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MacArthur Fellow Terrance Hayes: Poems Are Music, Language Our Instrument

NPR Books - September 17, 2014 - 12:37pm

Hayes, a professor of writing at the University of Pittsburgh, was recognized for "reflecting on race, gender, and family in works that seamlessly encompass both the historical and the personal."

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After A Long Wait, Syrian Rebels Hope The Weapons Will Now Flow

NPR Top Stories - September 17, 2014 - 11:44am

The "moderate" opposition has been losing ground on the battlefield and pleading for weapons from the U.S. for the past couple of years. They are hoping that their fortunes have finally changed.

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From Quebec To Kashmir, Separatists Watch Scotland Vote

NPR Top Stories - September 17, 2014 - 11:19am

Scotland's referendum on independence has implications beyond the borders of the United Kingdom. We take a look at several other regions with breakaway movements.

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Kids' Perception Of Parents' Favoritism Counts More Than Reality

NPR Top Stories - September 17, 2014 - 11:13am

Mom always liked you best. But is that enough of an excuse to start smoking dope? It depends on how teenagers perceive parental preference, a study finds. And also how warm the family is overall.

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3.7 Million Comments Later, Here's Where Net Neutrality Stands

NPR Top Stories - September 17, 2014 - 11:12am

A proposal about how to maintain unfettered access to Internet content drew a bigger public response than any single issue in the Federal Communication Commission's history. What's next?

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Iran's Foreign Minister: U.S. 'Not Serious' About Defeating Islamic State

NPR Top Stories - September 17, 2014 - 9:47am

In an interview with NPR, Mohammad Javad Zarif says the U.S. has been hesitant and contradictory in its approach to defeating the Islamist insurgency.

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As A Lyricist And Novelist, The Mountain Goats' Lead Man Writes About Pain

NPR Books - September 17, 2014 - 9:43am

John Darnielle's novel, Wolf in White Van, is about a man who survives a trauma. The songwriter tells Fresh Air about his difficult childhood and finding shelter in music and the Incredible Hulk.

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Who's Giving What: Nonprofits Step Up Anti-Ebola Efforts

NPR Top Stories - September 17, 2014 - 9:40am

Nonprofits have an important role to play in fighting Ebola, Obama said yesterday. Indeed, they are now donating millions, dispatching doctors and sending over critical supplies.

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Obama Rules Out Another Ground War In Iraq

NPR Top Stories - September 17, 2014 - 9:06am

The president said U.S. airstrikes, combined with military expertise, would be more effective in defeating the group that calls itself the Islamic State.

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Colorado Tries Hard To Convince Teens That Pot Is Bad For You

NPR Top Stories - September 17, 2014 - 9:01am

Do you want to be a lab rat? That's what teenagers are doing when they smoke marijuana, the state of Colorado says. But since hard evidence of marijuana's harms is scanty, it may be a tough sell.

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Book News: A Q&A With Alison Bechdel, Cartoonist And MacArthur Winner

NPR Books - September 17, 2014 - 4:38am

Also: a biography of Joan Rivers; the nonfiction longlist for the National Book Award is announced.

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Police Hunt For Armed 'Survivalist' In Pa. Trooper Shooting

NPR Top Stories - September 17, 2014 - 4:32am

Eric Frein, 31, has been identified as a suspect in last week's fatal shooting of one state trooper and the critical wounding of another.

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House Could Vote On $500 Million To Arm, Train Syrian Rebels

NPR Top Stories - September 17, 2014 - 3:32am

The possible vote to authorize the Obama administration's plan to arm and train moderate fighters comes as the president meets with military officials at U.S. Central Command.

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'Broken Monsters' Hits Horror Out Of The Park

NPR Books - September 17, 2014 - 3:03am

We're hard to shock these days, but reviewer Michael Schaub says Lauren Beukes' new novel, Broken Monsters, is flawlessly tense and scary in its tale of a terrible murder in Detroit.

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Not Every Afghan Institution Is Efficient; This One Is

NPR Top Stories - September 17, 2014 - 12:17am

When NPR's Kabul bureau caught on fire recently, it came as a pleasant surprise that the fire department in the Afghan capital is good at putting out fires.

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When The Power's Out, Solar Panels May Not Keep The Lights On

NPR Top Stories - September 17, 2014 - 12:16am

With the price of solar panels falling, more municipalities and homeowners are installing them. But having solar panels doesn't mean you won't lose power in a blackout — at least not yet.

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Will Obama's Plan Bring The Ebola Outbreak Under Control?

NPR Top Stories - September 17, 2014 - 12:15am

The ambitious scope of the intervention has impressed aid workers, who have been crying for help for months. But the plan will need to be implemented quickly to get ahead of the spread of infections.

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Unregulated Skies: Keeping Watch On America's Vertical Borders

NPR Top Stories - September 17, 2014 - 12:14am

Tens of thousands of private planes fly through U.S. airspace daily. Federal agents at a Southern California air base monitor those flights, looking for drugs or terrorists. Sometimes, they find them.

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How One Poet's 'Genius Grant' Became A Gift To Future Generations

NPR Books - September 17, 2014 - 12:13am

Amy Clampitt was named a MacArthur genius in 1992. Today, the home she bought with her award money is used to house rising poets in tuition-free residencies.

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'Breaking Bad' Fans Get Their Fix In Spanish

NPR Top Stories - September 17, 2014 - 12:12am

Metástasis, the Spanish-language remake of the AMC series, ends this week on UniMás. The show is set in Colombia instead of New Mexico, but the story of a teacher-turned-drug dealer stays the same.

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