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3:37 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Anatomy Of A Great Commencement Speech

Comedian and actress Amy Poehler addresses Harvard University's graduating class of 2011 on the school's campus, in Cambridge, Mass.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 9:20 am

It's that time again — graduation season. And that means next week or last week or right this very minute, some 7 million students in the U.S. and lots of doting parents have to sit through a commencement speech.

If you're stuck listening to a particularly bad one — or just need an inspiration infusion — the NPR Ed Team has sifted through hundreds of past speeches (going all the way back to 1774) and built an online database of the very best.

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Europe
3:37 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

UK Government Asks: What's The Greatest Challenge Of Our Time?

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 9:20 am

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now, a prize that's making a return: the Longitude Prize.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

It was set up in 1714 by the British government to solve the greatest challenge of that time: Pinpoint a ship's location at sea by knowing its longitude.

CORNISH: Three hundred years later, there's a video announcing its return.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: We're at the dawn of a new world.

SIEGEL: Its committee is led by Lord Martin Rees, a professor at Cambridge University.

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The Two-Way
2:52 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Minnesota Selected As Host Of Super Bowl LII

The NFL has selected Minnesota as the host of Super Bowl LII in 2018.

The NFL reports:

"Keeping with its tradition of rewarding teams with new a stadium, NFL owners announced Tuesday it awarded Super Bowl LII to the Minnesota Vikings.

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NPR Story
2:45 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

NIH: Scientists Must Include Female Animals In Testing

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 2:08 pm

The National Institutes of Health will soon begin requiring scientists to test new drugs on both male and female animals. Researchers now tend to use mostly male animals in pre-clinical tests, even for drugs that will also be used by women.

But that has had some major consequences for women.

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NPR Story
2:45 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

What's Hot At Cannes This Year

Robert Pattinson is pictured in a film still from "Map to the Stars." He also stars in "The Rover." (Courtesy)

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 2:08 pm

The Cannes Film Festival runs through this Saturday. Here & Now’s Robin Young checks in with L.A. Times film reporter Steve Zeitchik to talk about some of the fare that might be making waves at Oscar time.

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Guilty And Charged
2:44 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Unpaid Court Fees Land The Poor In 21st Century Debtors' Prisons

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 10:43 am

Debtors' prisons were outlawed in the United States back before the Civil War. But an NPR state-by-state survey found that people still get sent to jail for unpaid court fines and fees.

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The Two-Way
2:14 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Global Temperatures Tied Record High Last Month

Worldwide temperatures were once again above normal last month, tying the record for the hottest April set back in 2010.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday said the average global temperature for land and sea was 56.7 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 1.39 degrees warmer than the 20th century average.

"The last below-average April was April 1976, and the last average or below-average temperature for any month was February 1985," according to NOAA.

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The Two-Way
2:09 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Coup Or Not, It's Business As Usual For Most Thais

Residents stop to take a photo of themselves at a military checkpoint in central Bangkok on Tuesday. Thailand's army declared martial law in a surprise move it says is aimed at quelling political unrest.
Kiko Rosario AP

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 4:29 pm

Despite Thailand's declaration of martial law in what the army said was an effort to end political unrest, most Thais were going about life as normal.

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The Two-Way
2:02 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Federal Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania's Ban On Gay Marriage

A federal judge struck down Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage on Tuesday, saying it violated the Constitution's Equal Protection clause.

The ruling comes a day after another federal judge used similar reasoning to strike down Oregon's ban on gay marriage.

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The Two-Way
1:47 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Led Zeppelin Sued Over 'Stairway To Heaven' Guitar Line

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, in 1970. A new lawsuit says the group borrowed from another band's work without crediting it, for the huge hit "Stairway to Heaven."
Roger Jackson Getty Images

Did a band from Los Angeles get ripped off by Led Zeppelin? That's the claim in a new lawsuit by representatives of the band Spirit, which played some dates with the British rock legends in their early days in America.

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