Environment

LISTEN: Transport Yourself To Rocky Mountain National Park

Immerse yourself in the park's sights and sounds and stand at the edge of geologic time.

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What College Freshmen Are Reading

Book programs for freshmen — or a whole campus or community — are meant to spark discussion and unity. This year's picks at nine U.S. schools range from memoirs to political advice from 64 B.C.

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Movie Interviews

Kristen Bell On 'Bad Moms': 'It Was The Funniest Script I Had Ever Read'

Bell's new film is about three suburban moms who find themselves ground down by the endless chores of motherhood. She says its creators (two men) wrote it as a love letter to their overworked wives.

Kristen Bell On 'Bad Moms': 'It Was The Funniest Script I Had Ever Read'

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All Tech Considered

From 'The Water's Edge To The Cutting Edge': Fish Skeletons, CT Scans And Engineering

Professor Adam Summers is a "fish guy." He uses fish to get engineering ideas. His latest project is to CT scan every type of fish — all 33,000 of them.

From 'The Water's Edge To The Cutting Edge': Fish Skeletons, CT Scans And Engineering

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Music News

In The Sounds Of Jason Bourne's World, A Story Of Creation And Loss

British composer John Powell swore off working on action movies for years, unsettled by their violence. The latest in the Bourne series, for which he's scored every film, marks his return.

In The Sounds Of Jason Bourne's World, A Story Of Creation And Loss

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Newport Folk Festival

LISTEN: Elvis Costello, Live In Concert

Joined by guests including Glen Hansard and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Costello performs songs from every chapter of his extensive catalog.

Elvis Costello, Live At Newport Folk 2016

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'They Failed': 6 More Michigan Employees Charged In Flint Water Crisis

In announcing the charges, Michigan's attorney general said those accused attempted to "bury or cover up, downplay or hide information" about elevated lead levels in Flint's water supply.

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Theater

New 'Merchant Of Venice' Recasts Shylock As A Sympathetic Everyman

Actor Jonathan Pryce is playing the Jewish moneylender in a new touring production of The Merchant of Venice that reimagines Shakespeare's supposedly-comic villain as a tragic and universal figure.

New 'Merchant Of Venice' Recasts Shylock As A Sympathetic Everyman

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Code Switch

'Easy' Writer: Walter Mosley's Passion For Bringing Black LA Stories To Life

In Charcoal Joe, Mosley brings his iconic private eye Easy Rawlins into the haze of the late '60s, extending a literary odyssey through the transformation of black Los Angeles.

'Easy' Writer: Walter Mosley's Passion For Bringing Black LA Stories To Life

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Shots - Health News

Florida Governor Says Local Mosquitoes Have Transmitted Zika Virus

Officials say they've found the first indication that mosquitoes are transmitting Zika virus in the U.S. Four people in South Florida are infected; travel or sexual transmission has been ruled out.

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Politics

PHOTOS: Dissent, Drama And Unity At The Democratic Convention

Photographer Gabriella Demczuk explored the fractures in American politics, examining the Democratic Party's attempt to capitalize on the convention in Philadelphia to make itself "stronger together."