Football rules, uniforms, helmets and protective gear have changed a lot over the years. Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions KQED

A play based on interviews with former NFL players, their families and fans digs deep: What's so fun about a sport that devastates bodies and brains? And what if it can't be made safer?

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KQED

Charley Patton was the grandaddy of the Delta blues musicians, according to Jack White: "He's the one that all the other blues musicians looked up to. He's almost the beginning of the family tree." Courtesy of the Revenant Archives hide caption

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Music News

In A Few Fateful Years, One Record Label Blew Open The Blues

Music was an afterthought for Paramount Records, a short-lived label founded by a furniture company. But in its final years, it gave vital exposure to the artists who would come to define Delta blues.

Pilots Troy Bradley of Albuquerque, N.M., left, and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia, lifted off from Saga, Japan, and landed in Mexico. Tami Bradley-Two Eagles Balloon Team/Handout via AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Record-Setting Balloonists Touch Down In Mexico After Pacific Crossing

Pilots Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev, dubbed the "Two Eagles," traveled the farthest and stayed aloft the longest of anyone in a gas-filled balloon.

British actor Idris Elba played Stringer Bell, second-in-command to Baltimore drug kingpin Avon Barksdale, in HBO's The Wire. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images hide caption

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Simon Says

It May Take A British Actor To Make An American Story Sing

Where are the American actors? Awards season has offered NPR's Scott Simon the opportunity to reflect on the number of British actors playing Americans in films and television shows.

Shake Shack made its stock market debut on Friday, and shares quickly soared to nearly $50. The chain hopes to become the Chipotle of burger joints, but faces much competition in the fast-casual market. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

Shake Shack Sizzles With IPO As McDonald's Fizzles

Shares of the burger chain shot up on Friday, its first trading day. Shake Shack and other fast-casual joints are taking a bite out of McDonald's, which can't recast itself to fit the current trend.

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