Geologists Dave Tucker (left) and Pete Stelling at the Mount Baker hot springs in Washington's Cascade Mountains. The springs are within the large tract of federal land that could soon be open for geothermal development. Ashley Ahearn/KUOW hide caption

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Energy

In Northwest, A Push To Protect Forest As Geothermal Projects Near KUOW

The Forest Service is set to open more than 80,000 acres for clean, renewable geothermal power in Washington state. But environmentalists are worried about damage to streams and old-growth forests.

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Law

Meet The 'Accidental Activists' Of The Supreme Court's Gay-Marriage Case

The legal battle over same-sex marriage hits the Supreme Court next week. It's an extraordinarily high-stakes clash, but the men and women at the center of it see themselves as incredibly ordinary.

Composer Julia Wolfe has won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for music for Anthracite Fields, an oratorio about coal miners and their families. Peter Serling hide caption

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Deceptive Cadence

Julia Wolfe Wins Music Pulitzer For 'Anthracite Fields'

The composer is the second from the new-music collective Bang on a Can to win the award with a choral work. Her oratorio explores the lives of coal miners and their families a century ago.

Toni Morrison won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988 for her novel Beloved. In 1993 she became the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature. And in 2012, President Obama awarded Morrison the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Michael Lionstar/Knopf/AP hide caption

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Author Interviews

'I Regret Everything': Toni Morrison Looks Back On Her Personal Life

"It's not profound regret," Morrison tells Fresh Air. "It's just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn't recognize as mess when they were going on." Her latest book is God Help the Child.

Intel Corp. co-founder Gordon Moore holds up a silicon wafer at Intel headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., in 2005. Moore first noted 50 years ago that the number of transistors that can be packed into a computer chip doubles about every two years. That observation, called Moore's Law, has been the basis for the entire digital revolution. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption

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All Tech Considered

At 50 Years Old, Moore's Law On Digital Evolution Put To The Test

Gordon Moore's observation on the exponential improvement in hardware has pushed computers to be faster, smaller and cheaper. But there may be a point where tech advancements outpace the theory.

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Shots - Health News

Federal Panel Revisits Contested Recommendation On Mammograms

In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said the benefits of mammograms for women under 50 were small at best. A firestorm ensued. Now the organization is back with the same message.

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Goats and Soda

It Started As A Battle For Her Son; It Became A Fight For The Environment

Phyllis Omido's toddler had a mysterious ailment. After doctors came up with a diagnosis, she set out to shut down a Kenyan polluter. Now she's won the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Shipwrecks Ahoy: Coast Guard Photos From Crystal-Clear Lake Michigan

All of that cold, fresh water has helped preserve the wrecked ships over the years. A Coast Guard helicopter recently captured some striking images of historic ships.

"There are two ways to go forward from here, and history shows this," Martin O'Malley said of the two parties' approaches to fixing the economy. "One path is a sensible rebalancing that calls us back to our tried and true success story as the land of opportunity. The other is pitchforks." Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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It's All Politics

O'Malley: America's Economy Needs 'Sensible Rebalancing,' Not 'Pitchforks'

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who will decide on a presidential run soon, says he is for a higher minimum wage and wants to increase Social Security benefits even though some would pay higher taxes.

Tiny Desk Concerts

Jessie Ware: Tiny Desk Concert

Ware's singing brings warmth to electronic music and a swooning quality to her own pop, so it's no surprise that her visit to the Tiny Desk was filled with casual poise and spontaneity.

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