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When It Comes To Invention, This Guy Was No Rube

Rube Goldberg's name has become synonymous with the American spirit of invention. No wonder: He was born on the Fourth of July. And what's more American than inventing new ways to get the ketchup onto the holiday hot dog?
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Art, Race And Murder: Meet Florida's 'Highwaymen'

They are credited with churning out some 200,000 landscape paintings in the area of Fort Pierce, Fla., since the 1960s. And a teenager named Alfred Hair was the mastermind behind the whole operation.
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Deval Patrick Says The Dream Is In Danger

Deval Patrick says he's living the American dream. He's the first black governor of Massachusetts, one of only two ever elected as governor in American history. But he says many Americans feel the dream is under threat. Host Michel Martin speaks with Governor Patrick about his new book, Faith In The Dream.
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Office Stress Dogging You? Try Punching In With Fido

A number of studies have touted the health benefits of canine companions. But a new study says dogs can make for a happier, more productive workplace, too.
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Feeling Under Siege, Catholic Leadership Shifts Right

The Vatican and the U.S. Conference of Bishops are pushing back against what they perceive as threats to the Catholic Church's core beliefs. While some Catholics are uncomfortable with the changes under way, others say they are overdue.
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U.S. Troops Become American Citizens ... In Kandahar

This Fourth of July is a special one for 44 soldiers and Marines serving in Afghanistan. They hail from 24 different countries and range in age from 19 to 34. But they have one thing in common: They were naturalized as U.S. citizens in a ceremony last week.
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Stated: The Declaration Of Independence

For 24 years, Morning Edition has observed an Independence Day tradition: hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators reading the Declaration of Independence aloud.
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Joe Paterno's Legacy: Protect Players At All Costs

The key to winning as a big-time coach is keeping your players eligible. Commentator Frank Deford says that when Joe Paterno's old assistant was in trouble, his instincts kicked in: Paterno kept Jerry Sandusky eligible.
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Grandfathers' Stories Inspire Military Service

On Independence Day, we continue an occasional series, Those Who Serve, with a story about an Army captain who grew up hearing about the exploits of his grandfathers in Asia during World War II. Now he's a captain serving in Afghanistan.
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Did Roberts Flip On The Health Care Decision?

Since the Supreme Court's health care ruling — in which Chief Justice John Roberts provided the key vote to uphold most of the law — speculation has raged about whether he changed his mind in the course of deliberations. In many ways, the question of a switch misperceives how the court works.

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