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Russian Supply Capsule Successfully Docks With Space Station 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 09:30:00 -0400 
    The Progress M-28M spacecraft delivered tons of food, water, oxygen, fuel and other supplies after previous attempts had ended in failure.


Sharks Might Not Be To Blame In North Carolina Attacks 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 07:54:55 -0400 
    North Carolina beaches usually see one shark attack a summer, if any. This year, they've already seen seven. NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with George Burgess of the International Shark Attack File.


You Haven't Left The Building But Your Brain's On A Virtual Reality Trip 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 07:03:16 -0400 
    You can now experience the aftermath of Nepal's earthquake or get a sense of what it's like to be in a refugee camp without leaving home. Will that make you more likely to donate to a cause?


U.S. Women Head Into World Cup Final With Dominant Defense 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    The U.S. hasn't given up a goal since its opener against Australia — a stunning scoreless streak of 513 minutes. Now the team meets Japan for a hotly anticipated rematch of the last World Cup final.


Trump's Campaign Theme Song Headache? Blame Michael Jackson, Sort Of 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 05:46:00 -0400 
    Candidates keep getting in trouble for picking theme songs without getting approval from the artist. You can trace this back to changes in both campaigning and the way companies sell products.


In A Time Of Grief And Recovery, A Sunday Sermon Foretold 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:04:58 -0400 
    The Rev. John Black, of the Campbell Chapel AME Church in Bluffton, S.C., talks to NPR's Arun Rath about grief, forgiveness and rebirth — themes in the sermon he has planned for this Sunday.


'Firework, Not Fire Fun': The Serious Jobs Of Pyrotechnic Pros 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:04:00 -0400 
    With some 50,000 fireworks going off in just 25 minutes, Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display in New York City is the biggest in the U.S. — but the task of putting it all together is even bigger.


Charleston Reporters Tell The National Story Of Local Violence 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:04:00 -0400 
    The staff of hometown paper The Post and Courier feels the emotional toll of covering the church shootings and other traumatic events.


Aphrodisiacs Can Spark Sexual Imagination, But Probably Not Libido 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:04:00 -0400 
    Going on a picnic with someone special? Make sure to pack watermelon, a food that lore says is an aphrodisiac. No food is actually scientifically linked to desire, but here's how some got that rep.


Matt Stonie Downs 62 Hot Dogs For Coney Island Title 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:18:00 -0400 
    The new champion, who came in second last year in the annual contest put on by Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs, bested eight-time champ Joey "Jaws" Chestnut by two dogs on Saturday.


Lawrence Herkimer, The Father Of Modern Cheerleading, Dies At 89 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 10:36:00 -0400 
    He invented the pompom and the iconic "Herkie jump" that remains a staple of cheering squads to this day. And his National Cheerleading Association trains 150,000 cheerleaders a year.


When America's Librarians Went To War 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 10:03:00 -0400 
    During the world wars of the 20th century, librarians played a role worth remembering.


At Age 3 — Transitioning From Jack To Jackie 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 09:25:13 -0400 
    What would you do if your 3-year-old son told you assuredly that he wanted to be a girl? An Oakland, Calif., couple told their child it was OK, and sad, sad boy became a joyful little girl.


A Reopened Embassy In Havana Could Be A Boon For U.S. Businesses 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 09:07:00 -0400 
    When the U.S. reopens its embassy in Havana, it will increase its staff. That should mean more help for American businesses hoping to gain a foothold on the Communist island.


Strontium Nitrate And Barium Nitrate, The Fuel In Fireworks 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:52:07 -0400 
    How do they get the brilliant sparks of red, white and blue in fireworks displays? NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with Harry Gilliam, founder of Skylighter, a supplier for pyrotechnics in Round Hill, Va.
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