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What Happens When A Beijing Man Invites Women Into His Lamborghini?

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 2:32am

The man had a hidden camera recording his chats with the women in Beijing's nightlife district. The video has struck a nerve in China's running debate over materialism and values.

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Bank Tellers Don't Believe Would-Be Robber

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 6:29am

A Virginia man rode a bike into the drive-through lane of a bank. He told the tellers he had a bomb. In Minnesota, police say a man drove a bulldozer while drunk and ended up in the Mississippi River.

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Elephant Uses VW To Satisfy An Itch

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 6:22am

A South African elephant rubbed itself against the roof of a VW Polo. A field guide tells the Daily Mirror that elephants often satisfy their itches against logs and small trees but none were nearby.

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Political Adversaries Work To Reduce Alabama's Prison Population

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:59am

Steve Inskeep talks to Republican State Sen. Cam Ward and Southern Poverty Law Center attorney Maria Morris about efforts to work across political lines in Alabama to reduce the state prison population.

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Sandra Beasley Reads Her Summer Poem 'Ukulele'

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:59am

This month, we'll be hearing from poets about what summer evokes for them. Our first poet is Sandra Beasley, who reads her summer poem "Ukulele."

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Summer Food Program Tries To Reach At-Risk Kids

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:59am

More than 20 million kids in the U.S. rely on free or reduced-price meals throughout the school year. During the summer, though, most of these kids fall through the cracks. There's a program outside of Detroit that's trying to reach and feed these kids closer to home.

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The Last Word In Business

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:59am

David Greene and Steve Inskeep have the Last Word in business.

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Grandmother Finds Grandson, Abducted In Argentina's Dirty War

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:59am

Estela de Carlotto's grandson was taken as a baby when her daughter was a political prisoner in the 1970s. NPR's David Greene talks to writer Francisco Goldman, who has chronicled her struggle.

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Long Process Begins To Win Non-Violent Drug Offenders Pardons

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:59am

It's all part of an effort to clear overcrowded prisons of non-violent drug offenders who would have received shorter sentences if they had been convicted today.

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Do Negative Stereotypes Affect Terminal Illness Decisions?

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:59am

Millions of people around the world face difficult choices at the end of their lives. Researchers delved into whether stereotypes affect medical decisions when it comes to terminal illness.

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Russia Ban Threatens U.S., European Agriculture Products

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:59am

Following Western sanctions, Russia has ordered a ban or limits on some imports from the U.S. and Europe. David Greene talks to Kathrin Hille, the Moscow bureau chief for the Financial Times.

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Buick Regal Competes With German Luxury Cars

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:59am

GM is trying to breathe new life into its Buick brand. Consumer Reports says the 2015 Buick Regal is competitive with many of its rivals. GM designed the car to compete with Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

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Italy Unexpectedly Slips Into Recession

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:59am

The move raises concerns about the health of the European economy overall. This is the third time the third-largest economy in the European Union has been in recession since 2008.

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Activist Finds Her Grandson Abducted During Argentina's Dirty War

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:59am

Estela de Carlotto's grandson was taken as a baby when her daughter was a political prisoner in the 1970s. David Greene talks to writer Francisco Goldman, who has chronicled de Carlotto's struggle.

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NCAA Vote Could Give Student Athletes Enhanced Benefits

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:59am

Major college sports programs could take a significant step toward sharing their wealth. The NCAA Board of Directors is to vote Thursday on a plan to restructure Division 1 athletics.

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Officials Fear Ebola Will Spread Across Nigeria

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:59am

David Greene talks to Yinka Ibukun, a reporter based in Lagos, about the latest developments. Many of the medical personnel who treated a traveler from Liberia with Ebola have now gotten the disease.

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California Experiments With Fast-Tracking Medical School

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:26am

Medical school is now one year shorter for aspiring doctors. An initiative at the University of California, Davis aims to produce more primary care doctors with less med school debt.

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Will Americans Buy Bug Snacks? Maybe ... If They're Funny And Cute

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:25am

The "ick factor" has kept consumers in the U.S. from eating crickets, locusts and mealworms. To convert skeptics, bug-food advocates are trying to win them over with sleek packages and clever names.

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Rich Kid, Poor Kid: For 30 Years, Baltimore Study Tracked Who Gets Ahead

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:24am

Take two kids, the same age, who grew up in the same city. Which one is more likely to go to jail ... or college?

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Mystery Writer Evokes The Sights, Sound And Grime Of 1970s New York

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:23am

Lawrence Block published the first book of his Matthew Scudder mystery series in 1976. He says when it came to crime fiction inspiration, "the city never failed me. It always provided something."

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