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5:19pm

Sun September 22, 2013
Around the Nation

Strained Foster Care System A 'Meter Of Our Social Problems'

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 11:02 am

Claudia Felder, 21, was in and out of the U.S. foster care system for nearly 10 years before she found a permanent family. Her difficult story ended happily, but that's not always the case for the 400,000 kids in foster care in America.
Daniel Hajek NPR

Claudia Felder lives in Chino, Calif., with her parents. It's a wholesome scene: nice house, three dogs and a parrot and happy family pictures everywhere.

You'd have no idea that the composed, cheerful, articulate young woman got off to a rough start in life.

Felder spent much of her childhood in foster care, starting when she was 3 years old. She's 21 now, and has been living happily with her adoptive family. But memories of an abusive past still haunt her.

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3:59pm

Sun September 22, 2013
Author Interviews

'Hollywood Said No,' But 'Mr. Show' Fans Said Yes!

Originally published on Sun September 22, 2013 5:19 pm

From left, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross co-created the sketch comedy series Mr. Show. They have since played long-running roles on Breaking Bad and Arrested Development, respectively.
Sharon Alagna Courtesy of Grand Central Publishing

When the comedy program Mr. Show with Bob and David came on the air in 1995, there was nothing like it. Created by comedians Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, it was full of dark, subversive and riotously funny sketches tied together with bizarre and brilliant segues reminiscent of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

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3:59pm

Sun September 22, 2013
Education

In Push For 'Common' Standards, Many Parents Left Uneducated

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 1:51 pm

The Common Core Standards establish academic expectations across states in math and English language arts.
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Forty-five states have adopted the Common Core State Standards, the first-ever national academic standards for students. But opposition is growing, and some lawmakers are having second thoughts about their states' support.

Meanwhile, proponents of the standards are still struggling to explain the initiative to parents, many of whom say they've never even heard of Common Core.

Looking For Direction

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3:59pm

Sun September 22, 2013
The Salt

Move Over Vodka; Korean Soju's Taking A Shot At America

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 2:35 pm

Boxes of empty Jinro soju bottles sit in a downtown Seoul, South Korea, shop on April 1, 2005.
Jung Yeon-Je AFP/Getty Images

Every year, the trade magazine Drinks International puts out a list of the top-selling alcohols in the world, and in the category of spirits, there is one brand that more than doubles the sales of its closest competitor every year. Smirnoff, Jack Daniel's and Bacardi don't even come close.

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1:17pm

Sun September 22, 2013
Music Interviews

?uestlove And Elvis Costello On Writing Together

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 8:34 am

?uestlove and The Roots play backing band to Elvis Costello on the new collaborative album Wise Up Ghost.
Courtesy of the artist

Since NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon launched in 2009, Elvis Costello has been a frequent guest. There, Costello got to work with the show's in-house band, The Roots, and he struck up a professional relationship with the its leader, Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson.

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