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Monkey See
11:47 am
Sun August 16, 2015

Television 2015: Is There Really Too Much TV?

John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks, speaks to the Television Critics Association on Aug. 7.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 2:18 pm

This is one in a series of essays running this week and next about the state of television in 2015. The series is based on developments at the recent Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., where broadcast and cable networks, along with streaming services like Netflix, presented new and existing shows to TV critics and reporters.

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The Two-Way
10:47 am
Sun August 16, 2015

Toll At 112 In Aftermath Of China Blast; Nearly 100 Missing

Chinese firefighters collect lunch as they wait near the site of an explosion in northeastern China's Tianjin municipality on Saturday. Officials say that 85 firefighters are among the nearly 100 people still missing from the blasts.
Ng Han Guan AP

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 2:50 pm

More bodies were pulled from the wreckage of last week's industrial explosion southeast of Beijing, raising the official death toll to 112, even as nearly 100 others were still missing, officials said.

Chinese authorities said that 85 of the 95 people unaccounted for were firefighters who responded to Wednesday's massive explosions at a warehouse housing hazardous chemicals.

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Interviews
9:12 am
Sun August 16, 2015

Though Not A Death Sentence, HIV/AIDS Still Holds A Powerful Stigma

"I was more so afraid of the stigma attached to the disease than the actual disease," says Guy Anthony.
Courtesy Guy Anthony

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 9:34 am

Indiana was hit with an outbreak of HIV/AIDS this spring, and it got a lot of attention because it is so exceptional.

Our perception of HIV/AIDS has changed since the disease emerged in the early 1980s. There are all kinds of treatments and resources — things that simply didn't exist when the epidemic began.

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Parallels
8:33 am
Sun August 16, 2015

Is Afghanistan Backsliding?

Afghan security forces inspect a suicide bombing attack on Aug. 10 near the main gate of Kabul's international airport. It was one of a series of recent attacks in the Afghan capital that have left at least 50 dead. Violence in Afghanistan has increased since U.S. combat troops pulled out last year.
Massoud Hossaini AP

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 1:54 pm

Amid the horrors of war in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, it's become easy to overlook Afghanistan. Remember Afghanistan? Back in the mid-2000s, it was known as the "forgotten war," eclipsed by the bloodshed in Iraq. Now it's overshadowed all over again. But there's plenty of reason to pay attention.

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The Two-Way
8:11 am
Sun August 16, 2015

Indonesian Plane With 54 Aboard Crashes In Remote Papua

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

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 9:38 pm

Updated at 9:30 p.m. ET

An Indonesian twin-turboprop plane carrying 54 passengers and crew reportedly crashed in the country's mountainous and densely wooded Papua province, according to the Transportation Ministry.

There was no distress call from the Trigana Air Service ATR42-300. A search plane spotted the wreckage on Monday morning, the Associated Press reports; there is not yet any word on whether there were any survivors.

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Animals
8:09 am
Sun August 16, 2015

For Cancer-Detecting Canines, The Nose Knows

Dr. Claire Guest, co-founder of Medical Detection Dogs, says one of her dogs sniffed out her own breast cancer.
Janine Warwick

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 2:12 pm

A new clinical trial is set to begin in the United Kingdom using the powerful noses of dogs to detect prostate cancer in humans.

While research has been done before, these are the first trials approved by Britain's National Health Service.

The trials, at the Milton Keynes University Hospital in Buckinghamshire, will use animals from a nonprofit organization called Medical Detection Dogs, co-founded in 2008 by behavioral psychologist Claire Guest.

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Sunday Puzzle
8:03 am
Sun August 16, 2015

A Puzzle That'll Have You Floored In Florida — And Across The U.S.

NPR

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 1:44 pm

On-air challenge: Every answer this week is the name of a state. For all the words given, ignore the vowels in them. The consonants in them are the same consonants, in the same order, as in the states.

For example, the word "regain" would be "Oregon."

Last week's challenge from listener Martin Eiger: Name part of a car. Drop the fifth letter. Now reverse the order of the last three letters. The result, reading from left to right, will name a major American city. What city is it?

Answer: Seat belt, Seattle

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Goats and Soda
7:42 am
Sun August 16, 2015

The Former Monk Who Is A Father To 85 Children

Tashi, who's about 5, comes to the school full of anger and fear — and undergoes a transformation.
HBO/"Tashi and the Monk"

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 9:34 am

A man in his early 40s with a kind, weathered face is talking to a room full of children.

