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As Tight-Knit Jewish Communities Splinter, Shofar Takes Synagogue To The People

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:26am

At a time when some people just can't make it to synagogue, rabbis are taking the shofar (the hollowed out ram's horn once used to call Jews together) to the old and the young.

When Presidents' Words Are Amplified, Scrutinized And Become '-Isms'

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:26am

Putting your foot in your mouth isn't just a political hazard, it can be an occupation. Esquire Editor at Large AJ Jacobs looks at the gaffes of the great and the good.

Richard Trentlage, Oscar Mayer Weiner Song Writer, Dies At 87

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:26am

In 1962, Richard Trentlage recorded an advertising jingle in his living room that began "I wish I were an Oscar Mayer Weiner...". He was no one-slogan wonder.

The Latest In Sports

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:26am

NPR's Tom Goldman speaks to NPR's Scott Simon about women's basketball semifinals, baseball wild-card games and the Ryder Cup in golf.

Prisoners Organize Countrywide Strike To Demand Better Working, Living Conditions

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:26am

Tens of thousands of prisoners across the United States staged a strike to protest working conditions last month. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Beth Schwartzapfel, who has been covering the strikes.

Authors Talk Politics: Junot Diaz On Election 2016

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:26am

For the latest in our "Let's Talk Politics" series NPR's Scott Simon talks to Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz about this election year.

Aleppo Daily Life In Failed Ceasefire

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:26am

Aleppo has seen more bloodshed this week in the wake of a failed ceasefire. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Financial Times correspondent Erika Solomon about how daily life goes on in that Syrian city.

Through Improvisation, Music Producer Creates Unconventional Mashups

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:26am

Craig Hartley blended work some surprising musicians, including Bach with a Miles Davis overlay, and a John Lennon with a Bill Evans backdrop, on his new album, "Books on Tape Vol. II — Standard Edition."

A Photographer Gets Old — Over And Over — In 'The Many Sad Fates'

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:26am

Photographer Phillip Toledano lost both his parents, an aunt and an uncle and began to wonder — what other dark turns did life have in store? He explores the possibilities in a new short film.

This Historian Wants You To Know The Real Story Of Southern Food

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:26am

Michael Twitty wants credit given to the enslaved African-Americans who were part of Southern cuisine's creation. So he goes to places like Monticello to cook meals slaves would have eaten.

'Power Poses' Co-Author: 'I Do Not Believe The Effects Are Real'

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:26am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to behavioral scientist Uri Simonsohn about how one of the scientists behind 2010 research on 'power poses' is distancing herself from that work.

'Working' Then And Now: A 'Lucky' Jockey Walks Away From Racing

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:26am

When he was first interviewed by Studs Terkel in 1971, jockey Eddie Arroyo had been racing for 6 years. He said it was the hardest and most dangerous job he'd ever had.

'Cruel Beautiful World' Was Inspired By Two Haunting Relationships

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:26am

Before novelist Caroline Leavitt started dating a controlling boyfriend, she had tragically lost a friend to one. She says writing her new book was "a way for me to forgive myself."

How We Got Here: Treating Addiction In 28 Days

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:26am

Decades ago, a researcher came up with 28 days as the ideal length of stay for inpatient alcoholism rehab, despite lack of evidence that it worked. That model is now being used for opioid addiction.

An Act Of Kindness, From One Immigrant To Another

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:26am

Ibrahim Halil Dudu is a master tailor. He's also a Syrian refugee who had recently arrived in Ontario. And when the bride next door's zipper broke at the last minute, he came to her rescue.

Congress Wraps Up One Month's Work In One Day To Keep Government Running

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:26am

After weeks at a standstill, Congress wrapped up all the work it was supposed to do in September in just one day, from a veto override, to reaching a deal to keep government open through December 9th.

Trump And The Testosterone Takeover Of 2016

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 5:18am

It's a historic election, with the first female major-party nominee. But for all that, Trump's masculinity has been on unusually prominent display.

From Miss Universe to Monica Lewinsky, Trump Flirts With A Risky Line Of Attack

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 5:00am

Throughout the presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton has accused her opponent, Donald Trump of being sexist. The Trump campaign has responded in ways that may seem counter-intuitive.

Big Wings, Bigger Dreams: A Sleepover In The Space Shuttle's Shadow

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 5:00am

Sleepovers at the National Air and Space Museum's huge annex near Washington, D.C., offer a real-life night at the Smithsonian.

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