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Simmering Online Debate Shows Emoji Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:48am

A report from a local Philadelphia TV station is re-igniting a debate and getting people all up in arms. (Or should we say, up in hands?)

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Cantor To Step Down This Month To Make Room For Successor

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:24am

After relinquishing his majority leader post, Cantor, who was defeated in a stunning June primary upset, says he wants to make room for his successor to take over his Virginia seat in November.

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How Do Our Worst Moments Shape Us?

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:10am

Writer Andrew Solomon dives into his childhood to describe moments of great adversity, and how they helped him build identity.

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What Does It Mean To Be A 'Child Of The State'?

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:10am

Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay was raised by the state. He talks about the empty space where his family should have been.

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Why Is Parenthood Filled With So Much Anxiety?

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:10am

Journalist Jennifer Senior says the goal of raising happy children is so elusive it has put modern, middle-class parents into a panic. She says there's no right way to parent.

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What Can Kids Learn By Doing Dangerous Things?

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:10am

Tinkering School Founder Gever Tulley says that when kids are given sharp tools and matches, their imaginations take off and they become better problem-solvers.

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Top Stories: Mideast Truce Breaks; Ugandan Anti-Gay Law Overturned

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 7:48am

Also: Snowden's disclosures may have affected terrorists' behavior; a report says former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will resign soon; and the FAA is limiting U.S. flights over Iraq.

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Unemployment Ticks Up To 6.2 Percent; 209,000 Jobs Added

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 7:38am

The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the rate for July was little changed from June's 6.1 percent.

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Court In Uganda Throws Out Anti-Gay Law

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 7:09am

The decision was a technical one. The court said there was no quorum when parliament voted on the measure, which punished some acts of homosexuality with life in prison.

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Caffeine Gives Athletes An Edge, But Don't Overdo It

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 7:03am

Studies show the caffeine in just a few cups of coffee enhances performance in a wide range of sports. But more isn't better, and concentrated caffeine can be lethal.

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From Alt.Latino, Five Conversations With Latin Music's Finest

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 7:03am

Los Rakas, Jorge Drexler, Viento Callejero and other musicians join co-host Felix Contreras to discuss their latest musical projects.

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Drum Fill Friday, From Guest Quizmaster Matt Sokol Of Spillway

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 6:53am

Our regular puzzler for careful listeners, this week featuring fills and intros from Spillway drummer Matt Sokol. Hear the fill (or intro) and match it to the song.

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