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2:34 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

At A New Orleans High School, Marching Band Is A Lifeline For Kids

The Edna Karr High School marching band had fewer than 40 members four years ago. Today, more than 80 students march in the band.
Keith O'Brien NPR

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 2:31 pm

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2:31 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

TV 'Upfronts' Preview Next Season's Shows

Fox's "Gotham" is among the new shows airing this fall. (Fox)

This week, big TV broadcast networks released their fall schedules at an event in New York City.

The “upfronts,” as the event is called in the industry, draws in a huge crowd of advertisers, media executives, actors, agents and producers. It also serves as a chance for big networks to woo over advertisers.

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2:31 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

FCC Vote Could Open Internet Fast Lanes

People demonstrate for net neutrality in the neighborhood of Bel-Air outside a USC Shoah Foundation fundraiser to be attended by President Barack Obama on May 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

With a three-to-two vote today, the FCC released a controversial set of proposed rules on Internet openness.

A leaked draft version had provoked protests among many who worried that the FCC was shirking its responsibility to protect open access.

Today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler struck an emphatically reassuring tone, saying the proposal does not authorize paid prioritization. But numerous observers claim that that’s exactly what it does.

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2:31 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

What Happens To The Junk Donated To Charity

Every morning St. Vincent de Paul auctions off donations that won't sell at the store. (Peter O'Dowd/KJZZ)

Donations of unwanted clothes keep hundreds of millions of pounds of trash out of local landfills. But, in the end, a lot of the contributions that charities like Goodwill and the Salvation Army receive are basically garbage.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Peter O'Dowd of KJZZ tells us what happens to the stuff that doesn’t sell in thrift stores.

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It's All Politics
2:26 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Meet The High School Student Who Took Down A State Lawmaker

The incumbent state legislator who lost to Saira Blair acknowledged that the 17-year-old outworked him on the campaign trail.
Courtesy of Saira Blair

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 3:54 pm

Saira Blair has been busy this week. She's president of the Key Club at Hedgesville High School in West Virginia, and she's been participating in a variety of activities as her class prepares to graduate next week.

Oh — and on Tuesday, she won a primary election for the state House.

Blair, who is 17, unseated two-term GOP incumbent Larry Kump. The district is heavily Republican, so she'll be favored to win the seat in the fall.

She may be a teenager, but she sounds like a concerned parent when she talks about why she ran.

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The Two-Way
2:11 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

The Turkish Mine Disaster: How Could It Happen?

Miners rest Thursday during a break in the rescue operation after a mine explosion near Soma, Turkey.
Tolga Bozoglu EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 4:08 pm

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has enraged families of the victims of the Soma mine disaster by characterizing mining accidents as "ordinary things."

In fact, the disaster appears to have ordinary causes familiar to mining experts, who note that well-known precautions exist to prevent the kind of explosion that killed so many in Turkey.

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It's All Politics
1:50 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

In Idaho, A Debate Like You've Never Seen Before

The four candidates for Idaho governor (left) at Wednesday's GOP gubernatorial debate. The debate was held at Idaho Public Television studios.
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Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 4:45 pm

Wednesday's GOP gubernatorial primary debate in Idaho should carry a disclaimer: NOT a Saturday Night Live skit.

It was that amazing.

And it had nothing to do with the ongoing conflict between the Tea Party and the Republican establishment.

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The Two-Way
1:46 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Chinese Nationals Flee Vietnam As Unrest Intensifies

Chinese nationals stand by their belongings after crossing to Cambodia from Vietnam at the Bavet international checkpoint in Svay Rieng province, on Thursday. Hundreds of Chinese are fleeing the country as unrest escalates.
Samrang Pring Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 5:09 pm

A second day of violence in Vietnam has seen mobs singling out Chinese workers for attack, killing at least one and injuring dozens, as hundreds of Chinese nationals fled the country by land and air. A major foreign-owned steel operation was set ablaze in the country's north.

The unrest has been sparked by China's efforts to deploy an oil platform in disputed waters in the South China Sea, putting tensions on boil and spreading fear of a possible conflict between the neighboring countries that fought a brief border war in 1979.

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Shots - Health News
1:18 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Medicine Needs More Research On Female Animals, NIH Says

Sex can matter, whether you're looking at drug side effects, the response to treatment, or the progression of a disease.
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Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 2:22 pm

Many potential new drugs look like they could be big winners — at least when judged by how well they work in mice or other lab animals. Over the years, there have been a number of promising cancer "cures," possible Alzheimer's treatments, and candidate drugs for holding back the ravages of various degenerative diseases.

But, time after time, these great promises fade away once the potential treatments are tried in people. There are lots of reasons for that. Humans aren't rodents, for starters.

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Classical Music
12:59 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Male Soprano Soars In World's Smallest Vocal Category

Robert Crowe is a male soprano and PhD student in historical musicology, specializing in the history of the castrati. (Courtesy)

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 2:31 pm

Robert Crowe is a member of “the world’s smallest vocal category”: male sopranos. There are relatively few of them performing professionally worldwide, and he’s one of them.

Crowe is pursuing a doctoral degree at Boston University and will be researching and performing in Europe this summer.

He sings for Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer in the studio, demonstrating his multi-octave range and hitting some gravity-defying notes.

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