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Watch A Live Tiny Desk Concert With Sun Ra's Arkestra

npr.org — Sun Ra was a big-band innovator, a pioneer of recording and playing with electronics in jazz, a poet, a cosmic philosopher, a bandleader and a keyboard innovator who claimed to be from Saturn. Herman Poole Blount would have turned 100 in 2014 had he not left us more than 20 years ago.
Oct 31, 2014

live from the studios of NPR in DC I'm watching Happy Halloween! Starring Sun Ra's Arkestra goo.gl/BJDcO7 via @ScribbleLive

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Cash For Halloween Candy? Dentists' Buyback Program Is Booming

npr.org — If your little ghosts and goblins dump their candy on the living room floor tonight, go ahead: Let them at it. They can sort, then trade, and gorge on their favorites. But if you're like many parents, by tomorrow morning you may want to get rid of some of this candy glut.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @AHCJ_Pia: Cash For Halloween Candy? Dentists' Buyback Program Is Booming n.pr/1sLcbeL

Oct 31, 2014

Cash For Halloween Candy? Dentists' Buyback Program Is Booming buff.ly/1s0IMhv <- this is not a bad idea

Oct 31, 2014

Dentists have started treating candy like police treat illegal guns npr.org/blogs/thesalt/…

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Commercial Spaceship Crashes During Test Flight

npr.org — In what could be a major setback for commercial space tourism, a manned spaceship has crashed in California. The Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two was on a test flight this morning, with two pilots aboard. Minutes after its rocket fired, the company announced on twitter that spacecraft experienced an "anomaly."

'Anything That Connects': A Conversation With Taylor Swift

npr.org — Taylor Swift has had one amazing week. Her new album, released this Monday, is on track to eclipse one million sales by Tuesday. The last artist to go platinum in a week was Swift herself with her 2012 album, Red.

Maine Judge Rejects Nurse's Quarantine Order

npr.org — A judge in Maine has denied the state's request to keep nurse Kaci Hickox in quarantine. Hickox returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa just over a week ago. Maine's governor sought to keep her confined to her home.

In Swing State Of Colorado, Voter Says She Has To Settle For Choice Of Evils

npr.org — One of the contests that could decide control of the Senate is in Colorado. Steve Inskeep traveled there to knock on voters' doors. In this first part, we meet Ili Bennett, a woman hit hard by the Great Recession and hungry for big changes in the country.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @valkyrierisen: Still mad woman let husband speak RT @MorningEdition .@NPRinskeep knocks on doors in Colorado to get pulse of voters. n.pr/1toF4RM

Oct 31, 2014

#Colorado voters, bar the doors and close the curtains. @nprnews is here, and knocking on doors! npr.org/2014/10/31/360…

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No Joke: French Town Cracks Down On Clown Costumes After Attacks

npr.org — It's not quite coulrophobia, but the French town of Vendarques has banned people from dressing up as clowns for a month starting on Halloween. A mayoral order on the town's website says the decree bans individuals and groups aged 13 and older dressed as clowns from the town's streets and public spaces.
Oct 31, 2014

cc:@andrewdansby RT @nprnews: No Joke: French Town Cracks Down On Clown Costumes After Attacks n.pr/1ucZ25l

Oct 31, 2014

RT @nprnews: No Joke: French Town Cracks Down On Clown Costumes After Attacks n.pr/1ucZ25l

Oct 31, 2014

I am OK with this. RT @nprnews: No Joke: French Town Cracks Down On Clown Costumes After Attacks bit.ly/1zRpIek

For Morbid Anatomy Museum Founder, Spooky Things Are Life's Work

npr.org — Joanna Ebenstein is founder of the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn's Gowanus neighborhood, which features a human skeleton, a pickled possum and a two-headed duckling, among other things. Ebenstein and her father, Bob, recalled during a recent visit to StoryCorps, how ever since childhood, she's been fascinated with things that make most of us squirm, including black widow spiders.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @JessGrose: My fab cousin Joanna, the founder of the @morbidanatomy museum discusses lifelong love of dead critters on NPR npr.org/2014/10/31/360…

Oct 31, 2014

My fab cousin Joanna, the founder of the @morbidanatomy museum discusses lifelong love of dead critters on NPR npr.org/2014/10/31/360…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @gretamjohnsen: Today's #Halloween-y @StoryCorps on @MorningEdition is about morbid fascinations, girl power, & how to parent a nerd. ht…

Seeing Red During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

npr.org — The lump first surfaced in my breast in 1989, when I was 36 years old. To many young women, a smalllump like that wouldn't be cause for alarm because most breast lumps are benign. But there's a long history of breast cancer in my family, so I immediately consulted a renowned breast surgeon.
Oct 31, 2014

Don't miss Anne Loeser's essay about life with metastatic #breastcancer and where "awareness" fails women. @nprhealth ow.ly/DEf62

Oct 31, 2014

Was inspiring to work with Anne Loeser on this. RT @NPRHealth: Seeing Red During Breast Cancer Awareness Month n.pr/1q8UZjz

Oct 31, 2014

Are women with metastatic #breastcancer being ignored? Anne Loeser says yes. What do you say? @NPRHealth #bcsm ow.ly/DDBDF

Doppelnamers: When Your Digital Identity Is Also Someone Else's

npr.org — Finding your email double or Twitter twin is easier than ever, with search engines and social media reminding us how un-special our names really are. It's made for a few fun mix-ups for Texas-based videographer Justin Dehn, who befriended another videographer named Justin Dehn, who's based in Minneapolis.

