University of Virginia students walk to fraternities at the start of rush week. Sorority women are always invited to the fraternities' Bid Night, but this year national sororities have ordered women to stay clear. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Education

Party Ban Is Patronizing, U.Va. Sorority Women Say WVTF

National sorority leaders have told members at the University of Virginia not to attend a multi-frat Bid Night party after a discredited article about a gang rape.

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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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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.

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