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The Pain Of Police Killings Can Last Decades

Cordero Ducksworth says he barely remembers his father, Roman, who died in 1962. And he didn't learn the circumstances of his death for almost 30 years. Now, he's fighting for justice.

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Orlando Hospitals Say They Won't Bill Victims Of Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Two Florida hospitals treating survivors of the mass shooting will be looking for other sources of payment — or waiving fees altogether — instead of making victims pay for their treatment.

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Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

RuPaul is the most recognizable drag queen in America. His hit show, RuPaul's Drag Race is up for two Emmy Awards as it begins filming its ninth season. But drag, he says, will never be mainstream.

Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

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The Aztecs Once Revered It. Will You Fall For Amaranth, Too?

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Hardier than corn, this ancient grain has a subtle, nutty flavor and is full of nutrients. But for most Americans, amaranth is still obscure. Researchers in Tennessee hope to change that.

The Aztecs Once Revered It. Will You Fall For Amaranth, Too?

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For Some Older Adults In Japan, A Chance To Stay In The Workforce

As Japan's population shrinks and ages, the government wants older adults to remain employed. The traditional retirement age is 60, but a few companies are welcoming those who want to keep working.

For Some Older Adults In Japan, A Chance To Stay In The Workforce

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What Happens When An Aid Group Sees Abuse, But Is Sworn To Secrecy?

Save the Children had to sign confidentiality agreements to work at a migrant detention camp run by Australia in Nauru. The group's Mat Tinkler discusses what they did and didn't say about abuses.

What Happens When An Aid Group Sees Abuse, But Is Sworn To Secrecy?

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Discounts Aren't Enough To Halt Outrage At High EpiPen Prices

EpiPen, the new poster child for prescription drug price gouging, may find that offering discount coupons isn't enough to mollify its critics in Congress and online.

Discounts Aren't Enough to Halt Outrage At High EpiPen Prices

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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.

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Sonia Rykiel, Designer Known As The 'Queen Of Knitwear,' Dies

The famously redheaded Rykiel embodied the intellectual chic and feminism of Paris in the late 1960s. With vibrant stripes or simple black, her clothes hugged a woman's body.

This undated photo provided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shows fake Oxycodone pills that are actually fentanyl that were seized and submitted to bureau crime labs. Fentanyl is sometimes placed in tablets of counterfeit prescription drugs, but also comes in the form of patches, powder and even sprays. Tommy Farmer/Tennessee Bureau of Investigation/AP hide caption

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Illegally Made Fentanyl Seems To Be Fueling A Spike In Overdoses

Fentanyl is showing up in heroin and counterfeit pain pills, and users may not even know they're taking the extremely potent drug.

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Belle Of The Mall: Saving Smithsonian's Jewel-Like Arts And Industries Building

With its spires, rotunda and colorful facade, the Arts and Industries Building is a festive relief compared with its neighbors. But restoring the Smithsonian's first museum hasn't been easy.

Officer Robert Yocum informs Beatle fans Chelie Mylott and Melody Yapscott, right, that they'll have to move from their spot in front of the Hollywood Bowl. The women had no tickets but hoped to get them from scalpers or sneak in. This photo was published in the Aug. 24, 1964 Los Angeles Times. John Malmin/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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All Songs Considered

The Beatles Live, And Sounding Better Than Ever

Only three of the band's shows were ever professionally recorded. Using new technology, Giles Martin has brought new clarity to the old recordings. He talks with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen about the process.

The Beatles Live At The Hollywood Bowl

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Are We The Earliest Intelligent Life In The Universe?

A new paper suggests there are good reasons to predict that life will be increasingly common in the universe as the eons pass, says guest blogger Marc Kaufman.

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As Egypt's Jails Fill, Growing Fears Of A Rise In Radicalization

Unprecedented numbers of political prisoners in Egypt's jails could lead to a supersized version of an old problem: inmates becoming radicalized. "In jail, they become ISIS," says a former prisoner.

As Egypt's Jails Fill, Growing Fears Of A Rise In Radicalization

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All Tech Considered

One Professor's Quest To Collect Every Video Game Soda Machine

From Sprunk and Grog to Nuka-Cola and Fountain View, soda machines are everywhere in video games. A researcher says they can serve a dose of nostalgia after the apocalypse.

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Beginning Of The End? Impeachment Trial Opens For Brazil's Dilma Rousseff

It's the final phase of a long process that could potentially remove her from office over alleged fiscal mismanagement. And every indication suggests she will indeed be impeached.

Beginning Of The End? Impeachment Trial Opens For Brazil's Dilma Rousseff

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