A quartet of tea-infused treats. Clockwise from left: Pastry chef's Naomi Gallego's old-fashioned doughnuts, flavored with Earl Grey; chocolate custard infused with jasmine tea, topped with a whipped cream ganache with a bit of lemon; berry scones with a hint of black berry tea; and blue French-style macarons made with lapsang souchong. Allison Aubrey/NPR hide caption

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The Salt

Tea-Infused Sweets: Chocolate + Jasmine Tea Is A Match Made In Heaven

Smoky and floral brews can provide a kick of flavor to desserts, especially when blended with chocolate. Pastry chef Naomi Gallego shows us a few tricks for surprising the palate with tea.

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Movie Interviews

Filmmaker And Speech Pathologist Weigh In On What It Means To 'Sound Gay'

In Do I Sound Gay?, director David Thorpe searches for the origin of the so-called "gay voice" and documents his own attempts (with speech pathologist Susan Sankin) to sound "less gay."

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Shots - Health News

Lacking Votes, California Assembly Shelves Aid-In-Dying Bill KQED

Proponents of a bill that would let doctors give dying people lethal prescriptions ran into opposition from Latino Democrats. Backers say they're not through trying for approval.

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Parallels - World News

The Painful Memories Of Those Who Survived London's 2005 Terror Attacks

On July 7, 2005, terrorists hit the subway system and buses across London. Ten years later, we hear the stories of emergency workers, survivors and those who lost loved ones.

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Marine Lance Cpls. Julia Carroll (left) and Paula Pineda lift "Carl" — a 220-pound test dummy — during training in March in California. Female Marines have completed months of training and are now waiting to hear whether they will be allowed to serve in combat roles. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Back At Base

They Survived Training, Now Female Marines Await Word On Ground Combat

Researchers have been collecting data on male and female Marines' strength, endurance, speed and marksmanship to see whether gender makes a difference in fighting ability. Women will begin serving in ground combat jobs starting in January, unless leaders decide otherwise.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Driving To Pluto: How Long Would It Take?

A road trip to Pluto is not something you want to try with kids — the asteroid belt is nothing but tourist traps, and the rest stops really thin out after Saturn, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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