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Education

Lack Of Education Leads To Lost Dreams And Low Income For Many Jehovah's Witnesses

When it comes to education, not all religions are created equal. Jehovah's Witnesses have the lowest rate of formal education. And that can have a detrimental effect on those who leave the religion.

Lack Of Education Leads To Lost Dreams And Low Income For Many Jehovah's Witnesses

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Inside Beijing's Gao'antun incinerator plant, garbage piles past the 25-meter (82-ft.) mark inside an arena-sized garbage container where engineers operate giant claws to sift through it. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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Parallels - World News

The Burning Problem Of China's Garbage

China produces 520,000 tons of garbage a day. To get rid of it, the government favors burning it, which harms the environment. One answer: sorting garbage and recycling. But that's proved challenging.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, who turns 93 on Tuesday, speaks at his party's annual conference in December, where he was endorsed as a candidate for the 2018 election. His wife said last week that even if he dies before the election, he should run "as a corpse." Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Nearing 93, Robert Mugabe Shows No Sign Of Stepping Down

The world's oldest leader, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, turns 93 Tuesday. He has no intention of retiring and his wife has said even if he dies before next year's election, he should run "as a corpse."

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The Record

Guitarist Larry Coryell, Godfather Of Fusion, Dies At 73

The jazz-rock pioneer passed away in his sleep on Feb. 19 in New York City.

Hear "Love is Here to Stay" from Larry Coryell's 2006 Kennedy Center Performance

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NPR Ed

The Mile High Promise, And Risk, Of School Choice

Denver's innovative approach to school choice gets high marks from many parents and pundits. The program also raises questions about the limitations of choice in narrowing access and equity gaps.

The Mile High Promise, And Risk, Of School Choice

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Shootings by Customs and Border Patrol agents along the U.S.-Mexico border have been the subject of investigations in the past, but on Tuesday the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case asking whether families have any right to sue when a shooting occurred on Mexican soil. Russell Contreras/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

High Court To Hear Case Of Mexican Boy Killed In Cross-Border Shooting

The question before the Supreme Court comes down to whether the family of a Mexican citizen shot on Mexican soil has the right to sue under the U.S. Constitution.

In her blog post, Rigetti describes sexual harassment and systemic sexism at Uber, where she worked for only a year. The post comes at a time when Uber has already been under fire from the #DeleteUber campaign. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Uber Will Investigate Sexual Harassment Claims By Engineer

The investigation comes after a former engineer published a blog post detailing her experiences at the company became widely circulated on social media.

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Shots - Health News

Got Back Pain? Try Yoga Or Massage Before Reaching For The Pills

New guidelines encourage doctors to tell patients to try non-drug therapies for acute lower back pain first.

Got Back Pain? Try Yoga Or Massage Before Reaching For The Pills

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Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seen here in a May 2001 file photo, was alleged assassinated at the Kuala Lumpur airport last week. Shizuo Kambayashi/AP hide caption

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Asia

China Monitors Assassination Probe Of North Korean Kim Jong Nam

China is debating how to react to the death of Kim Jon Nam, half-brother of North Korea's leader. Some think that the dead man could potentially have headed a more China-friendly North Korean regime.

China Monitors Assassination Probe Of North Korean Kim Jong Nam

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The NPR 100

How Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' Became An Anthem

Nirvana's Kurt Cobain would have turned 50 years old today. "Smells Like Teen Spirit," the lead single off the band's seminal album Nevermind, heralded the dominance of grunge over the music of the time.

How Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' Became An Anthem

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Environment

Lead Ammunition Poisons Wildlife But Too Expensive To Change, Hunters Say

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Just before leaving office, the Obama administration banned the use of lead ammunition on federal land. Some hunters want President Trump to reverse the ban.

Lead Ammunition Poisons Wildlife But Too Expensive To Change, Hunters Say

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Music Interviews

Alison Krauss And Buddy Cannon On The Working Relationship Behind 'Windy City'

Krauss' new album is her first solo effort in 18 years, but she and Cannon — who produced Windy City — go back much further than that.

Alison Krauss And Buddy Cannon On The Working Relationship Behind 'Windy City'

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Shots - Health News

Can Poetry Keep You Young? Science Is Still Out, But The Heart Says Yes

Scientific evidence showing health benefits from engaging in the arts is still weak. But Los Angeles students in their 80s say their poetry class gives them joy, solace, community and a voice.

Can Poetry Keep You Young? Science Is Still Out, But The Heart Says Yes

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While Presidents Day is a time to think of America's commanders-in-chief, it is also a time when many stores have mattress sales. Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Business

Mattress No Longer Delegated To Bottom Of Shopping List

While a new mattress was often a purchase put off as long as possible, consumers today are replacing their mattresses more often.

Mattress No Longer Delegated To Bottom Of Shopping List

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Parallels - World News

Rio's Carnival Is A Glitter-Filled Euphoria, Even If Brazil's Government Is Not

Amid the parties and celebrations of Rio de Janeiro's carnival lie the political satire and protest. To see this, you just need to look at the costumes.

Rio's Carnival Is A Glitter-Filled Euphoria, Even If Brazil's Government Is Not

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This 1945 photo provided by the family shows Shizuko Ina, with her son Kiyoshi (left) and daughter Satsuki in an internment camp in Tule Lake, Calif. This photograph was taken by a family friend who was a soldier at the time, since cameras were considered contraband at the camp. Satsuki was born at the camp. Courtesy of the Ina family/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

75 Years Later, Americans Still Bear Scars Of Internment Order

Two months after Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the executive order that paved the way for Japanese-American internment. Decades later, those dark days resonate.

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Movies

In 'Get Out,' Jordan Peele Tackles The 'Human Horror' Of Racial Fear

Jordan Peele discusses his new film in which he addresses the politics of race. It's about an African-American man meeting his white girlfriend's family for the first time and the horror that ensues.

In 'Get Out,' Jordan Peele Tackles The 'Human Horror' Of Racial Fear

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Facebook claims to have 1.23 billion daily users globally. Mark Zuckerberg recently announced that he wants that number to grow and for users to conduct their digital lives only on his platform. bombuscreative/iStock hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Facebook Wants Great Power, But What About Responsibility?

Mark Zuckerberg has announced a plan to make Facebook the only primary platform people use to connect to others virtually. But he fails to discuss the responsibilities that come with that power.

Parents pick up their kids from Garfield Early Childhood Center, a pre-K facility serving all children in the district. Burmese, Mandarin, Arabic, and many Spanish dialects are among at least 27 languages spoken at home by children in the district. Frank Morris/KCUR hide caption

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U.S.

A Thriving Rural Town's Winning Formula Faces New Threats Under Trump

Decades ago, Garden City, Kan., embraced the meat industry, and immigrants flocked there for jobs. The city worked hard to absorb newcomers, but now its economy and diverse community are in jeopardy.

A Thriving Rural Town's Winning Formula Faces New Threats Under Trump Administration

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Politics

New York Republican Rep. Tom Reed Faces Angry Crowds, Deep In Trump Country

Constituents have recently packed GOP town halls to voice their concerns about health care and President Trump. On Saturday, Reed held four town halls in his Western New York district.

New York Republican Rep. Tom Reed Faces Angry Crowds, Deep In Trump Country

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