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Dartmouth Football's Brilliant Dummies

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:23pm

Two then-students at Dartmouth College built a game-changing mobile robotic football dummy that they say will decrease head injuries sustained from repeated tackling collisions.

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By Boat, By Bus, By Any Way Possible: One Refugee's Perilous Journey

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:20pm

Munzar Omar, a teacher from Syria, left his wife and children behind as he searches for a safer home for them. He's one of hundreds of thousands fleeing war in Syria and heading towards Europe.

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A Close Look At The Volatility Index

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:17pm

As the stock market has swung wildly this week, investors have gotten intimately acquainted with volatility. Robert Whaley, a professor at Vanderbilt, explains the VIX, his gauge of market volatility.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of August 27, 2015

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:03pm

In Just Mercy, attorney Bryan Stevenson recounts his efforts to defend the poor, the wrongly condemned and women and children trapped in the criminal justice system. It appears at No. 5.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of August 27, 2015

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:03pm

In John Grisham's Gray Mountain, a New York City lawyer turned unpaid intern stumbles upon dangerous secrets in a small Appalachian community. It appears at No. 12.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of August 27, 2015

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:03pm

In H is for Hawk, experienced falconer Helen Macdonald recounts her efforts to train a dangerous goshawk after her father dies. It appears at No. 8.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of August 27, 2015

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:03pm

Debuting at No. 14, Lucia Berlin's A Manual for Cleaning Women finds moments of grace in cafeterias, laundromats and hotel dining rooms.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of August 27, 2015

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:03pm

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

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Remembering 'Chocolate Thunder,' An NBA Legend Straight From Planet Lovetron

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:01pm

ESPN reporter Tom Friend discusses the legacy of Darryl Dawkins, who could have been one of the best players in NBA history. Injuries sapped his talent, but his eccentric personality and jaw-dropping dunks still left a lasting impact. Dawkins died Thursday at 58.

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In Wake Of Riot, Ariz. Governor Fires For-Profit Prison Firm

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:01pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks to KJZZ reporter Alexandra Olgin about Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's decision to cut ties with a private-prison operator in the wake of a prison riot last month in Kingman.

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Hundreds Of Desperate Migrants Feared Dead Off Libya And In Austria

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:01pm

Austrian police say that dozens of people died after being crammed into the back of a smuggler's truck, which was found abandoned on a highway Thursday. And hundreds are feared dead after two boats sank off Libya's coast.

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A New Ride Down Dylan's 'Highway': What Do Millennials Think Of The Album?

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:01pm

Bob Dylan's seminal album, Highway 61 Revisited, celebrates its 50th birthday over the weekend. To mark the occasion, we're asking five of NPR's millennials to take a listen to the 50-year-old LP.

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On Cusp Of History, Serena Williams Bears Big Expectations Into U.S. Open

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:01pm

The U.S. Open begins Monday in New York, with Williams seeking to become the first women's tennis player since 1988 to win a grand slam. If she wins, this would cap a remarkable year in sports.

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On Eve Of Katrina Anniversary, Bush Takes A Tour Of New Orleans 10 Years On

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:01pm

Former President George W. Bush is visiting the city on Friday in honor of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. His administration was criticized for how it dealt with the storm's aftermath.

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Songs We Love: Percussions, 'Digital Arpeggios'

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:42pm

This is the song Four Tet fans have been waiting for.

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Roundup: Some Of The Best Thoughts On Jeb Bush's Asian 'Anchor Babies' Remark

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:23pm

Jeb Bush's comments on Asian immigration this week unleashed a wave of angry pushback. We wanted to round up a wide range of these responses to help make sense of it all.

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Personal Trainer Regulations Have Gyms Sweating

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:52pm

The Physical Therapy Board in Washington, D.C. is preparing new guidelines that would place further requirements on the industry.

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Rebecca Roubion On Song Travels

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:51pm

The Nashville indie-pop singer performs her own "Vacherie Girl" and James Taylor's "You've Got A Friend" alongside host Michael Feinstein.

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DJ Session: The Music Of New Orleans, 10 Years After Katrina

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:40pm

Nick Spitzer talks about the music that has resonated in the city since the storm, and how the music scene has changed.

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Can You Use That In A Sentence? NPR Readers Can

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:36pm

We solicited sentences from our readers using Oxford Dictionaries' new words and were impressed by the responses.

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