Children play on a Nigerian oil-flow station in 2007. Nigeria, a major oil source for the United States, is riddled with ancient pipes and constant spills. That, plus the geopolitical challenges involved, is why much of Nigeria's crude is the kind of "tough oil" that author Michael Klare describes. George Osodi/AP hide caption

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Michael Klare: Grappling With The Age Of 'Tough Oil'
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Plaquemines Parish coastal zone director P.J. Hahn lifts an oil-covered pelican, which was stuck in oil at Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay, just off the Gulf of Mexico, in early June. Gerald Herbert/AP Photo hide caption

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How Endangered Species Are Faring In The Gulf
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Author Interviews

After 20 Years On The Job, NYC Police Officer Tells His Intense Stories

"Your heart is pounding; your adrenaline is shooting out of your ears," retired police officer Steve Osborne says. "And you got one second to get it right." Originally broadcast April 21, 2015.

After 20 Years On The Job, NYC Police Officer Tells His Intense Stories
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Music Reviews

Power Trio Mixes Old And New, And The Result Is 'Perfection'

Jazz stars David Murray, Geri Allen and Terri Lyne Carrington first played together last year in New York. Now they come together with the new album, Perfection. Critic Kevin Whitehead has a review.

Power Trio Mixes Old And New, And The Result Is 'Perfection'
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Movie Reviews

Superheroes Engage In All Out 'Civil War' In The Latest 'Captain America' Film

The new movie from Marvel Studios features almost all the members of the Avengers superhero collective. Critic David Edelstein calls it an irresistible hodgepodge of special effects and superheroes.

Superheroes Engage In All Out 'Civil War' In The Latest 'Captain America' Film
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Author Interviews

Newly Released Documents Detail Traumas Of China's Cultural Revolution

Historian Frank Dikötter says newly opened archives offer fresh details about the chaos China experienced in the 1960s, when Chairman Mao urged students to take to the streets.

Newly Released Documents Detail Traumas Of China's Cultural Revolution
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Music Reviews

Beyoncé Is 'At The Height Of Her Powers' In 'Lemonade'

The pop star's latest release extols the potency of black womanhood in the roles of mother, wife, lover and artist. Rock critic Ken Tucker calls Lemonade a feat of "invention and imagination."

Beyoncé Is 'At The Height Of Her Powers' In 'Lemonade'
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Wednesday

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Author Interviews

To Play Sports Under Taliban Rule, 'Different Kind Of Daughter' Dressed As A Boy

Growing up in the tribal region of Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai pretended she was a boy in order to compete as a weightlifter. Later she became an internationally known squash player.

To Play Sports Under Taliban Rule, 'Different Kind Of Daughter' Dressed As A Boy
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Movie Interviews

From 'Once' To 'Sing Street': Director John Carney Infuses Movies With Music

The Irish director and screenwriter talks to Fresh Air's Ann Marie Baldonado about his new film, which tells the story of a young teenager in 1980s Dublin who discovers pop music and starts a band.

From 'Once' To 'Sing Street': Director John Carney Infuses Movies With Music
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