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NPR Story
2:04 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Learning To Live As An Amputee

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 3:43 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. Too many of those injured in Boston last Monday lost limbs in the explosion and now face a long and difficult recovery. Because the pressure-cooker bombs were in bags placed on the sidewalk, the shrapnel maimed and shredded many people's legs. Their basic challenge, of course, is to walk again. But the physical, mental and emotional process stretches far beyond those first steps.

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NPR Story
2:04 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Big Op-Ed: Shifting Opinions On Surveillance Cameras

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 2:54 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. And now it's time for the Opinion Page. Investigators in the Boston Marathon bombings used all kinds of images to identify the suspects in Boston: pictures from cell phones, portable video recorders and from TV. But the most useful came from surveillance cameras placed to monitor public places like the entrance to the Lord and Taylor department store and Forum Restaurant.

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NPR Story
2:04 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

South Sudan: A Warn-Torn Nation Transforms To Tourist Destination

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 2:58 pm

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Mental Health
1:55 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Oliver Sacks: Hallucinations

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 3:11 pm

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FLORA LICHTMAN, HOST:

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Environment
1:55 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Climate Change Takes Flight in New Novel

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 3:11 pm

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FLORA LICHTMAN, HOST:

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NPR Story
1:02 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Breaking Into The 'Department Of Mad Scientists'

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 3:09 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

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NPR Story
1:01 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Robert Ballard: 50 Years Exploring Deep Waters

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 3:10 pm

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National Security
2:13 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Investigating Explosions And Chemical Threats

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 2:44 pm

Explosions at the Boston Marathon, potentially ricin-laced letters intercepted en route to the White House and Sen. Roger Wicker, and an explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas have each prompted investigations. In each case, authorities sift through evidence to construct a timeline of events.

World
2:05 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Malala: How A Young Girl Became A World Symbol

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 2:28 pm

Fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai has become a symbol of hope for change in Pakistan and the world. Since her near-fatal shooting in 2012, her voice and reach has grown, as she speaks out against the Taliban's influence, and advocates for education for Pakistani youth.

Around the Nation
2:05 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Boston: The Conversation In Arab-American And Muslim Communities

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 2:45 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Celeste Headlee.

For Arab and Muslim-Americans, news of a terrorist attack or possible terrorist attack on U.S. soil is complicated by fears that the perpetrator might be a member of their own community and in the hours after the Boston Marathon, rumors of a young Saudi suspect spread like wildfire despite statements from law enforcement that no suspect had been identified.

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Sports
2:25 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

What Spectators Add To The Marathon Experience

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

You know, many of those injured and all three of the people who were killed at the scene of the Boston Marathon were there to cheer on the runners. They weren't running. Running is usually a fairly solitary sport, but a marathon is a unique moment when these athletes run alongside others, for one thing, and they're cheered on by sometimes thousands of spectators. Runners rely on those familiar faces and their cheerful signs to motivate them through all 26.2 miles.

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National Security
2:20 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Public Safety: The Measures Taken To Keep Crowds Safe

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Celeste Headlee. Neal Conan is away. The attacks on the Boston Marathon have had a ripple effect around the world. Organizers of the London Marathon are working with local police to increase security measures there. And organizers of smaller marathons, like the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, are meeting to discuss how to best protect runners and spectators in the wake of the Boston tragedy. We'll speak to the emergency coordinator of that marathon in just a moment.

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Politics
2:10 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Governing During Threats To National Security

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Celeste Headlee, in Washington. It's Wednesday, and it's time for the Political Junkie.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDINGS)

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: There you go again.

VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE: When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad: Where's the beef?

SENATOR BARRY GOLDWATER: Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.

SENATOR LLOYD BENTSEN: Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy.

PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON: You don't have Nixon to kick around anymore.

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Law
2:16 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

The Immigration Bill's Chances In Congress

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Celeste Headlee in Washington. Neal Conan is away. Though the Gang of Eight has postponed the full, public unveiling of their immigration bill until tomorrow, the rollout began in earnest over the weekend with Republican Senator Marco Rubio making the rounds on Sunday talk shows.

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Around the Nation
2:14 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

The Kindness Of Strangers After The Tragedy In Boston

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 12:07 pm

In the hours after two explosions rocked the finish line at the Boston Marathon, social media was alight with offers of assistance — from restaurants inviting guests to pay what they could, to Bostonians offering couches and inflatable mattresses to anyone who needed a place to stay.

NPR's Celeste Headlee talks with three Bostonians who offered help to strangers after the crisis.


Interview Highlights

Jim Hoben, owner, El Pelon Taqueria in Boston, offered pay-what-you-can service at his restaurant.

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