Can Oxfam Nudge Big Food Companies To Do Right?

Can Oxfam Nudge Big Food Companies To Do Right?

by ALLISON AUBREY AND DAN CHARLES It's not always easy to connect the dots between the food we consume and the people who grow it, or the impac...

An App Can Reveal When Withdrawal Tremors Are Real

An App Can Reveal When Withdrawal Tremors Are Real

by Nancy Shute People who abuse alcohol sometimes try to fake the hand tremors caused by withdrawal to get a prescription for sedatives. But...

'I Am Not An Inmate ... I Am A Man. And I Have Potential'

‘I Am Not An Inmate … I Am A Man. And I Have Potential’

by Deena Prichep If you want to know how prison can shape a man, talk to Dan Huff. He's spent more than half of his 59 years locked up. He says...

Scentless: Losing Your Sense Of Smell May Make Life Riskier

Scentless: Losing Your Sense Of Smell May Make Life Riskier

by Nancy Shute Losing your sense of smell may not sound like a big deal, but it can increase your risk of injury, researchers say. Without the ...

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

Check out this week's video featuring Love Unlimited Orchestra performing High Steppin' Hip Dressin' Fella only on McQsJazz.com...

New Amazon Series Pilots Fall Short Of A TV Revolution

New Amazon Series Pilots Fall Short Of A TV Revolution

by Eric Deggans When it comes to original TV series, it's tough to understand exactly where Amazon is going. At first, their strategy seemed...

Ledisi Steals The Show

Ledisi Steals The Show

by FRANNIE KELLEY There's too much happening in New Orleans' French Quarter — especially on a holiday weekend, and especially when hundre...

Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge

Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge

by Pam Fessler The ALS ice bucket challenge continues to bring in huge donations this summer for efforts to cure and treat what's commonly know...

At Houses Of Worship, Women Serve Food For A Higher Purpose

At Houses Of Worship, Women Serve Food For A Higher Purpose

by ANNE NOYES SAINI AND RAMAA REDDY RAGHAVAN Behind the scenes of the feasts and meals at houses of worship, there's almost always an army of w...

Health Organizations Call For A Ban On E-Cigarettes Indoors

Health Organizations Call For A Ban On E-Cigarettes Indoors

by Nancy Shute Tobacco control advocates disagree on whether e-cigarettes are a useful tool to get smokers off tobacco, or just a sleeker form ...

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This Time It's 'Personal': Lee Child Writes His 19th Jack Reacher Novel

This Time It’s ‘Personal’: Lee Child Writes His 19th Jack Reacher Novel

by NPR Staff As Lee Child writes new installments in his Jack Reacher series, he thinks back to something his father said: When it came to books and films, "he would say he wanted the same but different," Child tells NPR's Linda Wertheim...

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Travelling Books: Vintage Van Carries Literature Around Lisbon

Travelling Books: Vintage Van Carries Literature Around Lisbon

by LAURA SECORUN PALET You're probably well-acquainted with the idea of the food van. The more sartorially minded may have even visited a fashion truck. Now, it's translated into literature aimed at tourists. In June 2013, three e...

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The Salmon Cannon: Easier Than Shooting Fish Out Of A Barrel

The Salmon Cannon: Easier Than Shooting Fish Out Of A Barrel

by MARTHA ANN OVERLAND and NPR STAFF Ever since rivers have been dammed, destroying the migration routes of salmon, humans have worked to create ways to help the fish return to their spawning grounds. We've built ladders and elevator...

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More Physical Than Plausible, 'Starred Up' Sharply Portrays Confinement

More Physical Than Plausible, ‘Starred Up’ Sharply Portrays Confinement

by Mark Jenkins Within moments of arriving at an adult prison — "starred up" from a juvenile facility that couldn't handle him — Eric (Jack O'Connell) demonstrates how to use jail-issue toiletries to make a weapon. But it's not t...

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Not Quite Bond, Pierce Brosnan Is Back In Action In 'The November Man'

Not Quite Bond, Pierce Brosnan Is Back In Action In ‘The November Man’

by Chris Klimek Sean Connery was 53 when he downed his last vodka martini as James Bond (though he'd previously walked away from the role and been lured back twice). Roger Moore was 57 at the time of his last mission on Her Majesty's...

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Rick Perry’s Legal Trouble: The Line Between Influence And Coercion

by Wade Goodwyn The day he was booked, Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a big smile for his mug shot — which was then printed up on t-shirts to demonstrate just what a farce he thought the indictment was. In a press conference, the scorn ...

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Liberia’s Ebola Routine: Wear Your Temperature On Your Lapel

by Marc Silver After 10 days in Liberia, NPR producer Nicole Beemsterboer has just landed in London. "You don't realize how much has been hanging over your head until you're out," she says. She's talking about Ebola, the virus rag ...

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Syrian Artists Denied Visas, And A Voice In The U.S.

by Scott Simon   The Trojan Women, by Euripides, is a Greek tragedy written 2,500 years ago that war keeps timely. It's about a group of women who struggle to survive in Troy after the town has been sacked. When one of the ...

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Michael Sam, First Openly Gay NFL Draft, Is Dropped By Rams

by Scott Neuman Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted to an NFL team, has been released by the St. Louis Rams, the team has announced. ESPN.com writes: "Sam's efforts to become the first openly gay player in NFL hist ...

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When Wildlife Documentaries Jump The Shark

by NPR Staff   This summer's Shark Week on the Discovery Channel was the highest-rated in the special's 27-year history. But that success has also brought complaints. The network has been criticized for pushing entertainme ...

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One Woman’s Lessons From Living On The Street

by Gabrielle Emanuel The grass is fraying around the edges in Washington, D.C.'s Franklin Square Park, but the trees are more important. They offer much-appreciated shade to the homeless people who sit below. Many of the park benc ...

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Climate Policy Takes The Stage In Florida Governor’s Race

by Greg Allen Florida is getting ready for an unusual governor's race. Like incumbent Rick Scott, a Republican, Charlie Crist is running for a second term as governor. In his first term, Crist was also a Republican. Four years after l ...

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On Ferguson’s Streets, Echoes Of Another Fatal Shooting

by Myles Bess Myles Bess, a reporter and producer with Youth Radio, has been reporting in Ferguson, Mo., where Michael Brown was shot by a police officer on Aug. 9. Bess lives in Oakland, Calif., and in 2009, he lived through the aft ...

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New Orleans Enters The Charter School Era

by Claudio Sanchez On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans and gutted most of its public schools. Even before the storm, the district was one of the most troubled in the nation. Today, the New Orleans school ...

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Cantinflas, With His Puns And Satire, Is Back (And Still Relevant)

by Jasmine Garsd Charlie Chaplin reportedly called him the "greatest comedian alive." Mexican actor Mario Moreno, or "Cantinflas" as he was known, starred in scores of films from the 1930s up to the 1980s. In Latin America, he's a be ...

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