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In-depth reporting and transformed the way listeners understand current events and view the world. Every weekday, hear two hours of breaking news mixed with compelling analysis, insightful commentaries, interviews, and special - sometimes quirky - features.

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Middle East
5:13 pm
Sun June 14, 2015

Yemen Peace Talks To Begin Monday

Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 10:41 pm

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My Big Break
5:13 pm
Sun June 14, 2015

Bankrolling A Dinosaur Dig And Unearthing A Giant: The Giganotosaurus

The skull of a Giganotosaurus.
Courtesy Don Lessem

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 4:18 pm

As part of a series called My Big Break, All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

This weekend, the dinosaurs are back in Jurassic World, where the park is ravaged by the invented Indominus Rex.

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Science
5:13 pm
Sun June 14, 2015

In Massachusetts Lab, Scientists Grow An Artificial Rat Limb

In the study, muscle cells were injected into the cell-free "scaffolding" of a rat limb, which provided shape and structure onto which regenerated tissue could grow.
Bernhard Jank, MD Ott Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Regenerative Medicine

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 7:00 am

A team of scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston made news earlier this month when they published research in the journal Biomaterials describing how they'd created the world's first bioartificial limb in the laboratory.

Or, in other words: scientists have now grown the entire forelimb of a rat in a lab.

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Author Interviews
6:21 pm
Sat June 13, 2015

'Seven Good Years' Between The Birth Of A Son, Death Of A Father

Lydia Thompson NPR

Israeli writer Etgar Keret is beloved around the world for his funny, haunting and frequently fantastical short stories. But he's hardly one to stick to a single medium: on top of his stories, he's written graphic novels, TV shows, movie scripts and a children's book. And public radio fans may know his work from its numerous appearances on This American Life.

But for 25 years — whether in print, on air, on screen or in comic-book form — he only wrote fiction.

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Sports
5:10 pm
Sat June 13, 2015

Academic Foul: Some Colleges Accused Of Helping Athletes Cheat

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faces charges of NCAA violations including the existence of sham classes and grade inflation for student-athletes.
Gerry Broome AP

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 6:21 pm

Some college athletes are cheating, and the NCAA is cracking down on universities that enable them to do it. Earlier this year, the NCAA came down hard on Syracuse University for academic fraud.

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Iraq
5:10 pm
Sat June 13, 2015

A Glimpse Of Life In Mosul

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 6:21 pm

BBC reporter Ghadi Sary speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about secretly filmed videos obtained of harrowing conditions in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which is controlled by the self-declared Islamic State.

The videos, smuggled out of the city, feature ordinary people describing and documenting their lives under ISIS rule.

Strange News
5:10 pm
Sat June 13, 2015

Thomas Edison's Talking Doll Will Be Displayed At Smithsonian

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 6:21 pm

Even geniuses get it wrong sometimes. Thomas Edison created some of the world's first talking dolls back in 1890, and they were terrifying. One will be featured in a new exhibit called "American Enterprise," opening next month at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

A version of this story originally aired on All Things Considered on May 5, 2015.

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National Security
7:48 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Breach Of Government Personnel Data Compromised Security Information

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

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Law
5:45 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Supporter Says Woodfox Is 'Very Cautious' When It Comes To Judicial System

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

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It's All Politics
5:36 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Walker's Next Battle: Tenure

University of Wisconsin campus in Madison.
Mike McGinnis Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 11:47 pm

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been making national headlines for years taking on public and private sector unions. Now, the possible GOP presidential candidate is going after another group — nearly 5,000 tenured faculty in the 26-campus University of Wisconsin system.

Tenure typically means that a university faculty member who has taught for a number years and passes a review process can't be easily fired. Tenure also translates often into a raise. For 12-month faculty at UW-Madison, the raise is about $8,000.

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Sports
5:30 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Big Guns Having 'Equal Amounts Of Trouble' In Stanley Cup Finals

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

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Europe
5:01 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Ukraine Finance Minister Says Economic Success Is Key To Ending Conflict

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

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The Salt
4:57 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Mighty Farming Microbes: Companies Harness Bacteria To Give Crops A Boost

Pam Marrone (right), founder and CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations, inspects some colonies of microbes. Marrone has spent most of her professional life prospecting for microbial pesticides and bringing them to market.
Dan Charles/NPR

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

What if farmers, instead of picking up some agricultural chemicals at their local dealer, picked up a load of agricultural microbes instead?

It's something to contemplate, because some big names in the pesticide business — like Bayer and Monsanto — are putting money behind attempts to turn soil microbes into tools that farmers can use to give their crops a boost.

It's a symptom of the soaring interest in the ways microbes affect all of life. In our bodies, they help fight off disease. In the soil, they help deliver nutrients to plants, and perhaps much more.

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Movies
4:57 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Mystery Loves Company, And TCM's Noir Movie Marathon Has Plenty Of Both

The 1949 murder film Too Late For Tears, starring Lizabeth Scott and Dan Duryea, follows a woman desperate to protect a newfound fortune. It will be shown as part of Turner Classic Movies' "Summer of Darkness" on July 17.
Courtesy of Turner Classic Movies

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

Who says summer has to be light and bright? Turner Classic Movies has kicked off its "Summer of Darkness" — 24 hours of noir films every Friday in June and July with an accompanying free, online class.

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Sports
6:28 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

With 2-1 Finals Lead, What's LeBron James' Secret Motivation?

Cavaliers forward LeBron James urges on the crowd during the second half of Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Cleveland. The Cavs lead the series 2-1 and host Game 4 Thursday night.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 6:39 pm

Remember the essay LeBron James wrote nearly a year ago, announcing his triumphant return to Cleveland?

"I'm not promising a championship," he wrote. "We're not ready right now. It will be a long process."

Well, time has certainly sped up, especially to the delight of Cavalier fans. The long process he predicted will actually be over with just two more Cleveland wins. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are back at it Thursday night for Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

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