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Hollywood Promises Summer Of Blockbusters, And Could Deliver

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 5:01pm

NPR's Bob Mondello offers a preview of some of the summer's potential blockbusters, including Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt and several show business documentaries.

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Officer's Acquittal Highlights Tense Police, Community Relations In Cleveland

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 4:10pm

There were relatively peaceful protests after a white police officer in Cleveland was acquitted Saturday in the deaths of two unarmed black motorists in a barrage of police gunfire in 2012.

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Left Turns Cause A Quarter Of All Pedestrian Crashes In U.S.

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 4:01pm

One of the biggest problems with left turns is that the turning driver has a green light when pedestrians have a walk light. Changes in how cars are built have also created more blind spots.

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Chicago Bears Release Ray McDonald After Arrest For Domestic Violence

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 3:58pm

It is the defensive end's second arrest in the past nine months. Police in Santa Clara, Calif., say McDonald assaulted a woman while she was holding a baby.

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'Kiss Everybody': Voice Mails Live On After Parents Are Gone

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 3:51pm

Writer Charles Ornstein's parents endure in many forms, he says. Most of those, he doesn't carry in his pocket. But the voice mails — those unscripted moments of everyday life — he does.

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Why Have We Stopped Building War Memorials?

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 3:44pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Kurt Piehler, director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, about the history of and decline in war memorials.

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World Health Organization Considers Measures To Quicken Outbreak Response

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 3:30pm

The consensus is that the World Health Organization's performance on Ebola was miserable. At the agency's annual meeting, the WHO is set to adopt reforms to make sure what happened with Ebola doesn't happen again.

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In Drought-Ridden Taiwan, Residents Adapt To Life With Less Water

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 3:30pm

In Taiwan, businesses and residents have been learning to adapt to life with less water. The island country is coping with its worst drought in decades.

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Oil Boom Brings Diversity To States Out West

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 3:30pm

Wyoming has long been one of the whitest states in the country, but over the last few years its black population has more than doubled. African-Americans still make up a tiny percentage of the state's population, but the substantial shift is largely a result of the oil boom of the last few years. But with oil prices so low, layoffs are looming.

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Review: 'In The Beginning,' Wes Montgomery

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 3:30pm

A new anthology called In the Beginning chronicles the sound of Wes Montgomery, one of the most influential guitar players of all time, in his early years.

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FEMA To Allow Superstorm Sandy Victims To Reopen Flood Claims

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 3:30pm

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is allowing more than 140,000 victims to reopen claims if they feel insurance companies short-changed them.

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Computers Judge What Makes The Perfect Radio Voice

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 3:30pm

A few weeks ago, All Tech Considered asked the audience to send voice samples to analyze. Those samples were put through an algorithm to figure out what kind of voice would make an appealing radio host. NPR's Audie Cornish explains how this experiment turned out.

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After Fall Of Ramadi, Iraqi Troops Hope For More U.S. Support

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 3:30pm

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Washington Post reporter Loveday Morris about how the city of Ramadi, Iraq, fell to the self-declared Islamic State. She says Iraqi troops in the city were worn down.

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Flash Flooding Races Through Texas, Oklahoma After Record Rainfall

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 3:30pm

Severe storms are creating massive flooding in Texas, Oklahoma and throughout the Great Plains. Meteorologists say this downpour most likely ended the years long drought for that portion of the West — but it comes at a high cost.

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In California, Technology Makes "Droughtshaming" Easier Than Ever

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 3:30pm

As California's drought continues, social media and smart phone apps let just about anyone call out water waste, often very publicly.

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'Remember The Maine' — In Indiana!

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 3:30pm

How did a monument to the USS Maine, which sank in Havana Harbor in 1898, come to rest in Indiana? The answer tells a lot about the power and influence of veterans, years after war.

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Through Performance, Mississippi Students Honor Long-Forgotten Locals

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 3:03pm

Every year, a history teacher in Columbus, Miss., takes high schoolers to the local cemetery. There, they tell the stories of those who are buried, and learn more about their own place in the world.

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For Women's World Cup, U.S. Soccer Fans Kick It Up A Notch

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 2:59pm

They've been supporting the men for years. But for the first time, the American Outlaws — a growing and influential U.S. soccer fan group — will cheer for the women's national team at a World Cup.

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Reports: Charter Communications To Buy Time Warner Cable For $55B

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 2:05pm

The deal would make the combined company a major rival to Comcast Corp. Comcast last month abandoned its own bid for Time Warner following concerns raised by the Justice Department.

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On Memorial Day, Obama Honors Sacrifices Of Service Members

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 1:09pm

The president called Arlington National Cemetery "more than a final resting place for fallen heroes." It is, he said, "a reflection of America itself."

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