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The Risks And Rewards Of Reporting In A War Zone

npr.org — I once told my Uncle Sheldon about what a day is like when you cover a war. I'd just come back from Sarajevo or Kosovo, and described how the city had no trees, because they'd been chopped down for heat.
Aug 23, 2014

RT @RajaAbdulrahim: The Risks And Rewards Of Reporting In A War Zone: "What the hell would you want to do that for?" n.pr/1tz8Hi0

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RT @RajaAbdulrahim: The Risks And Rewards Of Reporting In A War Zone: "What the hell would you want to do that for?" n.pr/1tz8Hi0

Aug 23, 2014

"Work that throws light on dark places, can open minds & reach into hearts, is worth the dedication of a human life" n.pr/1tz8Hi0

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The Risks And Rewards Of Reporting In A War Zone: "What the hell would you want to do that for?" n.pr/1tz8Hi0

Aug 23, 2014

RT @nprscottsimon: By request: this week's essay on Jim Foley's death & why people report from war zones n.pr/1tz8Hi0

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The Good Listener: Can I Ask Loud Talkers At Outdoor Concerts To (Please) Shut Up?

npr.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the letters informing us that we've won amazing prizes in contests we didn't enter is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives - and, this week, thoughts on etiquette at outdoor concerts.
Aug 23, 2014

@nprmusic: Can I Ask Loud Talkers At Outdoor Concerts To (Please) Shut Up? n.pr/1v8LlDC pic.twitter.com/PNWW2hrmRS” please do!

Feminism In A Run-Down Taffy Factory: The Women Of 'Bob's Burgers'

npr.org — At last Sunday's Creative Arts Emmys, Bob's Burgers won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program. Alexander McCall offers this appreciation of its approach to its strange and fascinating women. The Primetime Emmy ceremony airs Monday night, August 25. The original proof-of-concept for the Fox animated sitcom Bob's Burgers was far from groundbreaking.

Veteran Space Shuttle Astronaut Steven Nagel Dies At 67

npr.org — Astronaut Steven Nagel, who flew on four space shuttle missions in the 1980s and 90s, including two as mission commander, has died after a long battle with cancer, NASA confirms. Nagel, an Air Force pilot who had logged many hours in fighter jets and as a test pilot, joined the NASA astronaut corps in 1978 in the first crop of trainees selected for the space shuttle program.
Aug 23, 2014

Via @nprnews: Veteran Space Shuttle Astronaut Steven Nagel Dies At 67 n.pr/1qAO41G

A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences

npr.org — When you think about a sentence, you usually think about words - not lines. But sentence diagramming brings geometry into grammar. If you weren't taught to diagram a sentence, this might sound a little zany. But the practice has a long - and controversial - history in U.S. schools.
Aug 23, 2014

I'm convinced learning this in school made me a better writer. Via @nprnews:The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences n.pr/1q0zRxK

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RT @btrpkc: Nearly 400 comments on @jmsummers' @npr_ed post about the decline of sentence diagramming. So many mixed feelings. n.pr/1ziCXzg

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Hmm. Not sure about this. A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences n.pr/1sftENZ via @craignewman

Aug 23, 2014

RT @btrpkc: Nearly 400 comments on @jmsummers' @npr_ed post about the decline of sentence diagramming. So many mixed feelings. n.pr/1ziCXzg

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California Trees Nailed As The Source Of Mystery Infections

npr.org — A fungus called Cryptococcus gattii can cause life-threatening infections, especially in people with compromised immune systems. One-third of AIDS-related deaths are thought to be caused by the fungus. But though people in Southern California have been getting sick from C. gatti for years, nobody knew how.
Aug 23, 2014

RT @zdoggmd: Science project win! -->via @nprnews: California Trees Nailed As The Source Of Mystery Infections n.pr/1tyQCAt

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RT @phylogenomics: via @nprnews: California Trees Nailed As The Source Of Mystery Infections - by 7th grader (et al) #plospathogens n.pr/1tyQCAt

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RT @yenbakas: I don't want to live in a world in which M Night is a prophet npr.org/blogs/health/2…

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I don't want to live in a world in which M Night is a prophet npr.org/blogs/health/2…

Budget Cuts Threaten A Unique Alabama Prison Education Program

npr.org — In a small classroom in Alabama's Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women, a dozen women sit at long gray tables. They all wear the same coarse white jumpsuits as a projector shows tips on "responding to anger" and "developing a positive self-concept." This prompts 34-year-old Tamara Kirkwood to reflect on her past.
Aug 23, 2014

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TV's New Doctor Who Has An Old Connection To The Series

npr.org — TV's longest-running science fiction program is about to get a new hero...sort of. On Saturday, the BBC unveils the first episode of science fiction series Doctor Who with its new star, Scottish actor/director Peter Capaldi, playing the 12 th version of show's hero, The Doctor.
Aug 23, 2014

"It is more accurate to say he is a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey, as not all Gallifreyans are Time Lords.” n.pr/1v66FJX

Aug 23, 2014

RT @markstencel: NPR clarifies: "more accurate to say he is a Time Lord from...Gallifrey, as not all Gallifreyans are Time Lords" n.pr/VJ2XXx

Aug 23, 2014

If u missed, my @NPR story with New Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, who says show first inspired him to ba an actor: ow.ly/3oQMNw

Aug 22, 2014

The Doctor is in! Check my interview with new Doctor Who star Prter Capaldi @NPR: ow.ly/3oKLZV