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Friday's Stories March 27, 2015

Yale Is Starting A VHS Archive And It's Full Of Horror Movies

"Silent Night, Deadly Night," "Stripped to Kill" and "The Last Slumber Party" – all from the 80s – are a few of the titles.

Are We Winning The 'War On Cancer'?

The number of Americans who will die from cancer each year is growing, but there is evidence we're moving in the right direction.

Using Poetry To Expose The Power Of Money, Class And Gender

Alissa Quart's first book of poetry is both personal and universal - inspired by work and research she has done as a journalist.

What We Know About The Germanwings Co-Pilot

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2 People Unaccounted For In NYC Blast

An apparent gas explosion leveled three buildings in Manhattan's East Village, injuring 19 people, four critically.

1:20 PM EDT 2 Comments

Birkenstock Design Has Staying Power

The company is updating its designs with trendy colors, leather insoles and, of course, faux fur. Have you heard of "Furkenstocks"?

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The Day Before Elections, Nigeria Claims A Military Victory Over Boko Haram

NPR’s Ofeibea Quist-Arcton says the timing seems rather convenient, as President Goodluck Jonathan is trying to keep his seat.

12:40 PM EDT 10 Comments

Harry Reid Stepping Down, Ted Cruz Stepping Up

Bloomberg's Margaret Talev and NPR's Don Gonyea discuss the latest in 2016 politics and Capitol Hill news.

1:52 PM EDT Comment

Plan To Save Astrodome Tops $240 Million

When it first opened in 1965, some called the Houston Astrodome – the first domed stadium – the Eighth Wonder of the World.

1:33 PM EDT Comment

Oil Prices Jump After Saudi Strikes In Yemen

Saudi Arabia's involvement in Yemen's growing unrest has led to fears of instability in the oil market.

1:25 PM EDT Comment

George Carlin Honored In National Portrait Gallery

The late comedian is being honored with a portrait at the Smithsonian Museum's National Portrait Gallery.

1:12 PM EDT 2 Comments

In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial, Prosecution Close To Wrapping Up

Monday will be the last day for the prosecution to make its case in the Boston Marathon bombing trial.

12:33 PM EDT 4 Comments

IRS Cuts Can Make Filing Difficult

Are you among those who wait until the last minute to file your taxes? This year, that might not be the best idea.

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March 24 9 Comments

Britain’s ‘Greatest Complainer’ Doesn’t Get Mad, He Gets Even

Jasper Griegson is a complaint expert and wrote over 5,000 complaint letters on behalf of readers of the British newspaper, The Daily Express.

March 24 15 Comments

Flushable Wipes Wiping Out Sewer Systems

It turns out flushable wipes aren't septic-safe -- and they've been wreaking havoc on London's sewer system and systems around the world.

March 23 4 Comments

Redesigned PSAT Shifts Preparation Efforts For High School Students

A college counselor offers advice to students who are looking ahead to the college admissions process. She reminds students they are more than a number.

March 20 16 Comments

From Texas, A Supreme Court Case For Confederate Flag License Plates

The Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles' decision to deny a license plate proposal because it features the Confederate flag.

March 20 38 Comments

15 Frustrated Students Launch The Country’s First Student Debt Strike

15 students who attended for-profit Corinthian Colleges are refusing to pay back their student loan debts.

March 19 79 Comments

Could A Cross-Country Pipeline Solve The West’s Water Shortage?

One solution for solving the West's water shortage is to build a pipeline to divert Mississippi River flood waters.

March 19 23 Comments

Taking Islam Out Of The Islamic State

A journalist argues that trying to understand the so-called Islamic State through the lens of Islam is misguided and wrong.

March 18 6 Comments

Changing The Conversation With #IAmAStatistic

Many of statistics reflect African-American men's experiences in a negative light, but what if the statistics focused on their positive accomplishments?

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

March 26 2 Comments

Noah Baumbach On Middle Age And ‘While We’re Young’

In the writer-director's new film, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts' characters befriend a younger, free-spirited couple.

March 26 Comment

How March Became Mad

The NCAA men's tournament started in 1939 but it was decades before it became the extravaganza it is today.

March 25 4 Comments

DJ Sessions: Opera Greats Past And Present

Peter Van de Graaf shares some of his favorites, from the late German tenor Fritz Wunderlich to American soprano Renee Fleming.

March 25 17 Comments

The College You Go To May Not Matter As Much As You Think

Frank Bruni writes in his new book that there are many colleges that are great, but just don't get as much press.