An American flag flies over the U.S. Supreme Court June 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. This past term, the liberal position won in 19 of the 26 closely-divided ideological cases and eight out of 10 of the most important ones. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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It's All Politics

Liberal Minority Won Over Conservatives In Historic Supreme Court Term

The latest session made history on several fronts, and accepted cases for next year that will likely make still more. This year the liberals won a lot — but that doesn't mean they will in the future.

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After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

Shark Week is here, and scientists are afraid. Not of the toothy swimmers — but of inaccuracies, bad science and the demonization of animals that aren't as ferocious as Discovery Channel has made out.

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Around the Nation

A Few Miles From Mobile, A Wealth Of History, Nature — And Danger

Five rivers converge in the Mobile Bay Delta just outside this coastal Alabama city. Within a few minutes of leaving downtown, you can be teleported into a totally alien world.

The Mexican border town of Matomoros is seen on the Rio Grande across the U.S.-Mexico border on May 21, 2013 near Brownsville, Texas. The area is active for smugglers bringing their product north from Mexico into the United States. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Corruption On The Border: Dismantling Misconduct In The Rio Grande Valley

The FBI is cracking down on rampant corruption in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. With voter fraud, drug smuggling and bribery a big part of border culture, it's proving to be a difficult task.

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.

Nine-year-old Q Daily, center, was born a girl, and just finished his first full school year as a boy. Brad Horrigan/For NPR hide caption

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For This Transgender Third-Grader, Life As A Boy Is Liberating WNYC

For Brooklyn elementary student Q Daily, the first full school year as a "he" made all the difference.

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Music Interviews

Stacy Barthe's 'BEcoming' Is A Story Of Near-Death And Rebirth

At 25, Barthe was already writing songs for pop stars, but life outside the studio felt like a battlefield. She speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about the hard road to her full-length debut.

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Goats and Soda

Walk A Mile In Someone Else's Shoes — By Putting On Some Goggles

With a virtual reality headset, you can now experience the aftermath of Nepal's earthquake or get a sense of what it's like to be in a refugee camp, all without leaving home. But will that make you more likely to donate to a cause?

Director, writer and producer Judd Apatow has both a new memoir and a new movie right now. Trainwreck, which he directed, is in theaters starting July 17 and Sick in the Head was published in June. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Author Interviews

From Early Failures To New 'Trainwreck,' Judd Apatow Gets Serious

It's an understatement to call the man busy. With a new book out, a movie due soon and another wrapping up on set, Apatow caught a breath and reflected on stumbling blocks, Freaks and Amy Schumer.

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.

Greek flags fly beside those of the European Union in Athens. Many people chalk the phrase up to Shakespeare, but its origins likely date back much earlier than that — to medieval monks eager for a cop-out. Matt Cardy/Getty Images hide caption

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Is It All Greek To You? Thank Medieval Monks, And The Bard, For The Phrase

It very well may be that "it's all Greek to me" — but the phrase, which has seen a lot of use lately in coverage of the Greek economic crisis, has been around for centuries. Some trace its origins to Shakespeare, but the better money's on medieval monks.

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