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7:15 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Librarian Nancy Pearl Maps Out A Plan For Your Summer Reading

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Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:28 am

If you like your summer reading to take you beyond the beaten path, librarian Nancy Pearl is here to help. NPR's go-to books guru joins us once again to share "under the radar" reads — books she thinks deserve more attention than they've been getting. Pearl talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about some of the titles she picked out for the summer reading season — several of which will make you reconsider the way you think about maps.

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Omar Little
7:14 am
Mon June 23, 2014

From Backup Dancer To 'The Wire': How A Scar Transformed A Career

Michael K. Williams arrives at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Jordan Strauss AP

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 8:08 am

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

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EarthFix Reports
7:06 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Federal Salmon Plan Heads Back To The Courtroom

Fish supporters Tuesday once again challenged the government’s plan to manage dams on the Columbia River to protect endangered salmon and steelhead.
Aaron Kunz

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:36 pm

It’s back to court for the federal government and salmon advocates. Conservationists Tuesday once again challenged the government’s plan to manage dams on the Columbia River to protect endangered salmon and steelhead.

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Wine
7:06 am
Mon June 23, 2014

What Climate Change Could Mean For Your Grape Juice

Washington State University researcher Markus Keller is looking into ways to continue growing juice grapes a warming climate. If summers get too hot, it will be trouble for Washington's most widely planted grape variety.
Courtney Flatt

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 7:34 am

PROSSER, Wash. -- The sun beats down as researcher Markus Keller leans in to inspect his experimental vineyard.

“As you can see here, there’s a lot of flowers forming on the different shoots,” Keller says.

The grape leaves hang down like a curtain over the rows of vines. This year’s crop looks to be strong.

For connoisseurs of fine grape jellies and juices, this is a reason to rejoice. For collectors of fine wines? Not so much.

These are Concord grapes -- which make up 99 percent of the variety that go in to juice and jelly production, Keller says.

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EarthFix Reports
7:06 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Combating Algae One Dollar At A Time

Toxic algae blooms contributed to closing some of some of Oregon's lakes, ponds and reservoirs for a combined total of more than 700 days in 2013 alone.
Oregon Health Authority

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:00 pm

Millions of dollars in new funding to help combat harmful algae in Oregon and throughout the country are just a presidential pen stroke away.

Toxic algae blooms contributed to closing some of Oregon’s lake, ponds and reservoirs for a combined total of more than 700 days in 2013 alone.

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Agriculture
7:02 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Northwest Wheat Harvest Could Be Down This Summer

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:27 pm

Farmers in Oregon, Idaho and Washington are expected to harvest less wheat this summer. The weather forecast has a lot to do with it.

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Media Matters
5:16 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Egyptian Court Sentences Journalists To Lengthy Prison Terms

Australian journalist Peter Greste (left) of Al-Jazeera news channel and his colleagues, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy (center) and Egyptian Baher Mohamed, listen to the verdict inside the defendants' cage during their trial for allegedly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.
Khaled Desouki AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 1:18 pm

Three journalists who work for the Al-Jazeera news network have been sentenced to prison terms — two lasting seven years and a third lasting 10 — by an Egyptian court. The three were accused of aiding terrorists, a term that in this case applies to the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

From Egypt's Ahram Online:

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Homophobic Jeers
12:51 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Some Mexico Fans Feel Unfairly Targeted For World Cup Chants

Mexico fans cheer during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Group A match between Brazil and Mexico on June 17.
Miguel Tovar Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:20 am

FIFA, the governing body of the World Cup, says it has zero tolerance for racist and homophobic conduct by players and fans at this year's international soccer event.

Late last week, FIFA opened an investigation into the display of neo-Nazi banners by both Russian and Croat fans at the World Cup. And Brazil and Mexico face possible sanctions for chanting a homophobic slur during their match last week. But soccer fans say the world is misinterpreting the use of the word and their team spirit.

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Death
12:27 am
Mon June 23, 2014

How A Woman's Plan To Kill Herself Helped Her Family Grieve

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 2:06 pm

This story is in no way an endorsement of suicide. It's a description of one woman's choice and what came of it.

Five years ago, after doctors told her that she had Alzheimer's disease that would eventually steal her ability to read, write and recognize people, Sandy Bem decided to kill herself.

Sandy was 65 years old, an unsentimental woman and strong willed. For her, a life without books and the ability to recognize the people she loved wasn't a life she wanted.

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Leadership Churn
10:24 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Seattle Schools Chief Jose Banda May Leave For Sacramento

Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda is a finalist for the schools chief job in Sacramento. If he is offered the position and accepts it, he would be leaving Seattle after two years.
Credit Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda has been named the finalist for superintendent of Sacramento City Unified School District. If Banda accepts the position, he would be leaving Seattle after two years, with two years left on his current contract.

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EarthFix Reports
7:35 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Conservation Group Files Lawsuit Against Timber Sale Near Oregon's Crater Lake National Park

The presence of a newly formed wolf pack is the latest issue in the ongoing legal fight over whether logging should go forward on a parcel of forestland near Crater Lake National Park.
Oregon Wild

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 8:47 am

The recent discovery of Oregon's wandering wolf, known as OR-7, and his new pups is one of the reasons a conservation group filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a logging project near Crater Lake National Park.

Oregon Wild filed the lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service in District Court in Medford Wednesday.

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Labs
7:35 am
Fri June 20, 2014

CDC Says Dozens Of Workers Could Have Been Exposed To Anthrax

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:14 pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta says that as many as 75 of its workers may have been accidentally exposed to live anthrax bacteria this month because of a safety problem at one of its labs.

Member station WABE's Michell Eloy reports from Atlanta that the CDC says the possible exposure "occurred after researchers at a high-security lab failed to follow the correct procedure to deactivate the bacteria."

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TED Talk
7:35 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Can You Learn To Spot A Liar?

Pamela Meyer explains how to spot a liar.
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:50 am

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Why We Lie.

About Pamela Meyer's TEDTalk

We're surrounded by deception: in politics and pop culture, in the workplace and on social media. Pamela Meyer points out manners and cues that can help us suss out a lie.

About Pamela Meyer

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Hot And Dry
7:33 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Fire Season Increases Potential For Hazardous Smoke

File photo of a fire in the Douglas Complex in southern Oregon in 2013.

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:49 pm

Hot and dry conditions are expected to create above-normal wildfire conditions in parts of the Northwest this summer. While relatively few people will have to flee the flames, many more will experience a side effect of the fires: thick, acrid smoke.

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Courts
7:33 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Oregon Supreme Court Upholds Death Sentence

File photo of the Oregon Supreme Court Building in Salem.

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:24 pm

Oregon's Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and death sentence of Michael Washington. The Gresham, Oregon man is on death row for the 2004 murder of Mohamed Jabbie, an immigrant from Sierra Leone.

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