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September 23, 2014 | NPR · Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone were just starting to see economic progress after years of conflict. The blow of Ebola, says the World Bank, could be “catastrophic.”
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · Justin McCowan wanted to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s because it’s more common in people like him who have Down syndrome. He died in his sleep last week at age 40.
 

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September 23, 2014 | KWMU · As the availability of mental health services has declined, many police departments have trained Crisis Intervention Teams to respond to people with mental illness.
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · Cassatt gave the three well-loved, wooden boxes of pastels to a friend’s 10-year-old granddaughter, who later recalled: “I wasted lots of them on playing and swapping them with my friends.”
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · The nation is the world’s third-largest arms exporter, and many weapons go to countries with questionable human rights records. Sigmar Gabriel wants to change that — but not all Germans are on board.
 

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September 23, 2014 | KHN · Nobody looks forward to sitting in the waiting room. So some hospitals are trying to improve customer satisfaction by offering online appointments. The pitch: “Wait for the ER from home.”
 

September 23, 2014 | NPR · Robert Peace, a 30-year-old African-American, was a Yale University graduate and an almost straight-A student in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. He also dealt marijuana.
 

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September 22, 2014 | NPR · Domestic violence and child abuse allegations against NFL stars have put the country’s most-watched sports league in the congressional spotlight.
 

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September 22, 2014 | NPR · It’s not violence on the job that makes some pro football players beat their wives or children, psychologists say. It’s often childhood experience, fanned by a culture that accepts such behavior.
 

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September 22, 2014 | NPR · Angela Stimpson donated a kidney to a complete stranger. Why did she do it? Researchers found that the brains of Stimpson and other altruists are sensitive to fear and distress in a stranger’s face.
 

 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · Research suggests that women may not be getting the information they need to make informed decisions about prenatal genetic testing, particularly invasive tests that can harm the fetus.
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · An ulcer drug is dramatically changing the face of back-alley abortions in developing countries and cutting the rate of maternal deaths. Misoprostol is widely available even where abortion is banned.
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · Guess what scientists found lurking inside a common-looking packet of supermarket porcini? Three entirely new species of fungi. That’s what happens when you DNA sequence your dinner.
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · Guess what scientists found lurking inside a common-looking packet of supermarket porcini? Three entirely new species of fungi. That’s what happens when you DNA sequence your dinner.
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · Jimi: All Is By My Side focuses on the year Hendrix changed his name and recorded his first album. Director John Ridley and star André Benjamin (a.k.a. André 3000) talk about portraying the guitarist.
 

September 23, 2014 | NPR · Sarah Waters’ spellbinding novel — about two women in 1920s London — is no simple period piece. Waters is a superb storyteller with a gift for capturing the layered nuances of character and mood.
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · Electronic producer and composer Richard D. James returns to recording after a 13-year absence, with an album that stands refreshingly askew next to mainstream EDM.
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · On this week’s show, we premiere a thoughtful song from Damien Rice, a track from Leonard Cohen’s highly anticipated new album, music from recent discovery Caroline Rose and more.
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · Much like the duo’s previous soundtracks for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network, the Gone Girl score is extraordinarily creepy.
 

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