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In A Time Of Grief And Recovery, A Sunday Sermon Foretold 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:04:58 -0400 
    The Rev. John Black, of the Campbell Chapel AME Church in Bluffton, S.C., talks to NPR's Arun Rath about grief, forgiveness and rebirth — themes in the sermon he has planned for this Sunday.


'Firework, Not Fire Fun': The Serious Jobs Of Pyrotechnic Pros 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:04:00 -0400 
    With some 50,000 fireworks going off in just 25 minutes, Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display in New York City is the biggest in the U.S. — but the task of putting it all together is even bigger.


Charleston Reporters Tell The National Story Of Local Violence 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:04:00 -0400 
    The staff of hometown paper The Post and Courier feels the emotional toll of covering the church shootings and other traumatic events.


Aphrodisiacs Can Spark Sexual Imagination, But Probably Not Libido 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:04:00 -0400 
    Going on a picnic with someone special? Make sure to pack watermelon, a food that lore says is an aphrodisiac. No food is actually scientifically linked to desire, but here's how some got that rep.


Matt Stonie Downs 62 Hot Dogs For Coney Island Title 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:18:00 -0400 
    The new champion, who came in second last year in the annual contest put on by Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs, bested eight-time champ Joey "Jaws" Chestnut by two dogs on Saturday.


Lawrence Herkimer, The Father Of Modern Cheerleading, Dies At 89 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 10:36:00 -0400 
    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 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 10:03:00 -0400 
    During the world wars of the 20th century, librarians played a role worth remembering.


At Age 3 — Transitioning From Jack To Jackie 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 09:25:13 -0400 
    What would you do if your 3-year-old son told you assuredly that he wanted to be a girl? An Oakland, Calif., couple told their child it was OK, and sad, sad boy became a joyful little girl.


A Reopened Embassy In Havana Could Be A Boon For U.S. Businesses 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 09:07:00 -0400 
    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.


Strontium Nitrate And Barium Nitrate, The Fuel In Fireworks 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:52:07 -0400 
    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.


The White House Invites Tourists To Use Their Cameras 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:52:07 -0400 
    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.


Of All U.S. Police Shootings, One-Quarter Reportedly Involve The Mentally Ill 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:52:00 -0400 
    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.


'Chasing Memories' In Their Refugee Camp 40 Years After Fleeing Vietnam 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:52:00 -0400 
    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.


Decades Of Politics And Partnership In Jimmy Carter's 'Full Life' 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:52:00 -0400 
    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.


LA Police Unit Intervenes To Get Mentally Ill Treatment, Not Jail Time 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:52:00 -0400 
    When cops in Los Angeles encounter people who may be mentally ill, there's a specialized unit that can offer help on the spot.
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