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Recent Hurricanes Not Matched Since Middle Ages
The past decade has been the most intense period of hurricane activity since the medieval ages. The new study, using data from the earth and oceans, found that conditions were ideal for hurricanes about 1,000 years ago.
Acid In The Oceans: A Growing Threat To Sea Life
Carbon dioxide isn't just affecting our climate, it is also increasing the acidity of our seas. Scientists worry that corrosive conditions will harm marine life, and could change our oceans in ways they're just now starting to understand.
Life On The Fringes: It's Not Easy Being Scene
For NPR's series on how artists earn a living, Neda Ulaby looks at a hardy, scrappy breed of survivors: performers who make a career out of careering across the country from one Fringe festival to another.
U.S. Marines Fight In Challenging Afghan Terrain
Lt. Col. Christian Cabaniss, commanding officer of the 2nd Battalion of the 8th Marine Regiment out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., talks with Melissa Block about his unit's deployment in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He says the terrain is the most difficult the Marines have faced since World War II.
Birmingham Mayor Pardons Civil Rights Protesters
Larry Langford, the mayor of Birmingham, Ala., has issued a blanket pardon for some 2,500 people. They're the men, women and children arrested during the city's infamous nonviolent civil rights protests in the 1960s. Among those sent to jail included the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Police: Brazil TV Host Ordered Hits To Boost Ratings
In Brazil, a bizarre crime story is unfolding. A state legislator and host of a popular TV crime show is accused of arranging executions in an effort to boost his show's ratings. Madeleine Brand speaks with Guardian reporter Tom Phillips, who's been following the story.
Remembering The Construction Of The Berlin Wall
In the news business, August is often called a slow news month. But it's a month that seems to produce more than its fair share of historically important stories. NPR's Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr looks back at one of the biggest August stories he ever covered — the dramatic construction of the Berlin Wall on Aug. 13, 1961.
White House Official Weighs In On Health Debate
Melissa Block talks with Nancy-Ann DeParle, counselor to the president and director of the White House Office of Health Reform, about the state of play on a plan to overhaul the health care insurance system. To the outrage voiced at a number of town hall meetings held by members of Congress, DeParle says the public is asking questions and there are plenty of things to have a civil debate on. But she says some opponents of a government health care plan are misrepresenting the what is in the bill in such a way as to scare people, and that's not helpful. There are multiple bills in the works and DeParle says 85 percent of all them are essentially in agreement.