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From 'Buffy' Superfan To Pulitzer Prize, A Critic Celebrates TV On Her Own Terms

Emily Nussbaum's new book, I Like To Watch, is a collection of essays that span her career and the age of prestige TV. She wants to "explode and expand" the types of shows we take seriously, she says.

From 'Buffy' Superfan To Pulitzer Prize, A Critic Celebrates TV On Her Own Terms

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Hospitals Earn Little From Suing For Unpaid Bills. For Patients, It Can Be 'Ruinous'

Deshia Smith says she only realized she'd been sued over her hospital bill when she saw her paycheck was being garnished. "I literally have no food in my house because they're garnishing my check," she says. Olivia Falcigno/NPR hide caption

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Hospitals Earn Little From Suing For Unpaid Bills. For Patients, It Can Be 'Ruinous'

When patients can't afford to pay their medical bills, many hospitals offer a payment plan — or free or discounted care. But some try to collect by suing patients and garnishing their wages.

Hospitals Earn Little From Suing For Unpaid Bills. For Patients, It Can Be 'Ruinous'

Deshia Smith says she only realized she'd been sued over her hospital bill when she saw her paycheck was being garnished. "I literally have no food in my house because they're garnishing my check," she says. Olivia Falcigno/NPR hide caption

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When Hospitals Sue For Unpaid Bills, It Can Be Ruinous For Patients

When patients can't afford to pay their medical bills, many hospitals offer a payment plan — or free or discounted care. But some try to collect by suing patients and garnishing their wages.

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A Whole Lot Of Improv: Southwest Readjusts To A World Without The Boeing 737 Max

Southwest Airlines is the biggest operator of Boeing's 737 Max in the U.S. While the plane remains grounded following two fatal overseas crashes, Southwest has had to juggle its flight operations.

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'Endgame' Nears All-Time Record, And The Age Of The Disney Mega-Blockbuster Is Upon Us

Critic Bob Mondello reviews the history of movie blockbusters and tracks how Disney's ownership of mega-blockbusting franchises is reshaping the multiplex.

'Endgame' Nears All-Time Record, And The Age Of The Disney Mega-Blockbuster Is Upon Us

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The Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, has voted to restore Russia's voting rights. They were suspended after Russia seized Crimea five years ago. Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Europe's Top Human Rights Organization Restores Russia's Voting Rights

The Kremlin calls it "a victory of common sense." It is also a big step forward for Moscow to normalize relations with European member states after annexing Crimea in 2014.

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San Francisco Bans Sales Of E-Cigarettes

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San Francisco supervisors say they need to protect kids and teens from becoming addicted to nicotine. The dominant vaping company, Juul, is headquartered in the city and hopes to overturn the ban.

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Decades After A Murder, A Dangerous Kind Of Self-Delusion

In the investigative podcast's final episode, we speak both to the Rev. James Reeb's descendants and to those of one of his attackers, exploring how a civil rights-era killing and the lies that followed it affected both families.

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Courtney Irby was charged with armed burglary and grand theft in connection with guns owned by her estranged husband, Joseph Irby. A member of her family told local media that Irby had feared for her life. Polk County Sheriff's Office via AP hide caption

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Florida Deciding Whether To Prosecute Woman Who Turned In Estranged Husband's Guns

Her husband was jailed overnight after police said he rammed his vehicle into hers. She was jailed for six days after she allegedly broke into his home, took his guns and gave them to law enforcement.

Ramy Youssef is the co-creator and star of the semi-autobiographical Hulu series Ramy. "From the onset ... we really wanted to challenge our main character," he says. Hasan Amin/Hulu hide caption

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Comic Ramy Youssef On Being An 'Allah Carte' Muslim: 'You Sit In Contradictions'

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In the semi-autobiographical show, Ramy, Youssef plays a practicing Muslim who's torn between his faith and his desire to fit in. "Everyone has a code," he says of the compromises his character makes.

Under a plea deal brokered in 2007, Jeffrey Epstein served just 13 months and was granted work release. He is seen here at a New York City event in 2005. Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Image hide caption

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Jeffrey Epstein's Sex Offender Plea Deal Must Stand, Federal Prosecutors Say

Attorneys representing sex abuse victims have argued for years that their clients weren't informed of the once-secret deal beforehand or given the opportunity to testify about it in court.

President Donald Trump presents the Medal of Honor to retired Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday. Bellavia received the award for conspicuous gallantry while serving in support of Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Medal Of Honor Awarded To Iraq War Veteran

Retired Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia received the nation's highest medal for heroism for saving his squad in Fallujah, Iraq. Bellavia is the first living veteran of that war to be so honored.

Medal Of Honor Awarded To Iraq War Veteran

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Longtime Trump Aide Stephanie Grisham To Be Next White House Press Secretary

An early member of the Trump campaign and Melania Trump's spokeswoman since 2017, Grisham has been a staunch defender of the first lady. She will also take over as White House communications director.

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