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Kicking The Can Down The Road: A Habit That's Hard To Kick

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:47am

Congress can't come up with an agreement to pay for road repairs and construction over the long haul, but like a road crew filling a pothole, they do seem to have a patch at hand.

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At Monty Python Reunion Show, The Circus Makes One Last Flight

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:40am

The British comedy troupe has reunited for what they say is the final time in Monty Python Live (Mostly). Fans around the world will watch the last show Sunday, either in London or via live stream.

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Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:03am

Forty-five years after man first walked on the moon, Alan Bean, who was part of the second lunar landing, talks to NPR's Arun Rath about his stormy launch and how he translates space travel into art.

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James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' And 'Maverick' Dies At 86

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:48am

Garner was known for wise-cracking, tough-guy characters who were not afraid to bend the rules. NPR's Arun Rath talks with biographer Jon Winokur about the actor's prolific career.

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R.J. Reynolds Vows Appeal Of $23 Billion Cancer-Death Verdict

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:21am

The nation's No. 2 tobacco manufacturer was slapped with the whopping punitive damages award in the death of a 36-year-old man of lung cancer in 1996.

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Putin May Be Key To Malaysian Plane Crash Inspection

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

NPR's Arun Rath talks to Wall Street Journal reporter James Marson about Vladimir Putin's response to mounting international anger at Russia following the downing of a civilian plane over Ukraine.

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'Transformers' Inspires Chinese Farmer/Artists

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

Some Chinese farmers have left their plows and taken to welding giant robot replicas for public spaces. The craze follows release of the new Transformers movie, China's biggest-ever box office hit.

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As Polar Icebox Shrinks, Infectious Pathogens Move North

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

Science writer Chris Solomon tells NPR's Arun Rath that global warming has caused an influx of new diseases in animals that could eventually spread to humans.

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Facility Sets Up Extreme Precautions To Treat Ebola Patients

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

Ebola Virus in Sierra Leone is killing dozens by the week. Medical workers have responded by expanding a field hospital, taking extraordinary measures to contain infection.

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Should NATO Respond To Downing Of Malaysia Flight 17?

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

Former Navy Adm. James Stavridis tells NPR's Arun Rath what steps the alliance might take in response to the downing of the Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.

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Four Simple Notes Captured Listeners Across Centuries

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

Its name is esoteric, but the diatonic phrygian tetrachord is perhaps the most common sequence in music. WNYC's David Garland tells NPR's Arun Rath how those four notes crop up from baroque to rock.

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How Bad Can He Be? Only The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

Author Douglas Coupland tells NPR's Arun Rath that he's not exactly sure how the lead character of his new novel entered his mind. This story originally aired on Morning Edition on April 19.

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The Secret Behind Romero's Scary Zombies: 'I Made Them The Neighbors'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

"There's nothing scarier than the neighbors," says Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero. His latest zombie tale is a comic book set in New York City called The Empire of the Dead.

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Plane Crash Is A 'Powerful Tragedy' For The Netherlands

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

Dutch editor Willem Schouten tells NPR's Arun Rath that people in the Netherlands are saddened and outraged over the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine. Nearly 200 of victims were Dutch.

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A Nasty Weed May Have Helped Ancient Humans Keep Their Teeth

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

Archaeologists have found that for a period of about 7,000 years, people were eating a weed that may have helped them avoid cavities. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on July 16.)

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Gaza Evacuees Crowd Into Schools Remade As Shelters

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

While Israelis seek refuge from Hamas rockets in ubiquitous shelters, Palestinians crowd into schools to escape Israeli airstrikes. Conditions there grow dire as the conflict drags on.

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Alternative Latin Music Conference Celebrates Its Quinceñera

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd of NPR Music's Alt.Latino bring NPR's Arun Rath a stack of the best new music in the Latin music scene.

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'Humanitarian Truce' Quickly Collapses In Gaza; Fighting Resumes

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 7:26am

Israel sent more troops into Gaza on Sunday, stepping up tank fire and air strikes ahead of the short-lived cease-fire.

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James Garner, Of the 70s TV Show 'The Rockford Files,' Dies

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 7:18am

Actor James Garner, whose rugged but affable character made hits out of the TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, has died. He was 86.

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Take A Ride On The Plural Side

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 7:03am

Two clues will be given. The first answer will be a brand name that sounds like it's plural; change the first letter to spell a new word that answers the second clue.

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