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Listen Now: Kamasi Washington's 'The Epic' In Concert WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

The music of the saxophonist's three-CD, nearly three-hour work comes to life in its full glory, assisted by his long-time working band, a choir, strings and plenty of special guests.

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It's All Politics

Nebraska Repeals Death Penalty, But U.S. Isn't Quite Ready To Abandon It

Cost and lethal-injection complications have led some states to reconsider the death penalty. U.S. support for the practice has declined over the last two decades, but three-in-five still support it.

Dr. David Muller, dean of medical education at Mount Sinai, believes that including in each medical school class some students who have a strong background in the humanities makes traditional science students better doctors, too. Cindy Carpien for NPR hide caption

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Shots - Health News

A Top Medical School Revamps Requirements To Lure English Majors Kaiser Health News

Many of the students at Mount Sinai's medical school in New York majored in English or history, and never took the MCAT. The school sees that diversity among its students as a great strength.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Rick Santorum Announces Presidential Run

The former Republican senator from Pennsylvania appeals to his party's social conservatives. Rick Santorum won the Iowa caucuses in 2012, but this time around he faces a crowded Republican field.

Detroit is attracting entrepreneurs who like the relatively cheap workspaces. But real estate developers like Sean Harrington, who turned the Iodent Building into an apartment complex, are paying the price in property taxes. Jason Margolis/NPR hide caption

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On The Road To Recovery, Detroit Property Taxes Aren't Helping

Even with cheap rent, the cost of doing business is high. With the nation's highest commercial property taxes, one business mogul says this stunts entrepreneurship in a city that needs more jobs.

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For Next President, The Fight Against Extremism Will Hit Closer To Home

The so-called Islamic State is endlessly creative in trying to get young men and women to leave home to Syria and Iraq. It's something the next president will have to wrestle with from Day 1.

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How A Claim That A Childhood Vaccine Prevents Leukemia Went Too Far

It seemed to make sense that the childhood Hib vaccine could cut leukemia risk by keeping the immune system in check. But proving there's cause and effect at work turns out to be a challenge.

Super PACs like Ready for Hillary — and the dark money that often comes with them — have inspired new dictionary entries. Here, volunteers for the Ready for Hillary Clinton for President 2016 Super PAC canvas people waiting in line to see Clinton discuss her new book, 'Hard Choices: A Memoir,' at the Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University June 13, 2014 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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How Politics Is Shaping Language: 'Dark Money' Added To Dictionary

Tech drives a lot of language-innovation in the U.S., but politics plays a pretty big role as well.

Should chimps have the same legal rights as these lawyers? Steven Wise, president of the Nonhuman Rights Foundation, who is representing Hercules and Leo, two research chimps, says yes. Assistant Attorney General Christopher Coulston disagrees. They both made their arguments today in Manhattan State Supreme Court in New York. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Research Chimps Get Their Day In Court In New York

But neither Hercules nor Leo, who are at the center of a legal battle over whether chimpanzees should have the same legal rights as people, were physically present in the Manhattan courtroom today.

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