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5:57 am
Sun June 21, 2015

U.S. Women Survive World Cup's 'Group Of Death'

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 1:48 pm

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Race
5:57 am
Sun June 21, 2015

The Long History Of Brutality Against Blacks At Worship

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 1:48 pm

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Parallels
9:02 am
Sun June 14, 2015

Brazilians Take A Swing At Mosquitoes With The Zap Racket

Pots with genetically modified male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are pictured before they are released in Piracicaba, Brazil in April.
Paulo Whitaker Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 1:03 pm

It's summer right now and I'm sure you've noticed them: small, insidious buzzing — mosquitoes. In Brazil, they are potentially deadly. It's the place where the mosquito-born virus dengue fever is most prevalent.

Enter the Zapping Racket. As the name implies, it is an electrified tennis racket that kills mosquitoes.

I know, right? Genius.

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Arts & Life
6:18 am
Sun June 14, 2015

Shooting Barbs At The Stars: Kathy Griffin On Comedy And Intolerance

Kathy Griffin, onstage for her Like a Boss Tour.
David A. Beloff Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 9:02 am

Kathy Griffin has spent her career going for the joke. The comedian has developed a style that eviscerates celebrities, while sharing delightfully bizarre stories that could only happen in Hollywood.

Along the way, she's won fans who feel she tells it like it is ... and enemies who think she goes too far.

On her new tour, called "Like A Boss," Griffin will be traveling to 80 cities between June and December. And, she tells NPR's Rachel Martin, no topics are off-limits — even Caitlyn Jenner.

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Parallels
6:09 am
Sun June 14, 2015

Israel Bringing Its Years Of Desalination Experience To California

The Hadera desalination plant is one of five built in Israel after a severe drought in the 1990s. Along with conservation efforts and water recycling, the plants have helped end Israel's chronic water shortages.
Emily Harris NPR

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 12:05 pm

Taking the salt out of seawater helped Israel move from the constant threat of drought to a plentiful supply of water, but Israel has learned that desalination is not the only answer.

Ben-Gurion University's Institute for Water Research is deep in Israel's Negev desert and away from the sea. Prof. Jack Gilron, head of the Department of Desalination and Water Treatment, and other researchers here test concepts in desalination to see if they might hold promise for industrial development.

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Race
5:43 am
Sun June 14, 2015

The Rachel Dolezal Case Challenges The Definition Of Race

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 4:12 pm

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Sports
5:43 am
Sun June 14, 2015

NFL Critic Says Ray Rice Deserves A Second Chance

Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 9:02 am

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Television
5:43 am
Sun June 14, 2015

German Cold War Drama Comes To American TV

Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 9:02 am

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Around the Nation
7:25 am
Sun June 7, 2015

In Newark, Reversing 40 Years Of Neighborhood Neglect

The view looking west on Market Street in Downtown Newark, N.J.
Alex Welsh for NPR

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 9:37 am

In cities with high crime rates, like Newark, N.J., figuring out the right balance of police engagement is especially hard.

In 2013, Newark had 40 homicides per 100,000 residents, the third-highest homicide rate in the country.

Last fall, the new mayor, Ras Baraka, announced a plan to tackle the crime and neglect that have plagued the city's worst neighborhoods. He started by focusing on two of the toughest: Clinton Hill and the Lower West Ward. I asked him in January how he'll know the program is working.

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It's All Politics
6:47 am
Sun June 7, 2015

GOP Suitors Woo Iowa With Bikes, Barbeque And Barnstorming

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks with Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, before Ernst's Republican fundraising ride Saturday.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Sun June 7, 2015 11:17 am

A herd of Republican presidential candidates spent some time in Iowa farm country this weekend. They were there for a fundraiser called Roast and Ride, a motorcycle ride and barbecue organized by Republican Sen. Joni Ernst.

Ernst, a political newcomer, is making herself a force in presidential politics.

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