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Wolves At The Door

In much of the American West, the gray wolf is a divisive political issue. NPR's Nathan Rott and photographer David Gilkey spent weeks reporting from Montana, where wolves are no longer protected.

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On Philip Seymour Hoffman, And His Many Appearances

So many of the actor's roles dealt in appearances and self-doubt. Perhaps you don't get that good at communicating insecurity without knowing a little something about those things.

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Part-Time Professors Demand Higher Pay; Will Colleges Listen?

In the 1970s, two-year and four-year colleges started replacing full-time faculty with part-time instructors. Since then, disputes over pay, benefits and working conditions for these adjunct instructors have ballooned into big problems on many campuses.

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Lots Of Little Credit Charges Add Up To One Big Scam
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Blooms Chris Mills & the Distant Stars

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All Hail The Asparagus Queen! How Ag Pageants Lure New Contestants
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I Don't Want You as a Ghost Tired Pony
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Did London Get An Economic Boost From The 2012 Olympics?
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On Philip Seymour Hoffman, And His Many Appearances
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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood theme We were unable to provide
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