Nancy Cartwright voices the mischievous 10 year-old son, Bart, in the animated TV show, The Simpsons. "I don't know of any other character that has more catch-phrases than Bart," she says. Courtesy of FOX hide caption

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My Big Break

'Whoa, Mama!': A Voice Actress's Road To Fame As A 10-Year-Old Boy

Back in 1987, Nancy Cartwright made a risky, last-minute decision during an audition: Instead of trying out for the part of mild-mannered Lisa Simpson, she went for the role of rebellious Bart.

Then-U.S. ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill (right) tours the Mosul Museum of History in May 2009. This week the self-declared Islamic State posted a video online that showed militants going through the museum, pushing over statues and smashing artifacts with sledgehammers. Mujahed Mohammed/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Remembering The Relics And Rich History Of Mosul, Before ISIS

When NPR's Alice Fordham visited Mosul in 2010, bird droppings and rain were the biggest threats to its archaeological sites. Now ISIS has destroyed artifacts that had endured for millennia.

Josh Tillman's latest album as Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear, is a sincere and shocking catalog of the main character's adventures in sex and love. Emma Tillman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Record

Sympathy For The Devils: The Outrageous Musician In An Age Of Civility

From Lana Del Rey to Father John Misty, musicians in the current pop moment who expose themselves, warts and all, do so in isolation — without support or challenge from a like-minded community.

People lay flowers on Saturday at the place where Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Pavel Golovkin/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

West Calls On Russia For Independent Probe Of Nemtsov's Murder

The opposition leader and harsh critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin was gunned down in public on Friday.

Speaker of the House John Boehner responds to reporters about the impasse over passing the Homeland Security budget on Friday. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Funding Homeland Security: Where Do We Go From Here?

President Obama late Friday signed a stopgap measure to keep the department running for another week, but the tussle over his executive action on immigration — linked to the funding — is not over yet.

A young girl with a white father and a black mother wrote to the half-Vulcan, half-human Spock for advice on fitting in. FaVE! Magazine, via My Star Trek Scrapbook hide caption

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Code Switch

Leonard Nimoy's Advice To A Biracial Girl In 1968

When a young girl with a black mother and white father wrote to a teen magazine in 1968 about not fitting in, the Star Trek actor responded at length about how Spock navigated two cultures.

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