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Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

Central American coffee farmers are facing off against a deadly fungus that has wiped out thousands of acres of crops. Coffee companies like Starbucks are pooling money to support them in the fight.

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When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

The Supreme Court has been granting more rights to corporations, including some regarded as those solely for individuals. But Nina Totenberg finds the company-to-person shift has a long history.

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People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

Do you feel like you wander aimlessly through life, or is there a reason you're here? Psychologists say people with a sense of purpose may stress out less. Or they may lead healthier lives.

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The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

One hundred years after the start of World War I, hear a range of pop and classical music from artists of the era. Some music reflects the war's violence, some gives solace.

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Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:42am

To withstand their 9,300-mile migration, red knots feast on eggs from horseshoe crabs each spring in Delaware Bay. Scientists worry many crabs are starting to lay eggs before the birds can get there.

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Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:40am

People sometimes avoid information because they're afraid of bad news. But this "information aversion" can lead people to avoid medical tests that could save their lives.

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New York Debates Whether Housing Counts As Health Care

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:36am

Offering a homeless person an apartment with access to a doctor and social services may be cheaper than paying for emergency room visits and jail or shelter stays. But should Medicaid help with rent?

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'Purple Rain' Taught Me How To Be In A Band

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 9:00am

For Eric Deggans, Prince's movie wasn't just a spectacle. Sitting in a theater packed with kids his age, he saw Purple Rain as "a validation of the musical world I was already seeking out."

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At Washington's Training Camp, Fans Are Split On Name Change

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:00am

Weeks after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office deemed the Washington Redskins' name offensive to Native Americans, some football fans continue to support the team's name.

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At Jaguars' New Stadium, Come For The Football Or The Swimming

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 6:02am

The Jacksonville team revamped its stadium with a record-sized video display and luxury cabanas with swimming pools. The beleaguered team is banking on drawing more fans to its games.

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Giant Toad Resembling Former President Attracts China's Censors

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 5:50am

The 72-foot-tall inflatable is installed on a Beijing Lake. A photo of it — wearing large square glasses just like those worn by a former president — went viral online.

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Death Penalty Expert On Why Lethal Injection Is So Problematic

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 5:41am

In the wake of Arizona's botched execution, Steve Inskeep talks with Amherst professor Austin Sarat, author of the recent book Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty.

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Oregon Proposes Ban On Smoking Along Its Coastline

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 5:40am

Authorities want to cut down on cigarette butts in the sand, so they're moving to ban smoking on all 362 miles of the state's Pacific Coast. Repeat offenders could face a $110 fine.

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Conservative Rep. DesJarlais Faces Primary Challenge In Tennessee

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

One of the most conservative members of Congress faces a tough challenge in Tennessee's Republican primary Aug. 7. U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais is defending his seat against state Sen. Jim Tracy, who is making the most of the incumbent's personal scandals.

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It's Time For Comic-Con!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

The annual pop culture convention underway in San Diego is not just for comic books — it brings the biggest stars from film, television and books together with their fans to talk about upcoming, and vintage, work.

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What's The Outlook For Nigerian Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

Renee Montagne talks with former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell for an update on the 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped in April by the extremist group Boko Haram.

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Fighting In Ukraine A Hurdle As Investigators Try To Access MH17 Site

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

International observers and air-crash experts visited previously unexamined pieces of the Malaysia Airlines wreckage Thursday and made some disturbing discoveries, including unrecovered human remains and what may be shrapnel holes in the plane's fuselage.

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Kerry Awaits Response From Israel, Hamas On Proposed Cease-Fire

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

The holy month of Ramadan comes to an end early next week with a celebratory feast, and Secretary of State John Kerry is hoping for a holiday cease-fire in Gaza. He proposed a seven-day truce.

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Last Word

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne have today's last word in business.

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All Of The Major U.S. Airlines Report Strong 2nd-Quarter Earnings

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

For the first time in years, all of the major U.S. airlines are doing well. American Airlines Group said its second-quarter profits were the highest in the company's history. American only recently exited bankruptcy protection, so the results represent an impressive turnaround.

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