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As Hurricane Florence hits North Carolina, Amanda McKee's only concern is for her animals at 1870 Farm outside Chapel Hill. McKee and her husband, David Schwartz, transformed the nearly 150-year-old farm, and another in Durham, into an agritourism destination that now houses horses, donkeys, a cow, alpacas, goats, sheep, chickens and a host of other animals, including a baby alpaca named Xanadu that lives with the family full time.

It's the rainy season now in Mexico. Between May and September, on most late afternoons, thick clouds roll into Mexico City's mountain-ringed valley. The skies darken and then an amazing downpour ensues.

Despite the rainfall, for five months of the year, many of the metropolitan area's more than 20 million residents don't have enough water to drink. Nearly all that rainwater runs off the streets and highways into the city's massive drainage system built to stave off perennial flooding.

Fact Bag

Sep 14, 2018

The fact bag is back and ready to fact you up. Facts about Clydesdales. Facts about Lewis and Clark. Facts about weird dog studies. Fact bag is always and forever. Long live fact bag.

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Crazy Twain

Sep 14, 2018

In this music parody, lyrics to Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" are changed to be about Missouri-native Mark Twain.

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Saint Umped

Sep 14, 2018

St-umped? Not these contestants! In this game, words that start with S-T become saints.

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Arch Nemesis

Sep 14, 2018

In celebration of St. Louis's famous Gateway Arch, each answer has the consecutive letters A-R-C-H.

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St. Louisans

Sep 14, 2018

It's not just the birthplace of 7UP! Contestants must name famous people born or raised in St. Louis based on audio clips.

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Matt And Kim: How To Go Outside And Not Die

Sep 14, 2018

Before they were Matt and Kim, the pop duo known for ecstatic live shows and inventive music videos, they were Kim Schifino and Matt Johnson, two art students at the Pratt Institute in New York. At The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri, NPR's Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg asked which came first: Matt and Kim the couple, or Matt and Kim the band? "The doing it came first," Johnson said.

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For Hispanic Heritage Month, NPR One is highlighting our editors' favorite NPR stories from over the years about Hispanic culture, art and personalities. The hope is that these stories show there are many different ways to be Hispanic, Latino or Latinx. Every day listeners can check back for a new story told by and about Hispanic people.

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Every year the National Book Foundation features a few fresh faces or unfamiliar names among the nominees for its annual literary prize. This time around, though, there's a twist. One of the actual National Book Award categories is something readers have not seen for quite some time: a prize for a work in translation.

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Sep 14, 2018

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New Bern Resident On Hurricane's Impact

Sep 14, 2018

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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper is on the line. His state is receiving the heart of Hurricane Florence. The eye of the storm is near Wrightsville Beach, N.C., which is near the seaport of Wilmington. Governor, good morning.

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Updated at 5:20 a.m. ET Saturday

Tropical Storm Florence is still a slow-moving giant that poses danger to people in North and South Carolina, as its storm surge and intense rains bring high floodwaters to towns both on the coast and inland.

The storm has been linked to at least five deaths, a toll that is expected to climb.

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Today, Paul Manafort appears in a federal courtroom. It's a hearing just before a second trial which is supposed to start Monday.

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Bradley Cooper has had a story to tell for a long time — about fame, addiction, his relationship with his dad.

The stars aligned when he was given the chance to direct his first film: a new take on A Star Is Born.

In Cooper's movie, the main architecture of the narrative is still there. A famous musician falls for a regular girl with a magical voice and makes her a star, while his own troubles come to the surface. The most famous version is the 1976 movie with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

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Just before Hurricane Florence came ashore, Federal Emergency Management Agency director Brock Long offered a warning.

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Wilmington Bar Stays Open

Sep 14, 2018

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Caterer Saves The Wedding

Sep 14, 2018

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