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It's All Politics

5 Things You Should Know About Jason Chaffetz

The Utah congressman who is challenging House GOP Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is praised for sticking to his core principles and derided for going too hard after Planned Parenthood.

Modern, domesticated rice comes in a range of colors, usually described as white, red and black. But collectors have never found black grains in more than a thousand samples of wild rice stored in genebanks. Now geneticists have traced this rare grain's origin and spread. Courtesy of Takeshi Ebitani/Takuya Yamaguchi. hide caption

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The Salt

How 'Forbidden' Black Rice Flourished For Millennia

Once reserved for the exclusive use of Chinese royalty, black rice these days has become the darling of gourmets seeking superior nutrition. Now geneticists have traced where this rare rice came from.

Tiny Desk

Deqn Sue: Tiny Desk Concert

The witty, powerful, heartfelt performer came so close to winning NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert Contest, we just had to see her play in person.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Black-Footed Ferrets Have 'Big Bad Teeth' And A New Home

The rare creatures are native to a swath of states from Montana to Texas, and federal wildlife officials are reintroducing them there. Their latest home is a former toxic waste site near Denver.

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All Tech Considered

Hey Siri, What Did You Say? Why Computers Still Mispronounce Names

Computer voices sound perfect in sci-fi films, but in the real world computer voices — like those used for Siri, Cortana and Google Now — don't seem to be able to say some words correctly.

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U.S. Reaches Sweeping Trade Deal With Pacific Rim Nations

A long process to ease trading between the U.S. and 11 nations is closer to being finalized, as negotiators cleared hurdles on how to handle everything from cars to dairy products.

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Music Interviews

Grace Jones: 'I'm A Bit Split Personality'

The gender-bending musician and supermodel discusses how her past and her personality inform her new book, I'll Never Write My Memoirs.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Stuff Happens, And The Way We Talk About It Matters

Language is powerful: The same event can be described in a variety of ways, each of which can affect what we come to believe, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.

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Univision's Jorge Ramos On Journalism And That Donald Trump Press Conference

The Mexican-born journalist moved to the U.S. in 1983. "I am glad that I came," he says. "The First Amendment has given me all the opportunities that I couldn't have in Mexico."

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