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Taylor Swift, Platinum Party Of One

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 2:32am

Taylor Swift's latest album, 1989, sold 1.287 million copies its first week alone, making it the first album released in 2014 to go platinum. The last musician to go platinum in a week? Taylor Swift.

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Americana: Hot Dogs, Apple Pie And Football?

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 2:32am

Commentator Frank Deford explains why he thinks football has a better claim on being America's national pastime than baseball.

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'Morning Edition' Celebrates 35 Years With A Trip Down Memory Lane

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 2:31am

On this day in 1979, Morning Edition broadcast its first show, bringing a new style of storytelling to the early drive-time airwaves. That first show was hosted by Bob Edwards and Barbara Hunter.

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Third-Party Candidate Could Help Determine Close N.C. Senate Race

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:35am

Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is in a tight contest with House Speaker Thom Tillis, a Republican. Turnout for third-party candidate Sean Haugh, a pizza delivery man, could also influence the outcome.

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Senate Race May Help Drive Record Midterm Turnout In New Hampshire

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:14am

New Hampshire Public Radio's Josh Rogers discusses the tight Senate race between incumbent Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, and Republican Scott Brown, a former senator from Massachusetts.

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Senate Control Could Ride On The South's Tight Races

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:02am

Some of Tuesday's most hotly contested Senate races are in the South. Control of the Senate could hinge on the outcome of races in Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia and North Carolina.

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Pilot Should Have Taken A Cab Instead Of Taxiing To A Bar

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 5:56am

An Australian man made a brief layover at a bar — he left the propeller running. Police are charging the man with endangering lives and driving without a pilot's license.

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Danish National Chamber Orchestra Weeps During Tango

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 5:16am

They were not tears of emotion. The musicians had just downed the world's hottest chili peppers. It was a performance taped for YouTube by a Danish performer known for stunts involving peppers.

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'Car Talk' Executive Producer Remembers Tom Magliozzi

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 3:58am

Tom Magliozzi one half of NPR's Car Talk duo died Monday at age 77 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. The show's Executive Producer Doug Berman talks to David Greene about Magliozzi.

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Apple's Siri Helps Autistic Teen With Communication Skills

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 3:58am

We hear from author Judith Newman, a mother with an autistic son, who wrote in The New York Times about how Siri, the voice from her iPhone, touched her autistic son.

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Burkina Faso Military Urged To Hand Power Back To Civilians

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 3:58am

The African Union has threatened sanctions against Burkina Faso's military if it doesn't return power to a civilian ruler. It took control after the long-time president resigned amid violent protests.

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Polls Show New Hampshire's U.S. Senate Race Is A Tossup

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 3:58am

Republican Scott Brown is doing everything he can to nationalize the race — to make it about an unpopular president. Incumbent Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, is trying to make it a local race.

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Democrats, GOP Throw Money At Alaska's U.S. Senate Campaigns

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 3:58am

The GOP has dumped millions of dollars into Alaska's tiny media market to try to unseat Democrat Mark Begich. And Democrats have responded in kind, making this the state's most expensive campaign.

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Popular 'Car Talk' Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At 77

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 3:58am

Tom Magliozzi died on Monday of complications associated with Alzheimer's disease. Tom and his brother Ray were known as Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers. Their specialty: cars and puns.

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Midterm Elections: It's Now Up To The Voters

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 3:58am

It's Election Day, and control of the Senate is on the line — as well as the large majority of governorships. Polls have shown the Republican advantage in many battleground states galvanizing.

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Wounded In Combat, U.S. Troops Go Back For A 'Proper Exit'

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:29am

For some U.S. troops who left Iraq and Afghanistan by medevac, a return trip to these countries allows them to depart on their own terms.

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The Republican Party's Remarkable Non-Transformation

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:28am

Knocking on doors in Colorado, NPR's Steve Inskeep reports that the GOP could be close to winning the Senate without changing the political positions that are said to endanger the party's future.

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'Sherlock' Star Benedict Cumberbatch: Show's Last Season 'Really Freudian'

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:25am

The BBC has just released a new deluxe DVD box set with all three seasons of Sherlock, and star Benedict Cumberbatch says the show's last season was its most revealing yet.

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Army Eyes 3D Printed Food for Soldiers

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:25am

The Army has long used high-tech tools to make meals for our troops. Now, military scientists are turning away from pots and pans, and looking to 3D printers to make nutritious food.

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Falling Oil Prices Make Fracking Less Lucrative

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:23am

As oil prices dip, controversial and relatively expensive production methods, like oil sands and fracking, have become less profitable. Some drillers are already cutting back on plans for more wells.

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