People are silhouetted against a nearly full moon as they ride an attraction at Worlds of Fun amusement park Thursday, in Kansas City, Mo. July 31 marks the second full moon of the month, a rare occurrence that has come to be known as a "blue moon." Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Tonight, Look For A Rare (But Not Quite Blue) Moon

The modern definition of a "blue moon" has nothing to do with its color.

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All Tech Considered

In Michigan, A Testing Ground For A Future Of Driverless Cars

Automakers and researchers are using a 32-acre fake city at the University of Michigan to simulate a real-world environment for autonomous vehicles. How will such cars affect urban planning?

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Goats and Soda

Help Wanted: The Philippines Needs More Exorcists

The Office of Exorcism reports a sharp increase in cases over the past decade — more than its five-man team can handle. Warning: It's a high-stress job. The priests believe the demons strike back.

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StoryCorps

Maj. Bambi: Meet The Marine Who Was Disney's Famous Fawn

A gritty Marine, Donnie Dunagan fought in the Vietnam War and earned decorations for his service. But all his life, there was one thing this commander could never escape: He was the voice of Bambi.

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Newport Folk Festival

Hear Sturgill Simpson At The Newport Folk Festival

From dubstep entrance music straight into outlaw country? Makes sense to Simpson, who performs a high-octane, honky-tonking set here.

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Movies

'End Of The Tour': An Unauthorized 'Anti-Biopic' Of David Foster Wallace

Instead of telling the author's life story, the film (which the Wallace estate does not approve of) focuses on five days in 1996 during the publicity tour for Infinite Jest.

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The bar chart tells all: That's how eighth-graders at Bakgatle Community Junior Secondary School in Botswana can compare the HIV infection rate of older men and of teenage boys. Don Boroughs for NPR hide caption

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Goats and Soda

What Botswana's Teen Girls Learn In 'Sugar Daddy' Class

They often think an older guy is a great boyfriend. They believe he's less likely to have HIV than a teenager. Plus, he's flush with cash. How do you get them to change their mind?

Victoria, a two-year-old rat, sniffs for TNT, sticking her nose high in the air to indicate she's found some. She works her way down an 11-yard line with a handler on either end, and is able to detect the presence of TNT at a distance of approximately half a yard. Michael Sullivan for NPR hide caption

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Parallels - World News

In Cambodia, Rats Are Being Trained To Sniff Out Land Mines And Save Lives

An estimated 4 to 6 million land mines are scattered throughout Cambodia, one of the world's worst-affected places. Rats possessing an exceptional sense of smell are being trained to detect the mines.

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Shots - Health News

Low-Income Teens Have Best Shot At Getting The HPV Vaccine

Doctors have a hard time getting teenagers vaccinated, but they're making progress, according to data from the CDC. Low-income teens are most likely to get the first shot of HPV vaccine.

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Music

Buddy Emmons, The Pedal-Steel Guitarist Who 'Taught Everybody To Play,' Has Died

The legendary musician worked with everyone from Ray Price to Ray Charles while making a complicated instrument seem effortless. He died Wednesday at 78.

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