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3:37pm

Sun November 23, 2014
Television

'Getting On' Star Niecy Nash: 'I Never Wanted To Be Funny'

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 11:51 am

Niecy Nash (right) plays DiDi, a nurse at an extended care facility, in the HBO comedy series Getting On, which was modeled after the hit BBC series of the same name. Betty Buckley plays one of her patients.
Lacey Terrell HBO

3:15pm

Sun November 23, 2014
Code Switch

Racial Disparities In Arrests Are Prevalent, But Cause Isn't Clear

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 10:00 am

Protesters and law enforcement officers face off during a protest outside the Ferguson Police Department in October. Ferguson police statistics show the department arrest blacks at a higher rate than other racial groups โ€” but that disparity is true for police departments across the country.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

Ferguson, Mo., continues to watch and wait as a grand jury decides whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Brown's death was the spark for mass protests in Ferguson, but many of the city's black population say the problems go deeper, and that blacks are unfairly singled out by police.

Ferguson police statistics show the department does arrest blacks at a higher rate than other racial groups. But that disparity is true for police departments across the country.

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12:59am

Sun November 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dies

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 11:28 am

Washington, D.C., Councilman and former Mayor Marion Barry was famously re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession, but started out as a champion for the city's disenfranchised.
Alex Brandon AP

Marion Barry, the fiery Washington, D.C., politician who was famously re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession, has died after months of battling health issues. He was 78.

The four-term mayor, who was still serving his third term on the D.C. Council, was famous for fighting for the District's disenfranchised, but won national notoriety after he was caught on FBI video with an ex-girlfriend and crack cocaine in 1990.

He was considered by many to be the district's most charismatic and controversial politician.

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6:43am

Sat November 22, 2014
Goats and Soda

Obama's Step-Grandmother Continues Educating Young Kenyans

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 1:58 pm

Sarah Obama, left, and her translator, Mama Sarah Obama Foundation Executive Director Debra Akello, spoke at the United Nations on Wednesday.
Bebeto Matthews AP

The United States has seen many fundraisers headlined by an Obama in recent years, but this week it won't be the president or the first lady โ€” it will be his step-grandmother, Sarah Obama, who is raising funds to build a school and hospital in her hometown, Kogelo, Kenya.

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2:49pm

Thu November 20, 2014
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Debate: Should Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 3:17 pm

Bioethicist Peter Singer argues that, under certain circumstances, people should have the right to die at a time of their choosing.
Samuel La Hoz Intelligence Squared U.S.

Since Oregon legalized physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill in 1997, more than 700 people have taken their lives with prescribed medication โ€” including Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old with an incurable brain tumor, who ended her life earlier this month.

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1:50am

Mon November 17, 2014
Parallels

In A Dutch Town, A Glowing Bike Path Inspired By Van Gogh

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 10:27 am

Artist Dan Roosegaarde pays tribute to Vincent Van Gogh's painting Starry Night by creating this bike path in Van Gogh's hometown of Eindhoven.
Courtesy of Studio Roosegaarde

In the Dutch town of Eindhoven, artist Daan Roosegaarde has paid homage to its most famous resident, Vincent Van Gogh, by creating a glowing bike path that relies on solar-powered LED lights and interprets his classic painting Starry Night.

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4:50pm

Sun November 16, 2014
Around the Nation

Criminal Law Says Minors Can't Consent โ€” But Some Civil Courts Disagree

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 7:00 pm

Protecting young people from sexual predators would seem to be a universally-held value in this country: No state has an age of consent lower than 16.

But in some courtrooms, attorneys argue that children can make decisions about whom they have sex with โ€” and in some cases, those attorneys are winning.

One of those cases is currently under appeal in California. In 2010, a 28-year old middle-school math teacher began a six-month sexual relationship with a 14-year-old female student at his school.

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9:44am

Sun November 16, 2014
Goats and Soda

Google Asks Users To Help Fight Ebola โ€” And They Answer With Cash

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 10:26 am

Google CEO Larry Page.
Jeff Chiu AP

When you think philanthropy, Facebook and Google don't usually come to mind.

But maybe in your travels across the Internet this week, you notice that both companies placed banners ads on their pages asking you to help end the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Google pledged to match every dollar donated by its users with $2. The company has already reached its limit of $7.5 million โ€” $5 million from Google and $2.5 million from donors.

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3:52pm

Sat November 15, 2014
Music Interviews

When The Lights Go Down, Who Will Hear 'The Last Transmission'?

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 7:35 pm

Filmmaker and musician Melvin Van Peebles' new album with the London band The Heliocentrics is titled The Last Transmission.
Courtesy of the artist

A lot of popular musicians in the 1960s and '70s showed a passionate interest in getting extremely high โ€” higher than any human had ever been.

We're talking, of course, about space exploration. David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Sun Ra, Funkadelic; all contributed to our shared space mythology. That doesn't happen so much these days.

But a new record from London band The Heliocentrics is a welcome, and trippy, exception.

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3:43pm

Sat November 15, 2014
My Big Break

How'd Karyn Parsons Get Her Gig On 'Fresh Prince'? Brattiness

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 11:02 am

Alfonso Ribeiro (from left), Will Smith and Karyn Parsons on the set of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1991.
Ron Tom NBC via Getty Images

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

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6:01am

Sat November 15, 2014
The Salt

A Journey Through The History Of American Food In 100 Bites

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 9:37 am

One of America's favorite bites: the hotdog. Here, a man and women enjoy the dogs at a California fair in 1905.
Courtesy of Sourcebooks

Apple pie isn't American in the way people often mean. Every ingredient, from apples to butter to nutmeg and cinnamon, came from somewhere else.

