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On The Rebound, Panthers Prowl Expanding Swath Of Land In Florida

From a low of about 20, the population of Florida's state animal has grown to about 200 — enough, wildlife officials say, to warrant taking them off the endangered species list. Not everyone agrees.

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Debt Crisis Puts The Squeeze On Greece's Banks

The country's banks could hardly be in a more precarious position. The European Central Bank has stopped lending Greece money and a referendum Sunday could spell the country's exit from the eurozone.

#NPRreads: The 'Grexit,' Video Games And Fleeing The Rwandan Genocide

Also this week, misconceptions about slavery. And, the struggle for gay Christians trying to keep the faith.

Pilot In Solar-Powered Plane Sets Aviation Record

André Borschberg, flying Solar Impulse 2, set a new record of 120 hours in the cockpit on a journey from Japan to Hawaii.

Iceland's Pirate Party Wins Repeal Of Blasphemy Law

The insurgent political movement, which has just three members in parliament, led the rollback of the 75-year-old law that made it a crime to "ridicule or insult" religious teachings.

Parts Of Social-Sharing Site Reddit Go Dark In Apparent User Revolt

After the firing of a key figure at the website, moderators of many of Reddit's most popular sections have gone private in apparent protest.

Aetna Announces $37 Billion Merger With Health Insurance Rival Humana

If the deal passes antitrust scrutiny, it would be the largest such acquisition in the insurance industry. It's the latest sign of consolidation in health insurance in the wake of Obamacare.

When The Fish You Eat Have Eaten Something Toxic

Toxins produced by algae that live in warm ocean waters can pass up the fish food chain. The toxins can sicken humans who eat large fish. A Florida study finds cases are underreported.

Syrian Forces Try To Halt Rebel Offensive On Aleppo

An alliance of forces led by the al-Qaida affiliated al-Nusra Front is battling the Syrian government for control of the key northern city.

Why The World Might Be Running Out Of Cocoa Farmers

West African cocoa farmers earn less than $1 a day. Those low wages could jeopardize the future of chocolate labor, as young farmers find better opportunities to earn a living, a new report warns.

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
Athletics

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.

Dustin Brown: A Tennis Man With A Van

July 4, 2015
Dustin Brown, currently ranked 102, was previously best known for his hair. (Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Ranked No. 102 in the world, Dustin Brown was relatively unknown until Thursday, when he beat 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon. Now, the tennis world is fascinated by the German-Jamaican player who spent years traveling between tournaments in a camper van. Bill Littlefield speaks with SI’s Greg Bishop about Brown’s unusual road to success.

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.’

Music From The Show

July 3, 2015

From The Civil Wars to Horse Lords.

The Making Of A Great Film Score

July 3, 2015
Johann Johannsson poses in the press room with the award for best original score for “The Theory of Everything” at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Jan. 11, 2015. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

We spoke to the Berklee College of Music’s film scoring department chair about this year nominees — and compiled a list of Radio Boston’s favorite movie scores ever.

‘Field Of Dreams’ Actor Reflects On Father-Son Relationships

July 3, 2015
Actor Dwier Brown in the iconic final scene of the 1989 movie "Field of Dreams."

For actor, Dwier Brown, who played opposite Kevin Costner in the closing, iconic scene of the movie “Field of Dreams,” the movies themes of fatherhood and reconciliation resonate deeply.

The Joy Behind Making ‘The Princess Bride’

July 3, 2015
Cary Elwes in WBUR's studios. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Actor Carey Elwes, who played the farmboy-turned-pirate Westley, has written a book about the film detailing how it was made and why it has such staying power.

Why Martha’s Vineyard Was The Perfect Setting For ‘Jaws’

July 3, 2015
Jesse Bigham of North Quincy, MA., reacts when taking a close look at Bruce, the 2-ton, 25-foot shark from the movie "Jaws" on Sept. 15, 1988, while the shark was en route to the Museum of Science in Boston . (AP)

The film’s production designer explains why Martha’s Vineyard was the ideal location to host the 1975 horror movie.

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