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Defeating The Disease That Paralyzed America

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 9:33am

On April 12, 2015, the world will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Jonas Salk's vaccine that led to the eradication of polio.

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Dog Didn't Bite Man, Blind Pot Customer Tells French Court

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 9:32am

A blind man who was sold actual grass instead of the grass he was looking for has told a French court that it was he, and not his guide dog, who bit a deceitful dealer.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Comedians' And Cameo Appearances

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 9:13am

This week's show is all about FX's new Billy Crystal/Josh Gad comedy, the uses and misuses of cameo appearances, and what's making us happy this week.

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Hillary Clinton To Announce Presidential Bid On Sunday

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 8:42am

NPR has learned that the former first lady and secretary of state will formally announce her plan to seek the Democratic nomination, ending years of speculation about her intentions.

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Pakistan's Parliament Rejects Joining Saudi Coalition In Yemen

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 8:06am

Lawmakers in Islamabad instead approved a draft resolution calling on the government to play a mediating role in the conflict against the Houthi rebels.

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80 Municipal Courts In St. Louis County Change Fees, After Criticism

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 7:30am

Changing a process that was blamed for fueling anger and frustration with the legal system in Ferguson, Mo., 80 municipal courts in St. Louis County have agreed to set uniform fees and fines.

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'Game Of Thrones' And 'Veep' Anchor HBO's Killer Sunday Lineup

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 7:04am

HBO's Game of Thrones, Veep and Silicon Valley all start new seasons Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says these three shows just might form the best Sunday night lineup on TV this spring.

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Beach Slang: Tiny Desk Concert

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 7:03am

James Snyder's euphoric punk anthems become raw and uplifting confessionals in this acoustic set — which includes a new song, "Too Late To Die Young."

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TV Channel In China Fails With Good News

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 6:18am

The channel focused on, "the brighter side of human nature," not "murder" or "fire." Nobody watched. At least that's according to the China Youth Daily, which reported on the channel's failure.

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German Student Tries To Use FOI Law To His Advantage

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 6:13am

Germany, like the U.S., has freedom of information laws. A German student used the law to request access to his final exam — before the test date. He's not likely to succeed.

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Huge Tornadoes Tear Through Illinois And The Midwest

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 6:05am

The tornado was so massive and the damage so extensive that in some areas, plows had to push debris off the streets so emergency crews could reach survivors.

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Drum Fill Friday, With The Vaccines' Pete Robinson

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 6:03am

Our recurring puzzler for careful listeners, this week featuring a selection of fills handpicked by Pete Robertson, drummer for the band The Vaccines. Hear a fill and match it to the song.

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A Lifesaving Medicine That My Patient Didn't Get In Time

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 5:03am

Drug overdoses — many from opioid painkillers — cause more deaths in the U.S. than car crashes, shootings or alcohol. But stigma keeps many addicts from an antidote that could quickly save them.

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