Starting Thursday, FXX will air all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in the longest single-series marathon in TV history. AP hide caption

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Television

Prepare For 'The Simpsons' Marathon With Interviews From The 'Fresh Air' Archives

Starting Thursday, FXX will air all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in the longest single-series marathon in TV history. Fresh Air listens back to interviews with the show's creator, writers and actors.

Mark Pierce enlisted in the military in 1970, served in Vietnam and retired in 2010. Years later, his two sons also joined the armed forces. Courtesy of Mark Pierce hide caption

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Men In America

From A Father And Son, What It Means To Be A Military Man

Enlisting has been a rite of passage for men in the Pierce family since the Civil War. And as America has changed, Mark Pierce and his son Jeremy explain, what it means to serve has, too.

Tom Hiddleston takes the Ice Bucket Challenge. The actor is one of many stars taking part in the campaign to raise money for ALS. via YouTube hide caption

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Goats and Soda

The Ice Bucket Challenge And Other Good Causes: Do Stars Really Help?

When actor Tom Hiddleston and singer Lady Gaga take the Ice Bucket Challenge, it makes a big splash. But do stars really make a difference in fund-raising and public awareness when they endorse a charity?

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad carry their weapons as they walk along a street in Mleiha, near the Damascus airport, during a tour organized by the Syrian government on Aug. 15. Omar Sanadiki/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Parallels - World News

In Syria, The U.S. Weighs A Range Of Unpalatable Options

The U.S. could aid moderate rebels. It could bomb militants of the Islamic State. Or it could sit on the sidelines as the war plays out. There are many choices, but none appears promising.

Goats and Soda

Photographing An Ebola Riot: Put Your Fear Aside And Go Forward

Covering protests over an Ebola quarantine, NPR photographer David Gilkey found himself in the middle of a riot. He says he doesn't know what was scarier — the bullets or the health risks.

Killer whales perform in Shamu Stadium at the SeaWorld Orlando theme park in Florida. SeaWorld says it will not appeal a citation that prohibits trainers from performing with the whales. Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

SeaWorld Won't Appeal Ban On Trainers Performing With Orcas

The theme-park company received a citation in 2010 after a whale named Tilikum killed a trainer. Since then, SeaWorld has planned upgrades to its facilities and training, but it still faces criticism.

Elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores. And the fermentation happening in their gut as they break down cellulose helps remove the bitterness in the coffee beans. Michael Sullivan/NPR hide caption

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The Salt

No. 1 Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant's No. 2

A coffee entrepreneur claims his brew is different — and better — than the trendy civet poop coffee. It starts with the idea that elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores.

Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off 2013 winners (with placards, left to right): Scott Rob (92.10 pounds), Keevan Dinkel (92.30 pounds) and Brian Shunskis (77.40 pounds). The growers are joined by the cabbage fairies, a group of women who for 15 years have volunteered at the cabbage competition. Clark James Mishler/Courtesy of Alaska State Fair hide caption

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The Salt

Why Vegetables Get Freakish In The Land Of The Midnight Sun

Long summer days in Alaska help cabbages, turnips and other vegetables grow to gargantuan sizes. These "giants" are celebrated at the annual state fair, which kicks off on Thursday.

"[Alice Cooper] trying to be as safe and commercial as possible [because] that record is still a record for the freaks," Ty Segall says of Love It to Death. Denee Petracek/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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All Songs Considered

Ty Segall: 'I Get Impatient'

The fuzz-rock mastermind joins host Robin Hilton to share new music and explain how he changed his entire process to make his new album Manipulator.

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