2014 Elections
8:30 am
Fri October 31, 2014

2014 Races: From Lopsidded to Razor Thin

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With Election Day on Tuesday, IPR’s Clay Masters spoke with Associated Press political reporter Catherine Lucey, to discuss what to expect.


Masters: Catherine, the national dialog seems to expect gains for Republicans in the U.S. Senate.  And one Senate that could determine this is, right here in Iowa—the race between Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley, and Republican state Senator Joni Ernst.

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The Two-Way
8:02 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Angry Crowds In Burkina Faso Press President's Resignation

Protesters shout out as they go on a rampage near on Thursday outside the parliament building in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou.
Theo Renaut AP

A day after protesters in Burkina Faso set fire to key government buildings to protest a plan to extend the rule of President Blaise Campaore, hundreds gathered again in an effort to force the long-time leader from office.

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The Two-Way
6:49 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Lava Flow In Hawaii Spares Homes, But Threatens To Cut Off Community

Lava near the leading edge of the flow oozing over a concrete slab and towards a tangerine tree before solidifying near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii earlier this week.
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Officials in Hawaii are sending National Guard troops to the town of Pahoa on the Big Island, where a lava flow is creeping toward a main road, threatening to cut off the community.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said 83 troops have been sent to the town of fewer than 1,000 to help provide security. They are to aid in a road block and with other safety issues, The Associated Press says.

"These are local troops, people from the community. They'll be here working to take care of their family and friends," Oliveira said.

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6:03 am
Fri October 31, 2014

50 Great Teachers: A Celebration Of Great Teaching

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Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 8:12 am

Anne Sullivan was a great teacher. Famously, she was the "Miracle Worker," who taught a blind and deaf girl named Helen Keller to understand sign language and, eventually, to read and write.

Socrates ... now there was a great teacher. More than two thousand years after he gave his last pop quiz, we still know him for the teaching style named after him, the Socratic method. And through the writings of his most famous pupil, Plato.

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The Two-Way
6:01 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Alleged Cop-Killer Due In Court After Arrest Ends Long Manhunt

An undated FBI handout shows alleged cop killer Eric Frein on the FBI Most Wanted list. A manhunt for an alleged cop killer ended 30 October 2014 with the capture of the man Pennsylvania police had been hunting for nearly seven weeks, state authorities said.
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Eric Frein, the man who allegedly shot and killed a police officer and wounded another before leading authorities on a massive seven-week manhunt through rural Pennsylvania, is due in court this morning following his arrest on Thursday.

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Alva Noë is a contributor to the NPR blog 13.7: Cosmos and Culture. He is writer and a philosopher who works on the nature of mind and human experience.

Noë received his PhD from Harvard in 1995 and is a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also a member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Center for New Media. He previously was a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has been philosopher-in-residence with The Forsythe Company and has recently begun a performative-lecture collaboration with Deborah Hay. Noë is a 2012 recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship.

Research News
5:22 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Less Than Jubilant Genes: Why The Brits Keep Calm

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Digital Life
5:22 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Selfies With Bears Prompt Warning From Park Rangers

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
4:44 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Three Cheers For The Instant Replay

Madison Bumgarner and catcher Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after winning Game 7 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals.
David J. Phillip AP

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 7:44 am

The Giants challenged a call in Game 7 of the World Series Wednesday night. It took the umpiring crew — in conference with the umpires holed up in the video monitoring station in New York City's Chelsea district — almost three minutes to overturn the on-field decision. They called the runner out at first, giving the Giants a potentially game-changing double-play.

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The Salt
4:21 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Cash For Halloween Candy? Dentists' Buyback Program Is Booming

Dr. Curtis Chan, a dentist in Del Mar, Calif., loads up a truck with 5,456 pounds of candy to deliver to Operation Gratitude during the Halloween Candy Buyback on Nov. 8 last year. Chan personally collected 3,542 pounds of candy from patients.
Courtesy of Curtis Chan

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 8:34 am

If your little ghosts and goblins dump their candy on the living room floor tonight, go ahead: Let them at it. They can sort, then trade, and gorge on their favorites.

But if you're like many parents, by tomorrow morning you may want to get rid of some of this candy glut.

One possible solution? Check out the Halloween Candy Buyback program, which was founded by dentist Chris Kammer in Wisconsin. Kammer's office offers $1 a pound to buy back candy collected by the young trick-or-treaters in his practice.

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