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January 27, 2015 | SCPR · As if the drought weren’t bad enough, four of the area’s aqueducts sit on the San Andreas Fault. Engineers are working to protect the water system against the next major earthquake.
 

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January 27, 2015 | NPR · Lost in a deep depression, Marie Mutsuki Mockett visited a temple owned by her mother’s family near Fukushima. There, she found traditions and ways of thought that helped her work through her grief.
 

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January 27, 2015 | MR · Our 50 Great Teachers series profiles a football coach who’s made academics … and a sense of family … part of his winning strategy.
 

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January 27, 2015 | NPR · On a day usually filled with quiet reflection, the Jewish community spoke out forcefully against the president for her handling of a 20-year-old bombing case that remains unsolved.
 

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January 27, 2015 | NPR · The line on the left went to Auschwitz, but an SS guard shoved Jack Mandelbaum to the right. Thus began a three-year nightmare in seven labor camps for a Jewish teenager who refused to give up hope.
 

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January 26, 2015 | NPR · Oil industry representatives are criticizing the decision, but analysts say the shale revolution will buy the industry time to develop safe technology in the threatened environment.
 

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January 26, 2015 | NPR · Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s attorneys are again asking that his trial, now in the jury selection phase, be moved. Lawyers say they have data showing that enough impartial jurors cannot be found in the city.
 

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January 26, 2015 | NPR · Now that the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods has made more than $100 million at the box office in just three weeks, NPR’s movie critic Bob Mondello has a modest musical proposal.
 

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January 26, 2015 | NPR · Ezra has a voice that can float high and delicate, but it can also wade deep. His debut album, Wanted On Voyage, is named for the words inscribed on Paddington Bear’s suitcase.
 

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January 26, 2015 | NPR · Moderate Syrian rebels took up arms to topple President Bashar Assad. But the U.S. is planning to train them to fight against a different foe, the self-declared Islamic State, instead.
 

 

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January 28, 2015 | NPR · Pope Francis announced he will elevate the influential missionary to sainthood when he visits Washington, D.C. But Native American groups say Father Serra was far from saintly.
 

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January 28, 2015 | NPR · A cartogram posted on Reddit shows what the world looks like if you scale countries by their population. Watch out China! India is catching up with you.
 

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January 28, 2015 | NPR · A fake bank in Nanjing bilked customers out of nearly $33 million. With trappings of a real bank, like security guards and LED screens, it fooled depositors attracted by higher interest rates.
 

Arts & Life

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January 28, 2015 | NPR · The film about a Navy SEAL whose service in Iraq made him a mythic figure has become a cultural lightning rod. But the squabbles are too simple for a low-key movie striking in its lack of stridency.
 

January 28, 2015 | NPR · New research shows that teenagers’ brains aren’t fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.
 

January 28, 2015 | NPR · The announcement of the new Ghostbusters cast went over like … well, gangbusters.
 

Music

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January 28, 2015 | NPR · The Louisville native performs songs from 2014′s moody, languid, country-inflected Electric Ursa.
 

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January 28, 2015 | NPR · An interview with the New York rap impresario who died unexpectedly this month.
 

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January 28, 2015 | opbmusic · The band’s moody, autumnal “Arms Unknown” receives a welcome jolt of gritty electric guitar.
 

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