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NPR Story
9:05 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

As Americans Drive Less, What Does That Mean For Cities?


Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 9:15 am

A new report from the advocacy group U.S. Pirg has found that for the first time in six decades, Americans are actually driving less.

A number of factors have contributed to this, according to Micheline Maynard, editor of the journalism project, “Curbing Cars: Rethinking How We Get Around.”

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NPR Story
8:54 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Moammar Gadhafi's Son Faces Trial Next Month

This image made from video distributed by the Zintan Media Center shows Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, center, inside a defendant's cage in a courtroom in Zintan, Libya, Thursday, May 2, 2013. (Zintan Media Center via AP)

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 2:55 pm

It has been nearly two years since Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi was ousted from power and killed by rebels.

His son, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, who was the public face of his father’s regime during the revolution of 2011, was captured in the Libyan desert late that year.

Since then, he has been held in the town of Zintan, which was a hotbed for the opposition to his father. High up in the Nefusa mountains of western Libya, few places suffered more than Zintan during the Libyan revolution.

Rebels from the town helped liberate Tripoli in the summer of 2011.

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NPR Story
8:53 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Oakland Father Reflects On 'Fruitvale Station'

This film publicity image shows a scene from "Fruitvale Station." (Ron Koeberer/The Weinstein Company via AP)

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 1:08 pm

Jack Bryson’s two sons were on the train platform on New Year’s Day in 2009 when Oscar Grant III was shot by a transit police officer in Oakland, Calif.

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8:52 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

When Asian And Latin Food Collide: Spicy, Tasty Or Confused?

Green beans with peanuts and chile de arbol
Courtesy Pati Jinich

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 1:20 pm

Asian-Americans and Latinos trace their roots half a world away from each other — literally. But their cultures, and especially the foods they love, have more in common than you might think. These days, they're colliding in new and interesting ways – from Korean barbecue taco trucks to finer dining.

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Krulwich Wonders...
8:50 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Look What You've Done, North America!

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 3:25 pm

This is the story of two continents doing battle, North America versus South America. It is also a biological mystery.

For a very long time, North America and South America were separate land masses. The Pacific Ocean slipped between them, flowing into the Caribbean. The Isthmus of Panama was there, but it was underwater. The two continents didn't touch.

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The Protojournalist
8:47 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

A Little Old American Bonsai

A Hinoki cypress at Brussel Martin's bonsai nursery in Mississippi. He has nurtured it for 40 years, which is half its life. "I turned down $40,000 for it a year ago," Martin says. "It is worth twice that. I call it Big Bertha."
Courtesy of Brussel's Bonsai

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 10:13 am

A News Story In Tanka


For cypress tree in

Olive Branch, Mississippi,

80 years of age

Someone has a yen to pay

Forty thou — grower says Noh.


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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
8:46 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Is Cancer A Gift?

Cagri Ozgur

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 3:02 pm

There's a gift in cancer. It says so right on page 203 of Greg Anderson's book Cancer: 50 Essential Things to Do (2013 edition; first published 1993). Anderson quotes the singer Olivia Newton-John as saying this about her "journey through breast cancer": "I see it [cancer] as a gift. I know it sounds strange. But I don't think I would have grown in the areas I did without this experience."

Then Anderson urges his readers to "Seek the gift in cancer. It's there."

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All Songs Considered
8:45 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Why The Newport Folk Festival Is So Special

Mito Habe-Evans NPR Music

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 2:48 pm

  • Hear Newport Folk Producer Jay Sweet Discuss This Year's Festival

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Monkey See
8:44 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Keith Olbermann Talks Sports, ESPN, And The Secret Identity Anthony Weiner Stole

Keith Olbermann speaks onstage during the Olbermann panel at the ESPN portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association press tour.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 8:07 am

"Carlos ... Danger," says Keith Olbermann with utter awe, and arcs his hand across his field of vision.

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8:43 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Best Of Brasil Summerfest 2013: Hip Hop, Samba, Tecno Brega And Beyond

Brazilian singer Gaby Amarantos is among the many new faces invading New York at this year's Brasil Summerfest.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 4:14 pm

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