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Atheists Feel Awe, Too

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:35am

Some people of faith claim that the world is meaningless without belief in God or gods or an afterlife. Commentator Barbara J. King says the view of some atheists is mirrored in two recent novels.

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Russian Hackers Reportedly Hit JPMorgan, Other Banks

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:34am

The FBI says it is working with the Secret Service to investigate the alleged swiping of account data, which it's thought might be in retaliation for U.S. sanctions on Moscow.

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Playlist: Listens For A Long Hike

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:03am

TED speakers explore big ideas while you explore the great outdoors.

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Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:03am

Download new music from Merchandise, Reigning Sound, The Barr Brothers, Field Report and more.

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Playlist: Surprising Ideas

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:55am

You'll look at the world a different way after listening to these stories.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Part Of Utah's Polygamy Ban

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:30am

The part of the law that prohibits cohabitation with others violates the First and 14th Amendments, the judge ruled. He upheld the part of the law that prohibits multiple marriage licenses.

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USC's Josh Shaw Suspended For Making Up Heroic Tale

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 7:06am

Shaw had explained that he hurt his ankle because he jumped from a second-floor balcony to save his drowning nephew. The cornerback has now admitted that was a lie.

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Book News: Former Poet Laureate Robert Hass Wins $100,000 Poetry Prize

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 6:37am

Also: Leslie Jamison on a lonely whale; Ben Lerner on writing fiction.

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Ukrainian President Says Russian Troops Have Entered His Country

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 6:23am

One official called the latest Russian incursion a "full-scale invasion." Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on the U.N. Security Council to offer an assessment of the "sharp aggravation."

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'Kill My Mother' Is A Darkly Drawn Confection

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 6:03am

Veteran cartoonist Jules Feiffer has just written his first graphic novel, the noirish Kill My Mother. Reviewer Alan Cheuse is discovering graphic novels equally late, but still finds it a good read.

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Telling Crimea's Story Through Children's Books

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 6:02am

Blending history, myth and geopolitics, Lily Hyde uses fairy tales to teach children and young adults about Eastern European history. To cover the current unrest, though, she's put fiction on hold.

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China Accuses Panda Of Faking Pregnancies To Get Treats

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:55am

When pandas have symptoms of pregnancy, keepers put them in private rooms and feed them extra food. When it's clear the pandas aren't pregnant, some maintain the act to keep the better accommodations.

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Jamaica Sets Its Sights On Winter Olympic Hockey Team

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:37am

Payers recently gathered in Toronto for the Jamaica Olympic Ice Hockey Federation trials. The Toronto Sun is accusing Jamaica of "poaching" Canadians of Jamaican descent.

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Jasper Johns Ex-Assistant Pleads Guilty To Art Theft

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:01am

A former assistant to pop artist Jasper Johns has pleaded guilty to interstate transportation of stolen property. James Meyer admitted he lacked permission to take or transport art from 2006 to 2011.

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Survey: Americans Are Grumpy About The Economy

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:01am

A new survey by Rutgers University found two out of three Americans felt no improvement in the last year. And only about one in four expect things to get better in the year to come.

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Colossal Dam Removal Project Frees Washington's Elwa River

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:01am

The Elwha River on Washington's Olympic Peninsula is flowing freely once again. Two dams blocked the river for more than 100 years. But thanks to the largest dam removal project in U.S. history, the lower dam is completely gone and the last 30 feet of the upper dam were blown up this week. Now, the river is returning to life.

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There's Something New This College Football Season: Playoffs

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:01am

College football's top division has a new playoff system this season. We'll talk about how it works, and how the field of potential contenders looks.

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Third Front Opens In Eastern Ukraine

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:01am

The past few days have seen the opening of a new front in the fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine. It's reported that artillery, heavy armor units and infantry have crossed from Russia causing panic, retreat and desertion by Ukrainian soldiers.

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The Last Word In Business

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:01am

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

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Has The Federal Budget Deficit Problem Been Solved?

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:01am

David Greene talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about the federal deficit: after so much talk about it, the subject seems to have faded from attention. Why? Is it fixed? The Congressional Budget Office released its 10-year projections on Wednesday.

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