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5:43 am
Sun July 19, 2015

As California Drought Wears On, LA Starts To Lose Its Trees

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 7:35 am

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Latin America
5:43 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Former Cuba Diplomat Feels Joy, Relief As Havana Embassy Reopens

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 7:35 am

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Music Interviews
5:43 am
Sun July 19, 2015

The Orchestral-Rock-Folk-Synth-Jazz Sound Of L'anarchiste

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 7:35 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF L'ANARCHISTE SONG, "SHAKER")

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

It begins with that cord - again and again. Then it builds.

(SOUNDBITE OF L'ANARCHISTE SONG, "SHAKER")

MARTIN: Layer after layer, a baseline emerges and ultimately, lyrics.

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Goats and Soda
5:03 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Why My Mom Didn't Say 'I Love You' For 11 Years

Adebisi Alimi, an actor-turned-activist, was the first person to come out as gay on Nigerian television.
Claire Eggers NPR

Earlier this year on my 40th birthday, my mother sent me a text that said, "I love you."

This was the first time she said this to me since I publicly came out as gay on Nigerian television in 2004.

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Music News
3:16 am
Sun July 19, 2015

After 20 Years, New Orleans Band Galactic Lifts Off With New Voices

On the new album Into The Deep, the seasoned instrumentalists of Galactic team up with a host of singers including Macy Gray and Mavis Staples.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 7:35 am

For 20 years, the New Orleans band Galactic has made people dance at clubs, festivals, house parties — you name it. "A first-rate funk band" is how The New York Times describes it.

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Around the Nation
3:15 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Big News: Tiny Parks Coming Soon To A Parking Spot Near You

The parklet on K Street Northwest in Washington, D.C., opened officially on July 14. It's the first parklet of its kind in the city.
Lydia Thompson NPR

Walking down K Street Northwest in Washington, D.C., almost everything is a shade of gray — light gray buildings, darker gray sidewalks, even the windows on the gray high-rises reflect their gray surroundings.

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U.S.
4:33 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

Theodore Roosevelt's 'Summer White House' Reopens To The Public

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Environment
3:48 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

Birds, Bees And The Power Of Sex Appeal: The Ribald Lives Of Flowers

Stephen Buchmann Scribner

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 4:33 pm

Flowers, bugs and bees: Stephen Buchmann wanted to study them all when he was a kid.

"I never grew out of my bug-and-dinosaur phase," he tells NPR's Arun Rath. "You know, since about the third grade, I decided I wanted to chase insects, especially bees."

These days, he's living that dream. As a pollination ecologist, he's now taking a particular interest in how flowers attract insects. In his new book, The Reason for Flowers, he looks at more than just the biology of flowers — he dives into the ways they've laid down roots in human history and culture, too.

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World
3:10 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

In Northern Ireland, 'Terror Gets Old,' But Divisions Linger

Courtesy of Corinne Purtill and Mark Oltmanns

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 7:00 pm

In Northern Ireland, "the Troubles" — the long and bloody conflict between Catholic Irish nationalists and pro-British Protestants — formally came to an end with a peace agreement in 1998.

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Education
3:10 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

They're No. 1: U.S. Wins Math Olympiad For First Time In 21 Years

Head coach Po-Shen Loh (far left) and assistant coaches John Berman and Alex Zhai (far right) flank the members of the winning squad: Shyam Narayanan, David Stoner, Michael Kural, Ryan Alweiss, Yang Liu and Allen Liu.
Courtesy of Po-Shen Loh

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 11:26 am

In one of this year's most intense international competitions, the United States has come out as best in the world — and this time, we're not talking about soccer.

This week, the top-ranked math students from high schools around the country went head-to-head with competitors from more than 100 countries at the International Mathematical Olympiad in Chiang Mai, Thailand. And, for the first time in more than two decades, they won.

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