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A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers

Educators say the middle grades are a key time time to get kids jazzed about science, but many teachers say they lack the tools they need. In Chicago, a science museum is helping to fill the the gap.


It's 4:20 On 4/20: Denver Hosts The Cannabis Cup Today

The Cannabis Cup festival's date is no coincidence – it's a conversion of the pot smoker's favorite time of 4:20 into a date. Denver is hosting it for the first time since state pot laws were relaxed.


Service Dog Guides Marathon Bombing Victims Through A Grim Year

Newlyweds Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes each lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. Rescue the assistance dog helps fetch keys and push buttons, bringing warmth and joy as the couple recovers.


The Florida Church Whose Worshipers Are All Tourists

The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe has no permanent members, but it's hosting tens of thousands of worshipers today –- it's across the street from Walt Disney World.


'Hurricane' Carter Dies; Boxer Was Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former boxing champion who served nearly 20 years in prison, has died of prostate cancer. Carter's story inspired a Bob Dylan protest song; he was 76.


This May Be Rogue Parishioners' Last Easter In Closed Church

Ten years after sneaking into a church slated for closing, parishioners at Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church maintain a 24-hour vigil in attempt to keep their house of worship open.


Flawlessly Remote: Visiting America's Least-Visited National Park

Aniakchak National Monument in Alaska is one of the wildest parks in the U.S. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Chris Solomon, who traveled there for Outside magazine.


Legal At Last, Colorado's Pot Contest Gets Competitively Mellow

Denver is playing host to the annual Cannabis Cup this weekend. Editor Ricardo Baca of The Denver Post's The Cannabist blog gives NPR's Rachel Martin the high scores.


Organizers Predict Huge Crowd For Boston Marathon

Monday is the 2014 Boston Marathon. Security will be tight, and this year's race will be an emotional event that will be about more than who wins.


Training For An Uncertain Military Future In The Calif. Desert

The military's training center at Fort Irwin in California is complete with mock Middle Eastern villages. But as the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan winds down, how will this facility change?


Extra Vaccination Push Underway In Ohio As Mumps Outbreak Spreads

Officials in Columbus, Ohio, are scrambling to contain a burst of mumps cases. There's a new clinic open for vaccinations, and Ohio State University is teaching students how to protect themselves.


Telltale Rainbow Sheens Show Thousands Of Spills Across The Gulf

Since the disastrous BP spill in 2010, environmentalists have kept watch over Louisiana's coastline. One consortium says there's far more oil leaking into the Gulf than companies are reporting.


Training Could Avert Another Fertilizer Plant Disaster

A year ago, a fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas, killed 15 people and wounded 160. NPR's Wade Goodwyn reflects on how to avoid a future catastrophe.


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  • Theatre Review: 4000 Miles

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

    An unusual relationship between a 91-year-old woman and her 21-year-old grandson -- who’s in the midst of a cross-country bicycle trip -- is the focus of this Pulitzer-nominated drama. It glitters with uncommon insights about life and death.

  • Carmina Burana - The Husband Test

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

    Sacramento Ballet Creative Director Ron Cunningham said he choreographs his dances not for the classic arts appreciator, but for the husband dragged to the ballet by his wife. We decided to put this claim to the test.

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