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4:51 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

The Man Who Brought G.I. Joe To Children Dies At 86

At left is a reproduction of the original G.I. Joe action figure made in 1964. The doll on the right is a newer G.I. Joe model. Hasbro executive Donald Levine, who oversaw the action figure's creation, died last week of cancer.
Anonymous AP

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 6:34 pm

A half-century after the first G.I. Joe action figures hit U.S. shelves, the man who oversaw the toy's creation has died of cancer in Rhode Island. Former Hasbro executive Donald Levine was 86. He was also a veteran of the Korean War who said that G.I. Joe was an attempt to honor those in the U.S. armed forces.

"Someday I'm going to do something to honor this military, these military people, who fight in the wars," Levine said in archive footage cited by NPR's Elizabeth Blair for All Things Considered.

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Shots - Health News
4:08 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

The Blind Woman Who Sees Rain, But Not Her Daughter's Smile

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 8:37 am

Imagine a world that is completely black. You can't see a thing — unless something happens to move. You can see the rain falling from the sky, the steam coming from your coffee cup, a car passing by on the street.

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Law
4:06 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

In California, Life With Parole Increasingly Leads To Freedom

In California, prisoners with life sentences have recently started to receive parole at much higher rates than in the past. Options Recovery, in Berkeley, Calif., is one of many state facilities seeing an increase in the number of released lifers needing housing and counseling services.
Jeremy Raff KQED

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 12:52 pm

California has more than 26,000 inmates serving life sentences with the possibility of parole. Until recently, that possibility was a slim one; "lifers," who are mostly murderers, rarely got out of prison.

But that's changing. Since 2009, more than twice as many lifers have been paroled in California than in the previous two decades combined.

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It's All Politics
2:54 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Brad Paisley Leaves 'Southern Comfort Zone' For Troops In Afghanistan

Country music singer Brad Paisley performs during a troop rally with President Obama during an unannounced visit at Bagram Air Field on Sunday.
Evan Vucci AP

Brad Paisley is well-known as a top-selling country music star. Turns out, he's a pretty good juggler, too.

Paisley joined President Obama in a surprise trip to Afghanistan this Memorial Day weekend, playing for some 3,000 troops at the Bagram Airfield. Just 24 hours earlier, Paisley was the headliner at the Tree Town Music Festival in Forest City, Iowa.

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The Two-Way
2:03 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Parents Of Elliot Rodger Heard Of Attack As They Tried To Stop Him

A makeshift memorial sits in front of IV Deli Mart, where part of Friday night's mass shooting took place in the Isla Vista, Calif., community. The parents of Elliot Rodger, accused of killing six people, were reportedly rushing to try to stop their son when they heard about the violence.
Chris Carlson AP

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 2:56 pm

Elliot Rodger's parents were rushing to stop him from hurting anyone Friday night when they heard news of a shooting and feared their son was involved. They had driven to Santa Barbara after seeing an alarming video in which he promised a deadly "revenge against humanity."

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Music Reviews
2:03 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Two New Items From Hank Williams

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 11:46 am

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

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Interviews
2:03 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

During World War II, Even Filmmakers Reported For Duty

Maj. Frank Capra sits at his War Department desk in Washington on March 6, 1942. Capra's non-War Department films include It's A Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes To Washington.
AP

This interview was originally broadcast on March 3, 2014.

When America entered World War II, some of Hollywood's most celebrated directors enlisted and risked their lives. But they weren't fighting — they were filming combat.

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The Two-Way
12:02 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

White House Mistakenly Blows Cover Of CIA Officer In Afghanistan

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 5:18 pm

A list that was meant to help journalists report on President Obama's trip to Afghanistan on Sunday has instead created an awkward and potentially damaging situation. That's because it mistakenly included the name of the CIA station chief in Kabul, the agency's top official there.

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All Tech Considered
11:49 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Wash And Deliver: Startups Aim To Solve First World Problems

Washio offers on-demand laundry pickup and delivery for $1.60 a pound.
Courtesy of Washio

Sick of doing the laundry? The latest hot Silicon Valley startup, Washio — the subject of a new profile in New York Magazine — lets you press a button on your phone and someone will come and pick up your laundry, or your dry cleaning.

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Music
10:53 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Edgy And Soulful, LiV Warfield Strives To 'Feel Every Lyric'

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 12:16 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Don't we all know people who walk around like they own the room? Nobody's shocked when their name shows up in lights. And then there's the superstar who's unexpected.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE UNEXPECTED")

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Politics
10:53 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Faith And Patriotism Coexist For First Muslim Representative

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 12:16 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we turn to Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about matters of faith and spirituality. On this program we often talk about the intersection of faith and politics. My next guest is a trailblazer in both of those areas. When he was first elected to Congress in 2006, Keith Ellison was the first Muslim elected to Congress, as well as the first person of color elected to represent Minnesota in the national legislator.

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U.S.
10:53 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Plugging In Military Families...There's An App For That

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 12:16 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We are continuing our special coverage for Memorial Day with encore conversations. And we talk now about the sacrifices that military families make. Military service these days can come with long and repeated deployments and frequent moves, not to mention the emotional toll of sending a spouse or a parent into dangerous conflicts.

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The Two-Way
10:33 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Dad Catches Son's Home Run Ball At Minor League Game

Marty Gregor drove five hours to see his son play baseball this weekend. In return, his son drove a baseball over the right-field fence to where his dad was standing.
MILB

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 3:19 pm

Conrad Gregor sent a special thank you to his parents for making a five-hour drive to see him play baseball this weekend: He launched a home run that led his team to a comeback win — and his father caught the baseball after it soared over the right-field wall.

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The Salt
9:45 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Why Some Pet Owners Ditch Chow To Cook For Fido From Scratch

Despite a dizzying array of dog food choices, some owners avoid the cans and bags and making their own from scratch.
Christopher Flickr

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 8:50 am

We're not only obsessed with what we eat. We're now obsessed with what our pets eat. They make us healthier and happier, so who can blame us for wanting the best?

While the pet food industry has started adding salmon, vegetables and other ingredients humans favor to its products, the store-bought stuff just doesn't make the cut anymore for some owners. They're skipping the pet food aisle altogether in favor of cooking up big batches of Fido's meals.

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The Two-Way
9:37 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Ukraine's Poroshenko Says He'll Restore Peace In East

Presumed Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko, left, said Monday that an "anti-terrorist operation" against separatists will take hours, not months.
Efrem Lukatsky AP

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 12:54 pm

Ukraine's projected new president Petro Poroshenko welcomed his victory Monday by pledging to speed up operations to quell pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. New violence erupted in the region today, as an air strike was carried out on militants near the Donetsk airport.

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