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Deep In The Heart Of (A Transforming) Texas

Drilling Frenzy Fuels Sudden Growth In Small Texas Town

The boom has brought unexpected prosperity — and many new problems — to Cotulla. It's in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale area, which has quickly become the nation's No. 2 oil-producing region.

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How Rwanda's Only Ice Cream Shop Challenges Cultural Taboos

Rwanda is a hot country, and people love dairy products. But the culture discourages public displays of need, including hunger. The women running the lone ice cream shop are trying to change that.

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Americans, Just Get Over It And Make The Souffle

The souffle has inspired fear in the hearts of American cooks for decades. But the fluffy French dish is the victim of a bad rap, says baker Greg Patent — and he has a recipe to remedy it.

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A Year After Bombings, Some Say 'Boston Strong' Has Gone Overboard

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Drilling Frenzy Fuels Sudden Growth In Small Texas Town

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What A Ban On Taxi Apps In Shanghai Says About China's Economy

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How The Son Of A Confederate Soldier Became A Civil Rights Hero

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Alphansine Uwimana writes an order at Inzozi Nziza, or Sweet Dreams, Rwanda's first and only ice cream shop. There are logistical challenges, like power cuts, as well as cultural ones in a country where ice cream is not traditionally popular and women don't often run businesses. Gregory Warner/NPR hide caption

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How Rwanda's Only Ice Cream Shop Challenges Cultural Taboos

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Americans, Just Get Over It And Make The Souffle

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