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May 28, 2015 | NPR · France has one of the world’s highest dropout rates, and the reforms are meant to make the middle school curriculum more interesting. But critics say the changes amount to a “dumbing down.”
 

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May 28, 2015 | NPR · In a new study, an easy-to-use app did just as good a job as the machines in an eye doctor’s office. That’s a boon for people in low-income countries — and really for anyone with vision issues.
 

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May 28, 2015 | NPR · Inspired by Mexican religious art, photographer Gabriel Garcia Roman portrays queer people of color as saints and warriors.
 

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May 28, 2015 | NPR · Accusations of rampant corruption at FIFA came just days before Sepp Blatter is set to stand for re-election Friday. Europe’s UEFA says it will back Blatter’s lone opponent.
 

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May 28, 2015 | NPR · The Pentagon says an attempt to ship inactive anthrax samples resulted in live samples being sent to labs in nine U.S. states and to a U.S. Air Force base in South Korea.
 

May 28, 2015 | NPR · Most of the charges relate to bribes paid by sports marketing executives to secure lucrative marketing and media rights. One of the companies named has its North American headquarters in Miami.
 

May 28, 2015 | NPR · The arrest of 7 FIFA officials in Zurich is raising questions for corporations that underwrite soccer’s main event, the World Cup. Coca-Cola, Adidas and others are withholding public comment for now.
 

May 28, 2015 | NPR · Renee Montagne talks to Ruben Andersson, who studies West African migrants trying to reach Europe. He says most efforts to control clandestine migration will only make the situation worse.
 

May 28, 2015 | NPR · Representatives will meet in Bangkok on Friday to discuss the refugee crisis. The migrants are mainly members of Myanmar’s Muslim minority Rohingya community and economic migrants from Bangladesh.
 

May 28, 2015 | NPR · Some of the biggest leaders in world soccer have been charged with corruption stretching back decades. Reaction from around the world is pouring in as the story continues to unfold.
 

 

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Reuters/Landov
May 28, 2015 | NPR · France has one of the world’s highest dropout rates, and the reforms are meant to make the middle school curriculum more interesting. But critics say the changes amount to a “dumbing down.”
 

Screengrab from video by Peek Vision, produced in collaboration with Sony Mobile.
May 28, 2015 | NPR · In a new study, an easy-to-use app did just as good a job as the machines in an eye doctor’s office. That’s a boon for people in low-income countries — and really for anyone with vision issues.
 

Courtesy of Gabriel Garcia Roman
May 28, 2015 | NPR · Inspired by Mexican religious art, photographer Gabriel Garcia Roman portrays queer people of color as saints and warriors.
 

Arts & Life

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May 28, 2015 | NPR · The British-born Nigerian actor talks about playing an American veteran in Nightingale, the reasons he stays in character for weeks at a time and his aversion to playing “the black best friend.”
 

Courtesy of Gabriel Garcia Roman
May 28, 2015 | NPR · Inspired by Mexican religious art, photographer Gabriel Garcia Roman portrays queer people of color as saints and warriors.
 

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May 28, 2015 | NPR · For author Anthony Horowitz, the book is a return to the “true” James Bond. This means an unpublished scene from Ian Fleming himself — and a long-delayed reunion with a franchise favorite.
 

Music

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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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May 28, 2015 | WXPN · Hear LaFarge mix old-time jazz, blues, ragtime and string-band music from the past century.
 

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