Prosecutors trying to preserve a federal law aimed at military impostors say the act won’t discourage legitimate free speech because it targets only deliberate falsehoods…The state health department has announced they’re finally caught up with the backlog of medical marijuana card applications…and, the leader of NORAD is marking the Pearl Harbor anniversary by saying the nation shouldn’t forget the need for vigilance.

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August 21, 2014 | NPR · A day after police detained 47 people, Wednesday night saw barely a handful of arrests in the St. Louis suburb.
 

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August 21, 2014 | NPR · Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanks the Shin Bet, the country’s domestic security service, for intelligence that set up Thursday’s attack.
 

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August 21, 2014 | NPR · Our informal survey of what’s on those back-to-school shopping lists, and how much it costs to fill kids’ backpacks.
 

Arts & Life

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August 21, 2014 | NPR · Dr. Brian Goldman answers your questions on medicine, making mistakes, and how the entire medical system can benefit and learn from being wrong.
 

August 21, 2014 | NPR · Also: Italian novelist Elena Ferrante gives a rare interview; the history of Arabic noir.
 

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August 21, 2014 | NPR · Sin City director Robert Rodriguez has been making movies away from the Hollywood machine for years — he does most of his filming in his studio in Austin, Texas.
 

Music

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August 21, 2014 | KCRW · Join us for a First Listen Live video webcast with Interpol on August 26 at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT). The New York band will play songs from its upcoming album, El Pintor, in public for the first time.
 

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August 21, 2014 | NPR · California will host two major events this week: First City Festival and FYF Fest. Do they fill a gap left by Coachella? And is making a festival rock-centric a good way to draw concert-goers?
 

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August 21, 2014 | NPR · For a family initially derided as crude, they sure spend a lot of time at the opera. Here’s a sampling of embiggened classical music during The Simpsons marathon, which starts today on FXX.
 

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