spieth by three shots — and becoming the first player to ever finish at 20 under par in a major.

At Whistling Straits on Sunday, Day finished at 268. At 20 under, that score edges out the previous major record of 19 under par, set by Tiger Woods at St. Andrews in 2000.

Earlier in the major season, Day had twice risen to the head of the pack, The Associated Press reports; He briefly tied for the lead at both the U.S. Open (where he was battling vertigo) and the British Open.

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Around the Nation
5:53 pm
Sun August 16, 2015

When A Budget Motel Is 'Home,' There's Little Room For Childhood

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 4:41 pm

Just a couple of blocks off the 210 Freeway in San Bernardino, Calif., about an hour east of LA, rest a whole row of cheap, rundown motels. Some people stay for a night or two, others just by the hour.

But some rooms house families with kids — and these families aren't just stopping in.

This is home for them, at least for now. They've run out of other options for a roof over their heads.

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NPR Story
5:53 pm
Sun August 16, 2015

A Decade After Katrina, Hopes Of Recovery Remain Unfulfilled In Waveland, Miss.

Mayor Mike Smith stands near a mural, created by residents, that depicts Waveland before and after Katrina.
Evelina Burnett MPB

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 3:17 pm

Hurricane Katrina sent a 30-foot wall of water crashing into coastal Mississippi, and the small town of Waveland, Miss., near the Louisiana border, was one of the hardest-hit places. For 10 years now, its residents have struggled to rebuild in the face of multiple obstacles.

Standing on the second-floor balcony of Waveland City Hall, Mayor Mike Smith points out what used to be on Coleman Avenue, the main downtown thoroughfare: "There was a building right here on the corner, and then there was a drugstore and some shops on the right-hand side. ..."

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Author Interviews
5:53 pm
Sun August 16, 2015

In Life After Life, 'Incarnations' Spins A Sinuous Tale Of Soul Mates

Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 6:11 pm

It all starts with a strange letter left for a Beijing cabdriver, tucked away in the sun visor of his taxi. In the months just before the 2008 Summer Olympics, Wang Jun is living with his wife and daughter — but the message, and those that follow, quickly tangle that quiet life in complications.

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News
5:07 pm
Sun August 16, 2015

Protesters Take To The Streets In Brazil, In A Nationwide Call For Change

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 3:17 pm

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Thousands of people took to the streets in Brazil today in a nationwide protest against the government.

(SOUNDBITE OF PROTEST)

UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTERS: (Chanting in Portuguese).

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Environment
5:07 pm
Sun August 16, 2015

A Week Since The EPA Spill, Coloradans Look Back On How It Happened

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 3:17 pm

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My Big Break
5:07 pm
Sun August 16, 2015

Alison Brie's Breakout Role On 'Mad Men' Looked Like A Bit Part

Alison Brie (right) as Trudy Campbell on Mad Men.
Carin Baer/AMC

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 3:17 pm

As part of a series called My Big Break, All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Before donning polka dots, pencil skirts, plaid and stylish retro hairstyles on Mad Men, Alison Brie was sporting a far less glamorous look.

She worked the children's birthday party circuit as a clown.

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Music Interviews
5:07 pm
Sun August 16, 2015

'Bringing Back The Home': Jon Cleary Celebrates The Soul Of New Orleans

Jon Cleary's new album, GoGo Juice, is out now. (Don't fret: He doesn't really know what gogo juice is, either.)
Danielle Moir Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 3:17 pm

Jon Cleary's songwriting is pure New Orleans. The pianist and singer has absorbed every last bit of sound from the Mississippi delta. But here's the thing: Cleary was born and raised in England.

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Business
5:07 pm
Sun August 16, 2015

The Trademark Woes Of Michael Jordan (And Many Others) In China

Air Jordan VIIs like these were originally released in 1992. In the years since, they've inspired retro releases from Nike — and unsanctioned imitators, like this pair of Qiaodan Sports' women's basketball shoes.
Christopher Robert Allah (killachris) Flickr

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 3:17 pm

Copyright law is complicated to begin with.

But many American companies have run into extra trouble trying to do business in China, where trademark laws are completely different than they are here in the United States.

Take a chain of shoe and athletic wear stores in China, where things might look a little familiar. Looming above the columns of shoes and rows of clothes is the store's logo: a silhouette of a basketball player, midair, his outstretched arm holding a basketball.

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Remembrances
5:07 pm
Sun August 16, 2015

Remembering Civil Rights Icon Julian Bond

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 3:17 pm

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Civil rights icon and former NAACP chairman Julian Bond has died at the age of 75. Bond passed away Saturday night in Florida after a brief illness. For decades, he was involved in a broad struggle for equal rights. NPR's Sam Sanders has this remembrance.

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The Two-Way
2:59 pm
Sun August 16, 2015

U.S. Says It Will Remove Patriot Missile Defense From Turkey In October

U.S. soldiers stand beside a Patriot missile system at a Turkish military base in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey, last October. In a joint statement, Washington and Ankara said the missiles would be withdrawn for updating and modernization.
Osman Orsal Reuters/Landov

Two years after the United States deployed the Patriot missile defense system to Turkey, a NATO ally, the system will be withdrawn, the countries announced today.

In a joint statement, Turkey and the U.S. said that the air-defense units would be withdrawn in October, when the original two-year mandate expires. The statement reads, in part:

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The Two-Way
1:20 pm
Sun August 16, 2015

Scores Killed In Syrian Airstrikes On Rebel Neighborhood In Damascus

People inspect a site hit by what activists said were air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on a marketplace in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, on Sunday.
Bassam Khabieh Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 2:54 pm

More than 80 people were killed in a series of Syrian government airstrikes on a marketplace in a rebel-held neighborhood in the capital, Damascus, according to a U.K.-based monitoring group.

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The Two-Way
12:02 pm
Sun August 16, 2015

Migrants And Refugees Find Temporary Shelter On Greek Ferry

Syrian refugees prepare to board the passenger ship Eleftherios Venizelos at Kos's main port on Sunday in Kos, Greece. The vessel will house more than 2,500 refugees and migrants who entered the country from the Turkish coast.
Milos Bicanski Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 2:53 pm

Hundreds of Syrian refugees stuck on the Greek island of Kos are now sheltering in a passenger ferry docked near the island.

Thousands — including many families from Syria and Afghanistan — are stranded on Kos, a resort island popular with tourists. There are not enough local police to register and fingerprint the migrants and refugees, who cross on inflatable rafts from the Turkish coast every day.

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