Dan Huff rests after a long day's work. He spent much of his life incarcerated in the California prison system. Now, he lives in drug- and alcohol-free transitional housing in Portland, Ore. Beth Nakamura for NPR hide caption

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Men In America

'I Am Not An Inmate ... I Am A Man. And I Have Potential'

Many of the 2 million men serving time in the U.S. have formed their sense of manhood while incarcerated. And becoming a different kind of man isn't easy — either behind bars, or beyond them.

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New Orleans Enters The Charter School Era

Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and swept away many of the city's public schools. Now, the district is unveiling a transformed school system, composed almost entirely of charter schools.

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Climate Policy Takes The Stage In Florida Governor's Race

Rick Scott, Florida's GOP governor, has come under criticism for his record on the environment. Now, he's rolling out his own proposals for safeguarding the state's water and wildlife preserves.

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On Ferguson's Streets, Echoes Of Another Fatal Shooting Youth Radio

Youth Radio's Myles Bess lived through the aftermath of the 2009 police shooting of an unarmed young black man, Oscar Grant, in Oakland, Calif. — and sees parallels in Ferguson, Mo., today.

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An Iraqi child walks next an empty house of a Christian family in Mosul on Aug. 8. The Arabic writing on the wall reads "Real Estate of the Islamic State." The extremist group took control of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, in June. STR/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Life Under The Islamic State: Sharia Law And Few Services

News from Mosul has been scarce since the Islamic State took power. Speaking by phone, Iraqis say the group has imposed strict controls that are alienating residents and are providing few services.

A woman walks with orphans at an orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Policy makers have long called for orphanages to be taken out of institutions and placed foster families, but one study from Duke University is challenging that notion. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Study: Kids In Orphanages Can Do As Well As Those In Foster Care

Policymakers worldwide have been calling for countries to get rid of institutions for orphans and abandoned children. A study out of Duke University offers a different perspective.

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The New York band performed selections from its upcoming album, El Pintor, in public for the first time.

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