Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Tuesday. Kerry made the unannounced trip in a show of solidarity with the government, which is trying to defeat al-Qaida-allied militants. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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John Kerry Makes Unannounced Visit To Somalia

Kerry became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the country. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud called the visit "a great moment" for his country.

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The Civics Teacher Who Turned His Arrest Into A Classroom Lesson WESA

One Pittsburgh middle school teacher is giving his black students a valuable education in social studies. "The truth of our society," says Dennis Henderson, "it doesn't matter how good you are at something. If you are African-American, you've got to make sure that you are extremely good to get the due recognition that you deserve."

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A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson is May's Morning Edition book club selection. We'll be talking with Atkinson on June 16. Read along with us, and send us your questions and comments about the book. (Book guide by Veronica Erb/NPR) Emily Jan/NPR hide caption

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Join The 'Morning Edition' Book Club As We Read 'A God In Ruins'

Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, who selected the book, tells NPR's David Greene that Kate Atkinson is "one of those writers that really can make you weep on one page and laugh on the next."

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Nepali Village Struggles To Recover From Earthquake

Some have vented their anger by throwing rocks at visiting politicians. Others have become social workers in their villages. But many Nepalis are absorbed in the daily struggle to find food and water.

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Santa Barbara Leads California In Cutting Water Use SCPR

The city teaches students about the drought, offers rebates for water-saving washing machines and has even raised water rates twice in as many years. This has given Santa Barbara a head start as the state finalizes a plan to cut water use across the state.

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At LA Museum, A Powerful And Provocative Look At 'Islamic Art Now'

The dramatic images at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art linger in the mind. Curator Linda Komaroff says she hopes the collection challenges an American audience to rethink preconceptions.

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