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6:51pm

Sun July 6, 2014
Around the Nation

Programs Target Poverty In Obama's 5 'Promise Zones'

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:02 am

People line up at the FamilySource Center in Los Angeles, an organization in one of President Obama's five designated "Promise Zones" that aims to help fight poverty in the area.
Priska Neely NPR

Five areas across the country have been designated as "Promise Zones" by the federal government. These zones, announced by President Obama in January, are intended to tackle poverty by focusing on individual urban neighborhoods and rural areas.

In the five Promise Zones — located in Philadelphia, San Antonio, southeastern Kentucky, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Los Angeles — the idea is to basically carpet-bomb the neighborhoods with programs like after-school classes, GED courses and job training to turn those areas around.

What Happens In The Zone?

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5:33pm

Sun July 6, 2014
Movie Interviews

The Life And Death Of 'The Internet's Own Boy'

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 8:48 am

Aaron Swartz was heavily involved in the popular 2012 campaign to prevent the passage of the federal Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA.
Quinn Norton Falco Ink Publicity

Aaron Swartz was a programmer, a hacker, a freedom of information activist — and a casualty of suicide.

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5:33pm

Sun July 6, 2014
Author Interviews

Undeterred By The Blacklist, Lee Grant 'Said Yes To Everything'

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:51 pm

By 1967, Lee Grant was back. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the Best Picture winner In the Heat of the Night. She also featured in the cult classic Valley of the Dolls.

When the actress and director Lee Grant was still just a New York City schoolgirl named Lyova Haskell Rosenthal, she was already surrounded by the arts. Her mother and aunt were obsessed with the men and women of the silver screen.

"They spoke all the way up here like this, like rich ladies talked," she tells NPR's Kelly McEvers, elevating her voice. "And so my voice was like that too. I was a bird imitating the birds. And so it was their kind of imaginary world that I was raised in, and it was part delicious and part confusing."

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5:33pm

Sun July 6, 2014
My Big Break

After Assault, Woman Finds Hope And Career In Restorative Justice

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 8:28 am

Lorenn Walker, now a lawyer, was assaulted in 1976 in an alley near this hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii.
Robyn Pfahl

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Lorenn Walker works to help both victims and offenders after crimes are committed. She's a restorative lawyer from the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii, where she focuses on violence prevention and works on re-entry programs for prisoners.

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5:14pm

Sat July 5, 2014
Arts & Life

Pigeons Fly In Fear As Rufus The Hawk Guards Wimbledon's Grass

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 7:14 pm

Imogen Davis catches Rufus, a Harris hawk, in the stands above Centre Court at Wimbledon. Rufus scares off pigeons who try to eat the ryegrass on the tennis courts.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

At Wimbledon, maintaining the iconic grass courts is as important as the tennis matches themselves.

Every day during the Championships, Centre Court is cut to a precise measurement of 10 millimeters and the white chalk lines are re-drawn.

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5:14pm

Sat July 5, 2014
Author Interviews

Release Of 'Echo's Bones' Resurrects Beckett's Rejected Work

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 7:14 pm

Playwright and writer Samuel Beckett, shown here around 1970, wrote Echo's Bones at his editor's request — only to have it cut from his first collection.
Reg Lancaster Getty Images

Playwright and author Samuel Beckett, who died 25 years ago, wrote lasting works of literature like Waiting for Godot and Endgame. But a previously unpublished short story of his — now being released for the first time — was not so appreciated.

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3:30pm

Sat July 5, 2014
Brain Candy

What Does Cold Sound Like? See If Your Ear Can Tell Temperature

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 9:22 am

That water sounds so cold.
iStockphoto

Can you hear the difference between hot and cold?

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11:47am

Sat July 5, 2014
Author Interviews

A Noodle-Maker's Daughter Falls For Ballroom Dancing In 'Mambo'

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 1:08 pm

Transcript

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4:00pm

Fri July 4, 2014
Men In America

From Axes To Razors, The Stuff That Makes You Feel Manly

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:27 pm

"I work with hand tools every day but few feel as good, or as manly, as a well cared for ax," says Cory, via Instagram.
Cory Instagram

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

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4:00pm

Fri July 4, 2014
Around the Nation

Tests And Tales Of Becoming A U.S. Citizen

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:27 pm

Hector Colon (left) and Victor Duran, both of the Dominican Republic, wave American flags after being sworn in during a naturalization ceremony in Atlanta on Tuesday.
David Goldman AP

On Independence Day, ceremonial swearing-in ceremonies of new citizens are traditional — a celebration of the country's past and its evolving future. On Friday, 7,500 people from across the country will take the Oath of Allegiance and become naturalized U.S. citizens.

Most foreign citizens who live in the U.S. are here legally but are not citizens. So on the anniversary of the day when Americans declared themselves no longer subjects of the King of England, what does citizenship means to those who do choose to naturalize?

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