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NASA astronaut Anne McClain, attends her final exam at the Gagarin Cosmonauts' Training Centre outside Moscow on Nov. 14, 2018. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'Every Day Is A Good Day When You're Floating': Anne McClain Talks Life In Space

Kindergartners from Georgetown Day School in Washington D.C., help NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro field questions to McClain, who's an astronaut serving on the International Space Station.

'Every Day Is A Good Day When You're Floating': Anne McClain Talks Life In Space

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Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke left the Trump administration amid unresolved ethics investigations. His department has been inundated by Freedom of Information requests and is now proposing a new rule which critics charge could limit transparency. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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Interior Dept.'s Push To Limit Public Records Requests Draws Criticism

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Public records requests to the office of the Secretary of the Interior have increased by over 200 percent since 2016. Critics say that proposed rule changes to limit those requests will hamper access.

Interior Dept.'s Push To Limit Public Records Requests Draws Criticism

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Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert withdrew herself from consideration for the nomination of U.S. ambassador to the U.N. on Saturday. Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Heather Nauert Withdraws From Consideration For U.N. Ambassador

The State Department spokesperson says "it is in the best interest of my family to withdraw." In the two months since her nomination was announced, Nauert's credentials have been questioned.

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Colonial Williamsburg Serves Up The Past So You Can Try A Taste Of History

The living-history museum in Virginia re-creates 18th-century recipes in its restaurants using ingredients grown in the traditional way onsite. But some modern palates aren't too keen on the taste.

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Trump's National Emergency Sets Up Legal Fight Over Spending Authority

Does Trump have the constitutional power to ignore a congressional vote that did not provide him all the money he wanted for a Southern border wall? That issue could be decided by the Supreme Court.

Trump's National Emergency Sets Up Legal Fight Over Spending Authority

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The Annie Merner Pfeiffer Chapel is seen on the campus of Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C. The college, one of two historically black colleges for women, is fighting to maintain its accreditation. Bennett College hide caption

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Facing Loss Of Accreditation Over Finances, Women's HBCU Raises Millions

Bennett College, a historically black women's college, could lose accreditation due to financial instability. President Phyllis Worthy Dawkins tells NPR's Michel Martin how the school raised millions.

Facing Loss Of Accreditation Over Finances, Women's HBCU Raises Millions

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Debuts 'Lazarus' To Celebrate 60th Anniversary

The hour-long piece was created by choreographer Rennie Harris, who formed the first and longest running hip-hop dance touring company. Harris tells NPR's Michel Martin all about the new work.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Debuts 'Lazarus' To Celebrate 60th Anniversary

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Most American cars run on gasoline. But analysts say that's poised to change as electric vehicles take over the market. The question is, how soon? Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As More Electric Cars Arrive, What's The Future For Gas-Powered Engines?

The vast majority of American cars run on gasoline. But analysts say that's poised to change as electric vehicles take over the market — albeit not as quickly as environmental activists might like.

As More Electric Cars Arrive, What's The Future For Gas-Powered Engines?

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Tom and Tamara Conry stand outside their home in Paradise, Calif., which was almost untouched by November's deadly Camp Fire. Their property insurer notified them in December that it would not renew their policy past January. Pauline Bartolone/Capital Public Radio hide caption

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Their Home Survived The Camp Fire — But Their Insurance Did Not

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The Camp Fire in November 2018 incinerated roughly 90 percent of the homes in Paradise, Calif. Owners of the few remaining homes may find it more difficult to keep their home insured.

Their Home Survived The Camp Fire — But Their Insurance Did Not

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In 2011, Emma Hutchinson School was one of the Atlanta Public Schools identified by a state government report as part of a widespread cheating scandal. John Bazemore/AP hide caption

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Former Teacher Blames Education Policymakers For Atlanta Cheating Scandal

Shani Robinson was one of 11 Atlanta teachers convicted of altering standardized test results in 2015. In None of the Above, she pleads her innocence — and points a finger at systemic failure.

Former Teacher Blames Education Policymakers For Atlanta Cheating Scandal

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Alexsis Rodgers, president of Virginia Young Democrats, is one of the disappointed constituents who worked hard to elect some of the officials at the center of the Virginia controversies. Now, Rodgers says, the state democratic party must develop diverse leaders before there's another crisis. Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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Virginia Democrats Now Look To Women of Color For Leadership

The recent controversies embroiling some of Virginia's top Democratic officials have the party reconsidering their leadership.

Virginia Democrats Now Look To Women Of Color For Leadership

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Survivor Maryland kicks off its 12th season with a challenge where participants' arms are tied to a plastic cup of water that's resting on the top of a ledge. One wrong move and the cup (and its contents) will tumble. Olivia Sun/NPR hide caption

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It's Survivor: College Edition, As Students Create Their Own Reality Shows

College students across the country have re-created campus versions of CBS' Survivor — all while juggling classes and homework. The challenges are popular online and have earned a devoted following.

A Chance Meeting Changes Lives In Sophie Kinsella's Latest

The author of the bestselling Shopaholic series is back, with a new novel about a woman who's addicted not to shopping but to fixing the lives of the people around her — at the expense of her own.

A Chance Meeting Changes Lives In Sophie Kinsella's Latest

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Thanks in part to his original songwriting, singing and guitar-playing, Physics doctoral student Pramodh Senarath Yapa beat out the remaining entrants to win this year's "Dance Your Ph.D." contest. Courtesy of Matthias Le Dall hide caption

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Ph.D. Student Breaks Down Electron Physics Into A Swinging Musical

John Bohannon, founder of Science magazine's "Dance Your Ph.D." contest, presents the 2018 winner, Pramodh Senarath Yapa. He won over judges with his choreographic rendition of some chaotic electrons.

Ph.D. Student Breaks Down Electron Physics Into A Swinging Musical

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Talkin' Birds: The Great Backyard Bird Count

Bird lovers around the world are counting birds this weekend for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, which provides valuable data for avian research.

Talkin' Birds: The Great Backyard Bird Count

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A fan-throated lizard displays his dewlap sac in front of Asia's largest wind farm in the Western Ghats mountains of India. The construction of the windmills altered the habitat of the lizards dramatically. Prasenjeet Yadav hide caption

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Sky Islands And Starry-Eyed Frogs: Breathtaking Photos Of Remote Ecosystems

Prasenjeet Yadav wants his photos to make people care about the environment — whether it's grasslands vanishing in southwest India or windmills taking over a lizard's habitat.

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