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History
12:00 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Ballard: 100 Years Later, Titanic Still Captivates

The bow railing of RMS Titanic, illuminated by the Mir 1 submersible. Read more about the wreck in a National Geographic report.
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On April 10, 1912, the Titanic set sail for New York City from Southampton in England. Four days later, the ship struck an iceberg and sank in the frigid waters of the Atlantic.

The rest of the story has been the subject of countless books, shows and films about the thousands of people who traveled on the ship's maiden voyage, the dramatic events of the final few hours, and the legend of the "unsinkable" Titanic.

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Education
12:00 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Should Teachers Be Disciplined For Online Lives?

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Over the past few years, several teachers have been disciplined and even fired for comments or photos posted online. A Philadelphia high school teacher was suspended in February after posting on her blog that students acted like rude, disengaged, lazy whiners. A Georgia teacher was forced to resign in 2009 after a complaint over a Facebook photo that showed her drinking alcohol.

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NPR Story
12:56 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

'Damn Yankees' Loved And Hated For More Than Sport

A New York Yankees hat and glove rest in the dugout before a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
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The New York Yankees may be the most polarizing team in the U.S. In a new collection, Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World's Most Loved (and Hated) Team, writers share the stories behind their passions.

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Around the Nation
12:00 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

What Makes Neighborhood Watches Work

There is some evidence to suggest that citizens monitoring their communities can reduce crime. But the Trayvon Martin shooting focused new attention on neighborhood watch programs. Many neighborhoods have them, but the Martin case has brought questions about what they can and can't do to the fore.

Opinion
12:00 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Op-Ed: Court's Ruling Enables Homeless People

In 2011, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction banning Los Angeles police from confiscating and destroying the belongings of homeless people on Skid Row. In the Los Angeles Times, Carol Schatz argues that the ruling, intended to protect the homeless, puts them in greater danger.

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