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12:55pm

Sat July 25, 2015
Community

First Chattanooga Shooting Victim Is Laid To Rest

Hours before the funeral procession arrived, people began gathering outside the Chattanooga National Cemetery gates to demonstrate their support for Marine Staff Sgt. David Wyatt's family.
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10:25am

Sat July 25, 2015
Parallels

In Syria, Chlorine Attacks Continue To Take A Toll

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:08 pm

Civil defense workers wear gas masks near damaged ground in a village near the Syrian city of Idlib in May. Activists said there had been a chlorine attack.
Abed Kontar Reuters/Landov

Syrian medical student Hazem Halabi has become an expert on chlorine as a weapon of war. He made his first investigation in April 2014, after an alleged attack on the village of Kafr Zeta in northern Syria.

Villagers reported waking up before dawn to the buzz of helicopters and an overpowering smell of bleach. A video recorded at a local clinic shows doctors struggling to treat panicked victims struggling for breath.

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8:34am

Sat July 25, 2015
The Seams

From Canes To Closures, Designing With Style For People With Disabilities

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 1:51 pm

Parsons School of Design graduate Lucy Jones created Seated Design, a collection of clothing for people who use wheelchairs. The clothes include extra fabric at the elbows for greater mobility.
Courtesy of Lucy Jones

Think of all the accessibility amenities you've gotten used to seeing since July 26, 1990, the day the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law: Wheelchair ramps leading into government buildings; Support rails in restroom stalls; ATM keypads and elevator buttons in Braille.

Despite these improvements, people with disabilities still struggle in many areas, including one you might not think much about: clothing.

Cute Canes, Like Eyeglass Frames

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7:48am

Sat July 25, 2015
Music News

Size Matters: The Vocabularies Of Pop Musicians

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 10:55 am

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7:48am

Sat July 25, 2015
Sports

Athletes Make News On Social Issues: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 10:55 am

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I look forward all week to saying it's time for sports.

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10:33am

Sat July 18, 2015
Around the Nation

Housing, Other Issues Missing From Conference On Aging Meeting

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

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9:04am

Sat July 18, 2015
Middle East

Former Hostage: Under Deal, Iran Has Less Incentive To Hold Americans

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:33 am

Shourd and fellow hikers Shane Bauer (center) and Josh Fattal held a press conference shortly after Bauer and Fattal were released in 2011. Shourd was released in 2010.
Craig Ruttle AP

President Obama responded sharply this week when a reporter asked if he was "content" to celebrate the nuclear deal with Iran when at least three and possibly four Americans are being held in Iranian jails.

"Nobody's content," he said, "and our diplomats and our teams are working diligently to try to get them out."

At least one former American hostage thinks the deal is worth signing, despite the remaining hostages.

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7:44am

Sat July 18, 2015
Sports

Where There's A Wheel, There's A Way. Where There Are 2, Things Can Get Weird

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 7:40 am

A rider nurses his elbow, and his pride, after a fall. Bicycle riding was rough in the early days — but this gentleman was lucky. He could have been on the Tour de France, where competitors busted their wheels on broken glass thrown by rowdy fans.
Library of Congress

This week, Tour de France riders cranked through three grueling days in the Pyrenees mountains. Once more, they've all made the curious decision not to just get off their bikes and take a bus like sensible people.

Be that as it may, the Alps are still to come, and there's plenty of pedaling to go before they sprint into Paris on July 26.

So, while fans await that triumphant homecoming, there's no better time to turn to know-it-all journalist A.J. Jacobs. He takes NPR's Scott Simon on a tour of their own, talking trivia with a bit of bicycling lore.

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7:44am

Sat July 18, 2015
Sports

Baseball's Second Half; A Power Winner At Wimbledon: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:33 am

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Change of mood now. Time for sports.

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7:44am

Sat July 18, 2015
NPR Story

For The First Time, An African Country Prosecutes Another's Ex-Leader

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:33 am

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9:01am

Sat July 11, 2015
Around the Nation

Wildfires In Canada And Alaska Drive Thousands From Homes

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 1:57 pm

Smoke billows from a forest fire in southern Saskatchewan, Canada, in late June. Thousands of Canadians have been forced to evacuate their homes because of wildland fires.
AP

"Extreme." "Unprecedented." "Historic." Those are just a few of the words being used to describe the start of this year's fire season in North America.

The wildfires are centered in the northwest of the continent, but their consequences are far-reaching. Thick smoke has blanketed parts of Wisconsin and North Dakota. It's triggered air alerts in Minnesota and Montana and muddied skies as far south as Tennessee and Colorado.

And, of course, things are even worse at the source.

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8:11am

Sat July 11, 2015
Shots - Health News

Trying To Remember Multiple Things May Be The Best Way To Forget Them

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 2:35 pm

Leigh Wells Ikon Images/Getty Images

Our days are full of things to remember, and they don't always arrive in an orderly fashion. Perhaps you begin your commute home and remember that you need to pick up milk. But then immediately, another to-do springs to mind: You never called back your friend last week. You may try to hold both in your head, but in the end the milk, the phone call or both still sometimes fall away, forgotten.

A new scientific model of forgetting is taking shape, which suggests keeping multiple memories or tasks in mind simultaneously can actually erode them.

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7:45am

Sat July 11, 2015
Animals

For This Tarantula-Killing Wasp, Dinner's A Meal Best Served Living

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 10:38 am

Meal time for one species probably means sleepless nights for others.
Debbie Hall Flickr

It's been wet in Texas this year — exceptionally wet, as a matter of fact. With record amounts of rain, Texas is more than a little hot, green and rife with happy insects.

Take the tarantula hawk, for example. In case you've never heard of it, it's a wasp that's so big, and so nasty, that it attacks tarantulas — who happen to be quite big and nasty themselves.

So, what does a happy tarantula hawk look like? Ben Hutchins, an invertebrate biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, takes NPR's Wade Goodwyn through all the gruesome wasp-on-tarantula details.

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7:45am

Sat July 11, 2015
Sports

Wimbledon, Golf And The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 10:38 am

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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 Mon July 6, 2015 3:52 pm

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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