With Mexican Students Missing, A Festive Holiday Turns Somber

npr.org — Mexican families are celebrating the Day of the Dead this weekend, a festive holiday, where relatives remember deceased loved ones with grand, floral memorials in their homes as well as at cemeteries. But in the southern state of Guerrero, the mood is decidedly different.

The Creepiest Ghost And Monster Stories From Around The World

npr.org — It's Halloween - a time for Frankenstein monsters and vampires and werewolves. But many of us have our own monsters from different cultures, and When we threw out a call to our readers asking what ghost stories and folktales they grew up with in their own traditions, we got back stories of creatures stalking the shadows of Latin American hallways and vengeful demons from South Asia with backwards feet.
Oct 31, 2014

Via @nprnews: The Creepiest Ghost And Monster Stories From Around The World n.pr/1pI4sht

Oct 31, 2014

RT @katchow: I am so pumped to see these creeeeepy ghost/monster stories published. Thanks to @phoebeboswell for her awesome art. n.pr/1pbobLS

Book News: J.K. Rowling Exposes Origin Of Harry Potter's 'Twee' Nemesis

npr.org — Remember when J.K. Rowling promised new Harry Potter materials on Pottermore for Halloween? Well, today she delivered. For those without a membership to Rowling's website, NBC's Today show has republished Rowling's profile of Dolores Umbridge - a villain whose desire to control is, according to Rowling's accompanying essay, "every bit as reprehensible as Lord Voldemort's unvarnished espousal of evil."
Oct 31, 2014

RT @nprnews: Book News: J.K. Rowling Exposes Origin Of Harry Potter's 'Twee' Nemesis n.pr/1q8uZVr

Oct 31, 2014

Via @nprnews: Book News: J.K. Rowling Exposes Origin Of Harry Potter's 'Twee' Nemesis n.pr/1q8hJjw

How Liberia Is Starting To Beat Ebola, With Fingers Crossed

npr.org — If you want the inside scoop about what's happening with the Ebola outbreak, then just hangout at the Mamba Point Hotel in Monrovia. It's packed with scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, international reporters and a bunch of guys and gals in camouflage from the U.S. Army.

Like Olive Kitteridge, Actress Frances McDormand Was Tired Of Supporting Roles

npr.org — When asked to describe character Olive Kitteridge, actress Frances McDormand uses the words: "Heaven. Delicious. Full-feast. Three course meal. Soup-to-nuts." Olive is a caustic New England teacher, created by Elizabeth Strout in her Pulitzer Prize-winning book Olive Kitteridge . McDormand says that in literature, you come across rich characters like this all the time - in film, not so much.
Oct 31, 2014

um @NPRmelissablock please tell Frances McDormand I'd love her to be my elderess/mentor. Fabulous interview! npr.org/2014/10/31/360…

Why Is North Korea Freaked Out About The Threat Of Ebola?

npr.org — North Korea has a number of serious public health woes: malnutrition, tuberculosis and cardiovascular disease, just to name a few. Ebola isn't one of them. The disease hasn't hit anywhere in Asia, much less this isolated and rarely visited Northeast Asian nation.
Oct 31, 2014

In which I try to put North Korea's reaction to Ebola in perspective: npr.org/blogs/goatsand… via @nprGlobalHealth

Halloween Is More Funny Than Scary In St. Louis

npr.org — Being a comedian, Joe Marlotti is always afraid he won't get laughs. But he grows especially nervous this time of year. After all, a comedian doesn't want his kids to bomb when it comes time to tell jokes. Marlotti hails from St.
Oct 31, 2014

Because, yes, @saylehan, we are very aware of this: npr.org/blogs/thetwo-w… (it won't let me comment on that FB post)

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Dear White People' And The State Of Animation

npr.org — With Linda Holmes on vacation during this week's taping, we turn to a pair of dear familiar faces in Code Switch's Gene Demby and Kat Chow. As race and culture bloggers for NPR, they've got a few opinions about our first topic this week: the film Dear White People, which satirizes black campus life at a fictional Ivy League university.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @idislikestephen: New Pop Culture Happy Hour, with our pals @katchow and @geedee215, on Dear White People and animation today: npr.org/blogs/monkeyse… #PCHH

Oct 31, 2014

@RSwirling There's a new one, but it's not showing up in the feed for reasons we're trying to determine. For now: npr.org/blogs/monkeyse…

Oct 31, 2014

New Pop Culture Happy Hour, with our pals @katchow and @geedee215, on Dear White People and animation today: npr.org/blogs/monkeyse… #PCHH

Wipeout: When Your Company Kills Your iPhone

npr.org — A few weeks ago, Amanda Stanton's iPhone suddenly went black. She had been talking on it and navigating with a GPS app during a work trip to Los Angeles. Then, without any warning or error message, the phone quit. Everything was gone - all her contacts, photos and even the phone's ability to make calls.