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How Poet Percy Shelley Stirred His Politics Into His Tea Cup

In 19th century Britain, keeping sugar out of tea became a political statement against slavery. The sugar boycott was no easy choice for the radical writer, who hated slavery but loved tea.

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Energy

For Some States, New Emissions Rules Will Force A Power Shift

The federal rules will deal a big blow to some energy sectors — especially coal. The change won't be so hard for states that have moved to cut emissions. But for others it will be more difficult.

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Metropolitan Opera To Drop Use Of Blackface-Style Makeup In 'Otello'

The Met says it is committed to "colorblind casting" and that its production of Otello this fall will be the first without dark makeup since the opera was first seen at the company in 1891.

"I don't like a government shutdown, but this is a clear case of totally improper use of taxpayers' dollars. I have an obligation to the taxpayers of Arizona," said Sen. John McCain. He had scolded his Republican colleagues in 2013 for shutting down the government over the Affordable Care Act. He says this issue is different. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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It's All Politics

Planned Parenthood Opponents Talk Government Shutdown After Bill Fails

An effort to strip the group of federal funding, which failed in the Senate on Monday, was only the opening volley in a larger funding battle to play out in September.

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Goats and Soda

In The Fight Against Tsetse Flies, Blue Is The New Black

For some unknown reason, the insects that transmit sleeping sickness in sub-Saharan Africa are attracted to the color blue. So scientists think blue flytraps could help wipe out the disease for good.

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Environment

Exploring The 'Wild And Haunting World Of Dolphins'

In her new book, Voices in the Ocean, Susan Casey describes the life of dolphins and details some new threats the animals face, such as organized dolphin kills and man-made sounds in the ocean.

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A Pig, A Frog And 2 Producers: 'The Muppets' Talk About Returning To Prime Time

The new ABC series is a reality-style mockumentary about the behind-the-scenes happenings at Miss Piggy's late-night talk show. The producers and stars of the show discussed the new comedy Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour.

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All Songs Considered

Guest DJ: Sylvan Esso Shares Its Favorite Music

Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn break down the components of their electro-folk sound and share songs by some of the artists who have inspired them.

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How New Jersey Tamed The Wild Blueberry For Global Production

In the past 10 years, the global blueberry crop has tripled. Yet the big, round commercial blueberry is a fairly recent innovation. It was created by breeders exactly 100 years ago, in New Jersey.

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