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Where The Birds Are Is Not Where You'd Think  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:19:26 -0400
Birds are everywhere, but the greatest concentration of different birds — the "Bird mecca" of America – is not in our great parks, not in our forests, not where you'd suppose. Not at all. 
In Times Of Transition, Get Practical About Your Finances  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:15:59 -0400
Life transitions, from expanding families to job losses and promotions, can be financially stressful. Host Michel Martin speaks with money coaches about what to do when you are facing big changes. 
NPR's New CEO Hopes To Improve Diversity At The Network  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:15:59 -0400
Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's new chief executive officer, Jarl Mohn, about his vision for the organization and the state of diversity at the network. 
Lawmakers Reach Deal Intended To Fix VA System In Crisis  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:42:00 -0400
The bill would overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and provide extra funding to hire more doctors and nurses. Lawmakers are expected to unveil their plan this afternoon. 
Calif. Gets A Lesson In Succession: 4 Governors In 4 Days  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:00:34 -0400
The assembly speaker takes over for the senate president pro tem, who takes over for the lieutenant governor, because they all have other obligations during Gov. Jerry Brown's trade trip to Mexico. 
People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:57:54 -0400
Do you feel like you wander aimlessly through life, or is there a reason you're here? Psychologists say people with a sense of purpose may stress out less. Or they may lead healthier lives. 
The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:57:00 -0400
Congress has a number of big pieces of legislation to deal with before leaving on its annual summer recess. The Highway Trust Fund, border security and the VA are all on the to-do list. 
Locked In U.S. Hedge Fund Battle, Argentina Faces Default  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:57:00 -0400
Argentina says it cannot pay certain debts and will fall into default by July 31 if it can't come to an agreement with creditors. This would be Argentina's second default in 13 years. 
When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:57:00 -0400
The Supreme Court has been granting more rights to corporations, including some regarded as those solely for individuals. But Nina Totenberg finds the company-to-person shift has a long history. 
Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:40:00 -0400
People sometimes avoid information because they're afraid of bad news. But this "information aversion" can lead people to avoid medical tests that could save their lives. 
New York Debates Whether Housing Counts As Health Care  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:36:00 -0400
Offering a homeless person an apartment with access to a doctor and social services may be cheaper than paying for emergency room visits and jail or shelter stays. But should Medicaid help with rent? 
With Deadline Looming, Lawmakers Reach Deal On VA Health Care  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:07:00 -0400
The compromise plan to be unveiled Monday is expected to authorize billions in emergency spending to lease 27 new clinics and hire more doctors and nurses. 
Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:07:00 -0400
At the East Bay School for Boys, teachers try to channel students' frenetic energy into resilience and creativity. They call shop class "work," and emphasize softer skills like empathy. 
Veterans Advocacy Group Puts Corinthian Colleges On Blacklist  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:02:00 -0400
This past week, a group called Student Veterans of America announced a list of for-profit colleges that they claim are recruiting vets while simultaneously closing and selling off campuses. NPR's Eric Westervelt speaks with SVA president D. Wayne Robinson. 
What It's Like To Own Your Very Own Harrier Jump Jet  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:02:00 -0400
The Harrier Jump Jet is known for vertical take-offs and landings. It also has an accident-prone track record, but that didn't dissuade one pilot from buying his dream plane.