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My 'Oriental' Father: On The Words We Use To Describe Ourselves

President Obama recently signed a bill striking the term "Oriental" from federal law. It was a reminder for NPR's Kat Chow of the fact that her father still uses the word — to describe himself.

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Kickboxing Director Lexi Alexander Uses Activism To Bust Out Of 'Movie Jail'

After her 2008 movie, Punisher: War Zone, flopped, Alexander had a hard time getting new projects. She was in what's known as Hollywood's "movie jail," a common experience for female directors.

Here Come the Warm Jets Glenn Mercer

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Cities Consider Privatizing TSA To Speed Up Checkpoints, But Would It?
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Star of Gladness Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau
Rebirth of Cool DJ Cam Quartet
T.I.B.W.F. The Budos Band
Restless Fugitive Willy Mason
Glass Figurine Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire
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Kickboxing Director Lexi Alexander Uses Activism To Bust Out Of 'Movie Jail'
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Everybody Hurts R.E.M.
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Meet The Unbound Delegates Who Helped Donald Trump Secure The Nomination
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To Kill Mosquitoes That Spread Zika, Strike Before They Fly
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Je Ne T'Aime Plus Manu Chao
Guajira Borrachita (Guajira) Pedro Soler & Gaspar Claus
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Time Is the Enemy Quantic
April Bounces Devonté Hynes
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