Sabas Sanchez Jr. was better known among his neighbors in Madison Neb., as "Gordo" – Spanish for chubby. He also had an oversized personality. His father keeps this tattered photo in his wallet. Bobby Caina Calvan/Heartland Reporting Project hide caption

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Heroin In The Heartland

Heroin Crisis Is Hitting Too Close To Home In America's Heartland

Midwestern and Southwestern states struggle with an influx of heroin being sold for cheap by Mexican cartels. In one community, a spike in heroin-related deaths has everyone on high alert.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Uneasy Rider: The Origins Of Motorcycle Gangs And How They Remain A Force

Steve Cook, who heads the Midwest Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association, tells NPR that soldiers returning from World War II formed biker gangs, which became infamous during a 1947 riot.

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It's All Politics

Gyrocopter Pilot On His 'Incredible' Flight Onto Capitol Lawn

Doug Hughes flew into Washington, D.C., on something resembling a hybrid bicycle/helicopter. He did it to protest money in politics, but he could face up to a decade in prison. He says he has no regrets.

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The Salt

Adios, Trans Fats: FDA Poised To Phase Out Artery Cloggers

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce any day now a final rule aimed at removing much of the remaining trans fats out of the food supply. It could amount to a near ban on the fats, which wreak cardiovascular havoc.

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StoryCorps

Two Strangers Come Together To Remember A Friend And Loved One

Sgt. 1st Class Carl Torello was killed in Vietnam when his daughter was just 5 years old. Nearly 50 years later, she got a chance to meet the one person who survived the attack that killed Torello.

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Korean Air 'Nut Rage' Executive Freed From Jail

In February, Heather Cho demanded a plane return to the gate because her macadamia nuts weren't served in a manner to her liking. She was jailed for four months for violating aviation laws.

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Music

Mathias Eick's 'Midwest': A Musical Landscape

After a tour through the Upper Midwest, the trumpeter pays tribute to the Norwegian settlers' arrival on the American Plains with his new album, Midwest.

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Parallels - World News

Rome's Cinematic 'Dream Factory' Ramps Up Production Once Again

Blockbusters like Ben-Hur were filmed at Cinecittà, a 100-acre movie metropolis, during its heyday. After decades of hard times, a tax credit has sparked a revival of "Hollywood on the Tiber."

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White House Ban On Militarized Gear For Police May Mean Little

An NPR analysis of equipment given to police agencies by the Pentagon since 2006 — 84,258 assault rifles, 951 armored vehicles, for example — found a vast majority of it would fall outside the ban.

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Shots - Health News

You And Yeast Have More In Common Than You Might Think

Genetically, at least, not that much has changed in the billion years since you two last shared a relative. Roughly half the 500 genes yeast need for life are interchangeable with the human versions.

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