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Rise In Measles Cases Marks A 'Wake-Up Call' For U.S.

The latest wave of measles cases and potential infections is in Arizona, where 1,000 people may have been exposed to measles from seven people confirmed to have been infected.

Ebola Cases Plummet In West Africa, As Endgame Begins

Only 99 Ebola cases were reported worldwide last week. That's the lowest weekly count since June. But getting down to zero cases is still a long way off.

'Female Husbands' In The 19th Century

In newspapers, magazines and novels, the "female husband" was a person of great interest.

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Pro Football Hall Of Fame Tackles Assisted Living Center

Canton, Ohio, has launched an ambitious expansion plan, including assisted living for Hall of Famers. The concept is part business, part nostalgia and part a sense of responsibility to ballplayers.

Study Finds Court Fees Also Punish The Families Of Those Who Owe

The Center for Community Alternatives says that formerly incarcerated men and women rely heavily upon family, almost always receiving cash from them.

Dartmouth Bans Hard Liquor On Campus

The Ivy League school is also introducing a mandatory four-year sexual violence prevention and education program for students. The steps are part of efforts to reform social life at the college.

Scientists, General Public Have Divergent Views On Science, Report Says

A Pew Research Center study shows that the two groups disagree most strongly on the safety of GM foods, the use of animals in research, climate change and human evolution.

With 'Discover' Feature, Snapchat Bucks Social Trend In News

Snapchat says social media likes and shares aren't what makes a story important. The ephemeral messaging app has rolled out Discover, featuring multimedia articles from major news brands.

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NBC's 'Parenthood' Ends As A Family Drama Built On Small Moments

After six seasons, the final episode airs tonight. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says the show is a rare gem; a family drama centered on the small, emotional moments between relatives.

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Prosecutor's Murky Death Could Impact Argentina's Elections

Argentina is focused on the funeral of a prosecutor who died mysteriously. And the nation's politics — with elections this fall — reverberate over the 20-year-old bombing he was investigating.

Middle-Aged And Living Alone

January 29, 2015
The Big Lebowski’s Dude offers a sunnier picture.

“There might be an initial honeymoon period, but what does living alone eventually do to you?” Sandra Tsing Loh asks.

First Lady Michelle Obama Goes Scarf-Free In Saudi Arabia

January 29, 2015
The new Saudi Arabian King, Salman bin Abdul Aziz (right) and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (center) hold a receiving line for delegation members at the Erga Palace in the capital Riyadh on January 27, 2015. U.S. President Barack Obama is in Saudi Arabia to shore up ties with new king and offer condolences after the death of his predecessor King Abdullah. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

The women of Saudi Arabia are expected to cover up, but Saudi law doesn’t require foreign visitors to wear a hijab.

The Real Reason We Need The Olympics

January 29, 2015
Some supporters of Boston 2024 tout the economic benefits and the prestige. Sharon Brody has a more basic reason. Herewith, she flushes out her alternative rationale. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Some supporters of Boston 2024 tout the economic benefits and the prestige. Sharon Brody has a more basic reason. Herewith, she flushes out her alternative rationale.

What Makes A City ‘Resilient?’

January 28, 2015
Race fans with a "Boston Strong" flag cheer for competitors near the finish line of the 118th Boston Marathon, Monday, April 21, 2014, in Boston. (AP/Robert F. Bukaty)

We discuss the resilience of cities with Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation and author of the new book, “The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong.”

Disability Advocates Fight Disabled Governor

January 28, 2015
Texas Governor-Elect Greg Abbott listens to questions from the press after a meeting at the White House December 5, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Bob Kafka of ADAPT says that despite the governor’s own paralysis, he has gutted programs for disabled people.

Forecasters Apologize, But Why?

January 28, 2015
New Jersey-based National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Szatkowski apologized for not getting the forecast right for the snow storm this week. (Twitter)

Meteorologists have apologized for getting yesterday’s snow totals wrong, but other experts say the forecasts weren’t that far off.

Then And Now: France, The French Language And The Holy Land

January 28, 2015
Israeli and French flags fly at the Place des Invalides in Paris, Tuesday, March 11, 2008, on the second day of then-Israeli President Shimon Peres's four-day state visit in France. (Remy de la Mauviniere/AP)

Jewish francophonie has a long history in Israel. Is a new chapter about to be written?

Anti-Semitism? There's More To The Story Of Jews Leaving France For Israel

January 28, 2015
A police officer talks with a Jewish man outside the kosher grocery where Amedy Coulibaly killed four people in a terror attack, in Paris, Tuesday, Jan.20, 2015. Brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi and their friend, Amedy Coulibaly, killed 17 people at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, a kosher grocery and elsewhere. (Francois Mori/AP)

The Holy Land exerts a pull on today’s French Jews in good times, and bad.

Why Aren’t There More Latinos On TV?

January 27, 2015
Cristela Alonzo stars in the ABC sitcom "Cristela." She also created and writes for the show. (Adam Taylor/ABC)

New numbers show the four big television networks have made progress diversifying their casts, but only among African-Americans.

Nun Hopes For More Gender Equality In The Church

January 27, 2015
Sister Joan Chittister speaks on 'Meet the Press' at the NBC studios on April 12, 2006, in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press)

Sister Joan Chittister describes how the Vatican’s tone toward nuns has changed and shares her hopes for the Catholic church.

Saudi Students’ First Snowfall Is A Memorable One

January 27, 2015
Saudi Arabian students experiencing their first snow in Boston: From left, Abdwaziz Aldamashqi of Jubail, Ziyad Al Qahtani of Riyad and Abdulrahman Adel Abdu of Jeddah. (Karyn Miller-Medzon)

Three 18-year-old Saudi Arabian students who arrived at Boston University a week ago, describe their first experience with snow.

Revisiting The Story Of A Long-Silent Auschwitz Survivor

January 27, 2015
Holocaust survivor Leslie Schwartz displays a copy of his family tree. He was the only member of his family to be liberated from the Auschwitz death camp. (Julia Duba/Miami Herald)

On the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, we revisit our interview with Leslie Schwartz.

Friends, Not Jobs, Bring Millennials Back To Small N.H. City

January 26, 2015
"Paul Goodwin's 25 birthday - April 2013," writes Maddie DeSantis. "That's who we usually talk about when we refer to the Hill kids from our year. That's Pat Jackman up front left, then James Thompson in back, then Paul Goodwin, then Emmett, Aaron Wysocki, Me, and Leigh Messier is in front. At the time of that picture, only James wasn't living in Somo'" (Courtesy of Maddie DeSantis)

Emily Corwin of New Hampshire Public Radio brings us the story of young people returning home to Somersworth, New Hampshire.

How To Live Like A Victorian, Right Now

January 26, 2015
Frederick Daniel Hardy's "Baby's Birthday" (1867) shows a typical Victorian English family at home.  (Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

Brush your teeth with soot, stay away from water, wear a steel corset. We’ll talk with the author of “How to be a Victorian.” Strange ways from another age.

Singled Out: The Cultural Bias Against Single People

January 26, 2015
Twenty percent of Americans over 25 are single. So why, over and over again, are singles told in ways both tacit and explicit that we are different, not normal? (Ryan McGuire/flickr)

Twenty percent of Americans over 25 are single. So why, over and over again, are singles told in ways both tacit and explicit that we are different, not normal?

Heavy Meddle: I’m At A Professional Crossroads. Which Path Should I Choose?

January 26, 2015
Measuring risk against security. (Chris Potter/flickr)

Measuring risk against security.

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