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In Minnesota, Abandoned Wheelchairs Are Just Part Of The Landscape

If you live in Rochester, Minn., you'll get used to seeing wheelchairs left in odd places. The city is home to the Mayo Clinic, after all. But some of those wheelchairs venture far afield indeed.


Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?

New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help us better understand and retain information.


Halloween High Jinks For Fun And Nonprofits

Many Americans are not scared to reuse old clothes for new Halloween costumes.


Dallas Nurse Nina Pham, Now 'Ebola Free,' Discharged By NIH

The National Institutes of Health in Maryland announced that the 26-year-old who was infected while caring for a Liberian patient has no detectable virus in her blood.


VIDEO: Talking While Female

For starters: Your voice is too squeaky, too loud; it lacks authority, is grating or obnoxious or unprofessional. Why is talking while female such an offense?


A Black Cosmetic Company Sells, Or Sells Out?

Carol's Daughter was started to sell products for black women who wear their hair natural. But ever since L'Oréal bought the brand, folks are wondering if it can maintain the loyalty of its customers.


Man With Hatchet Shot Dead After Attacking NYPD Officers

The attacker charged a group of patrol officers in Queens, wounding two of them. A bystander was hit by a stray police bullet as police engaged the assailant.


Journalist And Political Aide Frank Mankiewicz Dies At 90

Frank Mankiewicz, press secretary to Robert Kennedy and presidential campaign manager for George McGovern, died Thursday night in Washington, D.C. The journalist and former president of NPR was 90.


Giants Fans Prepare For World Series To Hit City By The Bay

The World Series resumes Friday the first in San Francisco. The Giants have won two rings in five years — 2010 and 2012 — and they're working on a third.


Courting Republicans, Georgia Democrat Tries To Keep His Seat

As the last white Democrat in Congress from the Deep South, Rep. John Barrow is a perennial target. So far, he's managed to stay in office by portraying himself as an independent voice.


Blue State With Independent Twist: Maine's 3-Way Race For Governor

Maine's Tea Party-backed Gov. Paul LePage won office four years ago when an independent candidate and a Democrat divided the remaining vote. That strong division is shaping up again.


With Biden By His Side, Minnesota Democrat Mines For Blue-Collar Vote

Embattled Democrat Rep. Rick Nolan, who represents Minnesota's Iron Range, gets a campaign visit from the administration's blue-collar vote whisperer, Joe Biden.


Doctor With Ebola In Isolation At New York Hospital

A physician who had returned to New York from Guinea, where he treated Ebola patients, has tested positive for the virus. David Greene speaks with NPR's Richard Harris about the case.


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    Thursday, October 23, 2014

    John Steinbeck’s classic novel of poverty and migration marks its 75th anniversary this year. The Sacramento Theater Company is staging a theatrical version of this famous American saga, including new music by Misner and Smith.

  • Symphony Of 1000 Becomes A Reality, Is Largest Orchestra Ever Assembled In California

    Sunday, October 12, 2014

    A dream became reality Sunday when 1,000 symphony musicians, ages 4 to 80-plus, came together for a performance at Sacramento's Memorial Auditorium. It was the largest-ever gathering of symphony musicians to perform in California.

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