NPR Story
5:42 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Scientist Touts Exoskeleton That Could Offer A Chance To Walk Again

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 12:20 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

This Thursday, the eyes of the world will be on Brazil during the World Cup's opening ceremony. And there'll be a remarkable moment during that event. From São Paulo, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports.

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U.S.
4:24 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Was There Incentive At VA For Behavior That Created Scandal?

Originally published on Sun June 8, 2014 5:42 pm

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It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath. It's time to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs. That's the consensus in Washington, where a bipartisan bill to do just that is expected to hit the floor this week. At least 18 veterans died while waiting for doctors appointments at a VA hospital in Arizona. While we still don't know if they died because of the wait, acting VA Secretary, Sloan Gibson, says the VA has failed America's veterans.

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Education
4:24 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

San Diego State Wants To Draw Students In With Zombies

Originally published on Sun June 8, 2014 5:42 pm

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From NPR West it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Arun Rath. Well, this was bound to happen. Zombies have invaded academia. It seems to happen whenever something in popular culture achieves critical mass. Professors start getting excited about what it all means. From the member station, KPBS, Beth Accomando reports on San Diego State's first zombies class.

BETH ACCOMANDO, BYLINE: San Diego State wanted to combat student apathy so Professor Emily Hicks came up with a class that had irresistible pop cultural appeal.

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The Salt
11:09 am
Sun June 8, 2014

James Cameron-Backed School To Terminate Meat And Dairy

Suzy Amis Cameron, wife of director James Cameron, and gardener and educator Paul Hudak inspect seedlings in the MUSE School CA greenhouse in Calabasas, Calif. Amis Cameron, who founded the school with her sister, wants the school menu to be entirely plant-based by fall 2015.
Eliza Barclay NPR

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 11:55 am

As we've been reporting, the quest to get more fruits, vegetables and whole grains into public schools has once again gotten political.

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Krulwich Wonders...
4:20 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Big Moments Get Less Weighty: Whatever Happened To Stiff Paper?

Robert Krulwich NPR

It's no big deal. It shouldn't matter. I just realized that something that's been around forever, that I grew up with, took for granted and used all the time, is slowly vanishing. Now that it's going, I suddenly care and want it back again, back in my hands so I can feel its touch.

I'm talking about, of all things, "card stock," a phrase I didn't know until today. It's a kind of paper that used to be everywhere ...

It was my bus ticket, somewhat rigid, that the bus driver would punch and then hand back, so I could use it again for the return trip.

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Author Interviews
5:46 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

'Take This Man': Uncovering A Mother's Reinventions

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 7:08 pm

When Brando Skyhorse was 5 years old, his mother said she would take him to meet his father. They took a train from California to Illinois, where, at a prison, he met Paul Skyhorse Johnson, a Native American political activist who'd been incarcerated for armed robbery.

"He looked literally like the part of a stereotypical American Indian brave," Brando tells NPR's Arun Rath. "And I thought, 'Oh good God, this is my dad? This looks great!' "

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Religion
5:25 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

Lessons From The Language Boot Camp For Mormon Missionaries

Mormon missionaries pray before the start of their Mandarin Chinese class at the Missionary Training Center, in Provo, Utah.
Rick Bowmer AP

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 11:01 am

On a sunny Wednesday in Provo, Utah, a long line of cars spits out about 300 new arrivals to the Missionary Training Center. The facility, known as MTC, is the largest language training school for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Every year, about 36,000 students come to the center before they leave on missions around the world to spread the Mormon faith.

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Business
5:25 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

'Downton Abbey' Craze Serves Up A Demand For Butlers

Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in Downton Abbey, which has helped fuel a growing demand for butlers around the world.
WGBH/PBS

Originally published on Sun June 8, 2014 4:05 pm

Butlers in American pop culture tend to provide comic relief — think The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or The Birdcage. Or, like Batman's Alfred, the butler is more of a friend than an employee.

But one show has brought back the classic butler, with a vengeance. Since the British period drama Downton Abbey made its debut on PBS in 2010, the demand for butlers in some parts of the world has surged.

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Around the Nation
3:31 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

How Bergdahl's Release Fits In The History Of Prisoner Exchanges

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 6:45 pm

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with military historian Paul Springer, author of America's Captives, about the history of prisoner exchanges in times of war.

13.7: Cosmos And Culture
1:37 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

'Rosemary's Baby' Thrills With Unfathomable Mystery

Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby
The Kobal Collection Paramount

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 8:47 am

I watched Rosemary's Baby, by Roman Polanksi, again last night. It is a monster movie. And like the best movies in this genre, you could call it a skepticism movie. It is philosophical. And, remarkably, it is terrifying because it is philosophical.

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