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'Chasing Memories' In Their Refugee Camp 40 Years After Fleeing Vietnam

Thousands of refugees escaped Vietnam after Saigon fell in 1975. Some recently returned to the site of their former refugee camp for a 40-year reunion — including the mother of NPR's Hansi Lo Wang.

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NPR Ed

At Age 3 — Transitioning From Jack To Jackie

What would you do if your 3-year-old son told you assuredly that he wanted to be a girl? An Oakland, Calif., couple told their child it was OK, and a sad boy became a joyful little girl.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Week After Beach Attack, Tunisia Declares State Of Emergency

Beji Caid Essebsi's office says the president needs the expanded powers to deal with extremists following the attack in Sousse that killed 38 foreign tourists.

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It's All Politics

A Conservative Firebrand From The Start, Ted Cruz Always Had A Plan

Long before Cruz was the Texas senator commandeering the Senate floor, he was a teenager reciting conservative, free-market ideology.

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Commentary

The Grateful Dead, 'Truckin' Into The Sunset

The Grateful Dead play their final shows at Chicago's Soldier Field this July 4 weekend. NPR's Eric Westervelt reflects on how the Dead disrupted the musical and business norms of the industry.

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Politics

Was This Past Supreme Court Session 'A Liberal Term For The Ages'?

Adam Liptak of The New York Times discusses the court's most recent session and says the rulings reveal deep philosophical differences regarding the role of judges and the Constitution.

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