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'Breaking Bad' Fans Get Their Fix In Spanish

npr.org — How do you remake the award-winning AMC series Breaking Bad in Spanish? Well, all you need - as the show's chemistry teacher-turned-drug dealer, Walter White, might say - is "a little tweak of chemistry." Turn Walter White into Walter Blanco. For the show's theme music, swap out bongos for a guitar and an accordion.

These People Can Make Student Loans Disappear

npr.org — It was an ordinary Friday. Courtney Brown, 24, of Kalamazoo, Mich., was busy looking for a job. "I've applied all kinds of places," she says. "Wal-Mart, Target, Verizon Wireless." Then she got a strange letter in the mail. "'We are writing you with good news,'" she reads to me over the phone.
Sep 17, 2014

RT @bmcclane: These people have made $3.9 mil in private student loans disappear: buff.ly/XhOP89

Sep 17, 2014

Really good stuff by @anya1anya on Rolling Jubilee's silent erase of student debt. npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/…

Sep 17, 2014

RT @AmyResnick: Rolling Jubilee has purchased and eradicated private student loan debt and debt arising from unpaid medical bills. npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/…

Sep 17, 2014

Rolling Jubilee has purchased and eradicated private student loan debt and debt arising from unpaid medical bills. npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/…

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Meet The 2014 Winners Of The MacArthur 'Genius Grants'

npr.org — One is becoming as well-known for her autobiographical work as she is for her test for what movies meet a gender-balance baseline. Another directed one of the best-reviewed and most surreal documentaries of the past decade and has a follow-up on this year's film-festival circuit.
Sep 17, 2014

The great Alison Bechdel (@abechdel) wins a MacArthur "Genius Grant": wapo.st/1uHa9QR Other recipients: n.pr/1o3cdO6

Sep 17, 2014

The great Alison Bechdel (@abechdel) wins a MacArthur "Genius" Grant: wapo.st/1uHa9QR Other recipients: n.pr/1o3cdO6

Sep 17, 2014

Missed me & Little Richard AGAIN. RT @Myrmecos The 2014 MacArthur "Genius Grants" are out. npr.org/2014/09/17/349…

Sep 17, 2014

RT @GuernicaMag: Huge congrats to Guernica contributors Terrance Hayes and Khaled Mattawa, who just won MacArthur Genius Grants! npr.org/2014/09/17/349…

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Not Every Afghan Institution Is Efficient; This One Is

npr.org — There are certain sounds you don't ever want to hear in life - in Afghanistan or elsewhere. One is the sound of sirens and a fire truck pulling up outside your house. But, when flames are roaring out of your garage and are lapping at the side of the house, the sirens are a welcome sound of hope.
Sep 17, 2014

Kabul FD to the rescue! @frankentele tells of the day NPRKabul caught fire Via @nprnews: n.pr/1uFkZXG

Sep 17, 2014

.@frankentele on how, despite dysfunction all around them, the Kabul fire department is really good at what they do npr.org/blogs/parallel…

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Viking's Choice: Beach Slang, 'Dirty Cigarettes'

npr.org — If you've read anything about Beach Slang, one comparison keeps coming up: Goo Goo Dolls. Before visions of Nicolas Cage montaging Nicolas Cage-y feelings to the tune of "Iris" flood your brain, stick with us as you hit play on "Dirty Cigarettes" from Beach Slang's second EP of 2014, Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street.

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

npr.org — The recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants" will each receive $625,000 over five years, no strings attached. That made some of us wonder what past MacArthur fellows have done with their money, a question that led us to 1992 winner Amy Clampitt.
Sep 17, 2014

A lovely story from @asheaarts on how one poet’s genius grant became a gift to rising poets: n.pr/1wDlcgZ

Sep 17, 2014

I'm with Ann Sexton: BUILD A POOL. MT @nprbooks: What have past MacArthur fellows have done with their money? n.pr/1tegaoI

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

npr.org — The winners of the MacArthur "Genius Grant" awards were announced Wednesday morning, and include poet Terrance Hayes, playwright Samuel D. Hunter, poet and Arabic translator Khaled Mattawa and cartoonist and memoirist Alison Bechdel. Bechdel is the creator of the cartoon strip Dykes to Watch Out For and author of the graphic memoirs Fun Home and Are You My Mother?

