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September 18, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Michel Martin will sit down with a panel of award-winning playwrights to ask about diversity in theater. Follow here or join us on Twitter on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, using #NPRMichel.
 

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · In the rollout of its new mobile operating system, Apple says it has made it technically impossible for the company to unlock phone data, even in response to a law enforcement warrant.
 

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · A proposal about how to maintain unfettered access to Internet content drew a bigger public response than any single issue in the Federal Communication Commission’s history. What’s next?
 

September 16, 2014 | NPR · Commentator Andrei Codrescu remembers the first word processor he had — the Kaypro II in the 1980s. Its inventor, Andrew Kay, died Aug. 28, at the age of 95.
 

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September 16, 2014 | NPR · From helping students be on their best behavior to taking history lessons to the Twitterverse, teachers are using a range of apps — many of them free — to harness mobile technology in the classroom.
 

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September 16, 2014 | NPR · Microsoft is buying the company that created the video game Minecraft, which has a loyal following in part because of the freedom it allows players — including freedom from pressure to buy add-ons.
 

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September 15, 2014 | NPR · Microsoft paid $2.5 billion for Mojang, the company behind the hit building-block video game Minecraft that is played by millions. But it might have gained a lot more than just a popular franchise.
 

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September 15, 2014 | NPR · Cyberstalking has transformed domestic abuse in the U.S. Tracking tools called spyware make it cheap and easy for someone to monitor a partner secretly, 24 hours a day.
 

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September 13, 2014 | NPR · In our weekly roundup, the battle against big cable showed up on many of our favorite websites. And Apple’s new mobile payment system and watch announcement made it a big week for tech news.
 

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September 12, 2014 | NPR · Apple wants to change the way you pay for things. Credit card companies are embracing its new mobile payment system as a boost to security, but analysts say Apple could disrupt the payments industry.
 

 

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News

SpaceX, The Boeing Company
September 19, 2014 | NPR · Earlier this week, NASA awarded two contracts for new spaceships to commercial companies. Here’s how they compare.
 

StoryCorps
September 19, 2014 | NPR · Lori Baker uses DNA samples to track down the loved ones of immigrants who died on their journeys. “I would love not to do this anymore, but I don’t think I have it in me not to,” she says.
 

September 19, 2014 | NPR · Since the GOP retook the House, the chamber once brought the country to the brink of a debt default and once shut down the government. But in election years, including this one, there’s no such drama.
 

Arts & Life

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Michel Martin will sit down with a panel of award-winning playwrights to ask about diversity in theater. Follow here or join us on Twitter on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, using #NPRMichel.
 

September 18, 2014 | NPR · The CBS dramas about women juggling family lives and high-intensity jobs showcase excellent acting. But while The Good Wife is one of the best shows on TV, Madam Secretary‘s writing is disappointing.
 

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · Zak Ebrahim’s father was convicted as a conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. For most of his life, Ebrahim lied to people about who his father was. His new memoir tells his story.
 

Music

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September 19, 2014 | NPR · It begins, “Do you remember?” — and we supply the memories. Dan Charnas tells the origin story of the Earth, Wind & Fire hit that still unites generations on the dance floor.
 

Courtesy of the artist
September 18, 2014 | NPR · Chris Staples’ American Soft is one of the discoveries of the year. This video captures the song’s feeling of being unsettled as it follows a trio of characters who roam the streets in slow motion.
 

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · “It’s about us breaking up as a couple and also about changing weather,” Phil Elverum says of “I Want Wind To Blow,” the opener from The Microphones’ 2001 album, The Glow Pt. 2.
 

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