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6:07 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Police Near Dallas Kill 2 Armed Men At Muhammad Cartoon Contest

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 7:03 am

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Politics
5:39 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Beyond Quid Pro Quo: What Counts As Political Corruption?

Can candidates courting billionaires count as corruption, even if there are no explicit strings attached? Some activists see the campaign contributions of the super-rich as a problem, regardless of whether "quid pro quo" deals are made. Here, activists protest the political influence of the wealthy Koch Brothers near David Koch's Manhattan apartment on June 5, 2014.
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Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 7:22 am

The presidential hopefuls haven't spent much time so far with voters. Instead, they've committed many days to courting the millionaires and billionaires who can fuel a White House bid. And at the same time, activists on the left and right are seeking to redefine political corruption, which they believe this is.

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Around the Nation
5:10 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Baltimore Lifts Curfew But Problems Run Deep In Sandtown

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Books
5:04 am
Mon May 4, 2015

A Town Divided Over The Next Chapter Of An Iconic Harper Lee Book

Every spring, local residents have stage a play based on To Kill a Mockingbird in this courthouse in Monroeville, Ala.
Debbie Elliott NPR

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 7:22 am

Business is brisk at the Ole Curiosities and Book Shoppe, a block off the town square in Monroeville, Ala.

Jennifer Brinkley and her friend Leigh Mikovch are at the counter, putting in a pre-order for Go Set a Watchman, the much anticipated forthcoming book from Harper Lee.

"We're big Harper Lee fans and To Kill a Mockingbird fans," Brinkley says.

Both are writers from Bowling Green, Ky. They're visiting Monroeville for the annual Alabama Writers Symposium. Brinkley says it will be meaningful to have the new book come from Lee's home town.

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Shots - Health News
5:04 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Sepsis, A Wily Killer, Stymies Doctors' Efforts To Tame It

Bob Skierski at the beach in Avalon, N.J., just hours before he fell ill and went to the hospital. He never went home.
Courtesy of Jennifer Rodgers

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 7:27 am

If you ran down the list of ailments that most commonly kill Americans, chances are you wouldn't think to name sepsis. But this condition, sometimes called blood poisoning, is in fact one of the most common causes of death in the hospital, killing more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.

Jennifer Rodgers learned about sepsis the way many people do – through personal experience.

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Planet Money
4:35 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Where Poor Kids Grow Up Makes A Huge Difference

Where you grow up matters.
Quoctrung Bui/NPR

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 7:22 am

In two new studies, Harvard economist Raj Chetty and his colleagues found that where poor kids grow up has a huge effect on how much money they earn as adults.

In one study, families living in public housing were randomly selected to be eligible for housing vouchers that required them to move to low poverty neighborhoods. Kids whose families received the vouchers grew up to earn significantly more than those whose families remained in public housing.

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Photography
3:22 am
Mon May 4, 2015

A Landscape Of Abundance Becomes A Landscape Of Scarcity

Courtesy of Matt Black

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 7:22 am

Photographer Matt Black grew up in California's Central Valley. He has dedicated his life to documenting the area's small towns and farmers.

Last year, he says he realized what had been a mild drought was now severe. It had simply stopped raining.

"It was kind of a daily surreal thing to walk outside," Black says.

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Shots - Health News
3:03 am
Mon May 4, 2015

A Woman Uses Art To Come To Terms With Her Father's Death

Of I Wish You The Sunshine Of Tomorrow, Rodgers says: "The ICU room my dad was in on the day he died had yellow walls. Every time we visited him we had to wear hospital gowns that were a bright yellow. [It] was a recurring color in that whole time frame of my life."
Courtesy of Jennifer Rodgers

A month after her father died of sepsis, Jennifer Rodgers began creating maps.

She took a large piece of paper, splattered it with black paint and then tore it into pieces. Then she began to draw: short black lines mimic the steps she walked in the hospital hallway during her father's hospitalization.

"It was a physical release of emotion for me," she says.

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Technology
5:23 pm
Sun May 3, 2015

A Poker Battle Against A Computer

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 6:20 pm

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Transcript

ARUN RATH, HOST:

Last night, Mayweather and Pacquiao - big fight - blah, blah, blah - who cares? Humans fight humans all the time. But 18 years ago today, a really interesting face off - world chess champion Garry Kasparov versus supercomputer Deep Blue.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

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Sports
5:23 pm
Sun May 3, 2015

For Filipinos, Manny Pacquiao Remains A Symbol Of Hope

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 7:46 pm

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