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What If Atheists Were Defined By Their Actions?

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:37am

Should we express religious categories in terms of people's beliefs or their behaviors? Commentator Tania Lombrozo examines why we describe (a)theism the way we do.

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IOC Unveils Changes Including Lower Bidding Costs, More Sports At Olympics

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:31am

The changes adopted today at a two-day meeting in Monaco include a new Olympic channel. They are all part of biggest change in decades to the International Olympic Committee.

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Democratic Mayors Back Obama's Immigration Plan, Citing Economic Benefits

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:23am

Some 20 U.S. mayors meeting in New York hope to persuade some 4 million undocumented residents to come forward and apply for deferred action.

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Doctors Are Slow To Adopt Changes In Breast Cancer Treatment

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:20am

There's not much evidence that radiation increases survival in older women with early-stage breast cancer, but doctors are still prescribing it. It can be hard to get doctors to change protocols.

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Dream Time

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:19am

There's more to this roots music business than high-energy dance tunes. Kick back with some soothing voices and some free-spirited instrumentals.

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First Watch: U2 'Song For Someone'

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:00am

Watch a spray-painted mural take shape on a wall in Northern Ireland inspired by U2's "Song For Someone," from the album Songs of Innocence.

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Typhoon Death Toll Rises In Philippines, Though Devastation Less Than Feared

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 9:19am

Hagupit, now a tropical storm, forced more than a million people into shelters when it hit. At least 21 people are dead. But it spared the Philippines the devastation of last year's Typhoon Haiyan.

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Top Stories: Massive L.A. Fire; New California Protests

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 9:15am

Also: NASA will release a new photograph of distant Pluto; British royals William and Kate arrive in New York; and some NFL players wear messages protesting the New York grand jury's Garner decision.

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Song Premiere: San Fermin, 'Parasites'

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 9:03am

After a quiet opening passage, "Parasites" gets jarringly loud and frenetic, like several songs laid atop one another.

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Book News: Doris Lessing's Personal Library Returns Home — To Zimbabwe

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:48am

More than 3,000 books from the British Nobel laureate's collection have been donated to a library in Zimbabwe, where Lessing lived for 25 years. Also: J.K. Rowling promises 12 days of Harry Potter.

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Bay Area Protests Turn Violent For Second Night In A Row

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:48am

Demonstrators vandalized businesses and blocked traffic on a freeway. The protests came in the wake of police killings in Missouri and New York.

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A Surprisingly Effective Trailer For 'The Last Five Years'

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:26am

The trailer for the upcoming film The Last Five Years shows lots of Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan singing to each other, because ... that's the movie. It's good, though.

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Kids' Drawings Speak Volumes About Home

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:25am

A first-grader's quick doodle can tell researchers plenty about what's happening — or not happening — at home.

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NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2014

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 7:00am

Fifty albums for a heavier-than-average year, selected by NPR Music's staff and member station partners. These are the albums we held close in 2014 and the ones we want to share.

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