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The Thistle & Shamrock: Live & Kicking

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:03am

From the pubs and clubs of home to international festival stages, some great live performances electrify this hour of music.

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Who's In The Office? The American Workday In One Graph

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:56am

What is the typical American workday? We take a look at how working hours change according to job type.

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Rice Bucket Challenge: Put Rice In Bucket, Do Not Pour Over Head

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:44am

Water is scarce in India, which is a good reason not to do the Ice Bucket Challenge. A journalist came up with another option — give a bucket of rice to a hungry person. Her version is going viral.

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Playlist: Time Out

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:39am

Take a moment to reflect on some big and beautiful ideas.

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U.N. Says Assad Regime, Islamic State Are Committing War Crimes In Syria

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:25am

The report paints a grim picture of a country besieged by a ruthless civil war. All sides are indiscriminately killing and torturing civilians.

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Small Batch Edition: Undressing 'Project Runway'

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:19am

Glen Weldon and Linda Holmes take a few minutes to check in on the state of the Bravo-to-Lifetime reality show that dares to ask: Is it shiny enough for Heidi?

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First Listen Live: Alt-J, 'This Is All Yours'

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:03am

Join NPR Music for a live video webcast with alt-J. The British trio will perform songs from its strange and beautiful new album, This Is All Yours, live from New York City on Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Fashion Retailer Zara Pulls Kids Shirt Resembling Concentration Camp Uniform

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 8:12am

The company said it was meant to resemble a sheriff's star from classic western films. But after popular uproar, Zara decided to pull it from shelves.

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Ledisi Steals The Show

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 7:03am

Standing on a balcony in her hometown of New Orleans, the singer stops an unsuspecting crowd, and all the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter, dead in its tracks.

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French Prosecutors Put IMF's Lagarde Under Investigation

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 7:01am

Christine Lagarde said the allegations of "simple negligence" stem from her days as finance minister under former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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Book News: Calif. Law Calls For Textbooks To Teach Significance Of Obama's Election

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 6:51am

Also: Kobo will release a waterproof e-reader; new poems from Idra Novey and Marylen Grigas.

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Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 6:31am

Why do some cheeses melt and caramelize better than others? Researchers used high-tech cameras and special software to figure it out.

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'Lock In': A Cop Story For Robot Lovers, A Robot Story For Cop Lovers

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 6:03am

John Scalzi's new Lock In is a successful genre mashup that balances the needs of a police procedural (dead body, damaged detective) with those of a science fiction yarn (hard-core world building).

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Both Afghan Candidates Pull Observers From U.N. Audit Of Votes

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 5:48am

The latest twist in the already contentious election process throws it further into crisis. It's looking likely that a new president won't be inaugurated by Sept. 2, as had been the plan.

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Moral To This Story: Don't Lie About Being Kidnapped

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 5:32am

A British man who was at a party called his girlfriend to stay he couldn't come home because he had been kidnapped. She called police, and they fined him after they found him still at the party.

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Neighbor Tries To Shut Down Lemonade Stand

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 5:22am

After the neighbor's attempt failed, people came out in droves to support 12-year-old TJ Guerrero in Dunedin, Fla. He made $600 in two hours.

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The Last Word In Business

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:02am

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

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Canadians Fret Merger With Burger Will Change Tim Hortons

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:02am

Burger King announced it is buying the Canadian doughnut-and-coffee chain for about $11 million. Some Canadian's aren't thrilled that their Timmy's is being taken over by the American burger company.

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Parking Behavior May Reflect Economic Drive

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:02am

Scholars have long tried to understand how culture affects communities. New research argues that the parking behavior of drivers may tell us something about the economic productivity of nations.

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As Ferguson Protests Wind Down, Residents Want Outrage Channeled

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:02am

Protests over the shooting death of Michael Brown are getting smaller. Some in Ferguson are trying to morph the protests into an effort to push specific policy changes in the city's police department.

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