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Alex Rodriguez Ends Yankees Career; The Latest In Rio Olympics

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 7:54am

Alex Rodriguez plays his last baseball game ever, and the Olympics continue. NPR's Scott Simon talks sports with Howard Bryant of ESPN.

Trump's Unscripted Remarks Continue To Dominate Discourse

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 7:54am

This week Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton gave major speeches on the economy, but most of the attention was on their gaffes and controversies.

YA Author Wisdom: John Corey Whaley Talks Time Before He Came Out As Gay

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 7:54am

John Corey Whaley is the author of the YA novels "Noggin" and "Highly Illogical Behavior. For our series "Next Chapter," he tells us about how he struggled with feeling isolated at college.

Bird Myth Busters: Do Birds Fly To The Moon In Winter? And Other Unknowns

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 7:54am

Do hummingbirds migrate on the backs of geese? And will rice thrown at weddings really make birds explode? Scott Simon gets to the bottom of some bird myths with Ray Brown, host of "Talkin' Birds."

India Low-Caste Dalits Rise In Protest

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 7:54am

The community at the bottom rung of the social Hindu hierarchy does the dirtiest jobs. Some of the poorest of the poor, formerly known as "the Untouchables," don't want to perform those tasks anymore.

UN Approves Bigger Peacekeeping Force To South Sudan

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 7:54am

The United Nations is planning to send 4,000 more peacekeeping troops to South Sudan. NPR's Scott Simon talks to journalist Nichola Mandil about why the government is objecting to more peacekeepers.

How To Keep Your Coffee In Its Cup: The Claw Grip

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 7:54am

What's the best method for holding a cup of coffee so it doesn't spill? NPR's Scott Simon learned that an overhand claw-like grip is best.

Through Organ Donation, A Heart Lives On

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 7:54am

When Michael Stepien died, Arthur Thomas recieved his donated heart. When Stepien's daughter, Jeni, got married, Thomas walked her down the aisle. Scott Simon reflects on the power of organ donation.

'The Travel Detective' Explains How Airlines Became A 'Mafia'

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 7:54am

Airlines are making record profits, but more fees and flight cancellations haven't made air travel great recently. Travel journalist Peter Greenberg talks about the reasons why.

It's Electric: Novel Re-Creates Charged Rivalry Between Edison And Westinghouse

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 7:54am

In the 1880s, Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse battled over control of America's nascent electrical system. Graham Moore tells their story in The Last Days of Night.

Why I'm Fascinated By Parasitic Worms

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 6:00am

To many parasitic worms, we are the world. And the way they've evolved to live within us — without wiping us out — is stunning.

In 'Harmony,' Women Are Mysteries, Men Are Open Books

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 6:00am

Carolyn Parkhurst's new novel is told entirely from female perspectives; a mother and two troubled daughters. But the book really revolves around what's going on in the head of one man.

Michelle Carter Wins Team USA's First Gold In Women's Shot Put

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 5:27am

The 30-year-old outthrew favorite Valerie Adams of New Zealand in her final attempt, joining her father, and coach, as a decorated shot put Olympian.

How Rich Candidates Try To Appeal To Working Voters

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 5:00am

In an election year characterized by populist energy over economic concerns like jobs and trade, the gap between the wealth of both major party candidates and typical voters is striking.

Psychiatrists Reminded To Refrain From Armchair Analysis Of Public Figures

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 5:00am

After a 1964 poll of psychiatrists found almost half considered Barry Goldwater psychologically unfit to be president, the doctors' professional society said they should stay mum on mental fitness.

Alex Rodriguez Ends Yankees Career After 6-3 Victory Over Rays

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 1:33am

"A-Rod" played third base one last time on Yankee's turf on Friday. After a controversial career, including admitted steroid use, a sellout crowd bid the 41-year-old designated hitter a warm farewell.

Katie Ledecky Wraps Up In Rio, Yards Ahead Of The Competiion

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 11:03pm

At age 19, she's both the youngest member of the U.S. swim team and its most sure-thing winner.

Bon Iver Has A New Album — Hear Two Songs Now

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 10:18pm

On Sept. 30, Bon Iver will release its first album in five years. Titled 22, A Million, it's full of drama, disturbances and thrills.




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