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5:07am

Sun July 5, 2015
Parallels

Israel And The West Bank Through Fresh Eyes

The Weinfeld Family, 2009. Photographer Frederic Brenner, who took this photo, was the creator of This Place, an exhibit that features the work of 12 internationally acclaimed photographers in Israel and the West Bank.
Frederic Brenner/Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

A dozen internationally acclaimed photographers were set loose in Israel and the West Bank. Most had never been in either place before. The aim was to try to see anew a part of the world that's been thoroughly photographed, long mythologized and often fought over.

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5:08pm

Sat July 4, 2015
Technology

In A Twist, Tech Companies Are Outsourcing Computer Work To ... Humans

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 6:42 pm

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Computer programs are super powerful, and they're coming for your job, right? Not so fast. In the past couple of months, Wired staff writer Julia Greenberg has noticed a new hiring trend, starting with a posting for a news editor at Apple.

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5:06pm

Sat July 4, 2015
Religion

In A Time Of Grief And Recovery, A Sunday Sermon Foretold

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 6:42 pm

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5:06pm

Sat July 4, 2015
Sports

Metamorphosis On The Pitch: Americans Make Changes To Inch Closer To World Cup

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 6:42 pm

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5:06pm

Sat July 4, 2015
The Salt

Aphrodisiacs Can Spark Sexual Imagination, But Probably Not Libido

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 6:33 pm

The Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli, depicts the goddess of love floating on a giant scallop shell. The word aphrodisiac derives from her Greek name, Aphrodite.
Sandro Botticelli Wikimedia

What do we know about the power of food to rev up sex drive? Not much.

"Really, science has not figured out what determines sexual motivation and sexual attraction. If we knew the answer to that, we'd probably be richer than Pfizer after they invented Viagra," says Dolores Lamb, director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

She hasn't seen any compelling evidence that any particular food can intensify desire.

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5:04pm

Sat July 4, 2015
News

Charleston Reporters Tell The National Story Of Local Violence

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 6:42 pm

Crowds gather to pay their respects outside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., in a photo by the Post and Courier.
Pool Reuters/Landov

For the The Post and Courier, the newspaper in Charleston, S.C., it's been a crazy three months. The regional paper has been driving the coverage of the shootings at the Emanuel AME Church.

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5:04pm

Sat July 4, 2015
Around the Nation

'Firework, Not Fire Fun': The Serious Jobs Of Pyrotechnic Pros

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 6:46 pm

Fireworks light up the sky above the Brooklyn Bridge during Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular in 2014.
Mark Lennihan AP

Designing a vast fireworks show is a bit like composing music. There's the opening to think about, of course, and the grand finale — and all the intricacies with which the colors and displays intermingle in between.

For Jim Souza, the president of Pyro Spectaculars, this is his art.

"The sky is the canvas," he says, lending another metaphor, "and fire's my paint."

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5:04pm

Sat July 4, 2015
Europe

As Greece Stares Down Its Money Troubles, A Decisive Vote Looms

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 6:42 pm

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3:34pm

Sat July 4, 2015
The Two-Way

U.N.: Report On Iran's Atomic Program Possible By Year's End

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 5:20 pm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (not pictured) at a hotel in Vienna on Friday.
Carlos Barria Reuters/Landov

Yukio Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, says that if Iran cooperates, the agency could issue a report on the country's past atomic research by the end of the year.

NPR's Peter Kenyon, reporting from Vienna, says that progress is also being reported on sanctions relief for Tehran — but a deal has yet to be finalized.

"With cooperation from Iran, I think we can issue a report by the end of the year," Amano, the head of the U.N. agency, says.

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2:18pm

Sat July 4, 2015
The Two-Way

Matt Stonie Downs 62 Hot Dogs For Coney Island Title

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 5:24 pm

Matt Stonie (right) is crowned winner of the annual Fourth of July Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Brooklyn, N.Y., Saturday. Stonie defeated eight-time champion Joey Chestnut 62-60.
Andrew Kelly Reuters/Landov

Sixty-two dogs (and buns) after sitting down for the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, Matt Stonie had snatched the title from "Jaws" Chestnut, the reigning eight-time champ, in a competition held each July 4 for nearly a century at New York's Coney Island.

Stonie finished second last year but says he'd been training hard for the rematch. Ultimately, he beat Chestnut by two hot dogs. Coincidentally, both men are from San Jose, Calif.

The Associated Press says: "Afterward, Stonie, holding his fist in the air in victory, said it felt amazing to win."

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12:25pm

Sat July 4, 2015
The Two-Way

Week After Beach Attack, Tunisia Declares State Of Emergency

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 1:21 pm

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi speaks during a forum on strategic planning, in Tunis, in June. Essebsi has declared a state of emergency his office says is aimed at dealing with the threat of Islamist extremists.
Mohamed Messara EPA/Landov

More than a week after a deadly attack by an Islamic extremist at a Tunisian beachfront resort that killed 38 foreign tourists, the president of the North African country has declared a state of emergency.

President Beji Caid Essebsi's office says in a statement that he needed the powers that come with the declaration to more effectively deal with the threat from extremists.

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11:38am

Sat July 4, 2015
Interviews

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Loving Day'; Cable's Faux Newsmen; 'Dope' Director

Mat Johnson is the author of Pym, Drop, Hunting in Harlem and The Great Negro Plot as well as several graphic novels including Incognegro, Dark Rain and Right State.
Meera Bowman Johnson

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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10:36am

Sat July 4, 2015
The Two-Way

Lawrence Herkimer, The Father Of Modern Cheerleading, Dies At 89

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 1:20 pm

Three cheers for Lawrence Herkimer, who did more than anyone to transform cheerleading into an art, a science and a multi-million dollar business.

He died of heart failure on Wednesday in Dallas at age 89, according to his family.

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10:11am

Sat July 4, 2015
NPR Ed

At Age 3 — Transitioning From Jack To Jackie

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 11:04 am

Sisters Jackie Carter Christian (left) and Chloe Marie Christian at the beach.
Courtesy of the Christian family

It's controlled after-school anarchy at the Christian-Carter household. Seven-year-old Chloe has rolled herself up in an exercise mat in the living room of the family's lovely Oakland, Calif., home.

"Look I'm a burrito," Chloe shouts.

Her 4-year-old sister, Jackie, swoops in for a bite — and a hard push.

"Ow!" Chloe shouts. "Mom! Jackie pushed me!"

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10:11am

Sat July 4, 2015
Author Interviews

An Outsider In Buenos Aires Goes Incognito, For Love Of Tango

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 11:04 am

Lydia Thompson NPR

In the dirty, crowded, and impoverished immigrant barrios of Buenos Aires of 1913, a 17-year-old girl arrives with little more than some clothes and her grandfather's violin.

Her name is Leda, and she's the character at the heart of Carolina de Robertis' third novel, The Gods of Tango.

Leda, an Italian girl, was sent for by her cousin-husband, but widowed before her ship even lands in South America. She soon finds comfort and excitement in a new kind of music that's filling the city's courtyards, bars and brothels: the tango.

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