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North Dakota: An Island of Opportunity?

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:11pm

North Dakota's oil boom attracts thousands in search of opportunity. University of North Dakota student Juan Beltran tells us about what drew him to the Peace Garden State.

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Sex Ed in the Dominican Republic

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:11pm

1 in 4 teen girls in the Dominican Republic gets pregnant; the government is trying to bring down the high rate of teen pregnancy while respecting Catholic ideals.

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Latinos in Hawaii

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:11pm

The latest Census says Latinos are the fastest-growing ethnic group in Hawaii. We find out how they fit in with the unique demographics of the Aloha State.

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Cuba's Organic Farms

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:11pm

Believe it or not, Cuba gets 90% of its food production from organic farms. And as reporter Reese Erlich found in Havana, they are drawing travelers, including a famous San Franciscan restaurateur.

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Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:11pm

We take an in-depth look at the long and conflicted relationship between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and the crisis leaving thousands in the Dominican Republic stateless.

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Sabiduría: A Journey to Cuba

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:11pm

Daisy Hernandez, journalist and author of "A Cup of Water Under my Bed," tells us about her trip to Cuba to better understand her father.

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Email Just Can't Compete With Heartfelt 'Letters Of Note'

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:43pm

The art of letter writing is also an act of preserving history. The correspondences gathered in the book Letters Of Note tell stories of delight, hope and loss — and the nature of human connection.

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How The Florida Governor's Debate Became #Fangate

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:37pm

Republican Gov. Rick Scott's campaign wanted organizers to cancel Wednesday night's debate if Democrat Charlie Crist was allowed to use a fan at his podium.

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Europe's Short-Term Economic Fixes Can't Solve Long-Term Problems

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:10pm

Eurozone fears are bubbling and the markets are unhappy about it. New data suggest the continent may be about to enter its third recession in six years.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of October 16, 2014

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03pm

Appearing at No. 13, The Map of Heaven examines people's near-death experiences alongside beliefs about the afterlife.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of October 16, 2014

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03pm

Someone, Alice McDermott's story of a young Irish-American woman in Brooklyn, appears at No. 9.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of October 16, 2014

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03pm

In Being Mortal, Atul Gawande argues against the premise that medical practitioners should always aim to extend life. It debuts at No. 3.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of October 16, 2014

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03pm

A wandering woman falls in love with a reverend in Marilynne Robinson's latest novel. Lila debuts at No. 2

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of October 16, 2014

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03pm

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

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In Sky Diving, A 'Whuffo' Won't 'Burble' Or Try The 'Horny Gorilla'

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:50pm

In a new installment of our series on trade lingo, sky diving instructor Michael Snively defines "whuffo," "burble" and "horny gorilla."

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U.S. To Temporarily Halt Funding For Controversial Virus Research

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:44pm

The federal government will suspend funding while it reviews the potential risks and benefits of certain experiments with three viruses: SARS, MERS and influenza.

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'Bring Back Our Girls' Hopes Release Brings An End To Campaign

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:41pm

Audie Cornish speaks with Obiageli Ezekwesili, a former member of the Nigerian government and one of the leaders of the Bring Back Our Girls effort.

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NBA Is Trying Shorter Games — Why Not A Shorter Season?

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:34pm

While the NBA is experimenting with shorter games, some players — including Lebron James — would like to see shorter seasons. Audie Cornish talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis.

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In West Africa, Health Care Infrastructure Crumbles With Ebola Deaths

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:31pm

Melissa Block speaks with Dr. Joanne Liu, president of Médecins Sans Frontières — or Doctors Without Borders. The group has taken the lead in the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

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Out Of The Lockerbie Bombing, A Bond And A 'Letter Of Note'

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:25pm

Audie Cornish speaks with Frank Ciulla about a poignant letter cherished by his family. It was written after his father was killed in the Lockerbie bombing in 1988.

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