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May 23, 2015 | NPR · The former secretary of defense says that even stepping up the rules of engagement for U.S. troops in Iraq might not keep ISIS in check. “There’s no certainty about any of this,” he says.
 

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May 23, 2015 | NPR · Bikers claim that many who were arrested in the Waco, Texas, brawl last week were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. But police say the bikers were “known criminal gang members.”
 

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May 23, 2015 | NPR · Working-class youths invented the steel drum in the 1930s by banging dents in the tops of discarded oil drums to create notes. Today, steelpan is Trinidad’s de facto national instrument.
 

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May 23, 2015 | NPR · On Memorial Day weekend, we hear from Leslie Hurd, of the U.S. Navy, who recalls having to inform a mother that her son had committed suicide. “You’re there to take care of the family,” Hurd says.
 

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May 23, 2015 | NPR · Sarai Walker’s new novel centers on Alicia “Plum” Kettle, a 20-something writer who’s saving up for weight loss surgery when she joins an underground feminist collective.
 

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May 23, 2015 | NPR · Six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese soldiers died in a helicopter crash while delivering earthquake relief supplies. NPR’s Scott Simon reflects on the kind of people who risk their lives for strangers.
 

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May 23, 2015 | NPR · Sex education often occurs in one of two places: at home or at school. Francisco Ramirez is bringing the subject out into the open.
 

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May 23, 2015 | NPR · The best-selling pianist also hosts a jazz show on BBC Radio 2. He joins NPR’s Scott Simon to share new music from three European artists who merge classic sounds with electronic elements.
 

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May 16, 2015 | NPR · Before the nation had highways, loggers moved timber by floating it down rivers. But not all logs made it downstream to saw mills. In Maine, one company is giving the underwater timber new life.
 

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May 16, 2015 | NPR · The Very Reverend Gary Hall, dean of the National Cathedral, says a recent Pew poll shows most Americans still consider themselves religious — but that organized religion is losing credibility.
 

 

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May 28, 2015 | NPR · The Illinois Republican is accused of taking the money out in chunks of less than $10,000 to evade reporting requirements, and of lying to the FBI about it.
 

May 28, 2015 | WPRN · Federal laws require states to keep lists of convicted sex offenders, including juveniles. But recently, the practice of registering minors has come under scrutiny.
 

May 28, 2015 | WVPB · Agriculture experts say the forests of West Virginia are perfect for cultivating mushrooms. They’re urging more people to farm shiitakes to meet demand at specialty food stores and restaurants.
 

Arts & Life

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May 28, 2015 | NPR · Chinese writers and publishers are being celebrated this week at BookExpo America — the industry’s largest trade event in North America. Free speech advocates are supporting silenced Chinese writers.
 

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May 28, 2015 | NPR · Gorgeous people flee peril in the dopey disaster flick San Andreas, but perhaps Dwayne Johnson can bring some … um, gravitas? Maybe?
 

Music Box Films
May 28, 2015 | NPR · Based on a graphic novel, this updating of Madame Bovary almost manages to maintain its feather-light touch in spite of the heavy source material.
 

Music

May 28, 2015 | NPR · With their new album, Monterey, The Milk Carton Kids are hoping to be a part of your summer driving songs.
 

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May 28, 2015 | NPR · Mapfumo’s powerful political messages led the superstar to seek asylum in the U.S. Critic Banning Eyre has written a new biography of the singer and bandleader.
 

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May 28, 2015 | NPR · From a jazz-infused Spanish fandango to Afghan hip-hop and hot swing from London (by way of the Lower East Side), this month’s roundup is full of surprising juxtapositions.
 

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