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What Really Happened At That Robotics Competition You've Heard So Much About

The controversy surrounding a highly-anticipated robotics competition for teens from around the globe overshadowed an otherwise upbeat event focused on kids, robots and changing the world.

What Really Happened At That Robotics Competition You've Heard So Much About

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NAACP Holds First Trump-Era Convention With No National Leader

The nation's oldest civil rights group is facing questions about its leadership and next steps under Trump as it opens its annual meeting in Baltimore. The group's president recently stepped down.

A lone bouquet of flowers stands in front of a home in Phoenix in 2013, after police said a man killed his wife, daughter and brother-in-law before killing himself. A new CDC report sheds light on patterns in homicides of women. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

CDC: Half Of All Female Homicide Victims Are Killed By Intimate Partners

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also found that black women and indigenous women are killed, in general, at higher rates than other races.

Summer Reader Poll 2017: Comics And Graphic Novels

Yes, Some Comics Are For Kids — And They're Big Business

What's the best way to get people reading comics? Hook 'em young. And comics for early readers are booming — even big publishers like DC, famed for grim and gritty, are getting in on the action.

Yes, Some Comics Are For Kids — And They're Big Business

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World Cafe

Heavy Rotation: The Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Need some new summer jams? Our panel of public-radio music buffs recommends tracks by Nooky Jones, Juana Molina, Downtown Boys and more.

Heavy Rotation: The Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

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A Knightscope K5 security robot roamed the Prudential Center in Boston on May 22, 2017. Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe/Getty Images hide caption

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Simon Says

I Sink, Therefore I Am: This Robot Wasn't Programmed For Existential Angst

After a security robot drowned in a fountain in Washington, D.C., NPR's Scott Simon muses on robot suicide, and how long it will be until a robot has the capacity to question its own existence.

I Sink, Therefore I Am: This Robot Wasn't Programmed For Existential Angst

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All Tech Considered

A Future Of Gadgets Without Power Cords? Not So Fast

WBUR

This month, the first wireless-charging laptop hit the market. But making wireless power a standard consumer feature is a big technological — and psychological — challenge.

A Future Of Gadgets Without Power Cords? Not So Fast

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The Port of Gold Beach at the mouth of the Rogue River. When NPR Correspondent Jeff Brady lived here in the 1980s, this harbor was filled with several dozen boats, but amid a declining fishery most of the commercial fishing business has moved to more profitable ports along the Pacific Coast. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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As Log Trucks And Fishing Boats Leave, Gold Beach Tries To Remake Its Identity

Logging and fishing once dominated the economy in rural Gold Beach, Oregon. NPR's Jeff Brady returned to his hometown, finding a new focus on tourism and other pursuits.

As Log Trucks And Fishing Boats Leave, Gold Beach Tries To Remake Its Identity

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Deceptive Cadence

Sing Different: Steve Jobs' Life Becomes An Opera

The Apple co-founder's complicated story is the subject of The (R)evolution Of Steve Jobs, by composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell. It premieres Saturday in Santa Fe.

Sing Different: Steve Jobs' Life Becomes An Opera

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The Two-Way - News Blog

A Wake-Up Call: Coffee Recalled By FDA For Having Viagra-Like Ingredient

Regulators took issue with the tortuously named "New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee," which didn't declare a chemical akin to the erectile dysfunction drug's active ingredient.

Aaron Albaugh runs a cattle ranch in Lassen County, in Northern California. Living in a remote area, he says he's learned to "do without" a lot of things, including health care. April Dembosky/KQED hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Rural Californians Want Price Relief From GOP Health Bill, But Most Won't Get It

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GOP efforts to repeal the ACA are still in flux, and there's more talk now of trying to work out bipartisan fixes for Obamacare. But most suggested remedies won't fix the problems in remote regions.

Rural Californians Want Price Relief From GOP Health Bill, But Most Won't Get It

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