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Smallpox virus, colorized and magnified in this micrograph 42,000 times, is the real concern for biologists working on a cousin virus — horsepox. They're hoping to develop a better vaccine against smallpox, should that human scourge ever be used as a bioweapon. Chris Bjornberg/Science Source hide caption

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Did Pox Virus Research Put Potential Profits Ahead of Public Safety?

Privately funded scientists made a virus related to smallpox from scratch, hoping their version might lead to a better smallpox vaccine. But critics question the need — and worry about repercussions.

Did Pox Virus Research Put Potential Profits Ahead of Public Safety?

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Bernadette Peters is the latest in a long line of Broadway stars to play the title role in Hello, Dolly! Julieta Cervantes hide caption

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Bernadette Peters On Fulfilling The Red Dress Of 'Hello, Dolly!'

The Tony-Award-winning actress, the latest to play the titular role of Dolly Levi on Broadway, describes what she brought to an enduring musical.

Bernadette Peters On Fulfilling The Red Dress Of 'Hello, Dolly!'

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Elise LeGrow remakes blues and soul classics for her full-length debut, Playing Chess. Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Elise LeGrow's 'Playing Chess' Honors Blues And R&B Greats

The Canadian singer covers the Chess Records catalog, from Chuck Berry to Etta James, on her debut album.

Elise LeGrow's 'Playing Chess' Honors Blues And R&B Greats

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In this file photo taken on April 19, 2015, a women enters the four-story building known as the "troll factory" in St. Petersburg, Russia. The U.S. government alleges the Internet Research Agency started interfering as early as 2014 in U.S. politics, extending to the 2016 presidential election. Dmitry Lovetsky/AP hide caption

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The Russia Investigations: Mueller Indicts The 'Internet Research Agency'

Here are five takeaways from the indictment unveiled on Friday that charged a St. Petersburg troll farm and a number of individual Russians with waging "information warfare" against the United States.

'Piecing Me Together' Novelist Says She Writes To Help Kids Feel Seen

Renée Watson won the Coretta Scott King Award for her novel about a black student at a mostly white private school.

'Piecing Me Together' Novelist Says She Writes To Help Kids Feel Seen

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Snow-making has been called a Band-Aid to the bigger problem of warming temperatures. Patrik Duda / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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Snow-Making For Skiing During Warm Winters Comes With Environmental Cost

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Professional skiers and resorts in Aspen face a problem this season: deal with patches of dirt caused by warmer temperatures or make the climate worse by making and moving artificial snow.

Snow-Making For Skiing During Warm Winters Comes With Environmental Cost

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The Czech Republic's Ester Ledecka won the women's Super-G race at the Jeongseon Alpine Center by just 0.01, pulling off an upset at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'This Must Be Some Mistake,' Says Snowboarder After Winning Olympic Gold In Skiing

She went up the hill a snowboarder but came down an Olympic champion skier. That's one way to tell the story of Ester Ledecka, the Czech athlete who stunned the world in South Korea.

Tribal leaders worry that they will be left out of discussions surrounding major decisions affecting tribes and their land, like that of the Navajo Nation which covers parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. Jeff Overs/BBC News for Getty Images hide caption

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Tribal Leaders: Infrastructure Bill Should Include Indian Country Priorities

"Tribal infrastructure is American infrastructure," the president of the National Congress of American Indians said in response to Trump's proposal for investing in U.S. infrastructure.

Revelers celebrate during the Carnival street parade of the Bloco das Carmelitas in the Santa Teresa neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last week. Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rio Carnival: When Brazil Lets Out Its Mysterious 'Inner Chicken'

"There are people who go through life until they are 80 or 90 years old, desperate to let out their chicken. They die without doing so, which is a mistake," a Carnival reveler says.

Rio Carnival: When Brazil Lets Out Its Mysterious 'Inner Chicken'

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L-R: Florence Kasumba as Ayo and Danai Gurira as Okoye in Black Panther. Marvel Studios hide caption

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Danai Gurira On Her 'Black Panther' Role: 'She Protects What We Would Have Been'

The actress plays warrior Okoye in the new film. "The thing that really connected me ... was her love and her loyalty to this thing called Wakanda, this nation that was never colonized," she says.

Danai Gurira On Her 'Black Panther' Role: 'She Protects What We Would Have Been'

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In Disney Channel's new original movie-musical ZOMBIES, a high school is integrated with zombie students, including the charismatic Zed (played by Milo Manheim). John Medland/Disney Channel hide caption

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Why The Zombie Craze Still Has Our Undying Affection

Disney Channel's new high school zombie musical; The Walking Dead's ratings reign; the buzz for the new book Dread Nation: In pop culture, the undead persist after our brains.

Why The Zombie Craze Still Has Our Undying Affection

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Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, performing with female dancers during this year's Grammy telecast, is a topic on this week's show. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS hide caption

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Reggaeton In The Age of #MeToo

This week, we had a thoughtful discussion of the genre's sometimes controversial depiction of women.

Reggaeton In The Age of #MeToo

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In 'Freshwater,' A College Student Learns To Live With Separate Selves

Akwaeke Emezi's debut novel follows the spiritually receptive student, Ada. The author pulls from her own experience with what she says "is like a cloud of selves that are shifting."

In 'Freshwater,' A College Student Learns To Live With Separate Selves

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During the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival last April, Mr. Okra drove his iconic produce truck and called out to customers. Erika Goldring/Getty Images hide caption

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Goodbye, Mr. Okra: New Orleans Remembers Its Singing Vegetable Vendor

Arthur James Robinson, known as "Mr. Okra," died this week. But New Orleans residents will never forget his distinctive inventory call and his brightly-painted truck, winding through the city.

Listen to Mr. Okra’s Call

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