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Kwesi Bido, 14, (right) stops to fix 13-year-old Inusa Mohammed's flip flop. Both spend evenings and weekends searching for scrap at Agbogbloshie, an electronic waste dump in Accra, Ghana. Courtesy of Yepoka Yeebo hide caption

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A Shadow Economy Lurks In An Electronics Graveyard

Two decades ago, the region of Agbogbloshie in Ghana was a lush mangrove swamp. Now, reporter and photographer Yepoka Yeebo explains, it's a vast dump full of electronic waste and young scavengers.

Military Children from WAMU's Breaking Ground project sheds light on the challenges of being the child of soldiers. Kavitha Cardoza/WAMU hide caption

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'Military Children': Coping With The Loss Of A Parent

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Kwesi Bido, 14, (right) stops to fix 13-year-old Inusa Mohammed's flip flop. Both spend evenings and weekends searching for scrap at Agbogbloshie, an electronic waste dump in Accra, Ghana. Courtesy of Yepoka Yeebo hide caption

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A Shadow Economy Lurks In An Electronics Graveyard

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Tapping The Sounds Of Portugal

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Dança Da Aldeia Ricardo Parreira
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Mira Johnson took an unusual route on her journey to becoming a life coach. Courtesy of Mira Johnson hide caption

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She Left The Nightlife Behind To Become A Life Coach

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Kitchen Sink [Clark Remix] Amon Tobin
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Peter Ormerod argues that parents shouldn't force their children to write thank-you cards — it's an exercise in insincerity, he says, and there are better ways to promote gratitude. Diego Cervo/iStockphoto hide caption

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In This New Year, Is It Time To Nix The Thank-You Letter?

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TV In 2015: Late-Night Shuffles, Big Goodbyes And More

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Vira De Frielas Ricardo Parreira