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Black Lives Matter: Coming To A Museum Near You?

How do you curate a museum exhibit about the protests in Ferguson, Mo.? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the director National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will open next fall.

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MH370 Update: Recovered Jet Section Arrives At French Lab For Testing

After the large piece of debris was discovered on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean this week, Malaysia Airlines said it "is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777."

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Taking Stock Of The Continuing Fight Against Cancer

Cancer is merciless. It can strike any time, spread without warning and return unannounced. In this hour, TED speakers reframe not only how we treat cancer but how we can live with it and survive it.

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This gargantuan beauty was built during the 1999 Delaware State News Sandcastle Contest. The castle was lost all too soon in a tragic high-tide incident. Grant L. Gursky/AP hide caption

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Architecture

Blueprints Before High Tide: An Architect Explains The Perfect Sandcastle

Famed architect Renzo Piano is best known for his massive skyscrapers and innovative designs. But the sandcastle enthusiast also has thoughts on how to plan a building that's a bit more ephemeral.

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Music Interviews

With 'Faded Gloryville,' Lindi Ortega Explores The Rougher Edges Of Fame

It's hard to believe a sound so country and Americana is coming out of Ontario. With her new album, singer Lindi Ortega finds inspiration in the music of performers who may be past their peaks.

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Chimps In Habeas Corpus Case Will No Longer Be Used For Research

Hercules and Leo were used for researched at Stony Brook University will be retired. They were at the center of a court case that tested whether chimps had the same legal "personhood" as humans.

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Goats and Soda

She Owes Her Activism To A Brave Mom, The ADA And Chocolate Cake

Born deaf and blind to a refugee mother, Haben Girma has had opportunities in the U.S. she'd never have had in Eritrea. But it was an urge for dessert that led her to advocate for the disabled.

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It's All Politics

Despite High Expectations, Sentencing Reform Proposals Still On Ice

Sen. John Cornyn suggested that a hearing and markup on sentencing and criminal justice overhauls could be imminent. But multiple sources tell NPR that concrete language is still being hotly debated.

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Movie Reviews

'Rogue Nation' Fulfills The Mission Of A Reliable Blockbuster Series

Tom Cruise returns as secret agent Ethan Hunt in the latest Mission: Impossible — a super-fun sequel executed with rigor, clarity and creative use of Puccini's Turandot.

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