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More Migrants Found Dead as Hundreds of Thousands Flee to Europe

At least 50 migrants were found dead in the hold of a boat off the shores of Libya Wednesday, the latest asylum seekers to die attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea. So far this year, more than 2,000 people have died attempting the crossing. But Europe remains divided on how to tackle the rising numbers of migrants: Slovakia refuses to accept Muslims and Germany is seeing anti-immigrant protests as it tries to absorb some of the 800,000 migrants expected to arrive this year.

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Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre Reunites for Last Onstage Shows

Newsweek once called the San Francisco comedy troupe Duck's Breath Mystery Theater "an American Monty Python" for its unique brand of sketch comedy, satire and theatrics. The group regularly contributed to NPR's "All Things Considered" during the 1980s. Two of the group's members went on to to create the "misinfotainment" series "Dr. Science," which had a 25-year run on hundreds of NPR stations. We'll talk about Duck's Breath comedic legacy and its upcoming reunion shows.

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UC Berkeley Study: Gentrification Crisis is "Not Yet Half Over"

A team of University of California, Berkeley researchers has more bad news about rising prices in the Bay Area: We're not halfway through the gentrification and displacement we're likely to experience. That's according to the Urban Displacement Project, which released an interactive map showing the areas most vulnerable to forces that drive low-income residents out. We talk about the neighborhoods at the highest — and lowest — risk of continued gentrification.

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Silicon Valley's Naatak Theater Company Celebrates 20 Years

Since 1995, Naatak has been staging plays in the South Bay. The theater company identifies itself as the "largest Indian theater in the U.S." Its latest musical production, "Vrindavan," takes a closer look at the politics and social ills behind the city of Vrindavan, where widows are sent to live after their husbands die. We talk to playwright and artistic director Sujit Saraf about the new production and the company's larger artistic role in Silicon Valley. We'll also talk to KQED senior arts editor Chloe Veltman about what to watch for this fall arts season.

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UC Berkeley's Namwali Serpell Wins Caine Prize, Africa's Prestigious Short Story Award

Namwali Serpell is the 2015 winner of the Caine Prize, given annually to one African writer of short stories in English. The UC Berkeley associate professor chose to celebrate by sharing her $15,000 prize with the four other finalists. The Zambian writer joins us in studio to talk about her winning story, her writing career and why she calls splitting her prize money an "act of mutiny."

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China Cuts Interest Rates as Ripple Effects of 'Black Monday' Continue

Global markets remained volatile Tuesday, even as China cut key interest rates to boost its slumping stocks. The move came as other signs — like a shrinking manufacturing sector and weaker consumer spending — pointed to a slowing Chinese economy. Will the market crisis prompt meaningful economic reforms in China? Do the country's woes signal more turmoil ahead for the global economy?

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Steve Silberman Explores the Forgotten History of Autism

Today, one in 68 children is on the autism spectrum, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet despite decades of research, there is much we don't know about the disorder. We discuss the evolving definition, hidden history and public perception of autism with "NeuroTribes" author Steve Silberman.

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California, Bay Area School Districts Scramble to Hire Teachers

Nationwide, school districts can't find enough teachers to fill their classrooms. And the teacher shortage has hit California particularly hard. Between 2008 and 2012, the state lost 82,000 school jobs to budget cuts, according to the Labor Department. Now, with declining enrollment in teacher credential programs and increased state funding for new hires, local districts are struggling to fill open teaching positions. How is the teacher shortage affecting your classroom or school?

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Gerontologist Ken Dychtwald Reflects on His Own Aging Process

A longtime expert on aging and its related issues, gerontologist Ken Dychtwald says he now finds himself confronting the aging process firsthand after turning 65. Dychtwald is the founder of Age Wave, a company focused on the Baby Boomer generation. We talk to the Bay Area resident about getting older and his predictions for a world where living to age 100 is commonplace. But first, we'll get a quick update on China's stock market crash and its worldwide effects.

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee on Representing the East Bay

U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee recently helped launch an economic initiative aimed at keeping minority and women-owned businesses in Oakland. As a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, she has also taken up issues of social justice, affordable housing, HIV/AIDS prevention and increasing diversity in Silicon Valley. The congresswoman, whose 13th District stretches from San Leandro to Berkeley, joins us in studio.

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