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5:20pm

Sat July 12, 2014
Arts & Life

Wounded Bull-Runner: 'If You Run Long Enough, You Get Gored'

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 6:30 pm

U.S. runner Bill Hillmann is gored on his right leg during the running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, on Wednesday.
Daniel Ochoa de Olza AP

When Bill Hillmann joined this year's running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, he knew exactly what he was signing up for. After all, he co-wrote the book on it.

Hillmann was a contributor to Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona. But his expertise didn't protect him from harm this year: A lone bull, or suelto, gored him through the right leg.

From his hospital bed, Hillmann tells NPR's Kelly McEvers that he feels fine. "They've got me on some really good painkillers, so I'm just kind of floating here," he says.

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5:20pm

Sat July 12, 2014
Author Interviews

'Fightshark' Recounts His Struggles, In Kickboxing And Beyond

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 6:30 pm

HarperCollins

In the kickboxing ring, Mark Miller goes by "Fightshark" — a name he chose, he says, because when he smells blood, he attacks.

The legendary super heavyweight kickboxer first made his name in fighting in the early 2000s.

"In the early part of the decade, I was 6'4, 230 [pounds], and I was small for heavyweight kickboxing," he tells NPR's Kelly McEvers. "It's a lot of speed and power involved."

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5:35am

Sat July 12, 2014
Author Interviews

A Marriage In Crisis Is The Model For This 'Drawing'

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 12:12 pm

Robin Black is also the author of If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This.
Picasa Random House

Life Drawing is a novel that will make you want to hug the person you love and never let go.

It's a thriller and a love story. But it isn't about over-the-moon, happy, young love; it's about love when the marriage is no longer easy, when every move the couple makes is haunted by a betrayal.

Life Drawing is Robin Black's first novel. She tells NPR's Tamara Keith why she chose to explore a marriage in crisis and the challenge of writing about Alzheimer's when she had no experience with the disease.

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1:09pm

Fri July 11, 2014
Goats and Soda

It's 'Etsy,' Kenyan Style: Making Art Out Of Flip-Flops And Bottle Tops

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 2:37 pm

Apollo Omondi Omware couldn't find a white-collar job, so he created his own business, weaving baskets and training others to weave as well.
Ryan Kellman NPR

Sure, it's tough to earn a living as an artist. But it helps if your materials don't cost a lot. At the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, several of the Kenyan craftspeople work wonders with discarded beer bottles and flip-flops.

Jonathan Lento: He Fashions Flip-Flops Into Funky Fauna

Jonathan Lento grips a slender knife in one hand and a colorful block made of glued-together flip-flops in the other.

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6:49pm

Thu July 10, 2014
The Salt

'Captain Pizza' Saves The Day, But Doesn't Save Himself A Slice

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 11:12 am

Intrepid pizza purveyors in action: Frontier Airlines flight attendants pass out pies to the delighted passengers.
Logan Marie Torres AP

It's one of those stories that start in the middle. Midflight from Washington, D.C., to Denver on Monday, pilot Gerhard Brandner hit some bad weather that forced him to land in Wyoming. It was a mundane delay like most others. His Frontier Airlines plane was grounded on a tarmac in Cheyenne.

That's when the pilot made a decision that made him a national hero.

"I figure out, well, I'm getting hungry; I'll bet you the folks be hungry back there, too," Brandner says. "So I called Domino's."

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6:45pm

Wed July 9, 2014
The Two-Way

Report Says FBI, NSA Spied On American Muslims

Rutgers professor Hooshang Amirahmadi, one of the American Muslims identified by the Intercept as a target of covert surveillance by the FBI and the NSA.
Mel Evans AP

Reporters Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain say, in the online news website Intercept, that based on information provided by Edward Snowden they have evidence that the FBI and NSA used covert surveillance on the email accounts of 202 American Muslims.

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12:05pm

Wed July 9, 2014
Shots - Health News

What Gets You Stressed? Tell Our Expert Panel

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 10:42 am

Leif Parsons for NPR

Editor's note: The webcast is over, but you can watch the archived video of the event.

For many Americans, stress is a constant and frequently overwhelming fact of daily life.

What are the biggest sources of stress? How does stress affect us? And what do we do in response?

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12:32pm

Tue July 8, 2014
Goats and Soda

Meet The Musicians And Storytellers Of Kenya

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:29 am

Eric Wainaina
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5:47pm

Mon July 7, 2014
Men In America

Teen Tries To Be The Parent His Own Dad Never Was

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 8:40 pm

Marvin Ramos, now 18, was overwhelmed when his daughter, Hailey, was born. But now he says he's determined to be the best father he can be. "I haven't run away," he says, "and I never want to."
Marvin Ramos Courtesy of WNYC

This story is part of All Things Considered's "Men in America" series.

Marvin Ramos found out he was going to be a father when his girlfriend, Stephanie, called him during a basketball game. He says he sat down on a bench and looked up at the sky. He was 16. Stephanie was 19.

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4:53pm

Mon July 7, 2014
All Tech Considered

We Asked, You Answered: Going To Extremes To Disconnect On Vacation

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 10:08 am

Our readers wrote in on how they tried to take a vacation from their smartphones.
Christian Wheatley iStockphoto

Summer is a great time to take a break from some of the stressors in our lives. For many of us, that stress is brought on by too much screen time and the pressure to stay connected.

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