Neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks speaks at Columbia University in June 2009 in New York City. Sacks, a prolific author and commentator, has died at age 82.
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His book Awakenings, about reviving patients from a catatonic state was turned into a 1990 film. He also wrote more than a dozen other books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
Protesters hold a sign Saturday that reads, in Portuguese, "Don't kill our children," in a march against police and gang conflicts that have left residents of the Complexo de Alemao favela in the crossfire.
Before hosting the World Cup, Brazil launched a program to pacify high-crime slums. The project has cut violence in some areas, but in others residents have been caught in the police crossfire.
Sholonda Jackson works at Operation Dignity, a nonprofit in Oakland, Calif., that provides housing to homeless veterans. California's Proposition 47 enabled the former crack addict to seek a reduction of her drug felonies to misdemeanors. She has earned a bachelor's degree and is working full time.
Approved by voters last year, Proposition 47 lets people with some nonviolent felonies petition to reduce their crimes to misdemeanors. It's giving former offenders access to better opportunities.
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Danish musician Amalie Bruun the woman behind the black metal project Myrkur.
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Danish musician Amalie Bruun grew up playing classical piano and violin — but her passion is black metal. She discusses her debut album, M, parts of which were made in a real mausoleum.
Sakine Arat, right, and Mayrem Bulut are Kurdish mothers camping out between Turkish amry forces and the Kurdish PKK militants, in hopes of preventing clashes. "Mothers on both sides should be doing this," says Arat, 80.
As an old conflict heats up again in southeastern Turkey, the activists have staked out ground on a sunburned hillside and say they're willing to risk their own lives in order to stop the fighting.
This Bloody Mary served at the Nationals Park in D.C. came with a meat straw, which infuses each sip with an umami flavor.
Bloody Marys have been around for ages, but an Iowa man has invented a way to take them to a whole new level: a straw made of meat. They've become a hit at bars, ballparks and stadiums. #America
Members of the WDBJ-TV7 news staff prepare for the early newscast at the station, the morning after reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed by a former colleague during a live broadcast.
Pictures, audio, visuals, descriptions – We consider the editorial choices in reporting on a newsroom tragedy.
German director Wim Wenders poses with his Honorary Golden Bear Award for lifetime achievement at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.
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That word is "searchers." Wenders says, "If you look at the history of filmmaking, most great filmmakers actually were working on one story for all their lives."
Demonstrators in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, protest the ongoing trash crisis and government corruption Saturday.
Bars and restaurants in Beirut closed Saturday in solidarity with anti-government protests that have grown over the last week.
Given an answer, you name the song. All you have to do is anagram one word in the made-up title you're given to complete the correct title of the song.
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.
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Along with his band The Night Sweats, Rateliff is the voice behind "S.O.B." — a new song with an old sound that's catching a lot of people off guard.
Palm trees bend and banners rip on Canal Street as Hurricane Katrina blows through New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005 — 10 years ago Saturday.
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When Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast, devastating regions of Louisiana and Mississippi, three of NPR's correspondents saw the storm firsthand. These are their stories.
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Shown a realistic human target — not just a silhouette like this one — shooters were more likely to pull the trigger if the target was black, according to an analysis of 42 studies.
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A new meta-analysis of trigger bias, drawing on 42 studies, found that when asked to evaluate a threat, people tend to shoot at black targets more often than white targets — and to do so more quickly
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Why so many private colleges are giving out massive discounts.
Phillips' new collection is both raw and refined, drawing on intimate experience while shunning autobiography. "I become uncomfortable when people make an equation between author and poem," he says.
Donald Trump poses for a selfie with a woman wearing a "Team Trump" T-shirt on stage at the National Federation of Republican Assemblies Presidential Preference Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Trump took his act on the road to Tennessee, where he thrilled a conservative audience with an off-the-cuff routine that bordered on stand-up comedy.
The National's Matt Berninger (left) has a new band called EL VY. Should fans of his old project fear the new one?
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Popular bands like The National, The Black Keys, Wilco and Bon Iver have spawned spin-offs in recent years. Should their fans be nervous, or should they embrace the change of pace?
June Reid loses everyone she loves in one horrifying moment, but she's not the only one grieving. Bill Clegg's new novel tells of June's loss through the voices of those who know and encounter her.
After her quarantine for Ebola had ended, Dr. Nancy Snyderman was photographed waiting to appear on a Today show segment.
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The Today show medical editor gave a new interview about her controversial quarantine. It triggered powerful memories for an NPR journalist who was in Liberia around the same time.
The Inca were innovators in agriculture as well as engineering. Terracing like this, on a steep hillside in Peru's Colca Canyon, helped them grow food.
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A new exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian highlights the engineering prowess of the Inca, whose great road once spanned mountains, deserts and forests in six South American countries.