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9:10am

Sat July 12, 2014
Shots - Health News

Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 11:12 am

Stressed? Try taking a fresh look at what's actually going on.
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Many Americans are swamped with stress, but there may be ways to ease the tension without changing the circumstances.

Almost half of all adults say they've experienced a major stressful event in the past year, according to a poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Meditation can help people cope, says author Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass.

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11:52am

Fri July 11, 2014
Goats and Soda

It's 'Etsy,' Kenyan Style: Making Art Out Of Flip-Flops And Bottle Tops

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 1:37 pm

Apollo Omondi Omware couldn't find a white-collar job, so he created his own business, weaving baskets and training others to weave as well.
Ryan Kellman NPR

Sure, it's tough to earn a living as an artist. But it helps if your materials don't cost a lot. At the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, several of the Kenyan craftspeople work wonders with discarded beer bottles and flip-flops.

Jonathan Lento: He Fashions Flip-Flops Into Funky Fauna

Jonathan Lento grips a slender knife in one hand and a colorful block made of glued-together flip-flops in the other.

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5:49pm

Thu July 10, 2014
The Salt

'Captain Pizza' Saves The Day, But Doesn't Save Himself A Slice

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 10:12 am

Intrepid pizza purveyors in action: Frontier Airlines flight attendants pass out pies to the delighted passengers.
Logan Marie Torres AP

It's one of those stories that start in the middle. Midflight from Washington, D.C., to Denver on Monday, pilot Gerhard Brandner hit some bad weather that forced him to land in Wyoming. It was a mundane delay like most others. His Frontier Airlines plane was grounded on a tarmac in Cheyenne.

That's when the pilot made a decision that made him a national hero.

"I figure out, well, I'm getting hungry; I'll bet you the folks be hungry back there, too," Brandner says. "So I called Domino's."

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5:45pm

Wed July 9, 2014
The Two-Way

Report Says FBI, NSA Spied On American Muslims

Rutgers professor Hooshang Amirahmadi, one of the American Muslims identified by the Intercept as a target of covert surveillance by the FBI and the NSA.
Mel Evans AP

Reporters Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain say, in the online news website Intercept, that based on information provided by Edward Snowden they have evidence that the FBI and NSA used covert surveillance on the email accounts of 202 American Muslims.

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11:08am

Wed July 9, 2014
Shots - Health News

What Gets You Stressed? Tell Our Expert Panel

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 9:42 am

Leif Parsons for NPR

Editor's note: The webcast is over, but you can watch the archived video of the event.

For many Americans, stress is a constant and frequently overwhelming fact of daily life.

What are the biggest sources of stress? How does stress affect us? And what do we do in response?

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11:32am

Tue July 8, 2014
Goats and Soda

Meet The Musicians And Storytellers Of Kenya

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:29 am

Eric Wainaina
Ryan Kellman NPR

4:27pm

Mon July 7, 2014
Men In America

Teen Tries To Be The Parent His Own Dad Never Was

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 7:40 pm

Marvin Ramos, now 18, was overwhelmed when his daughter, Hailey, was born. But now he says he's determined to be the best father he can be. "I haven't run away," he says, "and I never want to."
Marvin Ramos Courtesy of WNYC

This story is part of All Things Considered's "Men in America" series.

Marvin Ramos found out he was going to be a father when his girlfriend, Stephanie, called him during a basketball game. He says he sat down on a bench and looked up at the sky. He was 16. Stephanie was 19.

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3:29pm

Mon July 7, 2014
All Tech Considered

We Asked, You Answered: Going To Extremes To Disconnect On Vacation

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 9:08 am

Our readers wrote in on how they tried to take a vacation from their smartphones.
Christian Wheatley iStockphoto

Summer is a great time to take a break from some of the stressors in our lives. For many of us, that stress is brought on by too much screen time and the pressure to stay connected.

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5:56pm

Sun July 6, 2014
Around the Nation

Programs Target Poverty In Obama's 5 'Promise Zones'

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:02 am

People line up at the FamilySource Center in Los Angeles, an organization in one of President Obama's five designated "Promise Zones" that aims to help fight poverty in the area.
Priska Neely NPR

Five areas across the country have been designated as "Promise Zones" by the federal government. These zones, announced by President Obama in January, are intended to tackle poverty by focusing on individual urban neighborhoods and rural areas.

In the five Promise Zones — located in Philadelphia, San Antonio, southeastern Kentucky, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Los Angeles — the idea is to basically carpet-bomb the neighborhoods with programs like after-school classes, GED courses and job training to turn those areas around.

What Happens In The Zone?

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4:33pm

Sun July 6, 2014
Movie Interviews

The Life And Death Of 'The Internet's Own Boy'

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 7:48 am

Aaron Swartz was heavily involved in the popular 2012 campaign to prevent the passage of the federal Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA.
Quinn Norton Falco Ink Publicity

Aaron Swartz was a programmer, a hacker, a freedom of information activist — and a casualty of suicide.

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4:14pm

Sat July 5, 2014
Author Interviews

Release Of 'Echo's Bones' Resurrects Beckett's Rejected Work

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 6:14 pm

Playwright and writer Samuel Beckett, shown here around 1970, wrote Echo's Bones at his editor's request — only to have it cut from his first collection.
Reg Lancaster Getty Images

Playwright and author Samuel Beckett, who died 25 years ago, wrote lasting works of literature like Waiting for Godot and Endgame. But a previously unpublished short story of his — now being released for the first time — was not so appreciated.

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10:47am

Sat July 5, 2014
Author Interviews

A Noodle-Maker's Daughter Falls For Ballroom Dancing In 'Mambo'

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 12:08 pm

Transcript

TAMARA KEITH, HOST:

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3:36pm

Fri July 4, 2014
Around the Nation

Tests And Tales Of Becoming A U.S. Citizen

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 5:27 pm

Hector Colon (left) and Victor Duran, both of the Dominican Republic, wave American flags after being sworn in during a naturalization ceremony in Atlanta on Tuesday.
David Goldman AP

On Independence Day, ceremonial swearing-in ceremonies of new citizens are traditional — a celebration of the country's past and its evolving future. On Friday, 7,500 people from across the country will take the Oath of Allegiance and become naturalized U.S. citizens.

Most foreign citizens who live in the U.S. are here legally but are not citizens. So on the anniversary of the day when Americans declared themselves no longer subjects of the King of England, what does citizenship means to those who do choose to naturalize?

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3:00pm

Fri July 4, 2014
Men In America

From Axes To Razors, The Stuff That Makes You Feel Manly

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 5:27 pm

"I work with hand tools every day but few feel as good, or as manly, as a well cared for ax," says Cory, via Instagram.
Cory Instagram

This story is part of All Things Considered's "Men in America" series.

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3:06pm

Wed July 2, 2014
Parallels

Ask Me Anything: Mideast Correspondent Emily Harris Answers

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 5:25 pm

Emily Harris is NPR's international correspondent based in Jerusalem.
Stephanie Federico NPR

Just over a year ago, NPR's Emily Harris packed up and moved to Jerusalem, where she covers plenty of politics and everything else related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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