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Oliver Sacks, Renowned Neurologist And Author, Dies At 82

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 4:53am

His book Awakenings, about reviving patients from a catatonic state, was turned into a 1990 film. He also wrote more than a dozen other books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

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Oliver Sacks, Renowned Neurologist And Author, Dies At 82

NPR Books - August 30, 2015 - 4:53am

His book Awakenings, about reviving patients from a catatonic state, was turned into a 1990 film. He also wrote more than a dozen other books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

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A Young Woman Goes 'Underground In Berlin' To Escape The Holocaust

NPR Books - August 30, 2015 - 4:19am

Hermann Simon's mother lived as a Jew in Berlin during World War II. Through cunning and disguise, Marie Jalowicz Simon managed to evade the Nazis right under their noses.

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NASA Scientists Simulate A Year On Mars — On Hawaii

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 4:02am

NPR's Rachel Martin reports on a year-long NASA mission to Hawaii.

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As Alaska's Climate Warms, Seabird Population Shrinks

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 4:02am

Alaska's seabirds are suffering a steep decline in population. There's evidence linking this to climate change, a problem President Obama will address Monday when he visits the state.

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Spanish And Arabic Mixes In Accused Terrorist's Home Town

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 4:02am

The accused terrorist in the recent foiled train attack in France is a Moroccan who lived in Algeciras, Spain. It's a diverse port city where immigrants are well integrated.

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Marginalized Young American-Somalis Look East To Join ISIS

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 4:02am

The Twin Cities area has the largest Somali population in America. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Minneapolis Councilman Abdi Warsame about young people arrested for allegedly conspiring to join ISIS.

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Germans Impatient With Angela Merkel's Migrant Response

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 4:02am

Germany is the number one destination for the thousands of migrants reaching Europe's shores. NPR's Rachel Martin gets a German perspective from Der Spiegel editor Maximilian Popp.

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Kurdish Activists Camp Out Between Turkey's Army And Kurdish Fighters

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 4:02am

As an old conflict heats up again in southeastern Turkey, the activists have staked out ground on a sunburned hillside and say they're willing to risk their own lives in order to stop the fighting.

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Their Crimes Reclassified, Some Californian Felons Get A Second Chance

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 4:02am

Approved by voters last year, Proposition 47 lets people with some nonviolent felonies petition to reduce their crimes to misdemeanors. It's giving former offenders access to better opportunities.

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What's Better For Afghanistan's Future: Buddha Tours Or A Copper Mine?

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 3:03am

A vast archaeological site sits atop one of the world's biggest untapped copper deposits. And Afghanistan must decide which resource will be a greater boon.

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How Fishermen's Bragging Rights Gave Birth To Fine Art

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 3:03am

In 19th century Japan, fishermen found a foolproof way to record trophy catches: a "fish rubbing" inked onto paper, creating a permanent record of their size. Gyotaku soon evolved into fine art.

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Presenting: The Holy Romance Trinity Of J

NPR Books - August 30, 2015 - 3:03am

Blogger Sarah Wendell usually reads on a Kindle, but she treasures a row of crumbling paperbacks by authors she calls the Holy Romance Trinity of J: Jude Deveraux, Julie Garwood and Judith McNaught.

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The Bloody Mary Meat Straw: An All-American Story

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 12:57am

Bloody Mary's have been around for ages, but an Iowa man has invented a way to take them to a whole new level: a straw made of meat. They've become a hit at bars, ballparks and stadiums. #America

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