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One Of The World's Most Famous Free Divers Is Missing Near Ibiza

Natalia Molchanova took a recreational dive on Sunday, didn't come back up and is feared dead. Free divers hold their breath until they surface for air, instead of using breathing equipment.

Who's In, Who's Out: Selection Day For The GOP Presidential Debate

Donald Trump is on top, followed by Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. Chris Christie and John Kasich barely make it in, while Rick Perry misses the cutoff for the main debate stage.

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The Soy Car Seat: Are Companies Doing Enough For The Environment?

Corporate sustainability reports help measure firms' ecological footprints. Ford, for example, touts renewable materials in its cars. But some environmentalists say the reports can be misleading.

Why 'Pep' The Prison Dog Got Such A Bum Rap

He killed the Pennsylvania governor's wife's cat — or so the story went. As it turns out, the Labrador was sentenced to the grim corridors of Eastern State Penitentiary to live up to his name.

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In LA, Vets Become Homeless Faster Than The VA Can House Them

The Veterans Administration pledged to end homelessness among veterans by this year. Some cities will meet the goal, but LA is way behind, with the country's highest number of vets on the street

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Grandparents Step In When Parents Get Hooked On Opiates

Thousands of grandparents in Massachusetts are having to raise their grandchildren, in many cases because the parents are addicted to opiates. The process is fraught with tension.

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For Some States, New Emissions Rules Will Force A Power Shift

The federal rules will deal a big blow to some energy sectors — especially coal. The change won't be so hard for states that have moved to cut emissions. But for others it will be more difficult.

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Urban Shootings Are On The Rise, But Officials Fail To Pinpoint A Cause

Law enforcement officials discussed a recent increase in shootings in several major cities at a meeting in Washington, D.C., on Monday. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Atlanta Police Chief George Turner.

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Swimmer Katie Ledecky Breaks Her Own Record, Again

The 18-year-old blasted past the world record in the 1,500 freestyle — the one she set Monday, while hardly trying. Host Melissa Block talks to New York Times reporter Karen Crouse about the swimmer.

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Doctor Who Crusaded For Coal Miners' Health Dies At 87

Dr. Donald L. Rasmussen worked on behalf of coal miners in Appalachia and helped create a national movement against black lung disease.

Jason Segel's 'Tour' Is Only Just Beginning

August 4, 2015
Jason Segel as author David Foster Wallace in the new film, "The End of the Tour." (Courtesy A24 Films)

Comedic actor Jason Segel gets serious and takes on author David Foster Wallace in the new film, “The End of the Tour. ” He’s with us.

What You Learn From Reading Donald Trump’s Books

August 3, 2015
One of Donald Trump's books, "Time to Get Tough" for sale at The Family Leadership Summit on July 18, 2015 in Ames, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Book critic Carlos Lozada shares what insights he gained into the GOP candidate after he binge-read eight of Trump’s books.

The Next World War Will Be Digital

August 3, 2015
In this file photo, a South Korean student looks at a picture, which shows how the cyber warfare is going to be waged in the future in the Korean Peninsula if Korean War takes place, at Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. (AP)

P.W. Singer and August Cole imagine World War III in a new novel where the battlefront goes deeply cyber.

‘Mashi’ Chronicles Journey of Japan’s First MLB Player

August 1, 2015
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The first Major League Baseball player from Japan was a 20-year-old pitcher by the name of Masanori Murakami. The lefty only played two seasons in the MLB, but his journey is the subject of the new book called “Mashi” by Robert Fitts. Murakami, Fitts and translator Yuriko Romer joined Only A Game’s Doug Tribou.

New Film Based On Travels With David Foster Wallace Opens

July 31, 2015
Jason Segel, as David Foster Wallace, in a scene from the film, "The End of the Tour." The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Friday. (A24 via AP)

The film, called “The End Of The Tour,” is based on David Lipsky’s five-day road trip with the late author in 1996.

The Risks And Rewards Of Hummingbird Rescue

July 28, 2015
A hummingbird drinks nectar from a flower at the San Diego Zoo. (Bill Gracey/Flickr)

Terry Masear rescued and rehabilitated hummingbirds for over a decade. Her new book is “Fastest Things on Wings.”

Young Author Finds Success 'Among The Ten Thousand Things'

July 28, 2015
A portion of the cover of Julia Pierpont's debut novel, "Among the Ten Thousand Things." (Courtesy Random House)

Writer Julia Pierpont is getting rave reviews for her debut novel — “Among the Ten Thousand Things” — about a marriage in crisis. She joins us.

The Very Best Of Barbecue

July 27, 2015
The Snow BBQ best, in WBUR's kitchen. (Sarah Platt / WBUR)

From secret sauces and rubs to hickory and folklore, we will celebrate and sample the best barbecue in the land. Bring napkins!

‘Dancing With The Devil’ Details Rio’s Prep For 2016 Olympics

July 25, 2015
After hosting the 2007 Pan Am Games and the 2014 World Cup Final, Rio de Janeiro is now preparing to host another mega sporting event: the 2016 Summer Olympics. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

When Rio de Janeiro was awarded the Summer Olympics, Brazilians celebrated. Six years, an economic nosedive and a World Cup later, the country’s residents feel very differently. In her new book “Dancing with the Devil in the City of God,” Brazilian journalist Juliana Barbassa chronicles the change.

State’s Protection Agency Under Fire After Abused Child In Coma

July 24, 2015
Social workers in the Holyoke office of the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families raised their voices in May to raise awareness of the high number of caseloads and the negative effects on workers and client families. (Michael S. Gordon/The Republican file)

The state’s child welfare agency is facing questions about whether it did enough to protect the 7-year-old boy.

Revisiting Wes Moore’s ‘The Work’

July 24, 2015
Wes Moore's latest book is "The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters." (Amun Ankhra)

We look back at our conversation with Army veteran and best-selling author Wes Moore, about finding work that matters.

‘Paper Towns’ Author John Green Taps Into Teens

July 23, 2015
Author John Green poses for photographers at the photo call for the film Paper Towns in Claridges, central London , Thursday, 18 June, 2015. (Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

The film adaptation of “Paper Towns” comes a year after “The Fault in Our Stars” grossed over $300 million.

The True Story Of A British Secret Agent In The Civil War South

July 21, 2015
Christopher Dickey's new book is "Our Man in Charleston." (Elise Calahan)

Journalist Christopher Dickey has written a new book that looks at slavery through the eyes of a British agent in Charleston, S.C.

Week In Review: Alexander Ciccolo, BRA Audit, Iran Deal

July 17, 2015
This week, Mayor Martin Walsh announced Boston's once-massive pile of filthy snow has officially dwindled to nothing. (Jim Walker/Conventures, Inc. via AP)

Jeff Jacoby and Jim Stergios join us to discuss the week’s news.

Why Does ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Still Have Such An Impact?

July 17, 2015
Luis Banuelos reads a copy of the 40th anniversary edition of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel 'To Kill A Mockingbird' September 10, 2001 at a Borders Books and Music store in Chicago. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Following the release of “Go Set a Watchman,” Alice Randall explains why Harper Lee’s first novel remains relevant.

Week In The News: Iran Deal, Scott Walker, ‘El Chapo’ Escapes

July 17, 2015
Young Iranian men cheer and show victory sign with a picture of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, reading "Zarif is Mosaddegh of our time," comparing Zarif to Mohammad Mosaddegh, Iran's legendary prime minister during the 1950s who nationalized the country's oil industry, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. (AP)

The Iran deal. Obama’s prison push. Harper Lee. El Chapo’s escape. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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