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What Is The Mystery Goo That Killed Seabirds In The Bay Area?

More than 200 birds died earlier this year. Now, scientists and federal agencies are running forensic tests and looking for clues to the goo as part of a national investigation.

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Assessing The Ellen Pao Verdict

NPR's Arun Rath talks with's Davey Alba about the outcome of the landmark gender discrimination case against a Silicon Valley venture capital firm.

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Not Just Sugary-Sweet, Hard Cider Makes A Comeback

Cider is the fastest-growing alcoholic beverage in the United States. Much of that growth is driven by big industrial producers, but smaller cider-makers are looking for a larger bite of the apple.

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Expert: Iranians In Favor Of Nuclear Deal

A potential nuclear deal with Iran would have big implications for national politics in both the U.S. and Iran. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Najmeh Bozorgmehr of the Financial Times about the talks.

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Man Brings Joy And New Shoes To Somali Refugees

In Clarkston, Ga., a Somali American man named Omar Shekhey helps refugees get settled in their new lives.

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Safety Experts Question Mental Screenings For Pilots

German authorities now say the co-pilot who brought down the Germanwings aircraft hid an illness from his employers. These reports have raised concerns about the mental health screening of pilots.

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Indiana's HIV Spike Prompts New Calls For Needle Exchanges Statewide

Southeastern Indiana is battling an HIV outbreak. The new cases are mostly linked to injection drug use and have reignited a debate over needle exchanges, which are currently illegal in the state.

Saying Goodbye: Reflections Of A Music Teacher

An Ohio music teacher looks back at the school that defined her more than 30 years of teaching.

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Guess What Makes The Cut As A 'Smart Snack' In Schools? Hot Cheetos

Frito-Lay has reformulated Flamin' Hot Cheetos to meet new federal nutrition standards for school snacks. That's been a big hit with school kids, but the rules' creators say the snack is still junk.

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Southern Baptists Don't Shy Away From Talking About Their Racist Past

The denomination held a summit in Nashville, Tenn., this week to consider how the Gospel speaks to race relations. It wasn't easy, and moving from words to actions may be a challenge.

The Enduring Value Of A Liberal Arts Degree

March 30, 2015
Sweet Briar College, an all-women's liberal arts college in Virginia, announced in early 2015 that it would unexpectedly close its doors at the end of the school year. (Courtesy Sweet Brian College)

Fareed Zakaria weighs the value of a liberal arts education in our technology-driven time.

John Lucas: Former NBA Player, Former Coach And Recovering Addict

March 28, 2015
John Lucas has coached the San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Philadelphia 76ers. He made it to the Western Conference Finals while with the Spurs.(David Maxwell/AFP/Getty Images)

“Recovery has been the greatest gift I have ever gotten,” says former NBA player and coach John Lucas. “It’s given me life after basketball.”

Florida Panthers Teammates Not Only Work Together, They Live Together

March 28, 2015
Willie Mitchell (center) is a 37-year-old NHL veteran. He invited 19-year-old teammate Aaron Ekblad (right) to live with him and his wife, Megan, after the fellow defenseman made the roster. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Nineteen-year-old Aaron Ekblad and 37-year-old Willie Mitchell are more than just NHL teammates. They’re roommates. Grantland’s Katie Baker tells Bill Littlefield how Ekblad came to live with Mitchell and his wife.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

March 28, 2015
Wisconsin's senior center Frank Kaminsky had a lot to celebrate after his team defeated UNC to advance to the Elite Eight. But more fans watched the badger's football team in the Outback Bowl. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce and Bill Littlefield discuss why more people tuned in to meaningless college football bowl games than important basketball tournament matches, the Golden State Warriors’ first division title, and the pleasant surprise in legendary coach Dean Smith’s will.

Protecting High School Athletes From Preventable Deaths

March 28, 2015
Former NFL player Korey Stringer died of heat stroke at training camp in 2001. The Korey Stringer Institute advocates for the prevention of sudden death in sport. (Elsa/Allsport)

Between 20 and 30 high school athletes die while playing sports in the U.S each year, estimates researcher Doug Casa. Casa joins Bill Littlefield to explain recommendations made by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association to prevent deaths and catastrophic injuries.

