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First Responders Unprepared For Another Train Disaster
One year after an oil train derailed and exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, some firemen and first responders say they still don't have the training or manpower to handle a similar disaster.
New IRS Chief John Koskien: 'I Enjoy A Crisis'
Koskien is a professional fixer. He has helmed a mortgage lending giant, a city and now the IRS through scandals and disasters — to varying degrees of success, as he tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer.
Filmmaker Searches For 'White Widow' Of London Bombing
Documentarian Adam Wishart has spent the last year trying to find Samantha Lewthwaite, who is believed to be involved in terrorist activities. He talks to NPR's Linda Wertheimer about his search.
In Islamabad, A Rare Piano Teacher Pursues His Mission Quietly
One of the few piano teachers in Pakistan's capital is determined to keep his art alive. To avoid being victimized by hard-line Islamists, he teaches on digital keyboards with the volume dialed down.
'Coffee For Roses' And Other Garden Myths Debunked
Did you know you can't kill a gopher with chewing gum and hummingbirds are not attracted to red flowers? C.L. Fornari's book Coffee For Roses busts common gardening myths.
Keeping Time By Rubidium At The Naval Observatory
You know when you dial a number, and a man reads you the exact time at the tone? That precise timekeeping starts at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. NPR's Linda Wertheimer takes a tour.
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