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Crime In The City
10:38 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Bodies On The Boardwalk: Murder Stirs A Sleepy Jersey Shore

The Jersey shore's iconic Star Jet roller coaster was inundated after Superstorm Sandy.
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Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 5:01 pm

When writer Chris Grabenstein plots his mysteries, the murders happen in the corny nooks of New Jersey's Jersey shore. After all, there's something delightfully cheesy about a beach town.

"I guess I'm a cheesy guy. I like this kind of stuff," Grabenstein says. "Ever since I was a kid I loved tourist towns."

The author points out shop names as we walk along his stretch of the shore. There's the Sunglass Menagerie, an ice cream shop called Do Me A Flavor, Shore Good Donuts and How You Brewin' coffee. I'll spare you the rest — Long Beach Island has 18 miles of this stuff.

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Books
10:37 am
Wed August 7, 2013

How Andrew Carnegie Turned His Fortune Into A Library Legacy

Carnegie ultimately gave away $60 million to fund a system of 1,689 public libraries across the country. "In bestowing charity the main consideration should be to help those who help themselves," he wrote.
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Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 3:03 pm

Andrew Carnegie was once the richest man in the world. Coming as a dirt poor kid from Scotland to the U.S., by the 1880s he'd built an empire in steel — and then gave it all away: $60 million to fund a system of 1,689 public libraries across the country.

Carnegie donated $300,000 to build Washington, D.C.'s oldest library — a beautiful beaux arts building that dates back to 1903. Inscribed above the doorway are the words: Science, Poetry, History. The building was "dedicated to the diffusion of knowledge."

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This Is NPR
10:34 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Is This Heaven? No, It's Iowa.

(left picture) Don Gonyea, Brian Naylor and Scott Horsley on day 1 of the RAGBRAI ride, team No Pie Refused is all smiles in anticipation of the infinite varieties of peach pie (a group favorite) to be tasted on the road ahead.
NPR

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 9:14 am

The NPR newsroom was recently abuzz with rumors that three political correspondents had fallen prey to certain nostalgia for the Hawkeye State, after murmurs of slow summer news cycle amidst a grid-locked Congress began percolating around the coffee machine.

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This Is NPR
10:34 am
Wed August 7, 2013

2014 Wall Calendar: February

St. Louis-based illustrator Vidhya Nagarajan designed this art for the 2014 NPR Wall Calendar.
Vidhya Nagarajan NPR

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 4:58 pm

"What I love most about NPR is learning about different cultures, food, music and people's stories from around the world. I get a connection to experiences that I would not have otherwise. So until I can get around the globe and witness for myself, it's all about NPR," said Vidhya Nagarajan, who contributed this art for the 2014 NPR Wall Calendar.

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The Salt
10:33 am
Wed August 7, 2013

For The Love Of Beer: How Empty Cans Made A House A Home

The Beer Can House in Houston in 2011. It's estimated that more than 50,000 beer cans were used to cover the entire house.
Bill Rand Flickr

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 5:34 pm

At first, all John Milkovisch wanted in 1968 was a covered patio where he could drink his beer at the end of the day. But a bigger idea was brewing. For years, he had been saving his empty beer cans.

"While I was building the patio I was drinking the beer," he said in an interview in 1983. "I knew I was going to do something with them aluminum cans because that was what I was looking for ... but I didn't know what I was going to do." (Milkovisch died in 1988.)

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Television
10:33 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Lady In Black: 'Burka Avenger' Fights For Pakistan's Girls

Mild-mannered teacher by day, masked superhero by night, the Burka Avenger fights corruption and oppression, and aims to empower the girls of Pakistan.
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Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 5:05 pm

A caped crusader is on the loose in the mountains of Pakistan, but she's not your traditional superhero. The Burka Avenger wears a flowing black veil — only her brown eyes are visible — as she fights corrupt politicians and religious zealots. Her weapons of choice: pens and books.

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Planet Money
10:32 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Which Can Of Shaving Cream Should I Buy? A Surprisingly Complex Analysis

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Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 1:25 pm

Because my morning routine involves the waking, feeding, dressing, brushing and sunblocking of a 6-year-old and a 4-year-old, certain personal morning grooming habits fall by the wayside. Like, all of them. This is why I think of the gym mainly as a place to wash up.

Which is a long way of saying I ran out of shaving cream the other day.

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All Songs Considered
10:31 am
Wed August 7, 2013

New Music: Yuck, Electronic Music Pioneer Roedelius, Chastity Belt And More

Clockwise from upper left: Yuck, Jackson Scott, Roedelius and Schneider, Chastity Belt.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 2:53 pm

On this edition of All Songs Considered, host Bob Boilen returns from a long, arduous weekend of work, looking tan and rested. That's because he just got back from the Newport Folk Festival, where he spent three glorious days surrounded by love, rainbows and amazing music. But leave it to co-host Robin Hilton to harsh Bob's mellow, when he shows Bob the most horrifying publicity photo either has ever seen for a band.

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NPR Story
10:31 am
Wed August 7, 2013

St. Louis School Transfers Stir Up Controversy

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Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 2:54 pm

In Missouri, under a law recently upheld by the state’s Supreme Court, students attending schools in districts that don’t meet baseline education standards can transfer to another district, at no cost to their parents.

But, the receiving schools have no say about which students will be coming to their schools, and some parents are concerned about an increase in crime and drugs. That concern has prompted accusations of racism.

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NPR Story
10:31 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Civilian Casualties Up 23 Percent In Afghanistan

Abdul Jamil, 55, a suicide attack victim who suffers from injuries on his right leg and lost his left eye, is helped by his wife at his home, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (Rahmat Gul/AP)

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 2:54 pm

The United Nations has released its civilian casualties report for Afghanistan, and the numbers aren’t good.

The country saw a 23 percent increase in the first half of the year.

Meanwhile, a ceremony in Helmand, Afghanistan, today marks the closing of the last Marine Regiment.

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