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Today's Stories September 1, 2014

Erratic Schedules A Challenge For Part-Time Workers

On this Labor Day, we look at part-time challenges and how lawmakers and some companies are looking to help.

Pro-Russian Rebels Lower Demands In Peace Talks

The rebels softened their demands, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy.

'The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story' Airs Tonight

Fans of the Saturday morning sitcom will get a behind-the-scenes look at the cast behind the popular '90s show - or will they?

Hong Kong Democracy Supporters Heckle Chinese Official

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Detroit Defends Bankruptcy Plan

After a long and painful year of negotiations, city officials head to court tomorrow to defend Detroit's plan to exit bankruptcy.

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Breastfeeding Gets A Boost From Philadelphia Hospitals

All of the city's major birthing hospitals have now stopped sending new moms home with baby formula, to encourage breastfeeding.

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British PM Outlines New Counter-Terrorism Steps

David Cameron called today for new police powers to seize passports to deal with the increasing threat of homegrown jihadists.

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Wyoming Wind Power Has Nowhere To Go

Leigh Paterson of Inside Energy reports on why transmission gridlocks are keeping so much western wind at bay.

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Another Visit With Ukulele Sensation Jake Shimabukuro

"There's something really magical about the ukulele," Jake says. "It feels so good, it makes you smile, and it just makes everything okay."

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Quantum Computing: The Holy Grail Of The Information Age

Some of the biggest technology companies are working to build a computer powerful enough to solve complex mathematical riddles.

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Searching For The Best BBQ On Labor Day And Beyond

As Americans gather around the grill to say goodbye to summer, we revisit a conversation about the best barbecue in America.

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From Maserati to Metronomy.

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Veteran Honored, But Struggles To Keep Business Open

Former Marine Matt Victoriano is being recognized as a "Champion of Change" at the White House.

August 27 40 Comments

In Defense Of Schlock Music: Why We Love/Hate It

Music critic Jody Rosen defends the kind of over-the-top, sentimental songs that Journey, Lionel Richie, Billy Joel and Prince made famous.

August 26 8 Comments

It’s Not Business As Usual In Ferguson, Missouri

From barber shops to bike shops, WBUR's Deborah Becker looks at what the protests have meant for businesses.

August 26 95 Comments

A Fan Says No To Football

Steve Almond writes, "our allegiance to football legitimizes and ever fosters within us a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and even homophobia."

August 25 12 Comments

Pediatricians Group: Delay School Start Times So Teens Can Sleep

Many studies have shown that the average adolescent doesn't get enough sleep, and that can cause physical and mental health issues.

August 25 14 Comments

A Police Officer On Lessons From Ferguson

Jim Bueermann says the shooting of Michael Brown and the aftermath point to the need for a conversation about policing in the U.S.

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Legal Battle Could Prevent Opening Of Popular Utah Ski Mountain

The dispute raises the possibility that Park City could be facing a season without an operational mountain.

August 22 8 Comments

Hip Hop Community Responds To Ferguson

Lauryn Hill's song "Black Rage" is one of several released in response to the shooting and protests in Ferguson.

Robin and Jeremy

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

August 29 Comment

World Championship Tug-Of-War Is ‘A Thing Of Beauty’

This weekend's competition in Wisconsin is a bit more intense than it was in your grade school gym class.

August 29 Comment

Repelling Mosquitoes With A Natural Sticky Patch

The Kite Patch releases odors that block the bug's carbon dioxide receptors, sending them in another direction.

August 28 Comment

Catching Up With The Polyphonic Spree

The choral rock band out of Dallas, Texas, has been thrilling audiences with its live performances for over a decade.

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‘Enormous’ Growth Of Ocean Garbage Patch

The oceanographer who discovered the floating island of trash in 1997 says he's shocked by how much it's grown.