The Marquis de Lafayette sailed across the Atlantic to America aboard the original Hermione in 1780 and joined the American rebels in their struggle for independence from Great Britain. This replica will retrace his voyage; it's scheduled to arrive in Yorktown, Va., on June 5. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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Replica Of Lafayette's Ship Re-Creates Historic Voyage To America

The Marquis de Lafayette sailed from France to America in 1780 to help the new nation defeat the British. A $29 million replica of the Hermione tall ship is retracing that journey.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (center), City Police Commissioner William Bratton (second from right) and other NYPD officers address a news conference on Jan. 5. There is debate surrounding the citywide increase of low-level crime enforcement, otherwise known as the "broken windows" approach to policing. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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U.S.

With Baltimore Protests, More Debate Over 'Broken Windows' Policing

Amid the latest case of poor police-community relations, critics are targeting N.Y.'s policing theory, which aims to crack down on minor offenses. But it's also praised for reducing the crime rate.

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When Dr. Bina Valsangkar had a miscarriage in India, she received state-of-the-art medical care. But just a few miles from the hospital she visited, nurses were struggling to keep up with sick patients. Courtesy of Save the Children hide caption

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Goats and Soda

The World's Mothers Don't Always Get The Care They Need

A new report is a reminder of the gap between the rich and the poor — in the developing world and in American cities.

Founded in 2013, the AltSchool model is an odd blend of retro and futuristic — "Montessori 2.0," as its founder, Max Ventilla, says. Each of the four schools is a single, small, mixed-age class of 25 to 30 kids, with two teachers. That's what the company calls a "microschool." Courtesy of AltSchool hide caption

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A For-Profit School Startup Where Kids Are Beta Testers

AltSchool's innovative for-profit schools are based on intensive technical innovation. The startup has attracted more than $100 million from high-profile backers, including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg.

What's inside artisanal-looking bottles may be startlingly close to — and in cases exactly the same as — bourbon produced in big batches. Mike McCune/Flickr hide caption

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The Salt

'Bourbon Empire' Reveals The Smoke And Mirrors Of American Whiskey

A new book suggests that tall tales on craft bourbon labels are the rule rather than the exception. They're just one example of a slew of "carefully cultivated myths" created by the bourbon industry.

Joel Xu, 25, drives in Shanghai for People's Uber, a ride-sharing service. He makes about $4,000 a month – a good wage in Shanghai – and loves meeting new people he'd otherwise never encounter. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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People's Republic Of Uber: Making Friends, Chauffeuring People In China

Uber is becoming more popular in China, but many drivers say they don't do it for the money. They say they like the human connection and the freedom.

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Vijay Iyer Trio: Tiny Desk Concert

Tiny Desk Concerts

Watch Vijay Iyer Trio's Daring Games Of Rhythmic Interaction

Iyer's working band transforms selections from throughout the pianist's deep and varied catalog.

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Book News & Features

Ruth Rendell, Pioneer Of The Psychological Thriller, Dies

The British mystery writer was known for her Inspector Wexford series, and in her later years her involvement in Labour Party politics. She was 85.

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Planet Money

Where Poor Kids Grow Up Makes A Huge Difference

Poor kids who moved to neighborhoods with less poverty did much better than those who didn't move, two new studies found.

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