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Security Tightens As Fighting Between Israelis And Palestinans Continues

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 4:14am

Israel tightened security around neighborhoods in east Jerusalem after a series of deadly attacks. At least nine Israelis and more than 40 Palestinians have been killed in the past five weeks.

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Children Want Factual Stories, Versus Fantasy, More Often Than Adults

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 3:35am

Childhood is a time of pretend play, fantasy lands and make-believe. But Tania Lombrozo explores a study showing when factual stories are pitted against fictional tales, kids lean toward the real.

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'The Knick' Returns To The Bloody Pursuit Of Knowledge

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 3:25am

The TV show, set in a New York City hospital in the early 1900s, depicts turn-of-the-century medicine in grisly detail. Stars Clive Owen and Andre Holland say there's no nostalgia involved.

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Is Wall Street Eating Your 401(k) Nest Egg?

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 3:24am

High fees are eroding the retirement savings of millions of Americans, but employers who shop around can find better options for their 401(k) plans. A small Minnesota firm offers a dramatic example.

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Opinion: Finding A Good Financial Adviser Without Paying Too Much

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 2:33am

Finding a good financial adviser can be tricky. Their investing strategy, fees and how they charge them come into play. Wharton economics professor Kent Smetters offers tips on selecting an adviser.

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Coalition Airstrikes Kill Al-Qaida Leader In Syria, Pentagon Says

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 5:25pm

The U.S. military gave no details about the Thursday airstrikes they say killed Sanafi al-Nasr. The Pentagon said he was "a longtime jihadist experienced in funneling money and fighters for al-Qaida."

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Q&A: What Machines Can Learn From People And We Can Learn From Them

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 5:25pm

Should artificial intelligence mimic human behavior? The executive in charge of developing future generations of IBM's Watson tackles that and other questions about the limits and powers of AI.

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With Song And Celebration, Mosque Chips Away At Sunni-Shiite Divide

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 4:53pm

Sunni and Shiite Muslims have been in conflict for centuries. But a mosque in the Bay Area is trying to break down those walls. With music, open mic nights and open arms, they've found common ground.

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The Key To 'Accountability' — And Why You'll Be Hearing It A Lot This Week

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 4:20pm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with reporter Michael Schmidt about accountability — a word that's likely to come up often next week, as Hillary Clinton faces the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

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The Deep, Dark Secret Of R.L. Stine: 'I Never Planned To Be Scary'

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 4:19pm

After more than 20 years of frights, Stine's Goosebumps series is finally getting a big-screen adaptation, starring Jack Black. For Stine and Black, the key to the nightmare is in keeping things fun.

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On Cusp Of National Honor, A Look Back At Eddie Murphy's Career In Comedy

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 4:09pm

This weekend, the Kennedy Center will award the 18th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to actor and comedian Eddie Murphy. NPR's Michel Martin takes a look back at Murphy's long career.

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People On The Move Drive Anxiety, Hope — And, Always, Change

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 4:06pm

Migration — whether from one country to another, or one political party to another — transforms culture and society, writes Michel Martin. The question is how the change happens, not whether it does.

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An Israeli's Take: Roots Of Recent Violence Lie In 'Hateful Incitement'

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 4:06pm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks to Mark Regev, who has been the chief spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Regev will be taking over as Israel's ambassador to the U.K.

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Palestinian Perspective: 'Young People Are Demanding Their Freedom'

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 4:06pm

Mustafa Barghouti, a Palestinian physician and general secretary of the Palestine National Initiative, talks with NPR's Michel Martin about continued violence in the Middle East.

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Lessons From A Fight To Fix Flint's Water Supply

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 4:06pm

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha talks to NPR's Michel Martin about her fight to get politicians to fix the water supply in Flint, Mich., after kids started testing positive for higher levels of lead exposure.

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Attack Of The Spooky Script! R.L. Stine, In Life And On The Screen

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 4:06pm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with R.L. Stine, author of the children's horror book series Goosebumps, about his long — and surprising — writing career, and the new film based on his books.

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Calls Continue For EPA To Clean Up Former Lead Production Site In Philly

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 4:06pm

A recent federal study found between 11 and 13 percent of children in the neighborhoods surrounding an old factory site in Philadelphia had elevated levels of lead in their blood.

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Puerto Ricans Vow To Have A Bigger Voice In 2016 Election

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 4:06pm

Puerto Rican leaders gathered in Orlando, Fla., in an effort to begin building the political clout of the nation's second-largest Hispanic group.

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Did Life Begin On Mars?

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 4:04pm

If life did arise on Mars, the trek to Earth might not have been that difficult. Modern tests have shown that microbes could survive such a journey on a meteorite, says guest blogger Bill Mesler.

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