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July 28, 2014 | NPR · A new salvo has been fired in the fight over teacher tenure. A group led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown filed a complaint in New York state court, arguing that tenure laws are preventing the state from providing every child with the "sound, basic education" its constitution guarantees.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · Why are so many low-income and minority kids getting second-class educations in the U.S.? That question is at the center of the heated debate about tenure protections and who gets them.
 
July 28, 2014 | NPR · Only one movie in July, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has broken the 100 million mark during its opening weekend. Box office receipts all summer have proven anemic. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with RENTRAK, talks to Audie Cornish about the box office slump.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · Fighting in Ukraine near the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has international investigators staying away. NPR's Arun Rath talks with OSCE's Michael Bociurkiw about the investigation.
 

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Halloween Tricks And Audio Treats

Oct 28, 2012 — Folk Alley celebrates Halloween with a special stream of spooky folk music — including ghost stories, murder ballads, gory tales, supernatural songs and myths of witches, goblins and vampires.
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Oct 28, 2011 — The response to our call for scary music was so overwhelming, we decided to make a playlist.
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Oct 28, 2011 — "Michael contacted me and he just wanted to turn into a monster," says director John Landis.
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Oct 28, 2011 — If Modeselektor and Thom Yorke aren't enough, maybe zombies and a battery-hoarding little boy are.
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Oct 28, 2011 — Forget "Monster Mash" — this Halloween, All Songs Considered puts aside kitschy tales of ghosts and goblins to focus on music that is truly, deeply terrifying.
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Oct 27, 2011 — Find out what's played in the "Darwin Being Disemboweled By Monkeys" room, if you dare.
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Oct 27, 2011 — Dig the grave, gone sounds of some wickedly good music, including a brass-filled "Thriller."
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Oct 26, 2011 — Test your wits this Halloween with music meant to remember the dead.
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Oct 31, 2010 — Zombies, it seems, are everywhere these days, so we've hauled in an expert to prepare us for the invasion.
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Oct 29, 2010 — Outside Philadelphia, a local businessman has converted a former mental asylum into a haunted house attraction. Mental health advocates say the transformation demeans a painful past that should not be forgotten.
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