Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, (left) poses with his uncle, Philip Lee, and father Peter Lee (seated) at the younger Peter Lee's home in Pasadena, Calif., in 2013. Gina Ferazzi/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Meet The California Family That Has Made Health Policy Its Business SCPR

On Medicare's 50th birthday, two brothers who helped get it off the ground tell their stories. A younger member of the Lee family is at the helm of Covered California, the state insurance exchange.

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Mineral supplements, ape-style: A female chimp called Kana eats clay in the Budongo Forest of Uganda. A.Schel/Budongo Conservation Field Station/Animal Ecology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands hide caption

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The Salt

Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.

The Ensatina salamander, a lungless species common along the U.S. West Coast, is one of hundreds of species of salamanders endemic to North America threatened by an emerging infectious pathogen. Courtesy of Tiffany Yap hide caption

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Scientists Urge Ban On Salamander Imports To U.S. To Keep Fungus At Bay

The chytrid fungus has wiped out populations of amphibians around the world. A type of the fungus infects only salamanders, and researchers have identified vulnerable areas in North America.

Dan Tothill, 26, and Megan Brabac, 24, are struggling with high student debt burdens and underemployment. "I hope that I can look back on myself in 10 years, like 'Oh, I was so silly to be worrying about that," Tothill said. "But, at this point, it doesn't feel that way at all." Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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It's All Politics

For Young Voters, Crushing Student Debt Is Front And Center WBUR

"It does really frustrate me when I hear candidates talk about, 'Oh, well, you should have majored in something else,' " says 24-year-old Megan Brabec, who works three part-time jobs without benefits.

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Jason Isbell's new album, Something More Than Free, comes as he's preparing to be a father. David McClister/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music Interviews

Jason Isbell Has Conquered Fear, But He's Still Learning About Himself

The country artist's chart-topping new album, Something More Than Free, comes at a turning point in his life.

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The Baltimore City Detention Center, seen here in 2013, was found to be riddled with corruption, according to a federal probe. Lloyd Fox/MCT /Landov hide caption

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Md. Governor Orders Closure Of 'Deplorable' Baltimore City Jail

A 2013 investigation resulted in the indictment of "25 people — including 13 women working as corrections officers" on racketeering and drug charges. Nearly 20 more faced other charges.

Plane debris found on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion that is thought to be from the Boeing 777 that was MH370. Raymond Wae Tion/Maxppp/Landov hide caption

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Experts: Flight MH370 Debris Could Have Reached Western Indian Ocean

A scientist who studies ocean circulation patterns tells NPR that it's "highly likely" that floating wreckage from the airliner could have reached the island of Reunion near Madagascar.

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How A Beauty Queen With Diabetes Found Her 'Sugar Linings'

She didn't know that sporting an insulin pump on her bikini at a beauty pageant would make her an Internet sensation. Sierra Sandison is trying to use that to help others with Type 1 diabetes.

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Music

Buddy Emmons, The Pedal-Steel Guitarist Who 'Taught Everybody To Play,' Has Died

The legendary musician worked with everyone from Ray Price to Ray Charles while making a complicated instrument seem effortless. He died Wednesday at 78.

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Through Doubt And Dark Times, Joss Stone Lets Her Voice Light The Way

The British soul singer, whose new album, Water for Your Soul, is out July 31, is known for her big voice. But since she began performing at age 14, she's also learned a thing or two about perseverance.

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