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Charleston Reporters Tell The National Story Of Local Violence

NPR | July 04, 2015

The staff of hometown paper the Post and Courier feels the emotional toll of covering the church shootings and other traumatic events.

What Happened To British Loyalists After The Revolutionary War?

NPR | July 04, 2015

Not everyone celebrated when the British surrendered at Yorktown. About a fifth of all colonists remained loyal to the Crown; for them, the American victory spelled exodus and, often, more violence.

When America's Librarians Went To War

NPR | July 04, 2015

During the World Wars of the 20th century, librarians played a role worth remembering.

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Food | Nation

Matt Stonie Downs 62 Hot Dogs For Coney Island Title

NPR | July 4, 2015 2:24 p.m.

The new champion came in second last year in the annual contest put on by Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs, besting eight-time champ Joey "Jaws" Chestnut by 2 dogs.


Inside A Fireworks Artist's Studio: 'The Sky Is The Canvas, And Fire's My Paint'

NPR | July 4, 2015 2:24 p.m.

With some 50,000 fireworks going off in just 25 minutes, Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display in New York City is the biggest in the U.S. — but the task of putting it all together is even bigger.


Of All U.S. Police Shootings, One-Quarter Reportedly Involve The Mentally Ill

NPR | July 4, 2015 12:48 p.m.

In compiling a database of fatal police shootings, The Washington Post took an extra step — finding details about the mental health of the deceased. Reporter Kimberly Kindy relates what she learned.

Elections | Nation

5 Things You Should Know About Jim Webb

NPR | July 4, 2015 11:06 a.m.

The former senator, the fifth Democrat to enter the presidential race, has a colorful background as a veteran, author, reporter and defender of the confederacy.


Lawrence Herkimer, The Father Of Modern Cheerleading, Dies At 89

NPR | July 4, 2015 10:20 a.m.

He invented the pompom and the iconic "Herkie jump" that remains a staple of cheering squads to this day. And, his National Cheerleading Association trains 150,000 cheerleaders a year.

Elections | Arts | Nation | Books

Decades Of Politics And Partnership In Jimmy Carter's 'Full Life'

NPR | July 4, 2015 8:59 a.m.

Former president Jimmy Carter was one of the youngest ex-presidents ever when he left office in 1981. His new memoir, A Full Life, looks back at his years of public service, in and out of office.

Elections | Business | Nation | World

A Reopened Embassy In Havana Could Be A Boon For U.S. Businesses

NPR | July 4, 2015 8:33 a.m.

When the U.S. re-opens its embassy in Havana, it will increase its staff. That should mean more help for American businesses hoping to gain a foothold on the Communist island.


'Chasing Memories' In Their Refugee Camp 40 Years After Fleeing Vietnam

NPR | July 4, 2015 8:04 a.m.

Thousands of refugees escaped Vietnam after Saigon fell in 1975. Some recently returned to the site of their former refugee camp for a 40-year reunion — including the mother of NPR's Hansi Lo Wang.


A Bird Of Courage And A Bash In Denmark: The July 4 You Didn't Know

NPR | July 4, 2015 2:46 a.m.

In the U.S., people often spend the Fourth of July grilling hot dogs and wearing their patriotic clothing. But there's more to this annual holiday than fireworks.

Flora and Fauna | Environment | Nation

On The Rebound, Panthers Prowl Expanding Swath Of Land In Florida

NPR | July 3, 2015 3:31 p.m.

From a low of about 20, the population of Florida's state animal has grown to about 200 — enough, wildlife officials say, to warrant taking them off the endangered species list. Not everyone agrees.