People watch the waves in a rainstorm at Atlantic Ocean at Carolina Beach, N.C., on Friday. Millions along the East Coast breathed a little easier after forecasters said Hurricane Joaquin would probably stay at sea instead of joining up with a drenching rainstorm that is bringing severe flooding to parts of the Atlantic Seaboard. Harry Hamburg/AP hide caption

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State Of Emergency Declared In South Carolina, As Joaquin Barrels Northeast

The storm looks likely to stay well offshore the U.S. East Coast, but it is still dumping historic levels of rainfall on cities like Charleston. Meanwhile, Bermuda could be in Joaquin's crosshairs.

Imagine having to take a 40-minute boat ride just to get on the road to a clinic. That's the situation for some families in rural Guatemala (above). Grace E. Fletcher hide caption

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Goats and Soda

What's Luck Got To Do With Health Care? A Heck Of A Lot

It's true for all of us. The choice of a doctor, for example, can make a tremendous difference. For those who live in poor countries and in remote spots — where a trip to the doctor might require a 40-minute boat trip — good luck is even more critical.

President Lyndon B. Johnson giving Rep. Michael Feighan the famous "Johnson treatment" — using his imposing physical presence to persuade — aboard Air Force One during a presidential trip to Cleveland in 1964. LBJ put heavy pressure on Feighan to support the new immigration legislation. Feighan eventually agreed — but he demanded a crucial change to the act. Princeton University Library/Simon & Schuster hide caption

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In 1965, A Conservative Tried To Keep America White. His Plan Backfired

Fifty years ago, the Immigration Act lifted an old quota system that favored immigrants from Europe. But before it passed, one congressman made a change — one he thought would limit the act's impact.

On May 21, an Afghan child is treated at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in the northern city of Kunduz, after being injured in a fight between the Taliban and Afghan security forces. The hospital was badly damaged on Saturday. Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Kunduz Airstrike Reportedly Kills 19 At Doctors Without Borders Hospital

A trauma center in northern Afghanistan run by the international aid group was badly damaged early Saturday at about the same time a U.S. airstrike hit the area.

FC Kansas City pose with the trophy after the NWSL soccer championship match in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 1. Deford's commentary was corrected to include information about the NWSL, the top professional women's soccer league in the U.S. Craig Mitchelldyer/AP hide caption

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NPR Ombudsman

Not All 'Sweetness And Light'

Many listeners took offense to the content and tone of a recent sports commentary, raising the question: Who speaks on NPR?

Mark Bittman, seen here on a 2014 book tour, is leaving his writing job at The New York Times, but not his advocacy for good food. "I have more to say, and I imagine I'll find a way to say it," he says, laughing. Neilson Barnard/Getty hide caption

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The Salt

Mark Bittman Is Stepping Down, But He Still Has More To Say About Food

One of the most influential food writers in recent years is leaving his job at The New York Times — to join a California food startup. "This is a calling, in a way," he says.

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A cell at El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma, which President Obama visited in July. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act would apply only to federal crimes and federal prisons, which house a shade over 200,000 inmates — a tiny fraction of the population detained in jails and state facilities. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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It's All Politics

One Thing Washington Agreed On This Week: Sentencing Reform

Criminal justice experts and advocates say they're cautiously optimistic about a new bipartisan proposal in the Senate — the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Sportswriter John Bacon On Bacon

We're taping the show in Ann Arbor this week, home of Michigan Football and sportswriter John Bacon. Bacon's latest book is called Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football.

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Acclaimed French chef Jacques Pépin (center) has had an extraordinary 60-year career. He says his new cookbook, Jacques Pépin: Heart and Soul in the Kitchen, will be his last. Maybe. Evan Agostini/AP hide caption

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What Would Julia Child Do? Jacques Pépin Says: Add More Butter

In a conversation with NPR's Scott Simon, Pépin reflects on his extraordinary 60-year career, his dear friend Julia Child and how to keep good cheese leftovers from going to waste.

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