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October 19, 2014 | KQED · Many rural residents rely on private wells for tap water. As the severe drought continues, many are wondering why farms seem to be getting water ahead of families.
 

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October 19, 2014 | NPR · What began as a pro-democracy roadblock has grown into a combination street fair/art gallery, with an outdoor study hall, movie screenings, speeches and even a free library.
 

October 19, 2014 | NPR · Get ready to crunch some numbers from the works of the late Martin Gardner, longtime “Mathematical Games” columnist for Scientific American.
 

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October 19, 2014 | NPR · Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi talks with Rachel Martin about the difference between supermarket hummus and Middle Eastern hummus and why he doesn’t like to call his cookbooks “vegetarian.”
 

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October 19, 2014 | WMFE · In Florida, a key river is undergoing the largest environmental restoration effort in the world. But when complete, a looming water shortage means the river’s waters still face an uncertain future.
 

AP
October 19, 2014 | KCRW · In the time since the first simple coin purse was sold in Japan back in 1974, Hello Kitty has become a multibillion-dollar empire. A retrospective in Los Angeles celebrates the beloved cartoon cat.
 

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October 19, 2014 | NPR · On Oct. 19, 1814, an Austrian teenager named Franz Schubert wrote “Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel,” a boldly innovative song that remains an inspiration for singers and songwriters.
 

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October 12, 2014 | NPR · Iran is experiencing a tourism boom. Travel agencies in the U.S. say they are planning more trips to the Islamic Republic. Kamin Mohammadi, an Iranian-born travel writer, shares some favorite places.
 

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October 12, 2014 | NPR · Scotland has some of the best trout fishing in the world. Now the North American signal crayfish is taking over waterways, threatening to wipe out native populations of insects those trout eat.
 

AP
October 12, 2014 | WSHU · Shoppers are heading into the heavy-spending season with no new credit safeguards in place. Experts say it’ll be at least another year before the U.S. system moves beyond technology from the 1970s.
 

 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · The Olympian was convicted of culpable homicide last month — rather than a more serious charge of premeditated murder — for the 2013 fatal shooting of Reeva Steenkamp in his home.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · One month into the TV season, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · Until August, 24-year-old Aza Betwata was in Holland, enjoying beef and cabbage and studying to be a social worker. Now, he’s among the hundreds of exiled Kurds who have returned and taken up arms.
 

Arts & Life

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · One month into the TV season, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.
 

October 21, 2014 | NPR · Oscar de la Renta died at the age of 82 on Monday. Steve Inskeep talks to Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan about the designer’s legacy.
 

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
October 20, 2014 | NPR · Joel Beckerman is a composer who specializes in sonic branding. His new book is called The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy.
 

Music

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · From our panel of public-radio hosts to you: a hand-picked sampler of free downloads, including new music from Son Little, Ty Segall, Rome Fortune, Kaytranada, Allo Darlin’ and more.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · The singer and activist tackles jazz standards, including “Strange Fruit” and others, on her new album. Here, she and NPR’s Steve Inskeep discuss how she connects with the present through the past.
 

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October 20, 2014 | NPR · D’Amato’s new album The Shipwreck From The Shore can feel Motown-y, garage-y and Springsteen-y, and all that production serves his songs well. But here the Tiny Desk, his music is sparer.
 

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