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What Heroin Addiction Tells Us About Changing Bad Habits

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 2:33am

Sure, you resolve to exercise more, but somehow it never happens. It could be that your environment is sabotaging you, psychologists say. A famous study about heroin and the Vietnam War explains how.

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The Original Funky Drummers On Life With James Brown

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 2:31am

Clyde Stubblefield and Jabo Starks should have been rivals: James Brown hired both of them to do one job. Instead, they stuck together, and laid the foundation for modern funk drumming in the process.

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How Driver's License Suspensions Unfairly Target The Poor

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 2:30am

Losing your driver's license is a serious penalty, but often it's for nothing to do with unsafe driving. Without one, many who can't afford to pay the fines, have a hard time finding or keeping a job.

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Hedge Fund Founder Thomas Gilbert Slain, Gunman Sought

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 11:52pm

Police say Thomas Gilbert, 70, was shot in the head in his Manhattan apartment. He founded Wainscott Capital Partners Fund which focuses on the biotech and health care industries.

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First Listen: Kat Dahlia, 'My Garden'

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 10:03pm

The Cuban-American singer-songwriter's debut is filled with the fire that comes from being in an abusive relationship. She's been in love, hurt, scared and angry — but she's nobody's fool.

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First Listen: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, 'Club Meds'

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 10:03pm

On the Vancouver songwriter's fourth album, he plays with abrupt changes of tone and texture. Carefully conceived instrumental passages expand upon — and sometimes upend — his lyrics.

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First Listen: Anonymous 4, '1865'

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 10:03pm

The beloved vocal quartet says goodbye with an all-American album that suits our troubled times. These Civil War and Reconstruction songs help us reflect on what divides us and binds us together.

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'A New State Of Things': Celebrating 800 Years Of The Magna Carta

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 8:58pm

It was a peace treaty for just two months. But eight centuries on, the ideas it came to embody — freedom and human rights — have ensured that the Magna Carta remains a universal touchstone of liberty.

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A Shadow Economy Lurks In An Electronics Graveyard

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 7:54pm

Two decades ago, the region of Agbogbloshie in Ghana was a lush mangrove swamp. Now, reporter and photographer Yepoka Yeebo explains, it's a vast dump full of electronic waste and young scavengers.

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How 'Star Wars' Helped Patton Oswalt Beat His Movie Addiction

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 5:25pm

The actor and comedian reveals in his new memoir, Silver Screen Fiend, that he used to have a film addiction. Watching the first Star Wars prequel led to a realization that helped him kick the habit.

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ESPN Sportscaster Stuart Scott Dies At 49

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 4:05pm

The longtime host of ESPN's SportsCenter, Stuart Scott, died today at age 49 after a prolonged battle with cancer. NPR's Arun Rath offers this remembrance.

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Jury Selection To Begin In Trial Of Bostom Bombing Suspect

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 4:05pm

The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev begins on Monday, and some 1,200 prospective jurors have been summoned. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Milton Valencia of the Boston Globe.

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In This New Year, Is It Time To Nix The Thank-You Letter?

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 4:05pm

Journalist Peter Ormerod argues that it's time to end the ritual of forcing children to write often-formulaic letters. Instead, he says, try for something that's less of a chore and more sincere.

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She Left The Nightlife Behind To Become A Life Coach

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 4:05pm

A former exotic dancer and dominatrix, Mira Johnson now coaches others on reinventing themselves. Her clients know she won't judge them, she says, no matter what choices they've made in life.

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Tapping The Sounds Of Portugal

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 4:05pm

World music DJ Betto Arcos is back with a stash of music he collected while traveling through Portugal, including a song by someone he considers to be the Frank Sinatra of fado.

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'Military Children': Coping With The Loss Of A Parent

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 4:05pm

Of the more than 2 million children of U.S. servicemen and women, about 5,000 right now have suffered the loss of a parent in the past decade.

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