The March On Washington At 50
4:29 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Labor Movement Was Critical Ally To Civil Rights Movement

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 5:31 pm

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As we've heard, labor unions played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement. After all, it was the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, though the former is often overshadowed by the latter. The two groups shared the struggles of better pay and equal rights. Here's a bit more of Walter Reuther, president of the UAW, speaking to the crowd of marchers.

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Science
4:29 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Hole Or Whole, Why Can Our Brains Hear The Difference?

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 5:31 pm

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And finally this hour, a hole. This summer, NPR's science correspondent Joe Palca has been helping us out. Occasionally, our mix of news and features doesn't completely fill our two-hour program and we end up with a few small holes to fill, so Joe has been filling them with short science-y pieces about holes. He's talked about black holes, theoretical holes, even donut holes. Here's his latest.

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Around the Nation
4:29 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Fighting Rim Fire A Balancing Act As It Grows On Two Sides

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 5:31 pm

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The massive wildfire burning near and in Yosemite National Park is still growing. It has now charred more than 180,000 acres of scenic forest, which makes it one of the largest in California history. At this point, it is still only 20 percent contained. Thousands of firefighters are working hard to improve that number and corral the flames. But as NPR's Nathan Rott reports, this is no ordinary fire.

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Remembrances
4:29 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Pitch Drop Scientist Remembered For Record-Setting Experiment

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 5:31 pm

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We note now the passing of man who had patience, remarkable patience. John Mainstone died over the weekend. He was 78. For more than half a century, the Australian physics professor at the University of Queensland oversaw what Guinness World Records calls the world's longest running science experiment. His subject: pitch, as in tar.

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Around the Nation
4:29 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Miami's Decrepit Sewage System In Desperate Need Of Repair

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 5:32 pm

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From Our Listeners
4:29 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Letters: Rim Fire, Antoinette Tuff

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 5:31 pm

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It's time now for your letters and a clarification.

Yesterday, during our coverage of the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, we said that parts of a major highway were closed making popular park attractions like Half Dome nearly inaccessible. Well, that angered some locals who wrote in to say that there are plenty of other ways to reach Yosemite and that it is still very much open for business.

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Politics
4:29 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Middle East, Civil Rights Intersect At White House

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 5:31 pm

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Energy
4:29 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Vt. Nuclear Plant Shutdown A Sign Of Changing Energy Market

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 5:31 pm

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After years of litigation and political jousting, Vermont is set to close its only nuclear power plant by the end of next year. As John Dillon of Vermont Public Radio reports, the plant's closure is a sign of how much the country's energy market is changing.

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Science
4:29 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Sophisticated Prosthetics Help Liberate Disabled Adventurers

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 5:31 pm

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A story now about technology and the creative ways it's being used to help people with disabilities enjoy the great outdoors - skiing, biking, even whitewater rafting, as Colorado Public Radio's Eric Whitney reports.

ERIC WHITNEY, BYLINE: In the equipment room at Telluride Adaptive Sports in Colorado, it's all about what works.

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Middle East
4:29 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

U.S. Builds Its Case For Intervening In Syria

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 5:31 pm

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And I'm Melissa Block. The Arab League says those behind last week's chemical weapons attack in Syria must face justice. The call came at an emergency meeting in Cairo, one day after the U.S. announced it has little doubt that Bashar al-Assad's regime was responsible for gassing civilians. The Obama administration says it has not yet decided whether to strike Syria but is consulting with allies, as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.

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