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A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

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49ers Quarterback Sits Out National Anthem To Protest Oppression Of Minorities

As players rose to stand for the national anthem at the 49ers-Packers game on Friday night, quarterback Colin Kaepernick pointedly remained seated.

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What You Need To Know About The Alt-Right Movement

Hillary Clinton blasted Donald Trump for aligning with the "alt-right." But what exactly is the movement?

What You Need To Know About The Alt-Right Movement

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On display at ZooAve Animal Rescue in Alajuela, Costa Rica, Grecia, the chestnut-mandibled toucan, can now eat on its own and sing with the new beak. Grecia was in rehabilitation for months after receiving a 3-D-printed nylon prosthesis. Carrie Kahn/NPR hide caption

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After Losing Half A Beak, Grecia The Toucan Becomes A Symbol Against Abuse

After the famous toucan received a prosthetic replacement, it's story has helped spark a national movement against harming animals in Costa Rica, where a new anti-abuse bill is also gaining traction.

After Losing Half A Beak, Grecia The Toucan Becomes A Symbol Against Abuse

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Education

University Of Chicago Tells Freshmen It Does Not Support 'Trigger Warnings'

The school informed incoming students in a welcome letter that they will not be shielded from ideas or materials they may find harmful, but it's not barring individual professors from doing so.

University Of Chicago Tells Freshmen It Does Not Support 'Trigger Warnings'

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Environment

In Warmer Climate, A Luxury Cruise Sets Sail Through Northwest Passage

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Climate change is opening up the Arctic to luxury cruises, including an Alaska-to-New York voyage. The vacation destination takes advantage of warming oceans but raises safety and ethical concerns.

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Television

'Stranger Things' Creators On Barb, Eleven And How Glitter Delayed Production

Matt and Ross Duffer discuss Barb's realness, actress Millie Bobby Brown's talent ("It's almost freaky how good she is"), and the quirks of working with child actors.

'Stranger Things' Creators On Barb, Eleven And How Glitter Delayed Production

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'Southside With You': Meet The Actors Who Portray Barack And Michelle Obama

The romantic comedy opened in theaters Friday and is loosely based on President Obama's first date with Michelle Robinson when they were in their 20s, working at the same Chicago law firm.

'Southside With You': Meet The Actors Who Portray Barack And Michelle Obama

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World Scrabble champion Wellington Jighere, 33, (right) is one of Nigeria's many masters. His strategy: "When you are expecting me to do the traditional thing, I will just choose to do something that is uncharacteristic." Ofeibea Quist-Arcton/NPR hide caption

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And The No. 1 Scrabble Nation In The World Is ...

Wellington Jighere of Nigeria was crowned world champ last year. He's one of many Nigerians who excel at the game. What's their secret?

And The No. 1 Scrabble Nation In The World Is ...

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Shots - Health News

A New Course At Arkansas Colleges: How To Not Get Pregnant

Arkansas, a Bible Belt state that emphasizes abstinence only in high school, is launching a mandatory program in its colleges and universities on strategies to prevent unplanned pregnancy.

A New Course At Arkansas Colleges: How To Not Get Pregnant

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U.S.

'Mystery Shoppers' Help U.S. Regulators Fight Racial Discrimination At Banks

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is sending undercover operatives to ferret out racial discrimination. They're called "testers" or "mystery shoppers" and pose as customers applying for loans.

'Mystery Shoppers' Help U.S. Regulators Fight Racial Discrimination At Banks

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In a country where the share of multiracial children has multiplied tenfold in the past 50 years, it's a good time to take stock of our shared vocabulary when it comes to describing Americans like me. Jeannie Phan for NPR hide caption

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All Mixed Up: What Do We Call People Of Multiple Backgrounds?

The share of multiracial children in America has multiplied tenfold in the past 50 years. It's a good time to take stock of our shared vocabulary when it comes to describing Americans like me.

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A Mom's Life, Rebuilt After Katrina, Wrecked By Baton Rouge Floods

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Myra Engrum works, cares for her son, has friends and is active in church. She's done things "right." But for the second time in 11 years, she's picking up the pieces of her storm-ravaged life.

A Mom's Life, Rebuilt After Katrina, Wrecked By Baton Rouge Floods

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LISTEN: Maine's Governor Unleashes Obscenities On Lawmaker Who Criticized Him

Maine Rep. Drew Gattine said it was unhelpful when Gov. Paul LePage made "racially charged" statements. In response, LePage told Gattine, "I am after you" — along with much more vulgar remarks.

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Media

Has Hillary Clinton Actually Been Dodging The Press?

Clinton has been criticized for failing to give enough access to the press, but she says she's done more than 300 interviews. According to an NPR analysis, that's only part of the story.

Has Hillary Clinton Actually Been Dodging The Press?

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