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9:37 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Why Dolphins Make Us Nervous

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 10:32 am

What is it about dolphins? They have very, very big brains, and that makes we humans, whose brains are nothing to sniff at, nervous. We don't know what to make of them.

The latest example: On May 17 in India, the Ministry of Environment and Forests issued an order to all Indian states banning dolphin amusement parks. No leaping out of pools to catch balls, no jumping through hoops. Forcing dolphins to entertain humans, the ministry said, was morally unacceptable.

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NPR Story
9:37 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

The Printable List: What NPR's Backseat Book Club Has Read So Far

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 3:22 pm

Ever since we launched NPR's Backseat Book Club in 2011, our young listeners have been busy reading — classics like The Wizard of Oz, Black Beauty and The Phantom Tollbooth, and newer tales, like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Graveyard Book. If you know a kid age 9-14 who's looking for a great read, look no further: Here are all the books we've read so far.

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Books News & Features
9:37 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Amid Dropping Test Scores, Teen Writers' Creativity Soars

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 9:58 am

NPR correspondent Joseph Shapiro and his daughter Eva spent the weekend at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Eva, 15, won the "Best in Grade" award, one of two for ninth-grade writers, for a short story. She takes writing classes with Writopia Lab in Washington, D.C.

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Book Reviews
9:36 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Reader Advisory: 'Shining Girls' Is Gruesome But Gripping

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 5:18 pm

Borrow from Stephen King a house with a wormhole that somehow allows for time travel, re-create the monstrous chilliness of scenes between a serial killer and his female victims in The Silence of the Lambs, and you could easily end up with a pretty derivative thriller. But talented Cape Town writer Lauren Beukes has managed to turn such borrowing and theft into a triumph in her new novel, The Shining Girls. It's her third book, and a marvelous narrative feat that spans the history of Chicago from the 1930s to the 1990s.

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Monkey See
9:34 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

How To Introduce Kids To Tough Topics? Art And TV Can Help

Sue Glader wrote Nowhere Hair after finding many children's books about cancer that were too depressing or scary.
Courtesy Sue Glader

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 5:31 am

Parents steer their kids to media for all kinds of things: as a distraction so they can make dinner, to teach letters and numbers, and for pure entertainment. There are also times when parents rely on books, TV, museums and other media when they aren't quite sure how to approach a difficult topic by themselves.

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All Tech Considered
9:34 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Will A Kill Switch Stop Cellphones From Being Stolen?

People use cellphones in downtown San Francisco. The city's district attorney and New York's attorney general plan to meet with major cellphone manufacturers, as they push the industry to do more to protect consumers from violent street crimes connected to cellphone thefts.
Ben Margot AP

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 1:05 pm

Cellphone thefts are now the single biggest source of property crime in many American cities. A recent study found that lost and stolen phones cost consumers close to $30 billion a year. And 10 percent of smartphone owners say they've had a phone stolen.

Almost everyone has a story about losing their phone; even tech reporters are not immune.

NPR's Laura Sydell lost her phone and spent over three hours skulking around San Francisco using an app and an iPad to track her phone thief.

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The Two-Way
9:34 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Southern Baptists Condemn Policy Shift On Gay Boy Scouts

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 7:14 pm

The Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution at its annual meeting Wednesday to condemn the Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow openly gay boys to become Scouts. The resolution, which did not receive unanimous support, stops short of requiring member churches to break with the organization.

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This Is NPR
9:33 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Get Some Ink: A New Way to Show Public Radio Dedication

NPR talent with tattoos: (l to r) Nina Totenberg, Ari Shapiro, Michel Martin, John Ydstie, Lakshmi Singh, Jacki Lyden, David Greene, Guy Raz and Rachel Martin.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 9:35 am

Earlier this spring, NPR joined This American Life to create a set of eight public radio-themed tattoos as a pledge premium for Member Stations. In case you missed the opportunity to get those from your local station, now those tattoos are available in the NPR Shop.

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It's All Politics
9:33 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

NSA Surveillance Fails To Rile Congress

The National Security Agency's headquarters in Fort Meade, Md.
NSA Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 6:44 pm

President Obama says he welcomes a debate about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. So far, there's not much sign of one happening, at least on Capitol Hill.

Leading members of Congress remain largely supportive of the effort to "protect America," as some senators have characterized broad tracking of Internet and phone activity.

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NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century
9:33 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

City Life Snapshot: Dayton's 5th Street Brew Pub Co-Op

Brian Young and Maureen Barry
Courtesy of Eric Risher, ReInvention Stories/WYSO

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 6:55 pm

In this City Life Snapshot from Dayton, Ohio, we meet Brian Young and Maureen Barry in a story of urban re-invention. Young and Barry gathered up 32 neighborhood investors to turn a 19th century grocery store that had fallen into disrepair into a local gathering spot: the Fifth Street Brew Pub Co-op. This story comes to us from Eric Risher and Lesley Fogle of ReInvention Stories, a project at member station WYSO.

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