Last Call on the Bar Car

Photo by Bob Luckey
New Haven, CT

WSHU - Bar cars used to be a staple of American train travel, but they’ve been disappearing from commuter rails in recent years. Davis Dunavin rode the last bar car to leave New York’s Grand Central Terminal on Friday.

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A Lesson in the 'Patient Experience': Program Requires Med Students to Get to Know Patients

Philadelphia, PA

WHYY - Medical school, especially that first year is packed with anatomy, physiology, exams, exams and more exams. But last June, first-year Amelia Breyre, now 28, peeled away from her textbooks and precious study time, trekked over an hour through a public transit maze, to meet with Linda Hines-Gordon, 50, at her home on the outskirts of Philadelphia.

Elana Gordon reports on a program where medical students learn about chronic health issues through the lens of a patient in an 18-month intensive course at the University of Pennsylvania.

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What it Looks Like When Engineers Design Highway Signs

Miami, FL

WLRN - Ever wonder how the interstate symbol came to be? Kenny Malone explores how the symbolic I-95 road sign came into existence, and looks at the many others that could have been.

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Living Without Consistent Water Service A Way of Life For One WV Community

Northfork, WV

WVPR - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin lifted the state of emergency for nine counties on Friday. It’s been about seven weeks since 300,000 customers lost access to clean water after a chemical leaked into the Elk; a river upstream from the intake to West Virginia American Water’s treatment plant.
But Jessica Lilly reports for several towns in rural West Virginia, going without clean water is a way of life.

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UCLA, USC Students Band Together After Racist Fliers Hit Campuses

Los Angeles, CA

SCPR - The mystery of who recently mailed racist and sexist fliers to Asian-American organizations at UCLA and USC may never be solved, but students from both campuses say they are working to make sure it never happens again. Josie Huang reports.

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Researchers Ask Public For Help In Identifying Remains At Dozier

Marianna, FL

WFSU - In a few weeks, University of South Florida researchers are expected to resume exhuming the bodies of boys buried on the Dozier School for Boys property. The graves are of those believed to be killed at the school, from abuse gone too far. Already, researchers have discovered more skeletal remains than previously thought on the grounds of the North Florida reform school. Sascha Cordner reports researchers are now asking for the public’s help in providing closure to the boys’ families.

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Gun Control To Once Again Be Debated By Colo. Lawmakers

Denver, CO

KUNC - After dominating last year’s legislative session, state lawmakers are once again beginning to debate the issue of guns. Bente Birkeland reports republicans are taking the lead this time around, trying to repeal many Democratic bills including stepped up background checks.

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Your Toddler May Need a Dentist

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Nashville, TN

Nashville Public Radio - Imagine taking your two-year-old to the dentist and being told she has one, two, even 4 or more cavities. According to the CDC, oral health in the United States has improved for every age group except 2-5 year olds. Adrienne Outlaw reports.

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Technology Enhances the Culinary Experience

Napa Valley, CA

California Report - Many people are using culinary tools that their parents couldn't have imagined. Whether it's propping the iPad up next to the stove where the cookbook used to be, inviting guests on Facebook, Googling techniques, or sharing pictures of the meal on Instagram, technology and social media have become part of the culinary experience.

Nina Thorsen reports the tools aren't just for home cooks, but professionals as well.


New PTSD Study Offering Hope to Veterans

“Cracks” by Jared Rodriguez (Flickr)
Boston, MA

WBUR - By this time next year, American combat troops are scheduled to be out of Afghanistan, thus ending the nation’s longest war in history. But even with ground forces safely out of two protracted conflicts in the Middle East, for many military families, the true cost of war is continuing to be felt far beyond the battlefield. Dina Rosendorff reports a new study looking into personalized treatment for sufferers of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is offering fresh hope for returning service members.

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Pop-up Stores Aren't Just for Halloween

Chicago, IL

WBEZ - Halloween pop-up stores are easy to find this time of year. But there are also more businesses seizing the opportunity for short term leases. But as Susie An reports, landlords haven’t always wanted to rent to a pop-up location.


Should Every Newborn Undergo Genetic Testing?

San Francisco, CA

KQED - When a new baby is born, anything seems possible. But we now know that this potential comes with an asterisk. Written into an infant’s DNA are instructions that may make her more vulnerable than other people are to cancer, for instance, or Alzheimer’s disease. So how much of that information should parents be given when their baby is born? Amy Standen reports.