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8:41am

Thu July 16, 2015
Parallels

The View From Inside Syria

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 3:46 pm

Saeed al-Batal, a Syrian photographer, posted this image from Douma, Syria, on his Facebook page on March 31.
Courtesy of Saeed al-Batal

Syria's civil war has created the worst refugee crisis in the world, with more than 4 million people fleeing the country. Millions more have been displaced inside Syria, though we rarely hear from them.

Over the past year, NPR's Morning Edition has spoken three times with Saeed al-Batal, a photographer and filmmaker who doesn't use his real name for security reasons.

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6:13pm

Wed July 15, 2015
It's All Politics

Logo Or No Go? When Campaign Logos Look A Little Too Familiar

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 8:01 pm

@CNNPolitics tweeted a combination of Scott Walker's campaign logo with America's Best Eyeglasses logo to show the design similarities.
Via @CNNPolitics/Twitter

The "E" in Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's newly unveiled presidential logo is a stylized American flag — as it turns out, one that looks remarkably similar to the logo for America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses.

The company's CEO, Reade Fahs, said he doesn't mind but also that it's unlikely the governor hasn't seen the 18-year-old logo. "It's on hundreds of stores across the country. So assuming he's got good vision, he probably would have spotted it in his campaign travels. And we have lots of stores in Wisconsin too."

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3:49pm

Mon July 13, 2015
All Tech Considered

#RaceOnTech: How An Early Love Of Math Led Her To The Role Of CEO

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 10:03 am

Dr. Lisa Dyson is the CEO of Kiverdi, a next-generation sustainable oil company that converts CO2 and waste carbon gases into oils using biotechnology.
Maurice Dean Courtesy of Lisa Dyson

7:03am

Mon July 13, 2015
All Tech Considered

Follow #RaceOnTech, Explore Diversity In Tech And Science

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 9:44 am

Follow the #RaceOnTech hashtag on Twitter to participate in a conversation about diversity in STEM fields.
Mary McLain NPR

Silicon Valley admits it has a diversity problem. Companies from Google to Facebook to Twitter have reported that a majority of their employees are white males.

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5:24pm

Sun July 12, 2015
Author Interviews

After Fight For Life And Media Firestorm, 'Distressed Baby' Is Happy Toddler

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 2:11 pm

Lydia Thompson NPR

In an age of CEO gaffes and snafus, one in particular drew significant backlash last year.

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5:24pm

Sun July 12, 2015
Television

The Pitch Of A Lifetime: One Enterprising 'Star Trek' Fan's Big Chance

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 10:16 am

George Takei as Sulu (left) and Walter Koenig as Chekov in the original Star Trek series. The franchise has spun off a bounty of shows, but the last one came off the air a decade ago. One fan has a plan for the next installment.
Getty Images

Like many Star Trek fans, Michael Chang Gummelt wants the legendary franchise to return to TV. And like many fans, he has a lot of ideas about what such a reboot should look like.

But Gummelt also has something no other fan does: a meeting with Paramount to pitch his concept.

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5:24pm

Sun July 12, 2015
Music

'Happy Birthday' Hits Sour Notes When It Comes To Song's Free Use

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 11:21 pm

Everyone knows how to sing "Happy Birthday to You." But performing the song in movies or on TV requires payment of sometimes hefty licensing fees. Now the song is at the heart of a lawsuit.
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The Guinness Book of World Records calls "Happy Birthday to You" the most recognized song in the English language. But you'll rarely ever hear it on TV or in a movie.

Instead, you usually hear something that sounds sort of like the song, but not quite. In Disney's The Emperor's New Groove, for example, the characters sing: "Happy, happy birthday from all of us to you, we wish it was our birthday so we could party, too."

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6:26am

Sun July 12, 2015
Author Interviews

In Palestine, A Child Of Violence Becomes A Music Educator

Originally published on Sun July 12, 2015 8:29 am

Bloomsbury USA

When the first Palestinian uprising began in the late 1980s, the images from the intifada showed exploding tear gas canisters launched by Israelis, answered by Palestinian youngsters shooting slingshots and hurling rocks. A photographer snapped a photo of a boy with tears in his eyes, an 8-year-old named Ramzi Aburedwan. The image came to represent the rage and frustration of life in the refugee camps. But although his face was famously stuck in time, Ramzi's life changed dramatically when he was introduced to music at age 16.

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5:11pm

Sat July 11, 2015
Author Interviews

Fearing Her Mind's Decline, Patricia Marx Scrambles To Get 'Less Stupid'

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 9:35 pm

Patricia Marx is also the author of two novels, Starting from Happy and Him Her Him Again the End of Him.
Courtesy of Hachette Book Group

Patricia Marx is a former writer for Saturday Night Live and Rugrats. She's a contributor to The New Yorker.

And she's afraid she's losing her mind.

"There were just so many moments of, 'What's that thing that you put the thing in that's got the thing that, you know, that what is it called?' " Marx tells NPR's Arun Rath.

"I was really worried that in a matter of days, I was going to need a caregiver and the caregiver was going to find the butter dish in my sock drawer."

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5:11pm

Sat July 11, 2015
Race

He's Shared 'Every Single Word' — But It's The Silence That Rings Louder

Originally published on Sun July 12, 2015 10:34 am

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