A Syrian refugee stands on top of a water tank at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan in 2013. While the surge of Middle Eastern refugees into Europe has grabbed world attention this year, most refugees find shelter close to their homeland, where they often remain for many years. Mohammad Hannon/AP hide caption

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Here's Where Refugees Actually Wind Up

The surge of refugees into Europe this year can give the impression that the Continent is the leading destination. In reality, most flee to neighboring countries and remain for years, if not decades.

Maya Sialuk Jacobsen of Greenland puts a henna tattoo on a friend's chin during a henna activity at the Anchorage Museum. The event brought more than a dozen Alaska Native youths together for a quick history of traditional tattooing, before letting them experiment on themselves with henna designs. Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media hide caption

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Around the Nation

A Return To Native Roots, Traced In Ink

A new generation of Alaska Native women are turning to a very old cultural practice: They're getting face tattoos. The tradition, which dates back centuries, was once banned by missionaries.

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Rev. Rob Schenck, of the National Clergy Council (right) and Rev. Patrick Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition pray in front of the J. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse January 13, 2005 in Washington, D.C. Schenck is a pro-life activist who believes gun ownership and the use of guns is a decision best decided by community leaders, and not the government. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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An Evangelical Leader's Changing Views On Gun Ownership

As legislators fail to find solutions to mass shootings, Evangelical Minister Rob Schenck thinks religious groups have a part to play in educating people about guns and their relationships with them.

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Poet Ted Hughes met Sylvia Plath 1956. "They were both geniuses, says biographer Jonathan Bate. Hughes is shown above on the first day of trout fishing season in April 1986. Nick Rogers-REX/Courtesy of Harper hide caption

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Author Interviews

Sylvia Plath's Husband, Ted Hughes, Lived A Life Of Poetry And Tragedy

Biographer Jonathan Bate says his job is to write about "the quality and endurance of the literary work." His new biography has been disavowed by the Hughes estate.

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Music Interviews

'The Songs Never Die': Tony Bennett And Bill Charlap On Staying Power

The two powerhouse musicians are teaming up to interpret the work of Jerome Kern. They join NPR's Scott Simon to discuss what makes a timeless pop song.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown signs one of the hundreds of bills on Friday, among them a new law that is contains the most stringent digital privacy protections in the country. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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All Tech Considered

This Week In Data Collection News, And The Privacy Paradox

As California tightened its digital privacy protections, news involving Google, Pandora and other firms highlighted the way companies increasingly rely on data about their users. How much do we care?

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Simon Says

Hello, Barbie! What Do You Want To Talk About Today?

It's Barbie, but not as you know her. NPR's Scott Simon wonders what the new Hello Barbie might say to kids, and what will happen when the kids talk back.

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The tension in Steve Jobs comes partly from the terrific performances and partly from juxtaposing Jobs' public and private personas. Michael Fassbender (left) portrays Jobs; he's shown here with Seth Rogen, as Steve Wozniak. François Duhamel/Courtesy of Universal Pictures hide caption

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Movie Reviews

'Steve Jobs': As Ambitious As Its Title Character

Danny Boyle's new biopic, Steve Jobs, is a look at the man who made Apple mean computers, not fruit. NPR film critic Bob Mondello says it's an invigorating story told in three acts of crisis.

A honeybee is seen on the countertop of entomologist Steve Sheppard's lab at Washington State University. Sheppard is studying whether he can boost honeybees' immunity using liquid extracted from wood-rotting mushrooms. Ken Christensen/Courtesy of EarthFix/KCTS 9 hide caption

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The Salt

Could A Mushroom Save The Honeybee?

The bees that pollinate crops are on the brink of collapse. One big reason why: a virus-carrying mite. Now, researchers think a rare fungi could boost bees' immune system and attack the mite itself.

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