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Outpouring Of Grief For Iranian Pop Star Catches Regime Off Guard

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 3:18pm

Melissa Block speaks with New York Times Tehran bureau chief Thomas Erdbrink about the massive public gatherings in Iran following the death of a young pop star that have caught the regime off guard.

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Channeling Springsteen: Teachers As Performers

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 3:18pm

The importance of a teacher's presence in the classroom has long been debated. Our 50 Great Teachers project asks: Does does a teacher's performance distract, or does it inspire?

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Once The Darling Of The Living Room, Plasma Screens Take A Bow

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 3:18pm

The technology that was once on every videophile's entertainment room wish list is fading to black. Hosts Robert Siegel and Melissa Block remark on the demise of the plasma screen TV.

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University Turns To E-Sports For New Scholarship Opportunities

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 3:18pm

Robert Morris University is recruiting highly skilled League of Legends players for scholarships. Host Robert Siegel talks to Manoush Zomorodi, host of the WNYC podcast New Tech City.

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What's With All Of The 'Hairy Arms' In Graphic Design?

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 3:18pm

The term "hairy arms" is used in the world of graphic design and illustration. But what does that mean? Melissa Block talks to graphic designer Jessica Frease about the industry lingo.

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Comet Lander's Big Bounce Caught On Camera

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 1:46pm

An orbiting spacecraft caught the Philae lander bounding on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The lander sent home some scientific data before its batteries ran out.

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'State Of Affairs': Television From The Precise Middle Of The Barrel

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 1:27pm

The new spy/political drama starring Katherine Heigl and Alfre Woodard isn't good, but it isn't bad either. That's a problem in television's very competitive landscape.

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U.S. Tourists Accused Of Trying To Ship Preserved Human Parts Out Of Thailand

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 1:23pm

The parts, including an infant's head, a baby's foot and an adult heart, were allegedly stolen from a medical museum. The Americans said they bought the parts at a Bangkok market, according to police.

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'Flying Doughnuts': Airbus Files Patent For A New Kind Of Plane

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 1:23pm

The new design would seat passengers within a circular seating area rather than in short rows inside a tube.

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The Story Of A 4-Year-Old Boy Helps Explain An Ebola Surge

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:53pm

Why is Sierra Leone reporting an uptick in Ebola cases while Liberia's outbreak is slowing? The chain of events in one village points up the obstacles that the country is facing.

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Scientists Try To Bring Back The Original New Mexico Chile

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:50pm

The state's chile industry is in decline - suffering from drought and competition from China and other countries.

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What Do The Midterms Mean For Medicaid?

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:40pm

The head of the National Association of Medicaid Directors discusses the future of Medicaid expansion, as more Republican governors take the helm.

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In Sierra Leone, Tears And Wails Mark The Death of Dr. Martin Salia

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:37pm

He was one of only 130-some doctors who served the country. When news came that he'd succumbed to Ebola, people went into shock, mourning the death of "a great hero."

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NPR invites you to #AllCraftsConsidered

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:36pm

On November 20th, NPR Headquarters in Washington D.C. will host All Crafts Considered, an arts and crafts sale - and holiday tradition.

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Social Media Buzz: From A News Anchor's Suit To Anonymous

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:35pm

We look at some of the news reverberating online, including a story that shows no one notices what male TV anchors wear.

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Controversial Cholesterol Drug Redeemed By Global Clinical Test

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:34pm

Merck's Vytorin reduced the risk of heart attack and stroke more than a cholesterol-lowering statin alone. The findings come from an international study of more than 18,000 people in 39 countries.

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ISIS Beheads Another Hostage

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:20pm

American aid worker Peter Kassig was killed by the Islamic State group after being abducted in Syria in October 2013.

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An In-Depth Look At The U.S. Cyber War, The Military Alliance And Its Pitfalls

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:18pm

In the book @War, Shane Harris reports that U.S. intelligence agencies, sometimes aided by corporations, are trying to dominate cyberspace. It's "changing the Internet in fundamental ways," he says.

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Holy Smokes 'Batman,' The '60s Series Is Out On DVD

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:18pm

Various rights issues kept the original Batman from home-video release until now. Young viewers may be surprised by its pop-art sensibility, vibrant colors — and that it was played for laughs.

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Is A GOP Shift On Climate Policy In The Wind?

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:10pm

Carolyn Beeler of WHYY reports on how the Republican Party stance on climate change may be changing.

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