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Sourcing The Crowd: California Company Stages Phony Protests

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 3:25pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with This American Life contributor and founder of Found Magazine Davy Rothbart, who went inside the company "Crowds on Demand," a company you call when you need a crowd of people for any reason. This company sends fake paparazzi, pretend campaign protestors and pretend news crews to stoke more protest.

Charity Organizations Throw Strength Behind Risky Big Bets

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 3:25pm

The MacArthur Foundation wants to give away $100 million to a single project. This is part of a growing belief in the philanthropy world that piecemeal solutions aren't as effective as huge bets might be. But bigger bets can be risky.

Supreme Court Overturns Death Sentence In Judge Recusal Case

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 3:25pm

If a prosecuting attorney has signed off on the death penalty against a certain defendant, can that same attorney later be on of a panel of judges reviewing that death sentence? On Thursday, the Supreme Court said no to that question in a 5 to 3 vote.

'O.J. Simpson: Made In America' Dives Deep Into Life Of Fallen Football Hero

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 3:25pm

Ezra Edelman's seven-and-a-half hour documentary for ESPN, O.J. Simpson: Made in America, is really several documentaries in one. It's the story of Simpson's rise as a football icon and black celebrity, and his downfall as a murder suspect in the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend. But it's also the story of race in America, and what happens when celebrity culture meets the justice system.

Fans Sing National Anthem Ahead Of NBA Finals Game 3 In Cleveland

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 3:25pm

Before Game 3 of the NBA Finals in Cleveland Wednesday night, singer Jessica Ruiz asked the crowd to join her in singing the national anthem.

Philadelphia City Council Set To Pass Soda Tax

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 3:25pm

Philadelphia's City Council agreed to support a tax of 1.5 cents per ounce on sweetened beverages, including all sweetened drinks, whether they are sugar-based or diet. The proposal still requires a second council vote, expected to pass on June 16. Cities interested in similar taxes include Oakland, Calif., San Francisco and Boulder, Colo.

Cancer Scientist Jams With Willie Nelson One More Time

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 2:41pm

Joe Palca was fresh out of college in 1975, when he got a job as a lab tech, working for a young scientist and country music fan who would one day harness the immune system to fight cancer.

A Scientist's Dream Fulfilled: Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 2:41pm

Melanoma can be a deadly skin cancer, but 10 years ago biologist Jim Allison figured out a way to tweak the body's immune system to go after those malignant cells. Some patients are now cancer-free.

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