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Channeling Springsteen: Teachers As Performers

The importance of a teacher's presence in the classroom has long been debated. Our 50 Great Teachers project asks: Does does a teacher's performance distract, or does it inspire?
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A Tense Mood In Ferguson As Community Awaits Indictment Decision

Ferguson and the rest of the St. Louis area are waiting for the grand jury's decision in the Michael Brown case, and for some it feels like awaiting a natural disaster — except no one knows when it will arrive or how much disruption it could bring.
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Florida Pastor Makes World Record Attempt At Longest Speech

Some church sermons seem like they go on forever, but Florida pastor Zach Zehnder's takes the cake. He recently spoke for 58 hours and 18 minutes — on purpose.
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Examining The Grand Jury Proceedings In The Michael Brown Case

The grand jury proceedings in the Michael Brown case are unusual in their length and in the large amount of evidence being heard. Host Melissa Block speaks with attorney and law professor Susan McGraugh.
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Are Modafinil's Brain-Boosting Benefits Hype Or Science?

Modafinil has been approved for treatment of narcolepsy, but it's often used to improve mental performance. The question is, does it work? A new study says probably not.
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In California, That MRI Will Cost You $255 — Or $6,221

It's almost impossible to comparison shop for medical tests and procedures. A crowdsourcing experiment by two NPR member stations in California is aimed at making those numbers less mysterious.
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'Flying Doughnuts': Airbus Files Patent For A New Kind Of Plane

The new design would seat passengers within a circular seating area rather than in short rows inside a tube.
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Ebola Patient Being Treated At Nebraska Hospital Has Died

Dr. Martin Salia was flown to the United States over the weekend. He was working as a general surgeon at a hospital in Sierra Leone.
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Hunter Misses Deer, Hits Desk

Jay Campbell was hunting in upstate New York. On the first day of the season, he fired on a deer, broke a window instead and the bullet lodge in a desk. He faces criminal mischief charges.
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StoryCorps Founder David Isay Wins 2015 TED Prize

Each year TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, awards the prize to one exceptional individual. Since Isay launched StoryCorps in 2003, nearly 100,000 Americans have participated.

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