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Stephanie George (right) with her daughter, Kendra, and son Courtney. They were 5 and 8 when she went to prison on a drug charge. Last December, President Obama commuted her sentence. Marisa Peñaloza/NPR hide caption

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After 17 Years Behind Bars, Coming Home To A Different Life

Stephanie George got a life sentence for drug crimes at age 26, a punishment that troubled the judge who sent her away. Now, after 17 years and a White House commutation, George tries to rebuild.

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Saturn 9 Zubatto Syndicate
Spirit Of The Air Pat Metheny
Maintenance [Instrumentals] Blockhead

Nina Park, also known as Elle L. Cool Jam, is a member of the Cosmonaughties roller derby team in the Boston Derby Dames league. Kayana Szymczak for NPR hide caption

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Skating Out Classroom Stress As A 'Derby Dame'

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Mama Said Knock You Out LL Cool J

First Officer Dheeraj Singh spends most of his time at the helm of a container ship, but on a three-hour shore leave from the Port of Oakland, he visits Old Navy at Bay Street Mall in Emeryville, Calif. Julie Caine/KALW hide caption

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Shopping On Shore Leave: How Seafarers Head To The Mall

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Sea Hare Dirty Gold
Pixie George Winston
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Captain America made his debut for Marvel in 1941, as the incarnation of American patriotic fervor during World War II. Marvel Comics/AP hide caption

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Marvel At 75: Still Slinging Webs And Guarding Galaxies

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Avengers Alan Silvestri
Bring Back Pluto Aesop Rock

The King Fire burned 100,000 acres in the Eldorado National Forest in Northern California — 50,000 of those acres in one day. Now the danger is mudslides. Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio hide caption

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In California, Fire Plus Drought Plus Rain Add Up To Mud

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Wilderness Royal Bangs
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Stormy Weather The Toughcats

Stephanie George (right) with her daughter, Kendra, and son Courtney. They were 5 and 8 when she went to prison on a drug charge. Last December, President Obama commuted her sentence. Marisa Peñaloza/NPR hide caption

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After 17 Years Behind Bars, Coming Home To A Different Life

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Intro The xx
Flat Panda Dianogah

A Syrian refugee child carries water in the Fayda Camp, some 25 miles east of Beirut, Lebanon, on March 10. Jerome Delay/AP hide caption

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Amid Strains, Syrian Refugees Are Facing Curfews In Lebanon

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Deia - Electromana
Longtooth Zongo Junction
Changes Mocean Worker & Herb Alpert
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Boom Clap Charli XCX
Sinnerman [Felix da Housecat's Heavenly House Mix] Nina Simone

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