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What Goes Into Timing Traffic Lights?

As part of the NPR Cities Project, we're exploring some "gee-whiz" questions about how cities work. Melissa Block talks to Gideon Berger, Fellowship Director for the Urban Land Institute, on the street in Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown. They talk about the trickiness of timing traffic lights
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Drought Stunts Vegetable Contests At State Fairs

The drought this summer has impacted entries at state fairs across the country. Cattle, hogs, vegetables and more all are coming in much smaller and lighter because of the dry conditions. Melissa Block talks with Don Young, who submitted a much smaller pumpkin than normal to be judged at the Iowa State Fair.
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Secret Side Of The Drought: Many Corn Farmers Will Benefit

Thanks to low yields from the drought, corn prices are high, which means corn farmers make money. This is despite the impression from in many news reports that all farmers are suffering because of the weather.
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Back-To-School Shoppers Open Wallets, But Carefully

After months of sitting on their wallets, Americans went shopping in July. The uptick is boosting economists' hopes for a reasonably strong back-to-school season, but shoppers seem to be spending carefully. Retailers are looking for clues about how the holiday shopping season will turn out later in the year.
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Tammy Smith: First Openly Gay U.S. General

Army Reserve officer Tammy Smith was promoted to the position of Brigadier General last Friday. In doing so, she became the first gay general to serve openly in the U.S. military. Gen. Smith talks with NPR's Lynn Neary about her career in the military and the significance of her recent promotion.
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The Anatomy Of A Hate Group

The murders of six people at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., by a gunman with ties to white supremacists has raised questions about the prevalence and influence of hate groups in America — who they are, what they do, and how they recruit new members.

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