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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts

Tonight At 9 ET: Our Point Of View At Le Poisson Rouge WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

The supergroup of contemporary Blue Note Records artists — names like Robert Glasper, Lionel Loueke and Ambrose Akinmusire — gather together for a program of originals and Blue Note classics.

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Shots - Health News

Florida Health Officials Hope To Test GMO Mosquitoes This Spring

The British firm that developed the strain of mosquito says it has already tested the insect in tropical countries and found it can reduce populations of disease-carrying mosquitoes by 90 percent.

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Charles Townes was single-minded about a lot of things, colleagues say. And also a very nice guy. Julian Wasser/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Charles Townes, Laser Inventor, Black Hole Discoverer, Dies At 99

The physicist was a key inventor of the laser and won the Nobel Prize for his discovery in 1964. But his career didn't end there.

Laura Ingalls Wilder entertained generations of children with her "Little House" series, which was loosely based on her family's pioneering life. Her memoir, Pioneer Girl, was published in 2014. South Dakota State Historical Society hide caption

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Book News & Features

'Little House,' Big Demand: Never Underestimate Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wilder's memoir reveals that she witnessed more violence than you'd ever know from her children's books. The South Dakota State Historical Society can barely keep up with demand for the autobiography.

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Goats and Soda

India Grows, Russia Shrinks: Mapping Countries By Population

A cartogram posted on Reddit shows what the world looks like if you scale countries by their population. Watch out China! India is catching up with you.

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Movie Reviews

Full Of Complexity And Ambivalence, 'American Sniper' Shows The Cost Of War

The film about a Navy SEAL whose service in Iraq made him a mythic figure has become a cultural lightning rod. But the squabbles are too simple for a low-key movie striking in its lack of stridency.

Lori Piper, right, and Aleks Gramza treat Bart on Tuesday at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Bart was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back to his owner five days later. Danyelle Ho/AP hide caption

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Back From The Dead: A Cat Returns Home 5 Days After His Burial

Bart returned home with a broken jaw, open wounds on his face and a ruptured eye. He is being treated by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Fla., and will return to his owner after he has recovered.

Tiny Desk Concerts

Bobby Bare Jr.: Tiny Desk Concert

The Nashville singer writes with acidic wit in lines worthy of his old mentor, Shel Silverstein.

Five members of the Friendship Nine (from left to right): Willie Thomas Massey, Willie E. McCleod, James F. Wells, Clarence Graham and David Williamson, Jr. sit at the lunch counter at Five & Dine diner in Rock Hill, S.C. on Dec. 17, 2014. Jason Miczek/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Judge Throws Out Friendship 9's Civil Rights-Era Conviction

The nine men integrated a whites-only lunch counter in 1961. When they refused to pay a fine, their "jail, no bail" strategy became a rallying cry against Jim Crow.

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A Saint With A Mixed History: Junipero Serra's Canonization Raises Eyebrows

Pope Francis announced he will elevate the influential missionary to sainthood when he visits Washington, D.C. But Native American groups say Father Serra was far from saintly.

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