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Friday's Stories October 31, 2014

Candidates Campaign Full-Throttle Before Election Day

With four days to go, candidates in the hottest races across the country are making their final pitches.

Ebola Expert Answers Nagging Questions About The Virus

Why didn't Thomas Eric Duncan's family contract Ebola? That's one of several questions we posed to Dr. Ian Lipkin.

Why Tim Cook's Coming Out Matters

The Apple CEO's announcement that he's "proud to be gay" makes him the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to publicly come out.

Hanna Rosin On 'The Problem With That Catcalling Video'

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The Risk Is Small, But Warnings About Cell Phones At Gas Pumps Persist

There has never been a credible case of a cell phone sparking a fire at a gas pump. So why do we still see the warnings?

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California City Can Emerge From Bankruptcy As Detroit Waits Its Turn

Two years of financial limbo came to an end when a judge approved Stockton's plan to reorganize more than $900 million of debt.

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Defense Department Invests In Brain Implants For Depression, PTSD

WBUR's Carey Goldberg met up with the scientists and engineers who are taking on the challenge some call "a moon shot for the mind."

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Washington State Voters Weigh In On Two Contradictory Gun Control Initiatives

We take a look at the dueling ballot initiatives and consider whether the school shooting outside Seattle last week will affect the vote.

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Ghost Stories From Around The World

People across the country are celebrating Halloween today, but scary creatures and folklore can be found around the globe.

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Salt Damage Threatens World Food Supply

Thousands of acres of land are being lost each day because of damage caused by salt, according to a U.N. analysis.

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Japan Unexpectedly Announces New Stimulus

The move comes amid continued concerns about the country's economy and follows a sales tax increase that put a damper on spending.

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Oregon Candidates Tiptoe Around Health Law

The Affordable Care Act isn't turning out to be the lightening rod expected, so politicians are taking a more nuanced approach.

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I Am A Teenage Witch

For some people, being a witch isn't just for Halloween. From Youth Radio, Akemi Weaver sent us this report to explain why.

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Chevy Embraces 'Technology And Stuff' Gaffe

Rikk Wilde had a difficult time presenting a brand new truck to baseball's MVP, saying the truck has leading "technology and stuff."

Music From The Show

From The Horror Pop Ensemble to DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince.

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Cooking With The Fruit Of Fall

Apples are abundant, but so are pears, pomegranates, persimmons and figs. Our resident chef shares six recipes.

October 28 2 Comments

The Mystery Of Michael Rockefeller’s Disappearance

A new book attempts to piece together what happened to the 23-year-old heir, who went missing in Dutch New Guinea in 1961.

October 27 Comment

Documentary Charts The Rise Of James Brown

The filmmaker, along with a trombonist and an ethnomusicologist, join us to discuss the late "godfather of soul."

October 27 29 Comments

What Happens When A School Pays Teachers $125,000 A Year

Higher teacher salaries may help students do better in school, according to a study that looked at a New York City charter school.

October 24 Comment

Amazon’s Political Sitcom ‘Alpha House’ Launches Second Season

The show, from the creator of the "Doonesbury" comic strip, centers on four U.S. Senators who share a house in Washington, D.C.

October 24 7 Comments

Why Are Dozens Of Western Women Joining ISIS?

The FBI is investigating the case of three teenage girls from Colorado who they believe tried to join ISIS militants in Syria.

October 23 Comment

New Documentary Profiles Human Rights Watch Team

An elite group known as the E-Team travels across the globe documenting human rights violations and war crimes.

October 23 Comment

Bottom Of The Sea Is ‘A World Of Surprises’

The world's oceans cover nearly two-thirds of the Earth's surface, yet little is understood about the ocean floor.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

October 30 2 Comments

How Athletes Are Getting ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’

Mark McClusky says for elite athletes today, pushing boundaries and breaking records is all about "the aggregation of marginal gains."

October 30 12 Comments

A Computer Model Forecasts Ebola’s Future Path

With the virus in Africa, the U.S. and Europe, experts have created a computer model to predict where it could go next.

October 29 Comment

Reporter Crosses Into Syria To Tell Stories Of Fighters

Holly Williams of CBS discusses some of the people she's interviewed, including women soldiers on the frontlines.

October 29 9 Comments

How Far Have We Come Since The Financial Crisis?

Or are we already going backwards? We ask Michael Lewis, author of books including "Flash Boys" and "Liar's Poker."