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A Crisis In Slow Motion: California Enters Fourth Year Of Drought

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:52pm

Is the California government doing enough to deal with the serious drought? Katie Orr of Capital Public Radio weighs in.

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Episode 443: Don't Believe The Hype

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:40pm

Last week Apple was officially added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average. But just because Apple's in the club now, doesn't mean the Dow is a great measure of the economy.

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Giving Up The Concert Stage To Teach

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:40pm

Ethan Hawke's new documentary is about pianist Seymour Bernstein's decision to leave his concert career for teaching.

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Charlie Worsham On Mountain Stage

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:38pm

The bluegrass banjo prodigy turned country singer-songwriter plays cuts from his first album.

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U.S. Universities Accept Record Number of Foreign Students

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:33pm

A new report shows the number of international students being accepted by American universities is at an all-time high of 1.13 million.

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Manatee Count Is Up And How Dogs Helped Take Neanderthals Down

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:25pm

Vicki Croke of WBUR's The Wild Life discusses manatees and other animal news, including elephants and the downfall of Neanderthals.

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From The Battle Field To The Farm Field

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:20pm

In recent years, thousands of veterans have showed an interest in farming as a way to find peace and purpose.

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Kraft And Heinz To Merge, Bringing Together Prominent American Brands

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:12pm

The deal will form the world's fifth-largest food and beverage company, bringing together American brands from Jell-O to Heinz Ketchup.

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Stromae, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:12pm

After an NPR staffer led Stromae through the crowd prior to his set, she likened the experience to walking John Lennon through the crowd at the height of Beatlemania.

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Indiana Governor To Sign Controversial 'Religious Freedom' Bill

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:06pm

The measure aims to protect business owners who say it violates their beliefs to serve gay couples. Critics say it would allow discrimination.

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Meet The Cool Beans Designed To Beat Climate Change

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:04pm

Researchers in Colombia have created new types of beans that can withstand high heat. Many of these "heat-beater" beans resulted from a unique marriage, 20 years ago, of tradition and technology.

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With New App, StoryCorps Hopes To 'Collect The Wisdom Of Humanity'

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:52am

The app will allow anyone with access to a smartphone to record a conversation and submit it to the oral history project's archive.

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DJ Sessions: Opera Greats Past And Present

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:40am

Peter Van de Graaf shares some of his favorites, from the late German tenor Fritz Wunderlich to American soprano Renee Fleming.

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Germanwings Disaster Marks First Crash For The Budget Airliner

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:40am

The airline operating the plane that crashed in the French Alps says the plane had been inspected and found safe Monday.

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Living With The Ceasefire In Eastern Ukraine

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:33am

There are signs that life is returning to some sense of normalcy. The BBC's Tom Burridge reports from Donetsk.

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Obamacare Five Years Later: Thriving Or On Political Life Support?

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:23am

The health care law has sliced the number of uninsured by a third. Yet it remains deeply polarizing, and its fate could be decided by the Supreme Court and the coming presidential election.

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The College You Go To May Not Matter As Much As You Think

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:20am

Frank Bruni writes in his new book that there are many colleges that are great, but just don't get as much press.

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Patients Often Aren't Offered Minimally Invasive Surgery

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:13am

Laparascopic surgery can be faster, safer and cheaper, but patients don't always get the choice even if it's appropriate, a study finds. Using it more often would reduce complications and save money.

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Yemen's President Flees Palace As Rebels Continue Advance

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:40am

State television, which is now controlled by the Houthis, said the rebels have seized an airbase that was critical to U.S. drone operations against al-Qaida. The base is just 35 miles from Aden.

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With Sen. Dan Coats' Retirement, One More Gone From The Old School

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:21am

These days, flying with both the defense hawks who want more money for the Pentagon and the budget hawks who want to attack the deficit has become more difficult within the GOP.

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