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May 21, 2015 | NPR · Late Show host David Letterman said goodbye Wednesday night with his trademark self-deprecating sarcasm. He left as he had arrived: with a hilarious show made on his own terms.
 

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May 21, 2015 | NPR · The World Health Organization isn’t ready for the next pandemic or international health crisis, so the agency’s leader is calling for major reforms. But will the changes be enough?
 

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May 21, 2015 | NPR · Avian influenza is ravaging poultry flocks across the Upper Midwest. The virus is “doing things we’ve never seen it do before,” and understanding about transmission is very limited, a scientist says.
 

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May 21, 2015 | WITF · Opiate abuse has reached crisis levels, but some states aren’t doing all they can to determine the depth of the problem. Finding up-to-date statistics for specific drugs is often difficult.
 

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May 21, 2015 | NPR · The think tank’s article says professors are miscasting the history of the country’s Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). That’s big for the Communist Party, which is invested in history — and who interprets it.
 

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May 21, 2015 | NPR · Two Smithsonian institutions have given artist Darren Waterston their blessings as he reimagines James McNeill Whistler’s lavish and legendary 19th-century artwork as an utter ruin.
 

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May 20, 2015 | NPR · Twelve million immigrants passed through Ellis Island before it closed as an inspection station in 1954. The museum is expanding to tell the history of immigration to the U.S. in more recent decades.
 

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May 20, 2015 | NPR · From a young age, Caroline Solomon wanted a career in science. She also wanted to help other deaf and hard-of-hearing people defy the odds. Now, she’s considered a role model at Gallaudet University.
 

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May 20, 2015 | NPR · The White House’s strategy to reverse dramatic declines in bee numbers calls for the restoration of 7 million acres of bee-friendly habitat. Critics say the plan ignores a key culprit: pesticides.
 

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May 20, 2015 | NPR · Tom Brady could be guilty of one of the worst transgressions in sport — purposely defiling the part of the game that makes it fair and square.
 

 

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May 22, 2015 | NPR · Midwest and Southwest states struggle with an influx of heroin being sold for cheap by Mexican cartels. In one community, a spike in heroin-related deaths has everyone on high alert.
 

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May 22, 2015 | NPR · The ocean’s tiniest inhabitants — including bacteria, plankton, krill — are food for most everything that swims or floats. Now, scientists have completed a count of this vast and diverse hidden world.
 

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May 22, 2015 | NPR · An appeals court reduced the sentence of former Korean Air executive Heather Cho. She demanded a plane return to the gate because her macadamia nuts weren’t served in a manner to her liking.
 

Arts & Life

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May 22, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s go-to books guru has sent host Steve Inskeep a stack of books — titles she thinks deserve more attention than they’ve been getting. Here are her fiction picks, to kick off your summer reading.
 

Kino Lorber
May 21, 2015 | NPR · Sandy McLeod’s documentary is a portrait of Cary Fowler, an agriculturalist who is building a biological archive to maintain crop diversity.
 

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May 21, 2015 | NPR · The latest film from the beloved Studio Ghibli weaves a tale of a girl learning to face her past.
 

Music

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May 21, 2015 | NPR · The 21-year-old Long Beach native continues to establish himself as one of West Coast rap’s most important voices with his new single “Senorita.”
 

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May 21, 2015 | WXPN · The Nashville folk-pop singer got her start in Philly. Here, she plays songs from her new album.
 

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May 21, 2015 | KCRW · Watch the Swedish-Argentine singer perform “Let It Carry You,” a stunningly beautiful song from Vestiges And Claws, live in the studio.
 

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