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Danny Trejo's Big Break, James Brown's Must See Performance, Ebola Breakout

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 6:24pm

In this podcast episode a nurse from Doctors Without Borders talks about the deadliest ebola breakout, Danny Trejo's jump from the big house to the big screen, James Brown awes at the 1964 TAMI Awards

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Africa's Leaders Aim To Change Perception Of The Continent

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 5:46pm

Scores of African leaders gather in Washington this week at an unprecedented summit organized by President Obama. The goal: Get the U.S. invested in Africa, and shape a new narrative along the way.

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Met Opera's Union Lockout Postponed; Financial Analysis To Come

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

The drama continues. For months now, unions have been negotiating with the Metropolitan Opera's leadership over compensation and benefits; employees also accuse the Met of financial mismanagement.

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Danny Trejo: From The Big House To The Big Screen

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Trejo is famous for playing rough, macho tough guys. A distinctive tattoo helped him get his first role, as a convict. He was perfect for the part: Before he was in movies, Trejo was in prison.

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Say Bye-Bye To A Beloved Kiddie Amusement Park

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Hoffman's Playland, one of a handful of kiddie parks left in the country, is getting ready to close after 62 years of merry-go-rounds, toddler trains and more pint-sized fun.

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Got A Girl: A Musical Match Made In Hollywood

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Dan Nakamura and Mary Elizabeth Winstead met by chance while shooting Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The two struck up a friendship, and are now on the cusp of releasing their first album.

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Customer Dissatisfaction: The Fine Art Of The Funny Complaint

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Anthony Matthews is a master of the consumer complaint, writing and collecting some of the best letters to customer service. Two of his tips for success: use humor and write a real, hard-copy letter.

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Amid Rising College Costs, A Defense Of The Liberal Arts

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Wesleyan University President Michael Roth, author of the new book Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters, says that the debate over the value of a college education is hardly new.

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Debunking Common Myths About The Common Core

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Many people don't realize it's a set of standards, not a curriculum. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with education reporter Cory Turner about other misconceptions about the Common Core standards.

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In Louisville, Ky., Minecraft Teaches Math

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

The Common Core standards have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look like in a classroom? The NPR Ed team continues its summer series from a fifth-grade math lesson.

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Amid Lake Erie's Algal Bloom, Toledo's Water Woes Continue

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

For the second straight day, residents of Toledo, Ohio, are without tap water. The problem is caused by the discovery of a toxin in the water supply, likely the result of an algal bloom.

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Former Israeli Ambassador: 'Hamas Started This War'

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

NPR's Eric Westervelt interviews Michael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador to the United States, about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

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Israel Expects More Withdrawals; Gaza Residents See Little Change

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

An Israeli strike Sunday near a school where people were taking shelter from the fighting killed at least 10 people, U.N. officials say. Some parts of Gaza are quiet; the conflict continues in others.

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Cleveland Slugger Jim Thome Retires After Signing One-Day Contract

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 3:14pm

Calling a halt to a career that put him at the No. 7 spot on the all-time home run list, Jim Thome officially retired as a Cleveland Indian Saturday.

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