October 28, 2008 The winning performances of Phillies pitchers Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton were marked by some off-the-field oddness. And while the Philadelphia fans have plenty to celebrate, they shouldn't be too proud of their creativity in devising taunts to chant at the opposition.
October 28, 2008 Black baseball players in this year's World Series have been asked repeatedly about how to sell the game to young black athletes.
October 24, 2008 Two games into the World Series, many fans are still wondering whom to pull for. What you really need, says Mike Pesca, is a formula. It takes into account famous beloved underdogs of the past; payrolls; the use of rookies; the appeal of each team's manager — and their mascots.
October 23, 2008 Other than their exquisite execution on the field of play, every thing about the aesthetics of the Tampa Bay Rays is an abomination. From the garish colors to the echoes of cowbells in the domed Tropicana Field, sitting through a complete game can be a challenge.
October 9, 2008 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, NPR's Africa-based correspondent, discusses the stories that have been painful and devastating for many nations on the continent. She also describes the stories that have been exciting, including the U.S. presidential race of Sen. Barack Obama.
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October 8, 2008 Spies and reporters know the value of blending in, of observing without attracting attention. That wasn't going to happen in Iliamna, a tiny Alaskan town where everyone knows one another. To rent a car, I had to borrow one.
September 20, 2008 Many teens have trouble opening up emotionally, but for teens with mental health and addiction problems, talking about their personal lives can be a particularly difficult challenge. At a residential treatment center in Orem, Utah, young people showed incredible courage.
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September 10, 2008 Power lines, sidewalks and curbs are just some of the perils cutting trees down to size in big cities. Can city folk coexist with the trees they love?
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September 6, 2008 For the last two weeks, producer Thomas Pierce has been on the road, working on the series, Take Me To Your Leader. The road leaves him edgy after recording sounds of an angry rattlesnake.
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September 4, 2008 NPR's Linton Weeks tests the St. Paul skyway system to rise above the pedestrian life. But he realizes there are some pleasures of that life he misses during his time in the labyrinth of above ground, covered corridors that run between downtown skyscrapers.
August 28, 2008 Now that the Democratic candidate has been acclaimed and the seas have been momentarily calmed, there's time to savor the flavor of a main Denver artery: 16th Street. From a reindeer-hot-dog vendor to a talking sidewalk, it's quite a trip.
August 27, 2008 Street life in the neighborhoods is picking up, with vendors, hawkers and street games of table soccer resurfacing. Residents of Sadr City credit the area's radical Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr for the quiet in their impoverished neighborhood.
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August 23, 2008 What happens when gold turns to silver for the U.S. women's water polo team?
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August 21, 2008 Called "socialism with a human face," the Czechoslovak Communist Party's embrace of democratic reforms led the Soviets to invade that country in 1968 and squash the movement, fearing it would poison other Warsaw Pact countries. Today, little note is given to the movement or the invasion.
August 18, 2008 China now leads in the gold medal count with almost 40. Just 20 years ago, it won only five. New government programs and a focus on sports like weightlifting, judo, wrestling and others have catapulted the nation to the top.
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