"In some ways, all of us are basically abandoned or not really a wanted person," he says. "Everybody kind of give up the hope on us. But in this place, you are welcome and you have opportunity to change, and we will be with you, no matter what. This is a community of love and compassion."

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World
7:42 am
Sun August 16, 2015

Amnesty Gets Slammed For Its Sex Trade Proposal

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 9:34 am

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Author Interviews
7:42 am
Sun August 16, 2015

Author Sets Out To Find Gold In 'Fever'

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 9:34 am

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Sports
7:42 am
Sun August 16, 2015

Blue Jays Make The Most Of Trade Deadline

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 9:34 am

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Politics
7:42 am
Sun August 16, 2015

In Iowa, Clinton Turns Email Controversy Into A Punchline

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 9:34 am

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Remembrances
7:42 am
Sun August 16, 2015

Civil Rights Icon Julian Bond Dies At 75

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 9:34 am

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Time Machine
7:03 am
Sun August 16, 2015

Farewell To The Legendary League Of The Pink Carnation

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 2:27 pm

Earlier this month, author Lauren Willig released The Lure of the Moonflower, the last of her fantastic, genre-bridging Pink Carnation series.

I call them genre-bridging, because they satisfy romance fans who love the pinch-in-the-chest, soul-satisfying, "all is well in the world" happy-ever-after denouement — but they also have such densely detailed and gratifying historical, swashbuckling, spy-based plots that nonromance fans love them too.

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Author Interviews
5:36 am
Sun August 16, 2015

Equal Parts Memoir, Cookbook And Lit-Crit, 'Voracious' Tells Delicious Stories

Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 9:34 am

Cara Nicoletti loves food almost as much as she loves books. Over the years she has found herself thinking about the delicious dishes woven into the stories she loved as a child. In fact, she tells NPR's Rachel Martin that when she re-read her old books, she found underlines that she didn't remember making in the sections about food.

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Sports
5:33 am
Sun August 16, 2015

Pro Baseball Has Doping. Amateur Softball Has ... Hot Bats

The genial world of amateur softball has a dark secret: hot bats. They look just like ordinary softball bats, but they've been altered to send balls faster and farther.
Rick Paulas

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 1:07 pm

Amateur slow-pitch softball would seem to be a low-stakes game. A bunch of friends join a league, take some swings, run the bases and retire to the dugout for postgame beers. At best, there might be a plastic trophy for the winners.

But there's a dark and dangerous side to this pleasant pastime: hot bats.

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NPR Story
5:32 am
Sun August 16, 2015

After Katrina, New Artists Found Inspiration In A Recovering City

Rontherin Ratliff's Things that Float sculpture contains photographs he rescued from his grandmother's drowned house.
Courtesy of Rontherin Ratliff

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 9:34 am

Skylar Fein had only lived in New Orleans for a week before Hurricane Katrina nearly tore it apart. He'd moved there to go to medical school, and found himself wandering around a wrecked city. "It's really hard to describe to someone who hadn't seen it what the streets looked like after the storm," he recalls.

Fein is among other New Orleans artists exhibiting work in shows commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 2005 storm. One thing he has in common with some of the other artists: They weren't artists before the hurricane hit.

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It's All Politics
7:16 pm
Sat August 15, 2015

LISTEN: Sanders Jokes About Trump Helicopter

NPR

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 1:43 pm

It was a hectic day at the Iowa State Fair. Thousands crowded around as Donald Trump and other candidates toured the fairgrounds. So many people crowded the area where the famed butter cow was that Trump wasn't even able to go visit it.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was also there. And around the same time Trump wrapped up his visit — and circled the airspace with his helicopter — Sanders had this reaction:

"I apologize; we left the helicopter at home," said Sanders, who has made income inequality a top issue in his campaign. "It's in the garage," he added to laughter.

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Asia
5:17 pm
Sat August 15, 2015

Hirohito's Speech: The Surrender Of Japan's 'Living God'

Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 6:56 pm

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Before the end of the second World War, Emperor Hirohito was considered by the Japanese to be a living God. And the first time most of his people heard him speak, it was to surrender.

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Economy
5:17 pm
Sat August 15, 2015

What The Roiling Markets Mean For The U.S. And The World

Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 6:56 pm

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