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11:38 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Of Marines, Mothers and Men: Scott Simon On StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative

Following the Military Voices launch event, NPR Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon hugs Gordon Bolar, General Manager of NPR Member Station WMUK in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 2007, Bolar's son Matthew was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 2:12 pm

Each month, Weekend Edition Saturday celebrates stories of families of the 2.4 million men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last 10 years. In partnership with StoryCorps, the American oral history project, the Military Voices Initiative amplifies their important voices and lets them know that we—as a nation—are listening.

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This Is NPR
11:38 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Give Them A Hand: NPR, StateImpact And StoryCorps Honored With DuPont-Columbia Awards

StateImpact Pennsylvania developed this interactive map to show which natural gas operators are drilling, and where; find active wells in a county or municipality; and see whether the drillers have been cited for violating state environmental regulations.
StateImpact

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 9:10 am

It was announced today that NPR and its public radio partners are being honored with three 2013 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Silver Baton Awards, somewhat akin to the Pulitzers of broadcasting and digital journalism.

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NPR's Backseat Book Club
11:37 am
Thu December 20, 2012

In 'Red Pyramid,' Kid Heroes Take On Ancient Egypt

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 4:43 pm

If there was a recipe for the best-selling writer Rick Riordan, it would go something like this — start with a love of storytelling, fold in more than a decade of teaching middle school English, combine that with two sons of his own who don't quite share their dad's love of literature, and marinate all of that with a deep passion for mythology.

Riordan has sold tens of millions of kids' books. He hit pay dirt with the Percy Jackson series — it's about an everyday kid who has superhero powers because he's the secret son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea.

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Music Reviews
11:36 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Homeboy Sandman: A Rapper Leaves Law Behind

Homeboy Sandman's fourth album is called First of a Living Breed.
Gavin Thomas Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 4:43 pm

The bare facts of Homeboy Sandman's back story don't sound very hip-hop: prep school in New Hampshire, Ivy League B.A., even some pieces for The Huffington Post. But, as is often the case with class and race in America, bare facts don't tell the whole story.

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Shootings In Newtown, Conn.
11:35 am
Thu December 20, 2012

For Sandy Hook's First Responders, Trauma Lingers With Painful Reminders

"We're holding up the best that we can" after Friday's shootings, says Sandy Hook volunteer firefighter Anthony "Chip" Carpenter.
David Schaper NPR

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 7:33 pm

The police officers, firefighters and emergency medical teams who rushed to Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday are trying to cope with what they saw there, even as they work to investigate the awful crime that transpired and help their community cope with its aftermath.

The first responders are also struggling with the fact that they weren't able to save anyone, as they had been trained to do.

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Environment
11:34 am
Thu December 20, 2012

A 3.8 Billion-Pixel Tour Of Mount Everest

A screen grab of an interactive image of Mount Everest by GlacierWorks
GlacierWorks

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 1:57 pm

Photographer David Breashears of GlacierWorks was on All Things Considered Monday to talk about a new way of photographing the Himalayan region: By stitching together 400-plus images into one giant, zoomable, interactive image — or a "gigapan" containing more than a billion pixels.

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Movie Interviews
11:33 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Naomi Watts, Mulling 'The Impossible'

Maria (Naomi Watts) and her family, including her son Lucas (Tom Holland), fight to survive when they are caught in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Jose Haro Summit Entertainment

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 11:55 am

The Impossible, a feature film opening Dec. 21, is about a family swept away by the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean. It's based on the true story of a Spanish family.

In the movie, they're British — a couple and their three young sons, on vacation in Thailand. It looks like paradise. Then, the earth trembles, and the ocean roars in, bringing with it catastrophe and heartbreak.

The mother is played by Naomi Watts, who spoke with NPR's Melissa Block about the film and its retelling of a grimly familiar story.

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Krulwich Wonders...
11:24 am
Thu December 20, 2012

The End Of The World, My Way

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Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 10:06 am

The Mayans being before my time, I'm too young for their End of the World.

Theirs comes from an ancient calendar that says "the fourteenth baktun" — a new era --will commence on Dec. 21, 2012.

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Children's Health
10:53 am
Thu December 20, 2012

What Does Autism Have To Do With It?

Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza has been described as "quiet" and "different." Unconfirmed reports have suggested that he may have had autism or Asperger's syndrome. Host Michel Martin looks at the speculation about Lanza, and talks about the myths and truths about autism and Asperger's syndrome with two moms and a child psychiatrist.

Mental Health
10:53 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Advice On How Kids, Adults Can Cope With Tragedy

A lot of parents are at a loss for words when it comes to explaining the Sandy Hook shooting to their kids. Host Michel Martin speaks to Suzanne McCabe of Scholastic about advice on how families can move forward from disasters. McCabe also talks about her own experiences dealing with tragedy.

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