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A 45,000-Year-Old Leg Bone Reveals The Oldest Human Genome Yet

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 1:39pm

The DNA in this ancient Siberian leg bone shows that the man had Neanderthal ancestors — yet more proof that humans and Neanderthals interbred. And he lived much farther north than expected.

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Bad And Good News About The Second Deadliest Infectious Disease

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 1:07pm

The number of tuberculosis cases is far higher than previously thought. And Ebola is making some patients stay away from hospitals. Yet the mortality rate is dropping.

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More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 1:05pm

Lots of groups and individuals try to help the homeless in their communities by offering them food. But a report finds that cities are increasingly passing measures to restrict these efforts.

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Dave Bing And Ben Townsend On Mountain Stage

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:54pm

The West Virginia natives, both widely respected in the world of string-band music, perform live.

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How Do You Judge A Secretary Of State?

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:50pm

Professor Jeremi Suri has studied that question and joins us to discuss John Kerry and how to rate the success of a secretary of state.

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The Barr Brothers On World Cafe

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:43pm

The rootsy folk-rock band formed after its singer heard a harpist through his apartment wall.

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Colorado Backs Away From Pot Edibles Ban

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:40pm

Critics say a ban would violate the state's voter-approved legalization of recreational marijuana, which took effect in January.

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Hoping For Turnaround, Target Offers Free Shipping

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:35pm

The retailer is hoping to boost holiday shopping amid slowing sales, a troubled expansion in Canada and last year's massive data breach.

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Ben Bradlee On Journalism: Be 'Fair' And 'Honest,' But Don't 'Back Down'

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:31pm

Bradlee was the executive editor for the Washington Post from 1968 to 1991. He published the Pentagon Papers and covered Watergate. Bradlee, who died Tuesday at 93, talked with Terry Gross in 1995.

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Disappearing Religions Charted In 'Heirs To Forgotten Kingdoms'

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:31pm

When Gerard Russell was a diplomat in the Middle East, he met followers of ancient religions facing extinction. His new book includes the origins of the Yazidis, who are fleeing the Islamic State.

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How Ben Bradlee Re-Shaped America's Newspapers

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:20pm

As the editor who directed the Watergate coverage, Bradlee left an indelible mark on the newspaper industry.

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Blackwater Guards Found Guilty In 2007 Shootings In Iraq

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:18pm

One guard was found guilty of first-degree murder and three others of voluntary manslaughter in a 2007 incident in Baghdad in which 14 civilians were killed.

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Reporter's Notebook: Back From Monrovia

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:06pm

NPR's Jason Beaubien has just returned from his third visit to Liberia's capital, covering the Ebola outbreak.

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Viking's Choice: Chumped, 'Name That Thing'

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:33am

This catchy pop-punk song has a wistful quality befitting a desire to cling desperately to youth.

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Weekly Innovation: An Umbrella For The Modern Age

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:19am

The Sa is a new umbrella designed so that it is almost impossible to blow inside out. Based on origami, the umbrella replaces the metal skeleton with two canopies that expand and retract in unison.

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Quick Facts About Ebola

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 9:43am

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has led to thousands of deaths and a maelstrom of misinformation. Here's a primer on what you need to know about the virus and the response to it.

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1 Wounded Near Canada's Parliament As Police Seek More Assailants

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 9:41am

A man reportedly carrying a long gun shot at least one person at the National War Memorial in Ottawa and also fired shots on Parliament Hill.

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Pew: Gaming Is Least Welcoming Online Space For Women

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 9:03am

The Pew Research Center's first study on online harassment shows it happens to most of us. But gender disparities are starkest in online gaming.

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Book News: Just Months In, A Publisher That Promised Innovation Ends Its Run

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 8:51am

Atavist Books launched with aims of upending the print-first publishing model. Now it's announcing its plans to close. Meanwhile, partnerships between public libraries and airports are taking off.

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Congolese Doctor Denis Mukwege Receives Sakharov Prize

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 8:41am

The gynecological surgeon's Panzi Hospital in eastern DRC has treated thousands of women who were victims of rape.

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