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This Shakespeare Reconstruction Sets 'Merchant' In Post-Civil War D.C.

In District Merchants, Shylock is still Jewish, but half of the other characters are freed slaves. The playwright says he was inspired but a reference to slavery in Shakespeare's original text.

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How Therapy Became A Hobby Of The Wealthy, Out Of Reach For Those In Need

Therapists are in such demand they can bypass insurance companies, so the wealthy are more likely to get treated. A historian explains how this came to be the norm in the U.S. health care system.

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A Gifted High Jumper Gets Set To Leap Onto The World Stage

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Nonstop Flight: How The Frigatebird Can Soar For Weeks Without Stopping

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Who Gets Tased? First Statewide Study Reveals Racial Disparities

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On LA's Skid Row, Homeless Women Seek Shelter From The Streets

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How Therapy Became A Hobby Of The Wealthy, Out Of Reach For Those In Need

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Spielberg's 'The BFG' Parallels Another Friendly Outcast

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This Shakespeare Reconstruction Sets 'Merchant' In Post-Civil War D.C.

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Letter From Rome: The Hardest Exam Is The Driving Test

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Daryl James was just 15-years-old when he arrived at the Army Apprentice School in the 1970s. He says he was repeatedly abused, as were many others. Now he returns every year just to confirm that the school is still gone. "The ghosts have gone now, " he told NPR. Louisa Lim for NPR hide caption

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In Australia, Decades Of Abuse Against Military Recruits Comes To Light

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Bipartisan Disapproval Follows Bill Clinton's Meeting With Loretta Lynch

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