But then, so do most Americans.

A new book traces the roots of American tastes from pemmican to Coca-Cola to what are now called "molecularly modified" foods. Libby O'Connell, the chief historian and a senior vice president for the History Channel and A&E networks, wrote The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites.

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1:32am

Fri November 14, 2014
StoryCorps

For Veteran, Hospice Care Work Connects Him To Family

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 12:16 pm

Ron Riveira, 42, a retired Navy corpsman and a medic for the Marines, with retired Army medic Jason Deitch, 44, in Concord, Calif. The two crossed paths while they were deployed overseas and reconnected back in the states.
StoryCorps

The imprint Ron Riveira's grandparents made on his life has been indelible. Ron, a hospice nurse in California, served as a Navy corpsman and a medic in the Marines. His grandmother and grandfather โ€” a Korean War vet โ€” helped raise him.

Ron remembers that his grandfather may not have said much, but his love for his wife was obvious. "They were a phenomenal couple," Ron tells his friend Jason Deitch at StoryCorps in Concord, Calif.

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1:29am

Fri November 14, 2014
Code Switch

Director Gina Prince-Bythewood: It's Time To 'Obliterate The Term Black Film'

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 12:39 pm

"My hope has always been to make movies with people of color in them but tell stories that are universal," says Gina Prince-Bythewood.
Suzanne Tenner Blackbird Productions

Filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood is tired of hearing about "black films." In fact: "It is one of my goals in life to obliterate the term 'black film,' " she tells NPR's David Greene.

Prince-Bythewood tells love stories. She created the films Love and Basketball, The Secret Life of Bees, and most recently, Beyond the Lights.

"For me it's just about putting people of color in every genre and making it become normal," she says.

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1:27am

Fri November 14, 2014
Space

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Separates Fact From Fiction In 'Interstellar'

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 7:42 am

Matthew McConaughey plays an astronaut explorer in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar.
Paramount Pictures Melinda Sue Gordon

As you may be aware, there's a hot new space movie now in theaters โ€” Interstellar. Here's the premise: It's just a little bit in the future, conditions have become pretty horrible on Earth and some astronauts head out in search of a new planet for humans to inhabit.

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3:25pm

Thu November 13, 2014
Found Recipes

How To Make A Faux Cheddar In One Hour

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 1:46 pm

True cheddar cheese can take months รขย€ย” even years รขย€ย” to age. So Claudia Lucero created a faux-cheddar that can be made in very little time.
fotolia

Claudia Lucero has a special power: she can make cheese in one hour. Mozzarella, ricotta, paneer, goat cheese, queso blanco and more.

Those are simple cheeses that are relatively easy to make, says Lucero, who runs Urban Cheesecraft in Portland, Ore. To do it, she says, you just need practice, not superpowers.

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4:35pm

Mon July 21, 2014
All Tech Considered

Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead?

Members of global advocacy group Avaaz stand next to a digital counter showing the number of petition signatures calling for net neutrality outside the Federal Communication Commission in Washington in January. Avaaz joined other groups to deliver more than a million signatures for a free and open Internet to the FCC.
Kevin Wolf AP

The Federal Communications Commission says it's writing rules for the Internet to preserve the status quo.

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3:27am

Mon July 21, 2014
Code Switch

The Youth Unemployment Crisis Hits African-Americans Hardest

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 8:50 am

Young people are being chased out of the labor market. Though the national unemployment rate has fallen steadily in recent months, youth unemployment remains stubbornly high, and the jobless rate is even higher among young minorities. For young people between the ages of 16 and 24, unemployment is more than twice the national rate, at 14.2 percent. For African-Americans, that rate jumps to 21.4 percent.

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5:00pm

Sun July 20, 2014
Around the Nation

Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 9:52 am

A sign over a highway in Glendale, Calif., warned motorists in February to save water in response to the state's severe drought. But a study released earlier this week showed residents in the southern coastal part of the state used more water this spring than they did last year.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

This January, after the driest calendar year in California history, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency. He called on residents to reduce their water intake by 20 percent.

But downtown Los Angeles doesn't look like a city devastated by the state's worst drought in decades. The city is green with landscaping, and fountains are running. People still water their lawns, wash their cars and fill their pools.

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3:31pm

Sun July 20, 2014
Science

Sixth-Grader's Science Project Catches Ecologists' Attention

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 11:28 am

Scientists previously underestimated the ability of the lionfish to live in less salty water.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

(July 24, 2014: See the editor's note at the bottom of this page for an explanation of the story's new headline.)

When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad.

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3:05pm

Sat July 19, 2014
Around the Nation

Learning To Love The Ocean After A Lifetime Of Fearing It

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 9:14 am

Every Wednesday for a decade, Tim Bomba has been helping people in Santa Monica, Calif., get over their fears of the ocean.
Carlo Allegri Getty Images

Tim Bomba is a tall, rangy guy with a quick smile. He's a marathoner, a triathlete (he's done two Ironman races), and every Wednesday morning for the last decade, Bomba has taught a ocean swimming course in Santa Monica, Calif.

The course, called Ocean 101, isn't for accomplished swimmers like Bomba. It's for people who are new to the ocean, and many participants are afraid of the water when they arrive. Bomba knows what they're going through. He himself was terrified of swimming until he was in his 50s.

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