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October 18, 2014 | NPR · A son with cerebral palsy inspires a new way to think about imperfection, exaltation and love in a new memoir by Brazilian novelist and screenwriter Diogo Mainardi.
 

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October 18, 2014 | NPR · When Sgt. Paul Braun was serving in Iraq, his company was assigned an interpreter they called Philip. At first the two men were wary of each other; later, Braun worked to bring Philip to the states.
 

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October 18, 2014 | NPR · The Free Syrian Army has been outgunned in the country’s multi-sided civil war. But they say they have fighting experience, and if the U.S. provides arms and training they could play a key role.
 

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October 18, 2014 | NPR · Alaska’s Republican governor looked to have a lock on re-election, until state Democrats realized that their best tactic would be to give up — and clear the path for an independent challenger.
 

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October 18, 2014 | TSPR · Farmers across the Midwest harvest billions of bushels of corn nowadays using giant machines called combines. But a contest keeps a more primitive corn-picking technique alive: human hands.
 

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October 18, 2014 | NPR · They beat the deadly virus, but transportation back home is hard to come by. So they’re living in an abandoned hospital ward, hoping someday to resume the life they had before Ebola struck.
 

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October 18, 2014 | NPR · Mystical Russian composer Alexander Scriabin saw music, heard colors and wrote music that goes from ecstasy to frenzy. Baltimore Symphony conductor Marin Alsop explores Scriabin’s best-known piece.
 

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October 18, 2014 | NPR · The former one-man band, who used an old suitcase as a kick drum on his 2011 debut, talks with Scott Simon about the “shinier” sound of his new album.
 

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October 11, 2014 | KCUR · Secretary of State Kris Kobach is a national crusader against illegal immigration, but this year some of his GOP brethren are turning against him as he struggles to win reelection.
 

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October 11, 2014 | NPR · Millennials are the most likely to favor traditionally pro-environment policies and believe climate change is man-made. But they are also the least likely generation to identify as environmentalists.
 

 

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October 22, 2014 | NPR · The dearth of water in this state is showing no signs of easing. Officials have introduced plans to revamp the water rationing and distribution systems until the rains come. If they ever come.
 

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October 22, 2014 | NPR · How is a rare strain of malaria spreading near cities in Southeast Asia? That’s the question that’s been puzzling a team of scientists. And they’re using drones to find the answer.
 

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October 22, 2014 | NPR · Scientists first figured the claw-tipped, giant arm bones found in 1965 belonged to an ostrich-like dinosaur. But its recently recovered skull looks more like a dino designed by a committee — of kids.
 

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October 22, 2014 | NPR · Two entrepreneurs have developed new tricks to make food that’s literally illuminating, using ingredients that are as natural and unprocessed as possible. It’s just basic food chemistry, folks.
 

October 22, 2014 | NPR · When Gerard Russell was a diplomat in the Middle East, he met followers of ancient religions facing extinction. His new book includes the origins of the Yazidis, who are fleeing the Islamic State.
 

October 22, 2014 | NPR · Atavist Books launched with aims of upending the print-first publishing model. Now it’s announcing its plans to close. Meanwhile, partnerships between public libraries and airports are taking off.
 

Music

October 22, 2014 | NPR · Steven Ellison has built an impressive reputation among critics and fans in the know for mixing hip hop, jazz and electronica into something original. But even for the aforementioned followers, the new album from Ellison — better-known as Flying Lotus — is a surprise. It’s all about death, not as something to be mourned but as a journey to be anticipated.
 

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October 22, 2014 | NPR · The West Virginia natives, both widely respected in the world of string-band music, perform live.
 

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October 22, 2014 | WXPN · The rootsy folk-rock band formed after its singer heard a harpist through his apartment wall.
 

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