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Today's Stories May 29, 2015

South Asian Dominance Of Spelling Bee 'Not A Coincidence'

An anthropologist has been studying why many spelling bee finalists have roots in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The Benefits Of Nebraska's Non-Partisan Legislature

Nebraska is the only state in the U.S. with just one chamber of its legislature, and officially, that chamber is non-partisan.

CEO Offers Solutions For Energy Efficiency

Patrick Clouden of Consumer Energy Solutions says companies can save up to 70 percent on their electric bills by using LED lights.

Cigar Smoking Championship Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint

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Pianist Works To Keep Boogie Woogie Alive

Mark Lincoln Braun rides his Joybox Express - a mobile piano - down the Mississippi River to share music and raise money for non-profits.

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Sepp Blatter Wins Re-Election As FIFA President

He was re-elected despite separate U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption within soccer's world governing body.

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Race For 2016: And Then There Were 10

Former New York Governor George Pataki and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum are the latest to jump into the race.

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Steve Prefontaine: A Legend Gone Too Soon

This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest runners in U.S. history.

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The State Of Zimbabwe Today

NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton has spent a lot of time in the country, and discusses its politics and economy today, compared to yesteryear.

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Former Speaker Of The House Indicted For Hidden Payments

Dennis Hastert was indicted by prosecutors for payments he made to an unnamed individual to cover up "past misconduct."

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Commerce Department: U.S. Economy Contracted In First Quarter

Bad weather and a strong dollar that hurt U.S. exports are thought to be contributing factors. The GDP shrank at a 0.7 percent rate.

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Isabel Allende's Ode To Her Grandparents

The Chile native is often called the world’s most widely-read Spanish language author. She was raised in her grandparents’ house.

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What A Nuclear Arms Deal Will Mean For Iran

Eliot Cohen, a professor of strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University, discusses what the deal would mean, if the deadline is met.

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May 26 4 Comments

Old-Fashioned Bell Helps 12-Year-Old Minnesota Boy Battle Cancer

David Gerfast and his family are fighting cancer with an old-fashioned ship captain's bell and high-tech proton beam radiation.

May 26 2 Comments

Just (Lobster) Roll With It: Variations On A Summer Tradition

In New England, lobster rolls are a summer tradition, but if you ask 100 chefs how to make one, you'll get 100 different answers.

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Father’s Love For Fallen Son Inspires Memorial Day Tradition

Volunteers join Paul Monti, whose son died while serving in Afghanistan, to plant flags at each gravestone.

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An Ordinary Day At Arlington National Cemetery

Official ceremonies will be held at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate Memorial Day. Here & Now's Lisa Mullins has this report of an ordinary day at the cemetery.

May 21 7 Comments

YouTube Sensation Publishes Her First Cookbook

Maangchi's career was born when her son suggested she start making videos of herself cooking Korean dishes.

May 21 17 Comments

UC’s Napolitano Speaks Out On High Cost Of Public Ed, Anti-Semitism On Campus

Janet Napolitano talks about a plan to freeze in-state tuition, and campus protests against Israel's occupation of the West Bank.

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‘Finding The Good’ Through Obituary Writing

Journalist Heather Lende has been writing obituaries in the small town of Haines, Alaska, for 20 years.

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Pandas’ Bamboo Diet May Endanger Them

New research examining the genetics of panda waste shows they would be better suited to eat meat than plants.

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How Bits Of Pink Chewing Gum In A Pouch Changed Baseball

The story of Big League Chew starts in a bullpen, where two pitchers didn't like players' habit of chewing tobacco.

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The Epic Rise And Fall Of BlackBerry

How does a company go from controlling half the world's smartphone market to less than 1 percent?

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Parched Rivers, Grasslands Choke California Wildlife

Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd reports there is no relief in sight for California farmers and wildlife ravaged by drought.

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Comedy Writer Brings ‘The Tweet Of God’ To Broadway

"An Act of God," starring Jim Parsons, was born out of David Javerbaum's parody Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod.