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It's 4:20 On 4/20: Denver Hosts The Cannabis Cup Today 
  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:20:00 -0400 
    The Cannabis Cup festival's date is no coincidence – it's a conversion of the pot smoker's favorite time of 4:20 into a date. Denver is hosting it for the first time since state pot laws were relaxed.

Service Dog Guides Marathon Bombing Victims Through A Grim Year 
  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:16:00 -0400 
    Newlyweds Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes each lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. Rescue the assistance dog helps fetch keys and push buttons, bringing warmth and joy as the couple recovers.

The Florida Church Whose Worshipers Are All Tourists 
  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:39:00 -0400 
    The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe has no permanent members, but it's hosting tens of thousands of worshipers today –- it's across the street from Walt Disney World.

'Hurricane' Carter Dies; Boxer Was Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder 
  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:31:00 -0400 
    Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former boxing champion who served nearly 20 years in prison, has died of prostate cancer. Carter's story inspired a Bob Dylan protest song; he was 76.

This May Be Rogue Parishioners' Last Easter In Closed Church 
  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:28:00 -0400 
    Ten years after sneaking into a church slated for closing, parishioners at Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church maintain a 24-hour vigil in attempt to keep their house of worship open.

Flawlessly Remote: Visiting America's Least-Visited National Park 
  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:05:00 -0400 
    Aniakchak National Monument in Alaska is one of the wildest parks in the U.S. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Chris Solomon, who traveled there for Outside magazine.

Legal At Last, Colorado's Pot Contest Gets Competitively Mellow 
  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:05:00 -0400 
    Denver is playing host to the annual Cannabis Cup this weekend. Editor Ricardo Baca of The Denver Post's The Cannabist blog gives NPR's Rachel Martin the high scores.

Organizers Predict Huge Crowd For Boston Marathon 
  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:05:00 -0400 
    Monday is the 2014 Boston Marathon. Security will be tight, and this year's race will be an emotional event that will be about more than who wins.

Training For An Uncertain Military Future In The Calif. Desert 
  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:38:00 -0400 
    The military's training center at Fort Irwin in California is complete with mock Middle Eastern villages. But as the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan winds down, how will this facility change?

Extra Vaccination Push Underway In Ohio As Mumps Outbreak Spreads 
  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:22:00 -0400 
    Officials in Columbus, Ohio, are scrambling to contain a burst of mumps cases. There's a new clinic open for vaccinations, and Ohio State University is teaching students how to protect themselves.

Telltale Rainbow Sheens Show Thousands Of Spills Across The Gulf 
  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:07:00 -0400 
    Since the disastrous BP spill in 2010, environmentalists have kept watch over Louisiana's coastline. One consortium says there's far more oil leaking into the Gulf than companies are reporting.

Training Could Avert Another Fertilizer Plant Disaster 
  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:12:55 -0400 
    A year ago, a fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas, killed 15 people and wounded 160. NPR's Wade Goodwyn reflects on how to avoid a future catastrophe.

Critics: Hollywood Tax Deals A 'House Of Cards' For Local Economies 
  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:12:00 -0400 
    Tax credits have long been used to attract film and TV productions. But with the loss of revenue, critics of the practice say those investments are not worth it.

Obama Adds Malaysia To His Asia Itinerary 
  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:12:00 -0400 
    Obama travels to Malaysia next week, where the government is under fire for the handling of a missing airliner. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Joshua Kurlantzick of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In Silicon Valley, Immigrants Toast Their Way To The Top 
  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:12:00 -0400 
    Immigrant workers in the Silicon Valley attend Toastmasters meetings to improve their public speaking. Organizers say those skills often lead to increased confidence at work and even job promotions.
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