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Florida Health Officials Hope To Test GMO Mosquitoes This Spring

NPR Top Stories - January 28, 2015 - 2:28pm

The British firm that developed the strain of mosquito says it has already tested the insect in tropical countries and found it can reduce populations of disease-carrying mosquitoes by 90 percent.

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In 'The Americans,' Art Imitates Real Life Lies

NPR Top Stories - January 28, 2015 - 2:26pm

Robert Siegel talks to Joe Weisberg, creator of the FX television series, The Americans, about the similarities between his show and recent real-life spy-related events in New York and Argentina.

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Super Bowl Coaches More Alike Than You Might Think

NPR Top Stories - January 28, 2015 - 2:17pm

Bob Ryan former, long-time columnist for the Boston Globe joins Robert Siegel to talk about the two very different men, Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll.

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Israeli Soldiers Killed In Renewed Fighting With Hezbollah

NPR Top Stories - January 28, 2015 - 2:15pm

Two Israeli soldiers and an UN peacekeeper were killed in border fighting between Israel and Hezbollah on Wednesday — prompted by a Hezbollah revenge attack.

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Yes, Your Toilet Paper Squares And Rolls Are Shrinking

NPR Top Stories - January 28, 2015 - 2:06pm

Robert Siegel talks to Steven Chercover, a research analyst who studies the paper and forest industries, about the trend of shrinking toilet paper rolls.

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Jordan Tests Coalition Against ISIS With Offer To Negotiate

NPR Top Stories - January 28, 2015 - 2:02pm

Robert Siegel talks to Rula Al Hroob, member of the Jordanian Parliament, about how people in Jordan feel about a prisoner exchange for a pilot captured by ISIS in Syria.

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Ad Fumble: GoDaddy Pulls Super Bowl Puppy Commercial Amid Outrage

NPR Top Stories - January 28, 2015 - 2:01pm

In the ad, the lost puppy returns home only to find that his owners have sold him using a website made with GoDaddy. Its an apparent parody of the latest Budweiser Super Bowl commercial.

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Remaking The U.S. Government's Online Image, One Website At A Time

NPR Top Stories - January 28, 2015 - 1:52pm

A team called 18F aims to bring a Silicon Valley approach to government IT — one aimed at the users of websites rather than the agencies behind them.

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Jordan Considers Handing Over Prisoner For Hostage Pilot

NPR Top Stories - January 28, 2015 - 1:34pm

The Jordanian government says it might trade a notorious attempted suicide bomber for a pilot being held by the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS.

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At 100, Dartmouth Grad Still Writing His Class Notes

NPR Top Stories - January 28, 2015 - 1:29pm

Edward Gerson is a 100-year-old alumnus of Dartmouth's class of 1935. He's turned his class notes into a column.

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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

NPR Books - January 28, 2015 - 11:03am

New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.

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ArtsBeat: Snowed In? Here’s What to Watch, Read or Listen To

New York Times book reviews - January 28, 2015 - 10:59am
Streaming TV, movies, music and books to help you through a winter storm.






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By the Book: Kelly Link: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - January 28, 2015 - 7:00am
The author, most recently, of “Get in Trouble” asks: “Why is the prospect of hosting a dinner party for much-admired living writers so much more terrifying than the idea of hosting the dead?”






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'How To Grow Up' Needs To Grow Up

NPR Books - January 28, 2015 - 4:03am

Poet, novelist, memoirist and queer icon Michelle Tea makes a rare misstep in How to Grow Up, an essay collection that reviewer Michael Schaub calls "a well-intentioned, exasperating mess of a book."

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Officers Ask Map App To Remove Police-Tracking

NPR Top Stories - January 28, 2015 - 12:34am

In the aftermath of the shooting death of two NYPD officers, law enforcement officials are asking the popular navigation app Waze to remove a feature that allows users to see officers' locations.

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VA Steps Up Programs As More Veterans Enter Hospice Care

NPR Top Stories - January 28, 2015 - 12:26am

Millions of Americans who served in Korea, World War II and Vietnam are reaching their 70s and beyond. So the VA is putting focus on how to make veterans comfortable in their final weeks and months.

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Singing The Blues, A U.S. Envoy Hopes To Boost Ties With Ecuador

NPR Top Stories - January 28, 2015 - 12:25am

In South America, left-wing governments hostile to the U.S. are tossing out diplomats or shunning them entirely. In Ecuador, U.S. Ambassador Adam Namm is using music to do something about it.

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Homeless Man Encourages Others On The Streets To 'Get Up'

NPR Top Stories - January 28, 2015 - 12:24am

Tony Simmons is a former heroin addict and drug runner who had been in and out of jail. Today, he helps many of Baltimore's 3,000 homeless residents — with housing guidance, advice and hugs.

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Tiger Skins And Rhino Horns: Can A Trade Deal Halt The Trafficking?

NPR Top Stories - January 28, 2015 - 12:23am

A proposed U.S.-Asia trade pact calls for incorporating the issue wildlife trafficking. The goal is to slow the poaching of endangered animals such as elephants, tigers and rhinos.

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Group Urges Swedes To Evade Subway Fares, And Even Insures Against Fines

NPR Top Stories - January 28, 2015 - 12:20am

Fare-dodging in Stockholm's system has become a movement, and the group's members don't try to hide what they're doing — in fact, they advertise it.

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