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Stacy Barthe's 'BEcoming' Is A Story Of Near-Death And Rebirth

At 25, Barthe was already writing songs for pop stars, but life outside the studio felt like a battlefield. She speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about the hard road to her full-length debut.

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Ellen Pao, seen here in March, is the interim CEO of Reddit. The popular site has more than 160 million monthly visitors. Beck Diefenbach /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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NPR Ed

For This Transgender Third-Grader, Life As A Boy Is Liberating WNYC

For Brooklyn elementary student Q Daily, the first full school year as a "he" made all the difference.

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Goats and Soda

Walk A Mile In Someone Else's Shoes — By Putting On Some Goggles

With a virtual reality headset, you can now experience the aftermath of Nepal's earthquake or get a sense of what it's like to be in a refugee camp, all without leaving home. But will that make you more likely to donate to a cause?

Director, writer and producer Judd Apatow has both a new memoir and a new movie right now. Trainwreck, which he directed, is in theaters starting July 17 and Sick in the Head was published in June. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Author Interviews

From Early Failures To New 'Trainwreck,' Judd Apatow Gets Serious

It's an understatement to call the man busy. With a new book out, a movie due soon and another wrapping up on set, Apatow caught a breath and reflected on stumbling blocks, Freaks and Amy Schumer.

Greek flags fly beside those of the European Union in Athens. Many people chalk the phrase up to Shakespeare, but its origins likely date back much earlier than that — to medieval monks eager for a cop-out. Matt Cardy/Getty Images hide caption

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History

Is It All Greek To You? Thank Medieval Monks, And The Bard, For The Phrase

It very well may be that "it's all Greek to me" — but the phrase, which has seen a lot of use lately in coverage of the Greek economic crisis, has been around for centuries. Some trace its origins to Shakespeare, but the better money's on medieval monks.

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NPR Ombudsman

On 'Fast-Track' Reporting And Voices From Just The Victors

Listeners wanted to hear from more than just corporate lobbyists in a story from the business desk.

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Parallels - World News

Israel And The West Bank Through Fresh Eyes

A dozen photographers were set loose with the aim of seeing an old conflict in a new light. The result is a photo exhibit now showing in Tel Aviv and coming soon to the U.S.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

China Takes Steps To Halt Plunge In Stock Markets

The main Shanghai stock index has dropped 30 percent since mid-June, triggering margin calls that have fueled further selling.

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It's All Politics

Trump's Campaign Theme Song Headache? Blame Michael Jackson, Sort Of

Candidates keep getting in trouble for picking theme songs without getting approval from the artist. You can trace this back to changes in both campaigning and the way companies sell products.

The recent spate of attacks — seven since June in North Carolina alone — has little to do with the shark population off American coastlines. Shark attack, George Burgess says, "is driven by the number of humans in the water more than the number of sharks." Carol Buchanan/iStockphoto hide caption

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Animals

Don't Blame The Sharks For 'Perfect Storm' Of Attacks In North Carolina

The state's beaches usually see one shark attack a summer, if any. This year, there have already been seven. But this uptick in attacks is likely not tied to shark populations so much as to our own.

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