Ellen Pao, seen here in March, is the interim CEO of Reddit. The popular site has more than 160 million monthly visitors. Beck Diefenbach /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

The Weinfeld Family, 2009. Photographer Frederic Brenner, who took this photo, created This Place, an exhibit that features the work of 12 internationally acclaimed photographers in Israel and the West Bank. Frederic Brenner/Courtesy of Howard Greenberg Gallery hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Israel And The West Bank Through Fresh Eyes

A dozen photographers were set loose with the aim of seeing an old conflict in a new light. The result is a photo exhibit now showing in Tel Aviv and coming soon to the U.S.

Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a statement in front of Palais Coburg where the Iranian nuclear talks are taking place in Vienna, Austria. Qian Yi/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Kerry: Iran Faces 'Hard Choices' To Reach Nuclear Deal With West

The secretary of state, who has been in talks in Vienna for the past several days, says an agreement could be done "quickly" if Tehran is prepared to compromise.

President Obama signs the Defending Public Safety Employees' Retirement Act, which includes fast-track trade promotion authority that allows Obama to negotiate trade treaties, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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NPR Ombudsman

On 'Fast-Track' Reporting And Voices From Just The Victors

Listeners wanted to hear from more than just corporate lobbyists in a story from the business desk.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

China Takes Steps To Halt Plunge In Stock Markets

The main Shanghai stock index has dropped 30 percent since mid-June, triggering margin calls that have fueled further selling.

Residents relax in the courtyard of the Vision in Action asylum in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. social services are in short supply in Juarez, and many have no place else to go. Alexandre Meneghini/AP hide caption

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Latin America

At An Asylum In Juarez, 'We Believe In Hope'

A recovering drug addict turned pastor runs an ad hoc asylum for Mexico's indigent and mentally ill. In a filthy desert dotted with dumps, the asylum is "a recycling center for human beings."

Republican presidential candidate and TV personality Donald Trump arrives by escalator to the tune of "Rockin' in the Free World." Musician Neil Young did not approve of his song choice. Brendan McDermid /Reuters/Landov hide caption

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It's All Politics

Trump's Campaign Theme Song Headache? Blame Michael Jackson, Sort Of

Candidates keep getting in trouble for picking theme songs without getting approval from the artist. You can trace this back to changes in both campaigning and the way companies sell products.

In Kairouan, Tunisia, Muslims visit the Great Mosque, one of the oldest and best-known mosques in North Africa. Tunisia has made more political progress than other Arab Spring countries, but it has suffered two major terror attacks in recent months. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Tunisia Seeks Its Way On A Winding, Bumpy Path

An attacker recently opened fire on Tunisian beach and killed 38 people. NPR's Alice Fordham, who went to cover the story, used to live in Tunisia. She reflects on how the country has changed.

The recent spate of attacks — seven since June in North Carolina alone — has little to do with the shark population off American coastlines. Shark attack, George Burgess says, "is driven by the number of humans in the water more than the number of sharks." Carol Buchanan/iStockphoto hide caption

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Animals

Don't Blame The Sharks For 'Perfect Storm' Of Attacks In North Carolina

The state's beaches usually see one shark attack a summer, if any. This year, there have already been seven. But this uptick in attacks is likely not tied to shark populations so much as to our own.

The Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli, depicts the goddess of love floating on a giant scallop shell. The word aphrodisiac derives from her Greek name, Aphrodite. Sandro Botticelli/via Wikimedia hide caption

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The Salt

Aphrodisiacs Can Spark Sexual Imagination, But Probably Not Libido WHYY

Going on a picnic with someone special? Make sure to pack watermelon, a food that lore says is an aphrodisiac. No food is actually scientifically linked to desire, but here's how some got that rep.

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Over the last 30 years, filmmaker Tim Burton and composer Danny Elfman have forged an iconic partnership. Burton's latest film, Big Eyes, marks their 16th collaboration. Anderson Group hide caption

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Music

For Danny Elfman, The Strange Worlds Of Tim Burton Just Make Sense

Tim Burton's shadowy tales have taken us from a pastel suburban paradise to the dark streets of Gotham City. But what would Burton's mysterious films be without Danny Elfman's iconic music?

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