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It's All Politics

Liberal Minority Won Over Conservatives In Historic Supreme Court Term

The justices made history this session on several fronts and accepted cases for next year that will likely make still more. This year the liberals won a lot — but that doesn't mean they will in the future.

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Television

After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

Shark Week is here, and scientists are afraid. Not of the toothy swimmers — but of inaccuracies, bad science and the demonization of animals that aren't as ferocious as Discovery Channel has made them out to be.

The Mexican border town of Matomoros is seen on the Rio Grande across the U.S.-Mexico border on May 21, 2013 near Brownsville, Texas. The area is active for smugglers bringing their product north from Mexico into the United States. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S.

Corruption On The Border: Dismantling Misconduct In The Rio Grande Valley

The FBI have created a task force to clean up South Texas. With voter fraud, drug smuggling and bribery a big part of border culture, it's proving to be a difficult task.

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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.

Nine-year-old Q Daily, center, was born a girl, and just finished his first full school year as a boy. Brad Horrigan for NPR hide caption

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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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Music Interviews

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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