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Getting Divorced In The Philippines Where It's Against The Law

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:23pm

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with freelance journalist Ana Santos about her experience getting divorced in the Philippines, the only country where divorce is illegal.

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Doctors Divided On Perks From Pharmaceutical, Medical Device Companies

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:13pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Charles Ornstein of ProPublica about its research into payments doctors receive from drug and device companies.

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Beyond A Voice And A Sad Story, 'Amy' Listens To A Life

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:03pm

A new documentary about singer Amy Winehouse goes beyond biopic standards to reveal a woman whose pains and successes were both well-earned.

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So Far, So Good For The Economy. But What About The Second Half?

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:45pm

The Labor Department's June report showed decent job growth, with unemployment dipping to 5.3 percent. In fact, 2015's first half was fairly good. But economists see dangers lurking in the back half.

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In Data Breach, Reluctance To Point The Finger At China

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:43pm

Personal data of at least 18 million federal workers may have been accessed via the OPM computer system. Some officials quietly blame China; others want to avoid upsetting this major trade partner.

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5 Things You Should Know About Jim Webb

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:35pm

The former senator, the fifth Democrat to enter the presidential race, has a colorful background as a veteran, author, reporter and defender of the confederacy.

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Book Review: 'The Uses Of The Body,' Deborah Landau

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

Poet Tess Taylor reviews The Uses of the Body by Deborah Landau.

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BP Settlement To Address Ecosystem Damage Caused By Oil Spill

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Bethany Kraft, director of the Gulf Restoration Program at Ocean Conservancy, about the BP spill's impact on the environment to date.

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BP To Pay $18.7 Billion In Landmark Settlement Over 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

Oil giant BP agreed to pay $18.7 billion in a settlement announced on Friday by Gulf Coast states and the federal government. The deal pays for the harm from BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which was the worst in U.S. history. The accident killed 11 rig workers.

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Man Offers Cheap Housing In Silicon Valley By Renting Out Backyard Tent

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

Due to high costs of housing in Silicon Valley, John Potter rents out a tent on Airbnb for $40 a night.

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Obama Touts New Federal Overtime Pay Rule In Wisconsin

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

President Obama traveled to Wisconsin Friday to tout the administration's new proposed rule that could make 5 million more people eligible for overtime pay.

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With Fares Constantly In Flux, Price Tags May Be On Their Way Out

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

It's easy to forget that the price tag was only invented 150 years ago. It's a fairly recent innovation, and the Planet Money podcast explains how it might be on its way out.

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U.S. Grants Federal Recognition To Pamunkey Indian Tribe

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has granted federal recognition to the Virginia tribe, whose members encountered the first permanent English settlers some 400 years ago.

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Sonia Manzano, Who Played Maria On 'Sesame Street,' To Retire

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

Maria from Sesame Street — aka actress Sonia Manzano — is retiring after more than 40 years. NPR reports on the Hispanic pioneer's impact on generations of children.

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African-Americans Question Comparing Gay Rights Movement To Civil Rights

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

LGBT rights have been inspired by the earlier civil rights movement. Some LGBT advocates say gay rights are the new civil rights, offending some African-Americans.

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Coping While Black: A Season Of Traumatic News Takes A Psychological Toll

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

Research on the psychological effects of racism, especially on people of color, is still in the early stages. But psychologists warn that events like the Charleston shooting can cause serious stress.

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Sam Outlaw On World Cafe

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:28pm

Yes, you heard right: Outlaw is this L.A. country singer's mother's maiden name.

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In Secular French Schools, One Group Wants To Talk Religion

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:26pm

French public schools discourage any display of religious identity. But after an Islamist terror attack this year, a religious co-existence group has found a huge demand for its services.

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Checking DNA Against Elephants Hints At How Mammoths Got Woolly

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:13pm

A clump of a mammoth's fur bought on eBay led scientists to a long list of ways the extinct species was special. One specific gene likely played a role in helping mammoths thrive in icy weather.

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ISIS Reportedly Destroys Ancient Statue In Captured City Of Palmyra

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 2:59pm

Photos released by the Islamist extremist group show a 2,000-year-old stone sculpture of a lion being smashed with sledgehammers.

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