After Testing Fails, Expert Says Education ‘Only Weapon’ In Steroid Fight

March 28, 2015
Don Hooton started the Taylor Hooton Foundation to educate athletes on the dangers of steroid use. The foundation is named after his son, who's 2003 suicide was linked to steroid use. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

After spending $10 million dollars and catching just a handful of cheaters, Texas might discontinue a program that tests high school athletes for steroids. Don Hooton has lobbied for steroid testing since his son’s death and joins Bill Littlefield.

As Tommy John Surgeries Soar, MLB Focuses On Youth Baseball

March 28, 2015
After his groundbreaking surgery in 1974, Tommy John went on to pitch for another 14 seasons.  (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

One recent survey found one-in-four MLB pitchers has had Tommy John surgery. What’s behind baseball’s injury epidemic? Only A Game’s Doug Tribou asks experts — and Tommy John himself.

NFL Gives Concussion Spotters More Power With ‘Julian Edelman’ Rule

March 28, 2015
Former Colts tight end Ben Utecht suffered at least five concussions during his NFL career. (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Former NFL tight end Ben Utecht knows all about concussions, suffering at least five of them during his playing days. He joins Bill Littlefield to weigh in on the newest NFL effort to promote player safety.

30-0 = No. 8 Seed? The Plight Of The Mid-Major In Women’s Hoops

March 28, 2015
Courtney Banghart and the Princeton women's basketball team finished 31-1, winning a game in the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

After a 30-0 regular season, the Princeton women’s basketball team received just a No. 8 seed for the NCAA tournament. Princeton coach Courtney Banghart joins Bill Littlefield to explain the challenges mid-majors face in women’s basketball.

Before He Was MVP: Steve Nash’s Career At Santa Clara

March 28, 2015
On Tuesday, two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash announced his retirement. (Harry How/Getty Images)

This week, two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash announced his retirement. Long before he was an NBA star, Nash was a little-known point guard for Santa Clara University. His coach and a former teammate share their favorite stories from Nash’s college career.

Plan To Save Astrodome Tops $240 Million

March 27, 2015
The Urban Land Institute's report outlines a $243 million plan to renovate the Houston Astrodome. (BarkingCat5000/Flickr)

When it first opened in 1965, some called the Houston Astrodome – the first domed stadium – the Eighth Wonder of the World.

George Carlin Honored In National Portrait Gallery

March 27, 2015
The portrait that will hang in the National Portrait Gallery. George Carlin (1937–2008) by Arthur Grace (b. 1947), gelatin silver print, 1990 (printed 2010). National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution © Arthur Grace.

The late comedian is being honored with a portrait at the Smithsonian Museum’s National Portrait Gallery.

In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial, Prosecution Close To Wrapping Up

March 27, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston, Dec. 18, 2014. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Monday will be the last day for the prosecution to make its case in the Boston Marathon bombing trial.

Are We Winning The ‘War On Cancer’?

March 27, 2015
Doctor with a stethoscope (proimos/Flickr)

The number of Americans who will die from cancer each year is growing, but there is evidence we’re moving in the right direction.

Harry Reid Stepping Down, Ted Cruz Stepping Up

March 27, 2015
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (left), pictured on March 17, 2015, will not run for reelection (Molly Riley/AP). Sen. Ted Cruz pictured on March 10, 2015, has announced he's running for president. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev and NPR’s Don Gonyea discuss the latest in 2016 politics and Capitol Hill news.

IRS Cuts Can Make Filing Difficult

March 27, 2015
Susan Dean, 78, says doing her taxes by hand would be impossible without the IRS instruction booklet, which the IRS no longer widely distributes. (Sara Lerner/KUOW)

Are you among those who wait until the last minute to file your taxes? This year, that might not be the best idea.

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