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ISIS Demands $200 Million From Japan To Free Hostages

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:59am

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, says it will kill the two hostages if the ransom is not paid. Renee Montagne talks to Anna Fifield, Tokyo bureau chief for The Washington Post.

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Conservatives Disagree With Obama's Social Spending Proposals

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:59am

Steve Inskeep talks with David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic, about what, if anything, Republicans can work with in President Obama's State of the Union address.

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Obama Defends His Aggressive Agenda In Boise, Idaho

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:59am

In his State of the Union address, President Obama talked about middle-class tax cuts, free community college and paid sick leave. The next day, he headed to Boise to drum up support for his ideas.

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At The Monterey Presidio, City And Army Partner To Reduce Costs

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:55am

Along California's central coast, the city of Monterey and the Army's Defense Language Institute have formed a partnership, saving about $2 million a year by sharing costs.

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The Past, Present, And Future of High-Stakes Testing

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:39am

Steve Inskeep talks with NPR Ed's Anya Kamenetz about her book, The Test: Why are Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don't Have to Be.

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X-Rays Open Secrets Of Ancient Scrolls

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:38am

Scientists have used a particle accelerator to read ancient scrolls without unrolling them. The breakthrough could potentially be used to decipher hundreds of texts.

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Police Fire Tear Gas On Kenyan Kids Protecting A Soccer Field

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:34am

Hundreds of kids in Nairobi protested the loss of their playground to a developer Monday. In the end, the children did what ordinary Kenyans are rarely are able to do: Defend a public space.

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Senator 'Astounded' That Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Poorest Patients

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:34am

NPR and ProPublica have been reporting about nonprofit hospitals that seize the wages of lower income patients. Sen. Chuck Grassley says hospitals doing that could be breaking the Affordable Care Act.

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Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:32am

In Los Angeles, some see drought as a design opportunity. The Arid Lands Institute in Burbank is developing ways to turn the city into a "sponge" in order to take in water and store it for later.

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When Henry Met Steven

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 1:45am

Trumpeter and arranger Steven Bernstein says that virtuoso pianist Henry Butler is "everything you ever loved about music, all being in one place." Their collaboration transforms early blues songs.

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A David Murray Double Bill

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 1:30am

The monstrously talented and astoundingly prolific tenor saxophonist returned to New York this winter to present a four-clarinet summit and a new trio with Geri Allen and Terri Lyne Carrington.

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New Tools Let Police See Inside Peoples' Homes

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 9:19pm

FBI, U.S. Marshals and local police use new radar device to detect motion inside a building

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GOP-Led House Drops 20-Week Abortion Limit, Will Advance Funding Ban

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 9:15pm

Some Republican lawmakers, many of them women, felt the language of the limit was too restrictive — allowing abortions in case of rapes, but only if the attacks were reported to the police.

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Rare And 'Horrific': Frilled Shark Startles Fishermen In Australia

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 8:32pm

The frilled shark's roots are traced to 80 million years ago. Its prehistoric origins are obvious in its primitive body; nearly all of the rare animal's closest relatives are long extinct.

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Google Is Said To Be Preparing Its Own Mobile Wireless Service

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 8:22pm

Google plans to launch a new mobile phone service that it will sell directly to U.S. consumers, according to technology site The Information and other news outlets.

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California Prisons Aim To Keep Sex Between Inmates Safe, If Illegal

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:53pm

A new state law requires that condoms be made available to all prison inmates — even though state law also forbids sex between prisoners.

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Shouts Of Protest At Supreme Court On 'Citizens United' Anniversary

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:48pm

The day's session had just begun when protesters in the back of the chamber began yelling things like, "One person, one vote" and "We are the 99 percent."

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Why Some GMO Foods Don't Have Genetically Modified DNA

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:13pm

It may surprise you to learn that some processed foods made from GMOs — say, canola oil, for example — don't actually contain any genetically modified DNA or proteins.

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The Battle Over Open-Internet Rules Shifts To Congress

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:06pm

President Obama is urging the Federal Communications Commission to protect the principle of net neutrality. But Republicans presented their own set of rules at a subcommittee hearing Wednesday.

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Episode 597: We're Short America

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:51pm

Today on the show, we ignore the advice of some very smart people and bet against something people love.

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