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Friday's Stories April 24, 2015

Russell Crowe Taps History To Make 'The Water Diviner'

The Academy Award winner directed and stars in the film, which draws on the diaries of young Australian soldiers.

Amid Listeria Outbreak, FDA Calls For Better Prevention Policies

As a second ice cream maker recalls all of its products, we hear from a top FDA official on food safety and inspections.

25 Years Later, What's Next For Hubble?

Longtime Hubble astronomer Kenneth Sembach about its significance and what comes next for the space telescope.

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Week In 2016 Politics Focuses On Bush, Clinton Money Issues

Hillary Clinton is being asked about Clinton Foundation donors, and Jeb Bush is pushing the envelope of campaign finance rules.

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Should The Ban On U.S. Oil Exports Be Lifted?

America's oil industry is calling for the 1970s ban to be lifted. We take a look at the reason for the ban and what lifting it would do.

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Young Armenian Composer Looks To Past, Future

Joseph Bohigian is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the genocide with new music by contemporary Armenian composers.

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Japanese Train Breaks Speed Record, Again

A maglev train in Japan broke its own record, hitting a speed of 375 miles per hour on a test run near Mount Fugi.

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Comcast Ends $45.2 Billion Bid To Acquire Time Warner Cable

The cable giant abandoned the deal after meetings with federal regulators revealed the government was mobilizing to block the merger.

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Drone Strike Deaths Raise Questions

Italy says it wants more information from the United States about how an Italian aid worker was killed in a U.S. drone strike.

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Aurora Shooter Trial Begins Monday In Colorado

The attack at a movie theater killed 12 people and injured 70. Nearly three years later, the case is finally going to trial.

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An Audio Postcard From A Columbus Barbershop

As Peter O'Dowd follows part of the route of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train 150 years ago, he makes a pit stop to get a haircut.

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James Brown Documentary Wins A Peabody Award

We revisit our conversation with the filmmaker, a longtime Brown trombonist and a professor of ethnomusicology.

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April 21 25 Comments

Former GOP Senate Leader On Washington: ‘There’s Very Little Middle’

Partisan division in Congress is not new, but former Senator Trent Lott says "it used to have a big center – it was purple."

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75-Year-Old Figure Skater Won’t Let Stroke Stop Her

Patricia McNamara started skating in her late 40s, and says it's helped her recover from breast cancer and a stroke.

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University Of Oklahoma’s New Diversity Chief: ‘We Can Do Better’

Former Oklahoma state senator Jabar Shumate will join the OU faculty in June. He shares his plan for increasing diversity.

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An Alliance Between Circuses A World Apart

The new documentary "Circus Without Borders" tells the story of an improbable friendship between an Inuit and African circus.

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22,000 Miles Later, Adventurer Prepares For 3,000-Mile Solo Row Across Atlantic

Sarah Outen, 29, began her self-propelled round-the-world voyage in 2011 in London. The final leg would make history.

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Interior Secretary On Parks, Funding And Polarization In Washington

Sally Jewell, who oversees agencies including the National Park Service, discusses some of the efforts underway, and biggest challenges.

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Oklahoma City Bombing Juror Looks Back

Mike Leeper was Juror No. 5 in Timothy McVeigh's trial for the 1995 terror attack that killed 168 people.

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‘Institutional Memory’ Of U.S. Senate To Retire

Donald Ritchie has spent nearly 40 years keeping track of Senate lore and delivering weekly historical minutes to Senate lawmakers.

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

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Iconic Images From Rock And Roll Photographer Henry Diltz

Crosby Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, the Doors, the Eagles, all became his friends and subjects.

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Police Shooting Of Tamir Rice Still An Open Wound In Cleveland

Five months after the 12-year-old was shot, Peter O'Dowd visits the neighborhood and speaks with Tamir's mother, Samaria Rice.

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Saving Food Scraps From The Trash To Make Better Meals

Are you throwing away your broccoli stems and peach pits? Food writer and cookbook author Eugenia Bone says don't.

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Photographing Armenian Lives Around the World

Photojournalist Scout Tufankjian started the Armenian Diaspora Project to explore what it means to be Armenian.