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'If They Have It, It's Undeniable': Lorne Michaels On Casting 'SNL'

The Saturday Night Live executive producer says criticism of the show's perceived lack of diversity frustrated him, but that the perception needed to be addressed.

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When Dr. Boie Jalloh got the call to join the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone, his friends told him he'd be crazy to sign on. It's a good thing he didn't listen. Aurelie Marrier Dunienville/for NPR hide caption

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Goats and Soda

To Prevent The Next Plague, Listen To Boie Jalloh

He's a doctor, an imam and a millennial. His ideas about fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone are part of the reason that, this week, the three countries at the center of the epidemic reported no new cases.

The last photo of Leon Klinghoffer, taken on the cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985. He was killed there during a hijacking. Courtesy of the American Jewish Historical Society at the Center for Jewish History hide caption

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Deceptive Cadence

30 Years After Their Father's Murder, Klinghoffer Daughters Step Onto Their Own Stage

Leon Klinghoffer was killed during the hijacking of the Achille Lauro — and later became a character in a controversial opera. His daughters want people to know him in a different way.

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It's All Politics

Iowa Republicans Don't Think Jeb Is Bush Enough

The former Florida governor has a household name, but the candidate knows he needs to introduce himself. "I've gotta tell the Jeb story," he said, "I've got to say who I am. I've gotta show my heart."

Fine Art

Sculptor Turns Rain, Ice And Trees Into 'Ephemeral Works'

British artist Andy Goldsworthy's sculptures melt and decay. "It's not about art," he says. "It's just about life, and the need to understand that a lot of things in life do not last."

The SS United States ocean liner, currently docked in Philadelphia on Dec. 14, 2013. The SS United States is a luxury passenger liner built in 1952 for United States Lines designed to capture the trans-Atlantic speed record. Landov hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

SS United States, Once a Marvel Of Technology, May Soon Be Scraps

The ship's conservancy has retained a broker to explore the potential sale of "America's Flagship" to a responsible, U.S.-based metals recycler, if no investor comes forward by Oct. 31.

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Preview Son Little's New Album

The inventive singer doesn't bother adhering to the iconography of vintage soul, preferring instead to point his path toward the future.

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