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Princess Of 'Fresh Prince' Brings History To Children

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Princess Of 'Fresh Prince' Brings History To Children

Karyn Parsons, best known for her role as Hilary Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, now runs an organization that makes animated short films about influential African-Americans throughout history.

Kids' Films And Stories Share A Dark Theme: Dead Mothers

Bambi, Disney's 1942 animated feature about a fawn's life in the woods, has a heartbreaking scene many young viewers never forget: the death of Bambi's mother. Sarah Boxer wrote about the pervasive theme of dead mothers in animated films and children's stories for this month's issue of The Atlantic. Disney Junior/Disney Channel via Getty Images hide caption

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Kids' Films And Stories Share A Dark Theme: Dead Mothers

Why do so many animated movies star motherless kids? Sarah Boxer, a graphic novelist, cartoon-lover and mother, talks to NPR's Kelly McEvers about the phenomenon and the message it sends to children.

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John Grant: Tiny Desk Concert

Grant's music doesn't mess around, with lyrics that function as darts of retort and thought. Here, the singer performs three songs, accompanied by a piano and an acoustic guitar.

Palestinians Seek Shelter At Supply-Strapped U.N. Schools

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Palestinians Seek Shelter At Supply-Strapped U.N. Schools

Thousands of residents of Northern Gaza are heeding Israeli warnings and leaving their homes in anticipation of a new assault. U.N.-run schools expect to shelter tens of thousands of evacuees.

Congress' Latest Death Match Involves A Bank You've Never Heard Of

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Congress' Latest Death Match Involves A Bank You've Never Heard Of

The business lobby is pushing hard for the survival of the Export-Import Bank, which has supported U.S. exports for 80 years. Some Tea Party leaders, though, think it's time to kill the bank.

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