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If you want a peek into the history of drugstores, there's the History of Pharmacy Museum at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, in Tucson, Ariz. A hand-carved wood prescription counter helps recreate the look of a small-town pharmacy in the 1800s. And some of the old-timey medicines give you a sense of what the place must have smelled like. "There's a compound called asafoetida. The common name is 'devil's dung.' It has a terrible smell," says museum curator Richard Wiedhopf. ...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. "Batman V. Superman" opens today, also the senator from Vermont versus Superman. Patrick Leahy has a cameo in the movie as a senator in a congressional hearing on whether Superman is a tyrant or a hero. It's not the first time the Batman fan, Leahy, traded D.C., for DC Comics. Once, he stood up to the Joker. (SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "THE DARK KNIGHT") PATRICK LEAHY: (As...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__2uT1cZWkY You wouldn't expect a Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic to take you to the sort of place that's wedged between a 99-cent store and a boarded-up meat market. But that's exactly where I sat down for lunch with Jonathan Gold — at a downtown Los Angeles eatery called El Parian. "Are you all OK with goat?" he asks. "We should all get half-orders of the birria — which is basically like a roast goat stew. But if somebody would rather have carne asada —...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: President Obama will announce his nomination to the Supreme Court later this morning. He will be making that announcement in the White House Rose Garden at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. No one yet knows who that nominee will be of course, but whoever it is will be bound to face a tough fight. Republicans have vowed not to even consider President Obama's nominee. With us now is NPR political reporter Scott...

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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. It's a lot more likely you will spot a yeti this Halloween than in its legendary Himalayan habitat. Still, our government wants you to be prepared. In 1959, the American Embassy in Nepal issued instructions for mountain climbers hoping to spot a yeti. Get a permit. Take a photograph. Don't shoot. And turn over everything to Nepalese authorities. For more tips on yeti expeditions...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: House Republicans vote later today on whether Paul Ryan will lead them as speaker. The last time Republicans tried to elect their next speaker of the House, the meeting ended in chaos after the front-runner, Kevin McCarthy, suddenly withdrew. This time around, Paul Ryan has already secured the support of most Republicans. That includes a majority of the most conservative and rebellious faction, the...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The expression but is it art got new meaning over the weekend at a modern gallery in Italy when one exhibit was taken out with the garbage. It was titled "Where Shall We Go Dancing Tonight?" and consisted of empty champagne bottles, confetti and cigarette butts strewn across the floor, which did not look much like art to the cleaning crew, especially since there had...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Say the name Malala and instantly one thinks of a heroine known to millions, the schoolgirl from Pakistan's lush, once idyllic Swat Valley who dared speak out when the Taliban invaded her home and tried to prevent girls from going to school. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) MALALA YOUSAFZAI: The Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead. They shot my friends, too. They thought that the bullet...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: The leadership of the Catholic Church does oppose same-sex marriage, but there are many faithful Catholics who disagree with that position. Marianne Duddy-Burke is the executive director of Dignity USA, an organization of LGBT Catholics, and joins us to talk about it. Good morning. MARIANNE DUDDY-BURKE: Hello, Renee. MONTAGNE: What did you think when you heard the news that Pope Francis had met with...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: There was nothing spontaneous about the pope's secret meeting with Kim Davis last week. That's the Kentucky woman who spent five days in jail for contempt of court after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Here's her lawyer, Mathew Staver, speaking with NPR's Robert Siegel. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST) ROBERT SIEGEL, BYLINE: How many days' notice did Ms. Davis have that this...

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Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: We have major news from Capitol Hill this morning. Just minutes ago, Speaker of the House John Boehner announced he will resign from Congress next month. His announcement comes as a showdown looms in Congress next week over a possible government shutdown. NPR congressional reporter Susan Davis joins us now from the Capitol. Good morning. SUSAN DAVIS, BYLINE: Good morning. MONTAGNE: How surprised are...

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