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Friday's Stories October 9, 2015

New York Prison Inmates Trounce Harvard Debate Team

It sounds like a storyline out of Hollywood, but it happened on a prison stage in front of national college debate judges.

Electricity Treatment Offers Hope To Brain Cancer Patients

For the first time in more than a decade, there's a new treatment for patients with a common and deadly form of brain cancer.

Lessons From Speaker Henry Clay, 'The Great Compromiser'

Historian Harlow Giles Unger calls him America's greatest House speaker, working with 10 presidents over 50 years.

ISIS Strikes Back In Syria

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12:20 PM EDT 5 Comments

Tom DeLay Says Paul Ryan Would 'Make A Good Speaker' But Might Not Have The Votes

With no clear favorite to be the next House speaker, the former House majority leader weighs in on how to unify Republicans.

1:20 PM EDT 4 Comments

Sanders Speaks Up For Guns, Trump Gets Hispanic Support

In our weekly roundtable on the race for 2016, we're joined by The Wall Street Journal's Jeanne Cummings and AP's Jesse Holland.

1:06 PM EDT Comment

Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

The group was awarded the prize for its contribution to the building of a democracy in Tunisia, in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution.

12:06 PM EDT 8 Comments

Obama Heads To Oregon, But Won't Be Receiving A Warm Welcome

The president plans to meet with families of victims of the shooting rampage, but town is not happy with his calls for more gun control.

12:40 PM EDT Comment

What Chinese Scientist's Nobel Win Says About Science In China

Tu Youyou has became the first Chinese Nobel laureate in natural science, but she's not part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

12:33 PM EDT 4 Comments

A Closer Look At Rupert Murdoch's 'Real Black President' Tweet

The Republican presidential candidate is defending the business magnate after a tweet that some interpreted as racist.

1:33 PM EDT Comment

What We Learned This Week About The Volkswagen Scandal

The automaker is mired in an emissions cheating scandal that affects half a million cars in the U.S. and 11 million around the world.

1:12 PM EDT Comment

Health Care Coordinators Work To Keep Patients Out Of The Hospital

Sara Jane Tribble of WCPN reports on the benefits of care coordination and the challenges in finding money to pay for it.

12:52 PM EDT Comment

Zombie Apocalypses Are A Hit Among Young TV Viewers

NPR’s Eric Deggans discusses "The Walking Dead," which is returning for a sixth season, and the spinoff show "Fear the Walking Dead."

12:45 PM EDT Comment

At Texas Homecomings, Everything's Coming Up Mums

Friday nights mean high school football in Texas, and for many high schools, it also means an unusual homecoming tradition: mums.

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From Debruit to Tarentel.

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October 7 Comment

How To Make Your Own Shrub For Sodas And Cocktails

The vinegar and fruit syrup can be made into a refreshing drink – or even used in sweet and savory dishes.

October 6 71 Comments

Former Sandy Hook Teacher On Moving Forward After Tragedy

Kaitlin Roig-Debellis explains how she worked through her grief after the tragic shooting in her new book "Choosing Hope."

October 2 5 Comments

Study: Chemo Unnecessary In Many Cases Of Early-Stage Breast Cancer

A new study finds that many women with early stage breast cancer don't benefit from chemotherapy.

October 2 4 Comments

Fishing For Gold After Viral Video Fame

The video of a Boston-area man's incredulous and expletive-laden discovery of a sunfish has gone viral. What happens now?

October 1 Comment

A Rare Bipartisan Effort To Reform The Criminal Justice System

The legislation would reduce mandatory minimums for certain drug offenses and largely ban solitary confinement for juveniles.

October 1 42 Comments

What Does It Mean To Raise A Spiritual Child?

Psychologist Lisa Miller discusses the scientific link between spirituality and health, and how it relates to children.

September 30 5 Comments

Bard At The Bar: Shakespeare-Inspired Cocktail Recipes

Two English professors and longtime friends got the idea for "Shakespeare, Not Stirred" while having a drink together.

September 30 5 Comments

How To Stay Sharp As You Age

A psychiatrist and a psychologist have come up with nine keys to keeping an agile mind, including curiosity.

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October 8 129 Comments

Michael Bloomberg Takes Climate Fight To Cities

New York's former mayor and Vancouver's mayor Gregor Robertson are pushing for climate change policies at the city level.

October 8 4 Comments

John Fogerty Talks Creedence, And Life After

He was the creative force behind one of the biggest bands in the world, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

October 7 235 Comments

Lawsuit Challenges Transgender Locker Room Access At Planet Fitness

We hear a counterargument to our conversation earlier this week about how to accommodate transgender people in gyms.

October 7 12 Comments

‘I Drive Your Truck’ Songwriter Now Drives Her Brother’s Truck

Like the real-life story that inspired her hit song, Connie Harrington now drives a pickup truck to remember a loved one who died.