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A Kansas City tenant fights back and wins rare victory against landlord who tried to evict her

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The underlying facts were especially egregious – the landlord neglected extensive electrical and plumbing repairs – but a lawyer who represented the tenant said the case shows that tenants are not defenseless when faced with a landlord who ignores safety issues.

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Nick Offerman on why he finds solace in the outdoors

The actor and author has a new book, Where the Deer and the Antelope Play. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon about why walking in the woods makes him feel better and how to experience nature in a city.

Nick Offerman on why he finds solace in the outdoors

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With safety in mind, schools are getting their bands back together

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With students back at school this fall, classes sound almost normal — they just look a little different.

With safety in mind, schools are getting their bands back together

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The sci-fi epic 'Dune' is an immersive but incomplete experience

Fresh Air

Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel is undeniably staggering. But his Dune also feels rudimentary, as if he's managed his source material without fully mastering it.

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The U.S. is getting more diverse. But census data doesn't tell the whole story

At first glance, the 2020 census data paints a surprising portrait of a changing United States: The number of people who identify as white and no other race is smaller; the share of multiracial people has shot up; and the country's second-largest racial group is... "some other race." But resident census-expert Hansi Lo Wang told us that when you start to unpack the data, you quickly find that those numbers don't tell the whole story.

Painting By Numbers

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Despite higher COVID risk, most pregnant Americans remain unvaccinated

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Only a third of pregnant Americans are vaccinated for COVID-19, despite being at far higher risk for complications and death.

Despite higher COVID risk, most pregnant Americans remain unvaccinated

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Cars that are part of the Lyft ride-hailing fleet sit in a lot in Denver on April 30, 2020. The company says more than 1,800 sexual assaults were reported by riders in 2019, and the number of incidents has been rising sharply in recent years. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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Lyft report cites higher numbers of sexual assaults

The ride-hailing company says it received an increasing number of reports of sexual assault in recent years, including more than 1,800 in 2019. Uber put out a similar report nearly 2 years ago.

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Israel designates 6 Palestinian human right groups as terrorist organizations

Two of the groups said they would not be forced underground despite the uncertainty of their new status, which would allow Israel to raid the groups' offices and criminalize funding.

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Scientists used a tiny brain implant to help a blind teacher see letters again

A former science teacher who's been blind for 16 years became able to see letters, discern objects' edges — and even play a Maggie Simpson video game.

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Artist Julie Green, who depicted humanity of death row inmates, has died

NPR's Scott Simon remembers artist Julie Green, who died this week. Green's painted plate project, "The Last Supper," depicts the final meal of death row inmates.

Opinion: Artist Julie Green, who depicted humanity of death row inmates, has died

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There's bipartisan cooperation brewing on Capitol Hill ... over beer

Some lawmakers are raising the bar for bipartisan cooperation, in the most unexpected of places.

There's bipartisan cooperation brewing on Capitol Hill ... over beer

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La Niña is coming. Here's what that means for winter weather in the U.S.

The climate pattern known as La Niña generally brings winters that are drier and warmer than usual across the southern U.S. and cooler and wetter in the northern part of the country.

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The house from the movie 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' is up for sale

For $3.5 million, you can roam the halls of the Los Angeles house where Freddie Krueger murdered his victims. You have until Halloween to make an offer.

The house from the movie 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' is up for sale

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