Matt Stonie Downs 62 Hot Dogs For Coney Island Title

The new champion came in second last year in the annual contest put on by Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs, besting eight-time champ Joey "Jaws" Chestnut by 2 dogs.

Lawrence Herkimer, The Father Of Modern Cheerleading, Dies At 89

He invented the pompom and the iconic "Herkie jump" that remains a staple of cheering squads to this day. And his National Cheerleading Association trains 150,000 cheerleaders a year.

When America's Librarians Went To War

During the World Wars of the 20th century, librarians played a role worth remembering.

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A Reopened Embassy In Havana Could Be A Boon For U.S. Businesses

When the U.S. reopens its embassy in Havana, it will increase its staff. That should mean more help for American businesses hoping to gain a foothold on the Communist island.

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Strontium Nitrate And Barium Nitrate, The Fuel In Fireworks

How do they get the brilliant sparks of red, white and blue in fireworks displays? NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with Harry Gilliam, founder of Skylighter, a supplier for pyrotechnics in Round Hill, Va.

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The White House Invites Tourists To Use Their Cameras

Visitors to the White House will now have something besides their memory to rely on when recounting their visit. That's because a 40-year-ban on photography during public tours has been lifted.

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Of All U.S. Police Shootings, One-Quarter Reportedly Involve The Mentally Ill

In compiling a database of fatal police shootings, The Washington Post took an extra step — finding details about the mental health of the deceased. Reporter Kimberly Kindy relates what she learned.

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'Chasing Memories' In Their Refugee Camp 40 Years After Fleeing Vietnam

Thousands of refugees escaped Vietnam after Saigon fell in 1975. Some recently returned to the site of their former refugee camp for a 40-year reunion — including the mother of NPR's Hansi Lo Wang.

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Decades Of Politics And Partnership In Jimmy Carter's 'Full Life'

Former president Jimmy Carter was one of the youngest ex-presidents ever when he left office in 1981. His new memoir, A Full Life, looks back at his years of public service, in and out of office.

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LA Police Unit Intervenes To Get Mentally Ill Treatment, Not Jail Time

When cops in Los Angeles encounter people who may be mentally ill, there's a specialized unit that can offer help on the spot.

Foster Children, Disjointed Families

July 6, 2015
A still from the upcoming documentary film, "Tough Love." (Courtesy PBS / The Filmmakers)

An intimate look at the foster care system from the perspective of two families struggling to reunite with their children.

Politics, Tragedy And Religion In The Public Sphere

July 6, 2015
President Barack Obama speaks during services honoring the life of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Charleston, S.C., at the College of Charleston TD Arena. Pinckney was one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church last week in Charleston.  (AP)

How should we talk about faith and God in these uncertain times? We put that tough question—and more—to a roundtable of religious thinkers.

Trap Shooting Hits Its Target In Minnesota High Schools

July 4, 2015
With 8,600 participants, trap shooting is Minnesota's fastest growing school sport. (Dan Kraker/OAG)

With more than 8,600 students competing, trap shooting is the fastest growing school sport in Minnesota. Other states are now copying the model. Reporter Dan Kraker visits with the Hermantown High School team to find out more.

‘Fanaticus’ Explores Why Sports Fans Get Unruly

July 4, 2015
Sports fans can get out of hand. Overpriced tickets, alcohol, and team success can contribute to rowdy, sometimes unruly fans. (Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images)

Put a group of people together. Make them overpay for tickets. Add booze. Then give them teams to root for. The result can be a disorderly collection of people — also known as fans. In her new book “Fanaticus,” ESPN producer Justine Gubar explores the phenomenon of fandom around the world.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

July 4, 2015
Most people felt sympathy for England's Laura Bassett when she scored an own goal this week during the FIFA World Cup. Not Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierc, who might have even laughed when it happened. (Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images)

Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce joins Bill Littlefield to discuss NBA free agency, cheating at Wimbledon, and one very sad own goal at the Women’s World Cup.

Commentary: Why Jose Canseco Really Regrets ‘Juiced’

July 4, 2015

Ten years ago, Jose Canseco published “Juiced,” the tell-all book in which he admitted his own steroid use and implicated others. This week Canseco told Sports Illustrated that he regrets the book. Bill Littlefield offers a list of other things Canseco might regret.

Has The Wrong Coolidge Been Added To The Nats’ Presidents Race?

July 4, 2015
Cincinnati Reds v Washington Nationals

Calvin Coolidge is joining the Presidents Race, the mascot competition held during Washington Nationals home games. Coolidge was in office the last time a club from D.C. won the World Series. Even so, Ben Freed of the Washingtonian thinks a different Coolidge should be have gotten the call.

Physical Pain, Emotional Healing At U.S. Army ‘Combatives’ Tournament

July 4, 2015
Commanders at bases across the country have canceled combatives tournaments out of concerns over injuries. (Zachariah Hughes/Only A Game)

Borrowing techniques from mixed martial arts, the U.S. Army combatives program helps military personnel improve their hand-to-hand combat abilities. Reporter Zachariah Hughes visited a military base in Alaska and found that some soldiers believe practicing this violent skill is a way to heal unseen wounds.

The NBA’s Most Interesting Free Agency Pitches

July 4, 2015
Anthony Davis resigned with the team that drafted him without much fanfare. Dwight Howard, on the other hand, Dwight Howard was courted by multiple teams when he entered free agency. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

If you’re an NBA GM trying to lure a top free agent, how do you land him? Pat Riley laid out all of his championship rings for LeBron James. The Magic got help from Tiger Woods to woo Tim Duncan. ESPN’s Arash Markazi joins Bill Littlefield to share some of the NBA’s most interesting free-agency pitches.

Flag Exchange For NASCAR Fans; Blatter’s Travel Plans And A-Rod’s Comeback

July 4, 2015
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Best-selling author George Vecsey and Fox Sports Senior Baseball Editor Rob Neyer join Bill Littlefield for this week’s installment of ‘3 Stories You Should Know.’

Kids Books Feature Famous Figures As Children

July 3, 2015
Cover of "I Am Rosa Parks" by Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer is known for his political thrillers, but he also writes kids books about real-life people like Rosa Parks and Amelia Earhart.

John Adams Wanted Independence Day On July 2, Not July 4

July 3, 2015
Founding Father John Adams thought that America's independence day celebration should be on July 2, not July 4. July 2, 1776 was day the Continental Congress voted for independence. (Karsun Designs Photography/Flickr)

The Founding Father believed July 2, 1776, was the really the big day – the day the Continental Congress voted for independence.

A Cherished Synagogue Prepares To Close

July 3, 2015
Ira Novoselsky, Congregation Teferith Israel’s president, stands by the menorah his father donated. (Courtesy of Marc Pitler)

After serving the Jewish community in Revere, Massachusetts, for 103 years, Congregation Tifereth Israel is closing.

FBI Issues Terror Alert Ahead Of July 4th Holiday Weekend

July 3, 2015
FBI director James Comey gestures during a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washington, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Seth Jones of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at Rand, discusses why law enforcement issued the alert.

Not Your Typical Summer Reading List

July 3, 2015
Reading a book at the beach. (simon_cocks/Flickr)

NPR Books editor Petra Mayer and Cleveland poet and bookstore owner R. A. Washington share their picks.

A New Look At America’s Founding

July 3, 2015
President George Washington delivers his inaugural address in the Senate Chamber of Old Federal Hall in New York on April 30, 1789. (AP)

Historian Joseph Ellis’s latest book takes us beyond the Declaration of Independence, to what happened after the war ended.

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