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Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro marches with supporters during the Polk County Democrats Steak Fry, on Sept. 21, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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As Iowa Grows More Diverse, Democratic Candidates Are Taking Notice

Iowa is more than 90% white. But the state's demographics are slowly changing, and the 2020 campaigns have expanded their efforts to court Latino, Asian and black voters there.

The Monastery of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Washington, D.C. is the new host of a 151 kW community solar garden. The panels will provide roughly 50 nearby households with green energy. Mhari Shaw/NPR hide caption

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Powered By Faith, Religious Groups Emerge As A Conduit For A Just Solar Boom

The solar industry may be booming, but clean energy's financial perks still aren't reaching communities that need them most. Religious institutions are stepping up to bridge the gap.

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Should It Be Illegal To Sleep Outside?

Laws making it illegal to sleep outside favor relocation over resolving the problems that force people into the streets.

Opinion: Should It Be Illegal To Sleep Outside?

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'Dangerous Melodies' Examines Classical Music And American Foreign Relations

A new book explores the relation between a few key figures in American classical music and U.S. foreign policy in the 20th century.

'Dangerous Melodies' Examines Classical Music And American Foreign Relations

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This Book Teaches Kids The Concept Of 'Boonoonoonous' (It's A Good Thing)

Olive Senior, author of Boonoonoonous Hair, says the Jamaican word has fallen out of fashion, but it's time to bring it back. "If you're told you're boonoonoonous that's a great compliment," she says.

This Book Teaches Kids The Concept Of 'Boonoonoonous' (It's A Good Thing)

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Clockwise: Watchmen, Russian Doll, Los Espookys, The Crown, When They See Us and Documentary Now! made NPR critics' list of the best television of 2019. Mark Hill/HBO, Netflix, HBO, Sophie Mutevelian/Netflix, Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix, Rhys Thomas/IFC hide caption

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NPR's Favorite TV Shows Of 2019

Series such as Fleabag, Watchmen and Succession highlight our pop culture critics' list of the 19 best television and serial streaming programs of 2019.

Pakistan's four Integrity Icon honorees and one stand-in: from left to right, Imran Zia, Rohana Kakar, Umar Tufail's cousin Mohammad Saleh (Tufail couldn't attend as he was stuck in the field working), Rizwan Alam Sherwani and Zahid Ali Khan Khattak. Accountability Lab hide caption

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They're The Bravest, Humblest Civil Servants In Pakistan

The global program Integrity Icon aims to "name and fame" instead of "name and shame." This week, Pakistan honored government employees who did everything from track down killers to evict squatters.

Tents housing homeless line a street down the street from LAPD Central Community Police Station in downtown Los Angeles on May 30, 2019. In this city, homeless encampments are sprouting up in underpasses, along streets and on sidewalks and inside parks. Richard Vogel/AP hide caption

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How Boise's Fight Over Homelessness Is Rippling Across The West Coast

Cities in the western U.S. that are dealing with an growing homelessness are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that limits camping bans in public places.

How Boise's Fight Over Homelessness Is Rippling Along The West Coast

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