Eric Westervelt Eric Westervelt is a San Francisco-based correspondent for NPR's National Desk.
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Joseph Straus, 6, rides a zip line at the Berkeley Adventure Playground, where kids can "play wild" in a half-acre park that has a junkyard feel. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Where The Wild Things Play

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At East Bay School for Boys, sometimes the sparks of inspiration result in, well, actual sparks. Courtesy East Bay School for Boys hide caption

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Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders

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Sorry, Lucy: The Myth Of The Misused Brain Is 100 Percent False

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Violence Spikes Anew In Iraq, As Islamic State Looks To Expand

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Ashanti Branch, an assistant principal at Montera Middle School in Oakland, Calif., leads boys in a "check in" circle at his after-school Ever Forward Club. Eric Westervelt/NPR hide caption

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Giving Boys A Bigger Emotional Toolbox

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Adam Goldberg, the creator of the PS 177 band, conducting at band practice. Eric Westervelt/NPR hide caption

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A High School Band Where Everyone's Voice Can Be Heard

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Jason Haughton sings an original tune composed by the PS 177 Technology Band. Eric Westervelt/NPR hide caption

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iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School's Band

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Attorneys Theodore Boutrous Jr. (far right) and Marcellus McRae are joined by California public school students who won their case against the state. Nick Ut/AP hide caption

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California Teacher Tenure Ruled Unconstitutional

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Entertainer and entrepreneur Sean Combs delivers Howard University's commencement speech during the 2014 Howard University graduation ceremony in Washington, on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Some suggested that Combs, who attended Howard in the late 1980s but did not graduate, was a poor choice of speaker. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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