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

npr.org — Authorities have identified a suspect in last week's shooting death of a state trooper and the critical wounding of another officer at a police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania, warning the public to be on the lookout for a heavily armed man described as a "survivalist."
Sep 17, 2014

RT @nprnews: Police Hunt For Armed 'Survivalist' In Pa. Trooper Shooting n.pr/1snjVDW

Sep 17, 2014

Via @nprnews: Police Hunt For Armed 'Survivalist' In Pa. Trooper Shooting n.pr/1qfi7vc

Vikings Place Adrian Peterson On Exempt List

npr.org — The change to running back Adrian Peterson's status will require him to stay away from the Minnesota Vikings while he takes care of legal proceedings regarding child abuse charges, according to a statement issued by the team. Peterson faces a felony count for using a wooden switch to punish his 4-year-old son.
Sep 17, 2014

Via @nprnews: Vikings Now Say Adrian Peterson Is Banned From Team Activities n.pr/XfNfnt

Sep 17, 2014

Vikings reverse course again, place Adrian Peterson on exempt list n.pr/XfNfnr

Garnish? Garnishee? Garnisheed? We’re Not Buying Into This Parsleying Of Our Words

ethics.npr.org — Several things should be said about this week's reports from Chris Arnold and ProPublica's Paul Kiel. Their stories about debt collection and the seizure of people's wages and bank accounts have been illuminating, compelling and at points heart-breaking.

'Red Band Society': The Gooey Teen Drama Every Generation Deserves

npr.org — When Fox presented its new drama Red Band Society to critics over the summer, creator Margaret Nagle stressed that it was not a derivative of any particular story of sick teenagers that has perhaps permeated the culture in the last five years.
Sep 17, 2014

I really appreciate @nprmonkeysee's kind and thoughtful take on RED BAND SOCIETY, a show I didn't like at all. n.pr/1wpN9Go

What Does It Mean To Be A Moderate In Syria's Civil War?

npr.org — President Obama is personally lobbying Congress to authorize a $ 500 million package to arm and train Syria's moderate rebels. The funding is key to the president's strategy to confront the Sunni militants known as the Islamic State, or ISIS. But what does it mean to be moderate in Syria's civil war?

Congress Gets Thrust Into Election-Year Debate Over ISIS Plan

npr.org — The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on whether to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting against the self-described Islamic State militant group. The request comes from the Obama administration, and would be attached to a temporary spending bill to keep the government running past Sept. 30.

NFL Players Union Files An Appeal To Ray Rice's Suspension

npr.org — Several NFL players are in the news recently for off-field incidents. Audie Cornish talks to George Atallah of the NFL Players Association about crime and punishment in the National Football League.

BP Lawyers Use Old-School Trick; Judge Not Amused

npr.org — Back in school, did you ever fudge the spacing on a report to meet the teacher's page-length requirement? Lawyers representing oil company BP tried something similar in a recent court filing connected to the company's 2010 drilling rig accident and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S.
Sep 17, 2014

10-word apology: I'm very, very, very...very, very, very sorry. — BP Lawyers Use Old-School Trick; Judge Not Amused n.pr/1uFEDm8

Sep 17, 2014

Ah, a trick I've used many times myself: BP Lawyers Use Old-School Trick; Judge Not Amused n.pr/1uFEDm8

Sep 17, 2014

Judge in oil spill case tells BP to limit a brief to 35 double-spaced pages. BP cheats. n.pr/1AS1w6V

Sep 17, 2014

BP's lawyers would have had better luck shrinking the periods at the end of each sentence. on.tnr.com/1s6ptsh

Sep 16, 2014

RT @nprnews: BP Lawyers Use Old-School Trick, Judge Not Amused n.pr/1sieark

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