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U.S. Database Glitch Delays Passport, Visa Processing

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:01am

The problem in the U.S. State Department system could cause problems for millions of people worldwide who are awaiting travel documents.

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Shades Of The Middle Ages: The Plague Popped Up In China And Colorado

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:47am

Is this 2014 or 1348? The plague — yes, the infamous Black Death — was reported in China and Colorado. It's the same disease as the Middle Ages pandemic. Only now we know how to treat it.

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Israeli Artillery Hits U.N.-Run School In Gaza

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:44am

More than a dozen people have been killed at the school used as a shelter in Beit Hanoun, according to Palestinian officials.

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Patriotic Language

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:13am

Why do we call them "French fries" even though they aren't French? When you're done pondering that question, you'll find that all answers in this final round contain nationalities.

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Fair-Weather Friends

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:13am

There's a trivia storm in the forecast: All the answers in this quiz are celebrities and characters whose names are weather-related. Which poet's travels were blocked by ice crystals? Robert Frost!

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Place That Band

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:13am

Geography rocks! Jonathan Coulton sings songs by classic rock bands named after cities, states, countries and continents, while rewriting the lyrics to hint at the locations.

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The Most Unusual Tea Shop In The World

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:13am

At the Ask Me Another tea shop, we don't sell chai, but we do have tea that encourages faith and devotion: "loyal-tea." That's because all answers in this game sound like "tea." Share a cup with us!

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How To Succeed At Trivia

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:13am

Is listening to our show the secret to succeeding at trivia games? And how! In this quiz, the answers are common phrases and titles that begin with "how," such as How I Met Your Mother.

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Andy Serkis: God Save The Queen's English

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:13am

Serkis serves as accidental ambassador for his country in this game, as he must get a contestant to guess the American English equivalents of British slang, like "collywobbles." (Plus: Star Wars!)

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Random Questions With: Andy Serkis

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:13am

The versatile actor is known for disappearing into his roles, like Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Gollum in The Lord of the Rings. In this game, we get to know Serkis, the human being.

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A Tour Of Spanish Harlem, Birthplace Of Boogaloo

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:00am

Join us as we walk through New York's Spanish Harlem alongside DJ Turmix. He gives us a tour of El Barrio and one of the amazing musical genres born there: Boogaloo.

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Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 8:28am

Sen. John Walsh lifted at least a quarter of his United States Army War College master's thesis, according to a report in The New York Times. Walsh was appointed to the Senate in February.

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Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 8:27am

Fouad Massoum, who has a long history in Iraqi politics, took the oath of office vowing to protect the constitution and the unity of the country.

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Top Stories: Mideast Conflict Continues; Missing Algerian Jet

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:46am

Also: More bodies from the downed Malaysian jet will go to the Netherlands today; a Sudanese woman convicted of apostasy arrives in Italy; and a U.S. teen pilot flying around the world is killed.

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First Watch: Maddie & Tae, 'Girl In A Country Song'

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:40am

The video for the teenage duo Maddie & Tae's first single, "Girl In A Country Song," cheerfully turns the tables on the cartoonish macho tendencies of so much recent country music.

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Thanks To Backpack's Revival, Lugging Stuff Is Fashionable Again

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:35am

This age of bold (or pragmatic) entrepreneurialism calls for a bag that bellows adventure. Before you dust off your grade-school book bag, consider these designer options.

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Book News: Amazon Exec Says Hachette Is Using Authors 'As Human Shields'

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:18am

Also: President Obama will give the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 21 artists, writers, academics and journalists; Katie Crouch on Sylvia Plath.

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Latin Roots: Fania Records Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:04am

Accomplished musician, producer and Latin music expert Rachel Faro joins us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fania Records.

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Nikki Lane On World Cafe

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:04am

Alt-country singer Nikki Lane makes her World Cafe debut with four songs and an interview about her roots in both music and fashion.

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Saving Lives In South Miami, One Pool At A Time

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:04am

Swimming pool drowning rates among school-aged black children are more than 5 times higher than they are among white kids the same age.

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