10:33am

Fri August 24, 2012
Participation Nation

Taking Care In Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Community service in Alabama.
Courtesy of UA

One of the first activities of the new school year at the University of Alabama is Hands On Tuscaloosa, a morning of community service. On Sat., Aug. 25, students can choose to refurbish a neighborhood baseball diamond, clean-up a local high school, create a carnival or do something else worthwhile.

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10:22am

Fri August 24, 2012
The Two-Way

At Penn State, New Students Weigh Stigma Of Scandal

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 5:47 pm

Signs on display around town are designed to show support for Penn State's football team as a new season begins.
Jeff Brady NPR

A freshman class is arriving at Penn State this week. But a child sexual abuse scandal that rocked the school last fall is casting a shadow over the school's "Welcome Week."

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9:56am

Fri August 24, 2012
U.S.

Details Emerge In Shooting By Empire State Building

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 9:15 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Today's shooting in New York City draws special attention because of the location: at the base of the Empire State Building, perhaps the most famous building in New York, one of the most famous buildings in the world. The gunman opened fire there. Several people were shot and wounded. We're getting conflicting accounts of how many, although news photographs from the scene do show a number of people down on the ground.

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9:29am

Fri August 24, 2012
Author Interviews

'Incognito': What's Hiding In The Unconscious Mind

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 10:48 am

Dr. David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and writer. He directs the Laboratory of Perception and Action at Baylor College of Medicine.
Sharon Steinmann Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Texas, Houston Medical School

This interview was originally broadcast on May 31, 2011. David Eagleman's Incognito is now out in paperback.

Your brain doesn't like to keep secrets. Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, have shown that writing down secrets in a journal or telling a doctor your secrets actually decreases the level of stress hormones in your body. Keeping a secret, meanwhile, does the opposite.

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9:15am

Fri August 24, 2012
Economy

Will Dreamers Help Or Hurt The Economy?

There's a debate going on about whether President Obama's deferred action program for undocumented workers will help boost the economy, or hurt it. Guest host Viviana Hurtado hears two opposing views from Muzaffar Chishti of the Migration Policy Institute, and Vanderbilt University law professor Carol Swain.

9:15am

Fri August 24, 2012
Election 2012

Who Best Represents American Catholics?

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 10:03 am

Catholics are considered one of the most important swing groups in the country. Now, for the first time in history, both major political parties have Catholic vice presidential candidates. Guest host Viviana Hurtado discusses the Catholic voting bloc with pollster Robert Jones and conservative Catholic blogger Gayle Trotter.

9:08am

Fri August 24, 2012
The Salt

Arty Students, Not Party Students, Are Champs Of Late-Night Food Delivery

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 8:55 am

Art students rule the campus late-night delivery field. Maybe they're studying the packages.
iStockphoto.com

Millions of college students are heading back to campus soon, and as any parent footing the bill knows, they're hungry for more than just knowledge — they want food, and lots of it, at all hours.

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8:37am

Fri August 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Two Dead After Shooting Near Empire State Building

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 9:53 am

One of the blocked off streets near the scene of today's shooting outside the Empire State Building.
Jim O'Grady WNYC

A shooting near the iconic Empire State Building this morning has left two people dead — one of them the gunman who first opened fire — and has shut down streets around that Manhattan landmark.

Police do not believe there's any link to terrorism. Instead, they suspect the gunman had some sort of work-related grievance.

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8:12am

Fri August 24, 2012
NPR News Investigations

Before Reaching War Zones, Troops Risk Concussions

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 5:47 pm

Staff Sgt. Ronald Sherwood practices a maneuver on Sgt. 1st Class Darwin Scriber at the U.S. Army Combatives School at Fort Benning, Ga. The school trains instructors who will teach recruits hand-to-hand combat. Most of the student instructors have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Pouya Dianat for NPR

7:47am

Fri August 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Update: Isaac Might Be 'Near Hurricane Strength' When It Hits Haiti Today

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 1:21 pm

Isaac's projected track as of 2 p.m. ET on Friday (Aug. 24).
National Hurricane Center

Update at 3 p.m. ET. In its latest update, the National Hurricane Center says that tropical storm Isaac "could be near hurricane strength" when it reaches Haiti later today. That's a slightly more serious forecast from where we began the day.

Our original post — "Isaac Barrels Toward Haiti, But Isn't Likely To Become Hurricane Today":

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