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Why People Take Risks To Help Others: Altruism's Roots In The Brain

NPR Top Stories - November 23, 2014 - 4:14am

In the face of natural disasters and disease, there are always people who step forward to help. Their brains may tell why. This story originally aired on Sept. 22 on Morning Edition.

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Ferguson Clergy Call For Peace From The Pulpit

NPR Top Stories - November 23, 2014 - 4:14am

Religious leaders await a grand jury's decision in St. Louis. Many of them have been deeply involved with demonstrations following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.

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U.S. And Turkey Discuss Strengthening Syrian Opposition

NPR Top Stories - November 23, 2014 - 4:14am

Vice President Joe Biden wraps up his trip to Turkey, where he held talks on the fight against ISIS. The U.S. and Turkey disagree on how to deal with the threat of the so-called Islamic State.

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MTA Targets 'Man-Spreading' And Other Subway Faux Pas

NPR Top Stories - November 23, 2014 - 4:14am

New York's MTA is planning a new campaign to encourage courtesy on subways. NPR's Rachel Martin gets dos and don'ts from Jake Dobkin, who writes Gothamist.com's Ask A Native New Yorker column.

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Iran Talks Intensify On Day Before Deadline

NPR Top Stories - November 23, 2014 - 4:14am

The deal that lifted some economic sanctions in return for inspections of Iran's nuclear program expires Monday. Intense negotiations are underway this weekend to reach a more permanent agreement.

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Tunisian Election Completes Its Transition To Democracy

NPR Top Stories - November 23, 2014 - 4:14am

Thousands of Tunisians called for an end to dictatorship in 2011. Now the country will hold its first democratic presidential election. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to journalist Naveena Kottoor.

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Marion Barry, D.C. Former Mayor, Dies At 78

NPR Top Stories - November 23, 2014 - 4:14am

Washington, D.C.'s most infamous politician, Marion Barry, has died. The four-term mayor was re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession and was still serving as a D.C. councilman.

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Immigrants Scramble To Figure Their Status Under Obama's Plan

NPR Top Stories - November 23, 2014 - 4:14am

After President Obama announced his immigration plan this week, communities across the country began making preparations for immigrants who are here illegally to apply for work permits.

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Ferguson Activist: It's A Wicked Air Looming

NPR Top Stories - November 23, 2014 - 4:14am

As Ferguson, Mo., braces for the grand jury decision on whether police officer Darren Wilson should face charges, NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Rasheen Aldridge, a community activist.

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Women Sweat The Test To Show Marines They're Combat-Ready

NPR Top Stories - November 23, 2014 - 4:14am

The Marine Corps is running a test to see if women can serve in ground combat. "A lot of people think that we can't do it," says one Marine who's trying to make the cut. "I don't think the same."

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How Author John Safran Lost A Year In Mississippi

NPR Books - November 23, 2014 - 4:14am

God'll Cut You Down is a new book based on the tangled true story about the murder of a white supremacist by a black hustler. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the book's author, John Safran.

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A Bus Isn't The Only Thing That Can Be Powered By Poop

NPR Top Stories - November 23, 2014 - 4:03am

Human waste can help things grow and even cook your dinner. It might sound gross, but don't worry, the odor has been removed. Plus: It's good for the environment!

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Anesthesia Miracle: No Power, No Oxygen Tanks, No Problem

NPR Top Stories - November 23, 2014 - 4:03am

Frustrated by anesthesia machines that conked out when the power faltered, Dr. Paul Fenton came up with a solution: The Universal Anesthesia Machine.

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These Tales Of Transformation Are Both 'Rich And Strange'

NPR Books - November 23, 2014 - 4:03am

Ron Rash's latest collects 34 of his best short stories; critic Alan Cheuse says they're searingly beautiful, "as if someone has taken a stick from a blazing fire and pressed it into your hand."

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What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

NPR Top Stories - November 23, 2014 - 2:52am

A census of bacteria and viruses on the floors, toilets and soap dispensers of several bathrooms on a college campus turned up around 77,000 different types of organisms. Oh, joy.

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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘Deep Down Dark’

New York Times book reviews - November 22, 2014 - 7:02pm
Héctor Tobar discusses “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free.”






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Ferguson Grand Jury Will Reportedly Meet Again Monday

NPR Top Stories - November 22, 2014 - 2:19pm

A community is holding its breath, awaiting a decision on whether to charge police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18. Brown's family is calling for calm.

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UVA Bans Fraternities Until January In Wake Of Campus Rape Article

NPR Top Stories - November 22, 2014 - 1:01pm

In a recent article, a student named Jackie describes how her initial excitement of being invited to a party was replaced by fear and violence, after a group of men trapped her in a room.

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Ebola Survey Teams Take A Grim Census In Sierra Leone

NPR Top Stories - November 22, 2014 - 11:16am

As Ebola surges in the east African country, the capital city sends surveillance teams into the neighborhoods to record who might be sick with the virus — or already dead.

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Rumors Of Boko Haram Attack Send Nigerian Refugees Fleeing Again

NPR Top Stories - November 22, 2014 - 11:06am

Many of the displaced ended up in camps in the city of Yola. Now they're racing further away as concerns grow that Yola also faces attack, and that the government isn't doing enough to stop it.

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