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'Underground Railroad' Is A Hard But Beautiful Reflection On Black Pain

Barry Jenkins' adaptation of Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad reaches us at a time when we are most prepared for its message, but severely challenged by its delivery system.

Gaylord High School principal Chris Hodges measures the space between seats in a yearbook class. A student in the class tested positive for covid, and Hodges is working with the local health department to trace people who might have been exposed to her at school. Brett Dahlberg/WCMU hide caption

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A Principal And His Tape Measure: Schools Are Helping Do COVID-19 Contact Tracing

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Struggling to keep up with a COVID-19 surge in Michigan, overwhelmed local health departments turned to schools, and recruited principals and teachers as supplemental contact tracers.

A Principal And His Tape Measure: Schools Are Helping Do COVID-19 Contact Tracing

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Muslims Mark End Of Ramadan, But COVID Subdues Celebrations For A Second Year

Some 1.8 billion faithful around the world are marking Eid al-Fitr, but in many places, COVID-19 restrictions and concerns over the spread of virus were putting a damper on festivities.

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No Deal Out Of Infrastructure Meeting, But Biden Says The Effort Is There

President Biden continues conversations with Republicans, but major hurdles persist over what items would be in an infrastructure measure, and how it might be paid for.

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Far Fewer Young Migrants Are In Border Patrol Custody, DHS Secretary Says

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told lawmakers that unaccompanied minors are moving more quickly out of custody and into facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Alice Neel's Paintings Meet The Moment At The Met

Painter Alice Neel's first retrospective in 20 years is both timely and ambitious. And people are flocking to see her portraits, a chronicle of the 20th century through expressive faces and figures.

Susan Stamberg and Alice Neel

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Daddy's Home (out May 14), Annie Clark's sixth album as St. Vincent, takes the sounds and sleaze of early-1970s New York as its aesthetic backdrop. Zackery Michael/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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St. Vincent, Builder Of Rock Futures, Takes Shelter In The Past

Fourteen years after her first album as St. Vincent, Annie Clark makes a sharp turn in time with Daddy's Home, a '70s rock revue that nails the sound, if not the spirit, of its influences.

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It Wasn't Friendship At First Sight. 35 Years On, They Found A 'Forever Love'

Young and on her own in New York, a bright-eyed Julaina Glass arrived in Beau McCall's Harlem apartment building. Though it took time, Glass endeared herself to McCall. "You're a part of me," he said.

It Wasn't Friendship At First Sight. 35 Years On, They Found A 'Forever Love'

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Pervis Staples, Founding Member Of The Staple Singers, Dies At Age 85

Staples, a tenor vocalist, helped to ease his family's iconic gospel group into secular territory, and later found success as a manager and club owner.

Pervis Staples, Founding Member Of The Staple Singers, Dies At Age 85

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How To Stop Ransomware Attacks? 1 Proposal Would Prohibit Victims From Paying Up

The attack on Colonial Pipeline has focused new attention on a potentially radical proposal to stem the growing threat posed by ransomware: making it illegal for victims to pay their attackers.

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University Of South Carolina President Resigns After Plagiarizing Part Of Speech

The crowd gasped when Robert Caslen, a former Army flag officer, called the graduating students "the newest alumni from the University of California." But his bungled speech didn't stop there.

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'Theft At A Scale That Is Unprecedented': Behind The Underfunding Of HBCUs

Tennessee could owe a historically Black university over $500 million. Andre Perry, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, believes the problem cuts much deeper: "We're throttling the economy."

'Theft At A Scale That Is Unprecedented': Behind The Underfunding Of HBCUs

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How The Sewing Machine Gave Power — And Fashion Cred — To African Women

In 'The African Lookbook,' Catherine McKinley bends, stretches and tears the fabric of what mainstream history has been telling us about African women in the clothing industry.

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New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On May 14

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on May 14 include Jorja Smith's Be Right Back, St. Vincent's homage to early '70s rock, a staggering new project from saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings and more.

New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On May 14

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