As "The Lady In The Tutti-Frutti Hat" from The Gang's All Here, Carmen Miranda embodied the sexual, social and political complexities of fruit in Latin America. Twentieth Century Fox/Wikimedia hide caption

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Alt.Latino

Fruta Extraña: The Story Of Fruit In Latin America, Told Through Music

From the Chiquita Banana Girl to the Banana Republic, Alt.Latino slices up the rich, juicy songs that pervade Latin music.

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All the talk about immigration in the U.S. presidential campaign has renewed focus on the linguistic question of how to refer to people from Latin America. Here, the flags of Latin American and Caribbean states fly at a regional summit in San Jose, Costa Rica, in January. Arnoldo Robert/LatinContent/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Hispanic Or Latino? A Guide For The U.S. Presidential Campaign

Donald Trump has put immigration front and center in his campaign. This has placed renewed focus on the confusing question of how to refer to people from Latin America, including those now in the U.S.

Paul Kingsnorth — seen here in front of his writing shed — used a crowdfunding platform to publish The Wake after mainstream houses didn't bite. Rich Preston/NPR hide caption

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Book News & Features

'The Wake' Is An Unlikely Hit In An Imaginary Language

Paul Kingsnorth self-published The Wake, his tale of the 11th-century Norman conquest of England, written in a pastiche of Old and modern English — and was startled when it became a smash hit.

Doudou N'Diaye Rose was a brilliant musician and a brilliant dresser as well, with a custom-made wardrobe of vivid, billowing outfits. Seen here wearing Senegal's national colors, he sets the beat at a concert in Dakar in 2010. Seyllou Diallo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Goats and Soda

His Drum Talked And Everyone Listened: Remembering A 'Human Treasure'

Senegalese percussionist Doudou N'Diaye Rose died this month at age 85. He mastered his local drum language and brought it to the world, creating rhythms for the likes of Miles Davis and the Rolling Stones.

President George W. Bush (center) surveys the devastation in New Orleans with (from left to right) Vice Adm. Thad Allen, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, Mayor Ray Nagin and Lt. Gen. Russel Honore on Sept. 12, 2005, two weeks after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years Of Recovery And Reflection

Swept Up In The Storm: Hurricane Katrina's Key Players, Then And Now

The natural disaster of Katrina and the man-made tragedy that followed catapulted local figures and little-known federal officials into the spotlight.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Darryl Dawkins, The NBA's 'Chocolate Thunder,' Dies

Dawkins played 13 seasons in the NBA after being drafted out of high school by the Philadelphia 76ers. At 6 feet, 11 inches and more than 250 pounds, he broke two glass backboards in one month.

Male and female Túngara frogs. Among these frogs, the guy with the best call usually wins the gal — except when you throw a third-choice loser into the mix. Alexander T. Baugh/Encyclopedia of Life hide caption

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Science

Froggy Went A-Courtin', But Lady Frogs Chose Second-Best Guy Instead

Given two choices of attractive mates, female frogs pick the top vocalist. But add a third, inferior male to the mix, and females go for No. 2. The "decoy effect" shapes some human choices, too.

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Three years ago, Carly Rae Jepsen dominated the summer with a hit no one saw coming. Her new album is called Emotion. Matthew Welch/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music Interviews

Carly Rae Jepsen Walks The Pop-Star Tightrope

When you have a hit like "Call Me Maybe," there's no escaping the pressure to follow strong. Jepsen says the moody shimmer of her new LP, Emotion, emerged only after she'd written more than 200 songs.

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It's All Politics

Exactly What Kind Of Socialist Is Bernie Sanders?

Socialists are a rare breed of political animal in this country. And even though more Americans say they'd vote for a Muslim or an atheist for president, the Vermont senator is not running from the term.

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Dam-Funk's new album, Invite The Light, comes out September 4. Mathew Scott/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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First Listen

Preview The New Album From Dam-Funk, 'Invite The Light'

The man born Damon Riddick makes an epic 20-song album that draws on the entire history of funk. Six years in the making, Invite The Light has a sound that's almost impossible to pin down.

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