Doudou N'Diaye Rose was a brilliant musician and a brilliant dresser as well, with a custom-made wardrobe of vivid, billowing outfits. Seen here wearing Senegal's national colors, he sets the beat at a concert in Dakar in 2010. Seyllou Diallo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Goats and Soda

His Drum Talked And Everyone Listened: Remembering A 'Human Treasure'

Senegalese percussionist Doudou N'Diaye Rose died this month at age 85. He mastered his local drum language and brought it to the world, creating rhythms for the likes of Miles Davis and the Rolling Stones.

President George W. Bush (center) surveys the devastation in New Orleans with (from left to right) Vice Adm. Thad Allen, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, Mayor Ray Nagin and Lt. Gen. Russel Honore on Sept. 12, 2005, two weeks after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years Of Recovery And Reflection

Swept Up In The Storm: Hurricane Katrina's Key Players, Then And Now

The natural disaster of Katrina and the man-made tragedy that followed catapulted local figures and little-known federal officials into the spotlight.

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Darryl Dawkins, The NBA's 'Chocolate Thunder,' Dies

Dawkins played 13 seasons in the NBA after being drafted out of high school by the Philadelphia 76ers. At 6 feet, 11 inches and more than 250 pounds, he broke two glass backboards in one month.

Male and female Túngara frogs. Among these frogs, the guy with the best call usually wins the gal — except when you throw a third-choice loser into the mix. Alexander T. Baugh/Encyclopedia of Life hide caption

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Science

Froggy Went A-Courtin', But Lady Frogs Chose Second-Best Guy Instead

Given two choices of attractive mates, female frogs pick the top vocalist. But add a third, inferior male to the mix, and females go for No. 2. The "decoy effect" shapes some human choices, too.

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Music Interviews

Carly Rae Jepsen Walks The Pop-Star Tightrope

When you have a hit like "Call Me Maybe," there's no escaping the pressure to follow strong. Jepsen says the moody shimmer of her new LP, Emotion, emerged only after she'd written more than 200 songs.

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It's All Politics

#TBT: For Trump And Romney, What Happened In Vegas, Stayed In Vegas

Way back in 2012, Donald Trump and Mitt Romney were pals. Romney had Trump's endorsement. But now, to Trump, Romney "choked." And Trump is vowing not to "fail" like he did.

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Goats and Soda

Just Out Of Jail, Ethiopian Leader Brings A Sharp Message To Obama

Bekele Gerba spent four years in prison on trumped up terrorism charges. The 54-year-old foreign language professor says the Obama administration shouldn't show solidarity with Ethiopia's repressive government.

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A test last November of the intermediate range ballistic missile Shaheen 1A (Hatf IV) being launched from an undisclosed location in Pakistan in a photo supplied by the Pakistani military. The missile is said to be capable of carrying nuclear warheads. [E]yisilanbao/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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Report: In A Decade (Or Sooner), Pakistan Could Be No. 3 Nuclear Power

Two think tanks estimate that Islamabad could have 350 warheads in the next several years as it outpaces rival India and several other nations in production.

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Usain Bolt Is Knocked Over By Segway-Riding Cameraman After Winning Gold

The incident happened at the World Athletic Championships, where a highly anticipated match-up had pitted Bolt against America's Justin Gatlin.

James Yates (left) and William Smith Jr. walk to the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., on Aug. 13 hoping to get a marriage license. They were turned away for a third time Thursday morning. Timothy D. Easley/AP hide caption

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Kentucky Clerk's Office Continues To Refuse Marriage Licenses

A same-sex couple was denied a license Thursday morning, even after a federal appeals court denied Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' bid to refuse to issue marriage licenses for religious reasons.

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It's All Politics

Exactly What Kind Of Socialist Is Bernie Sanders?

Socialists are a rare breed of political animal in this country. And even though more Americans say they'd vote for a Muslim or an atheist for president, the Vermont senator is not running from the term.

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The Salt

Despite The Drought, California Farms See Record Sales

While the drought has put a strain on California agriculture, its farms actually set a record for total sales — $54 billion — in 2014. How? By pumping more water from their wells.

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First Listen

Preview The New Album From Cécile McLorin Salvant, 'For One To Love'

Salvant explores the quaint art of jazz singing, but with her own aesthetic idiosyncrasies intact. Her toolbox contains anywhere from a rich, husky voice to one that tiptoes theatrically, girlishly.

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Dr. Bill Mahon says a gorgeous coast and the chance to practice a more personal style of community medicine lured him to remote Fort Bragg, Calif., 35 years ago. Farida Jhabvala Romero/KQED hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Help Wanted: Last Pediatrician On Mendocino Coast Retires

For 35 years, Dr. Bill Mahon has tended newborns and broken bones, given kids checkups and spinal taps. But luring new doctors with big debt and urban dreams to the redwoods is harder than it sounds.

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Parallels - World News

Who's Tormenting The Queen's Swans?

Wild swans — which all belong by law to the queen — are among Britain's most cherished birds. But there's been an uptick in incidents of neglect and cruelty. Some swans are even being eaten.

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Close Listening: Decoding Nature Through Sound

The Key To Insect Communication: Good Vibrations

For some insects, sound waves or vibrations are the real social media — high-speed rumbles sent through the air and along leaf stems to help the bugs claim territory, send warnings and find mates.

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