Filmmaker David Thorpe practices vocal exercises he learned from a speech pathologist in an effort to alter the way he speaks. In Do I Sound Gay?, Thorpe searches for the origin of the "gay voice" stereotype. IFC hide caption

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Filmmaker And Speech Pathologist Weigh In On What It Means To 'Sound Gay'

In Do I Sound Gay?, director David Thorpe searches for the origin of the so-called "gay voice" and documents his own attempts (with speech pathologist Susan Sankin) to sound "less gay."

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Shots - Health News

Lacking Votes, California Assembly Shelves Aid-In-Dying Bill KQED

Proponents of a bill that would let doctors give dying people lethal prescriptions ran into opposition from Latino Democrats. Backers say they're not through trying for approval.

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Parallels - World News

The Painful Memories Of Those Who Survived London's 2005 Terror Attacks

On July 7, 2005, terrorists hit the subway system and buses across London. Ten years later, we hear the stories of emergency workers, survivors and those who lost loved ones.

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Confederate flag supporters gather at the South Carolina State House in Columbia; the state's Senate voted to take down the flag Tuesday. The issue will now head to the House. Sean Rayford/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

In Final Vote, South Carolina Senate Moves To Take Down Confederate Flag

The final tally was 36-3. The measure now moves to the House, where it is expected to face more opposition.

Marine Lance Cpls. Julia Carroll (left) and Paula Pineda lift "Carl" — a 220-pound test dummy — during training in March in California. Female Marines have completed months of training and are now waiting to hear whether they will be allowed to serve in combat roles. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Back At Base

They Survived Training, Now Female Marines Await Word On Ground Combat

Researchers have been collecting data on male and female Marines' strength, endurance, speed and marksmanship to see whether gender makes a difference in fighting ability. Women will begin serving in ground combat jobs starting in January, unless leaders decide otherwise.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Driving To Pluto: How Long Would It Take?

A road trip to Pluto is not something you want to try with kids — the asteroid belt is nothing but tourist traps, and the rest stops really thin out after Saturn, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

Kyra Brooks helps her mother, Jordan McClellan, make lunch in their apartment in Washington, D.C. McClellan has been fighting homelessness for most of her adult life, living in family shelters and transitional housing until she was moved into the rapid rehousing program. Lexey Swall/GRAIN for NPR hide caption

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For Homeless Families, Quick Exit From Shelters Is Only A Temporary Fix

The rapid rehousing program provides families with short-term rental assistance. But many recipients ultimately face the same problems as those who stay in shelters, a new government study finds.

Herminia Becerra is a politiquera in Brownsville, Texas. She has worked political campaigns for nearly 60 years in the Rio Grande Valley. Becerra says she's never been indicted for election fraud, has nothing to hide, and supports candidates without compensation. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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In Rio Grande Valley, Some Campaign Workers Are Paid To Harvest Votes

It's a time-honored tradition in South Texas: Local candidates who need votes go to campaign workers known as politiqueras. But some of those workers are now charged with manipulating mail-in ballots.

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Tunde Wey prepares a pop-up Nigerian dinner in the kitchen of Toki Underground, a ramen restaurant in Washington, D.C., in December 2014. Eliza Barclay/NPR hide caption

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The Salt

Chasing Food Dreams Across U.S., Nigerian Chef Tests Immigration System

Tunde Wey wanted to share the food of his West African childhood so he crossed the U.S. by bus, hosting pop-up dinners along the way. But Wey, like many immigrants, found success can unravel quickly.

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