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Correspondents, editors and producers from our newsroom share the pieces that have kept them reading, using the #NPRreads hashtag. Each weekend, we highlight some of the best stories.
Aug. 13, 2016
Elaine Fantham, who joined NPR's Scott Simon to talk classics for many years, has died. Her student, John Allemang, remembers the woman fondly known as "the rock-star of classics."
Aug. 13, 2016
The city of Berlin just banned Airbnb because it was swallowing up long-term rentals and driving up prices. Paris is now struggling to temper the explosion of the rental site for the same reasons.
Aug. 13, 2016
The U.S. swimming team has been exceptional in the summer Olympic games. Last night, Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps swam their signature events.
Aug. 13, 2016
After acquiring Yahoo, Verizon ranks third in digital advertising and is a major player in media and tech. It wants to play in the Silicon Valley sandbox — but don't expect a full transformation yet.
Aug. 13, 2016
Alex Rodriguez plays his last baseball game ever, and the Olympics continue. NPR's Scott Simon talks sports with Howard Bryant of ESPN.
Aug. 13, 2016
Do hummingbirds migrate on the backs of geese? And will rice thrown at weddings really make birds explode? Scott Simon gets to the bottom of some bird myths with Ray Brown, host of "Talkin' Birds."
Aug. 13, 2016
The community at the bottom rung of the social Hindu hierarchy does the dirtiest jobs. Some of the poorest of the poor, formerly known as "the Untouchables," don't want to perform those tasks anymore.
Aug. 13, 2016
The United Nations is planning to send 4,000 more peacekeeping troops to South Sudan. NPR's Scott Simon talks to journalist Nichola Mandil about why the government is objecting to more peacekeepers.
Aug. 13, 2016
What's the best method for holding a cup of coffee so it doesn't spill? NPR's Scott Simon learned that an overhand claw-like grip is best.
Aug. 13, 2016
NPR's Scott Simon checks back in with a surgeon from Aleppo, Dr. Osama Abo El Ezz, about the current situation in the besieged Syrian city.
Aug. 13, 2016
At a party for Syrian refugees in a New Jersey mosque, Americans of Lebanese and Pakistani descent and a Jewish family offer help and stories of their own immigrant backgrounds.
Aug. 13, 2016
Next time you're planning a vacation, it might be wise to enlist the help of a child. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Leo Kugel, who did just that.
Aug. 13, 2016
In court Friday, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, 72, denied the child molestation charges on which he was convicted. He wants a new trial, or his conviction thrown out.
Aug. 13, 2016
The conservative blog RedState hosts its annual gathering in Denver this weekend. NPR's Scott Simon talks to radio host Glenn Beck who is giving the keynote speech.
Aug. 13, 2016
Earlier this year, a pair of scientists predicted the existence of a ninth planet based on computer modeling of the solar system. This fall, the race is on to be the first to spot it in a telescope.
Aug. 13, 2016
Even tiny amounts of lead in the water can cause IQ deficits in children or high blood pressure in adults.
Aug. 13, 2016
Philly-based artist Sean Brown transforms the refuse from Skittles, Tootsie Pops, Starburst, Mamba — and whatever other candy he can get his hands on — into works of art.
Aug. 13, 2016
While both candidates diverge vastly on many issues, they also have some surprising areas of agreement.
Aug. 13, 2016
To many parasitic worms, we are the world. And the way they've evolved to live within us — without wiping us out — is stunning.
Aug. 13, 2016

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