Rosa Parks joins in a march at the South African Embassy in Washington, Dec. 10, 1984, protesting that country's racial policies. She's famous for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in 1955, sparking the Montgomery boycotts — but her activism spanned her entire life.
As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as an unassuming accidental activist.
Local media outlets are naming Ke'Arre Stewart, an Army veteran and father of two, and Jennifer Markovsky, a mother of two, as victims of the attack, which also killed police officer Garrett Swasey.
From the Scenic Seward Highway in the Chugach National Forest, Alaska to the streets of Washington, D.C. — this year's Capitol Christmas Tree made quite the journey.
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This year's Capitol Christmas Tree is the first tree to travel by boat, braving 50-foot waves and journeying more than 4,400 miles from Alaska to Washington, D.C. The tree will be lit on Dec. 2.
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On the road to Buddhist monkhood, young novices chant mantras and collect alms on a street in Yangon, Myanmar.
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For decades, astronomers believed there was another planet in our solar system, tucked just out of sight. Then Albert Einstein figured out it wasn't there. Author Thomas Levenson explains.
Is leadership only reserved for the extraordinary few? And who has what it takes to disrupt the status quo?
Is leadership only reserved for the extraordinary few? Who has what it takes to disrupt the status quo?
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An unidentified Freedom Rider sticks his head out of a chartered bus window in Jackson, Miss., in August 1961.
NPR's Michel Martin wonders: Why do so many of America's would-be leaders — from across the political spectrum — speak in the language of resentment rather than opportunity?
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Some unaccompanied minors who don't qualify for asylum can apply instead for a visa called Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, or SIJS.
Undocumented minors who don't qualify as refugees have other chances to legalize their status — including a visa just for them. Henry Gomez, who fled danger in El Salvador, is applying for one now.
The National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md.
The program allowed the U.S. government to collect data on Americans' phone calls in bulk. Under the new system, the government needs a court order to query a database kept by phone companies.
Dr. Raju Rao, in glasses, during his volunteer stint in India.
Journalist Ankita Rao asked her father, a doctor, to spend time with her in India, volunteering at a medical clinic. Then she interviewed him about the experience.
Loneliness takes a toll on many aspects of health, in part because it activates a fight -or-flight immune response. That may have helped ancestors survive lonely exile, but can slowly kill us today.
Box Office Poison artist Alex Robinson is back with a new group of likeable, everyday people, mulling over their desire (or lack thereof) for children and family in an episodic, free-floating comic.
The Yocha Dehe tribe grows, mills and markets its own extra-virgin olive oil. The tribe's mill uses top-of-the-line equipment imported from Florence, Italy.
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Once impoverished, California's Yocha Dehe tribe found success with a casino complex. Now the tribe is using its newfound wealth to grow, bottle and sell premium olive oil.
A mural for Freddie Gray is seen at the intersection of North Mount and Presbury streets where he was arrested in April.
The city braces for the trials of six police officers charged in the death of the unarmed black man who suffered a fatal spinal injury after his arrest and transport in a police van last April.
Many Muslims feel pressure – sometimes a responsibility — to defend their faith when there's an attack carried out in the name of Islam. Young American Muslims share how they handle the scrutiny.
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Two academics from Germany, writing as Sara Moliner, have recreated a sepia-toned 1950s Barcelona in this new mystery novel. Critic Bethanne Patrick says City's strength is in its variety of women.
A flower is placed inside a bullet hole in the window of Le Carillon restaurant in tribute to the victims of the terror attacks on November 15 in Paris, France.
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In a terror prediction market, people would bet real money on the likelihood of attacks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen Carter about whether such a market could predict — and deter — attacks.
In Star Wars: Battlefront, gamers can take their pick of customization options for the characters they play.
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In the video game Star Wars: Battlefront, players can customize characters according to gender, race and age. Producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir says inclusivity was a priority "from the get-go."
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