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Thousands Of Inmates Serve Time Fighting The West's Forest Fires

Emir Dunn, an inmate firefighter stationed at the Chamberlain Creek Conservation fire camp in California, at work on a fire. About 4,000 inmate firefighters battle blazes across the state. hide caption

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Thousands Of Inmates Serve Time Fighting The West's Forest Fires KQED

When there's a wildfire in California, odds are there are low-level offenders battling it. Inmates, trained by pros and making $2 a day, have become a crucial element of the state's wildfire response.

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'Guardians' Director: This Movie Needed Me!

A raccoon and an anthropomorphic tree are among the unlikely band of galactic guardians that Marvel hopes will make its next big franchise. Marvel hide caption

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'Guardians' Director: This Movie Needed Me!

Morning Edition's David Greene talks to director James Gunn about his new film, Guardians of the Galaxy, which Marvel hopes to make its next big franchise. Characters include a homicidal raccoon and an anthropomorphic tree.

Tensions Stir At EPA Hearings On New Emission Rules

Some 5,000 union members, led by the United Mine Workers of America, march outside the William S. Moorhead Federal Building on Thursday, during the first of two days of public hearings being held by the Environmental Protection Agency in Pittsburgh to discuss stricter pollution rules for coal-burning power plants proposed by the EPA. hide caption

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Business

Tensions Stir At EPA Hearings On New Emission Rules

As the EPA develops new carbon emission rules for existing power plants, the agency is holding a series of public hearings around the country — including in Pittsburgh, where both coal and natural gas are big business.

Caffeine Gives Athletes An Edge, But Don't Overdo It

Peter Kennaugh of SKY Procycling enjoys an espresso ahead of first stage of the Tour de France 2013, in Corsica. Scott Mitchell/teamsky.com via Getty Images hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Caffeine Gives Athletes An Edge, But Don't Overdo It

Studies show the caffeine in just a few cups of coffee enhances performance in a wide range of sports. But more isn't better, and concentrated caffeine can be lethal.

Seeking A Saner Food System, Three Times A Day

Not all cows get to spend their days with soft green grass under hoof. For many, the picture isn't so pretty, according to the book Farmageddon. hide caption

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Seeking A Saner Food System, Three Times A Day

Commentator Barbara J. King says the book Farmageddon offers useful advice on how to take a stand against industrialized animal farming in the fight to forge a better future for our planet.

Female Bricklayer Defied Doubters To Build Baltimore Landmarks

More than four decades working as a bricklayer gave Barbara Moore calloused, aching hands — and these biceps. hide caption

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StoryCorps

Female Bricklayer Defied Doubters To Build Baltimore Landmarks

Barbara Moore was the only woman bricklayer in Baltimore when she started the job in 1973. "A lot of the older guys didn't think I should be there," she tells her daughter on a visit to StoryCorps.

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