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For Healthy Liberians, Life Continues — With Some Adjustments

The million-plus healthy residents of Liberia's capital, Monrovia, are doing their best to maintain their lives in a city where Ebola has killed more than 1,300.

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Partisan Divide Over Voting Rights Has Intensified In Obama Era

Since his early days in politics, President Obama has championed the cause of expanding access to the ballot box. But that cause is facing growing resistance, in the guise of preventing "voter fraud."

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In Silicon Valley, Paying For Access To Peace Of Mind

The San Francisco area is the home to the high-tech sector and has a history of embracing Eastern spirituality. Now the two meet in the yoga and meditation classes popular with the local tech workers.

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World Series A Matchup Of Two Post-Season Upstarts

Game one of the World Series begins tonight between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals. Relief pitching and scrappy play by both teams are expected to make the series close.

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Duke Energy CEO: 'I Don't Think Of Myself As A Powerful Woman'

Female executives are a rarity in the energy industry. But Lynn Good, CEO of Duke Energy, took the helm of the utility giant just as it was grappling with some very public challenges.

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Obama Has To Balance His Base Without Hurting Dems In Red States

If Democrats have a chance of hanging onto Senate seats in southern states, they need to do well with African American voters. But for President Obama, that creates a difficult balance between turning out the base and energizing GOP voters who don't like him.

From NFL To 'Scandal,' Whole Foods Buys TV Ads To Boost Its Brand

A pioneer in selling organic, sustainable groceries, Whole Foods now finds itself beset by competitors. So it's launching its first national ad blitz to sell socially conscious consumers on its story.

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Hospitals Struggle To Beat Back Serious Infections

About 75,000 patients a year die from infections they caught in the hospital. A Kaiser Health News analysis finds that nearly 700 hospitals across the nation have higher than expected infection rates.

Toys R Us Under Fire For 'Breaking Bad' Action Figures

One Florida mom is calling on the retailer to stop selling action figures based on drug dealers in its stores. Toys R Us says the Breaking Bad toys are only meant for adults.

Who's Catching Your Cellphone Conversations?

The police do it. The FBI does it. Could be, foreign governments do it. With the right equipment, people can hijack your cellphone calls and texts and listen in.

The Country At The Epicenter Of The Ebola Outbreak

October 22, 2014
Health workers carry the body of a woman suspected of contracting the Ebola virus in Bomi county situated on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (AP)

We’ll go to Liberia, and hear from a pastor and a physician at the epicenter of the Ebola crisis.

Dallas Cowboys Cut Michael Sam

October 21, 2014
Michael Sam has now been cut by two NFL teams and has yet to make a regular-season roster. (Brandon Wade/AP)

The Dallas Cowboys have cut Michael Sam from their practice squad. Sam would be the first openly gay player in NFL history, but has yet to make a regular-season roster.

The Case For A U.S. Surgeon General During Ebola Outbreak

October 21, 2014
In this Jan. 18, 2008 photo, former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona speaks during a news conference in Austin, Texas. (Harry Cabluck/AP)

Would the U.S. be handling the outbreak differently it had a surgeon general? We ask former Surgeon General Richard Carmona.

‘Pee-Wee’s Playhouse’ Is Out On Blu-Ray

October 21, 2014
Actor Paul Reubens 'Pee-wee Herman' speaks onstage at the 10th Annual TV Land Awards at the Lexington Avenue Armory on April 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

NPR’s Eric Deggans discusses the cult classic TV show and what it means when something shot on film is digitally remastered.

Are Airlines Doing Enough To Protect Cleaning Staff From Ebola?

October 21, 2014
An Italian military personnel wearing a protective gets ready to take care of a pretended Ebola victim during a specialized training course for the management and transport of highly contagious patients, in Rome's Pratica di Mare military airport in Pomezia on September 24, 2014. (Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)

Labor union SEIU has expressed concerns about how airlines are training the crews that clean planes at airports.

Millions Of Cars Recalled For Possible Exploding Airbag

October 21, 2014
Pre-owned Toyota cars are available for sale on January 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Toyota is recalling more than one million vehicles sold in the United States over faulty airbags and windshield wipers. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

If you drive a Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, GM or Nissan, your car may be one of the millions being recalled.

Jill Abramson Announces Plans For News Startup

October 21, 2014
Jill Abramson is pictured at the WBUR event on Oct. 20, 2014. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The former New York Times executive editor said her goal is to create a news outlet that favors quality over quantity.

Critical Care Nurse Writes Open Letter To Ebola Nurse

October 21, 2014
When nurse Kati Kleber of Charlotte, North Carolina, wrote an open letter to Nina Pham, the first Texas nurse who contracted Ebola, it quickly went viral. (

When Kati Kleber posted a letter of support for Nina Pham, the first Texas nurse who contracted Ebola, it quickly went viral among nurses.

Louisiana Gov. Issues Executive Order To Better Protect Rape Survivors

October 21, 2014
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is pictured on October 6, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The move follows revelations that some survivors were being charged thousands of dollars for forensic exams and treatment.

A Closer Look At Governor’s Races In Kansas, Colorado, Connecticut

October 21, 2014
Kimberly Fisher casts her ballot at a polling place in Salisbury, Md. on Wednesday, after superstorm Sandy passed through the area. (Alex Brandon/AP)

This year, almost a dozen incumbent governors are at risk of losing their bids for reelection. We take a look at three of those races.

The 2014 Midterms: What Voters Really Care About

October 21, 2014
David Perdue, Michelle Nunn

Two weeks to go till Midterm Election Day. We’ll look at how the biggest issues are playing out around the country.

Comet Narrowly Passes Mars, NASA Orbiters

October 20, 2014
An artist's concept of comet Siding Spring and Mars. (NASA)

The comet Siding Spring came closer to Mars than any comet has come to a planet in recorded history.

Alternate Routes: Lasting Impressions From The Road

October 20, 2014
Rachel Rohr spent one month driving across the country, talking with young Americans ahead of the midterm elections. (Rachel Rohr/Here & Now)

Our digital and social media producer Rachel Rohr is back from a month-long trip cross-country, talking with young Americans.

HGTV Is A Hit With Affluent Women Viewers

October 20, 2014
Drew Scott (L) and Jonathan Scott of Property Brothers pose at HGTVs The Lodge at CMA Music Fest 2014 on June 7, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HGTV)

Meredith Blake of the Los Angeles Times explains the channel’s recipe for success, and why it’s so popular among affluent women.

American Presidents Aren't All That Great

October 20, 2014
A statue of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on New York City's Roosevelt Island. (Flickr / Alexisrael)

Greatness and the American Presidency. Aaron David Miller says aim for good. Really good.

Pea Shooting: A Sport For Everyone

October 18, 2014
Children and adults alike can learn pea shooting, and compete in the national championship, in the span of one day. (Beverly Amsler / Only A Game)

Pea shooting, popular in the U.K. for years, is a relatively new sport in the U.S. Just this month, the first U.S. Championships took place in Roanoke, Va. Beverly Amsler brings us the story.

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