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First-graders take soccer class at the Nandulehe Elementary School in suburban Beijing. The school is one of 20,000 that's launching a national soccer curriculum in the next five years. It's part of a government plan to raise China's soccer skills and eventually, China's leaders hope, host and win a World Cup. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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China Kicks Off 'Great Leap Forward' On The Soccer Field

China is rolling out an ambitious soccer program. President Xi Jinping is reported to be a big fan who wants China to win a World Cup. Critics say there's too much emphasis on quick results.

This fungus among us — baker's yeast, aka Saccharomyces cerevisiae — is useful for more than just making bread. iStockphoto hide caption

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You And Yeast Have More In Common Than You Might Think

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Science Will Save Us Exxasens
Her Comforting Touch Dorena

Lt. Gen. Abdul Raziq is the police chief widely credited with bringing much greater security to the southern Afghan city of Kandahar. But critics accuse him of human rights abuses including torture and extrajudicial killings. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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He Calmed Kandahar. But At What Cost?

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Free Wheelin Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Recurring Bonobo

When J.D. Falk was dying of stomach cancer in 2011, his wife says doctors would only talk about death in euphemisms. Hope Arnold hide caption

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Coded Talk About Assisted Suicide Can Leave Families Confused

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Liturgy My Epic
B Minor Lanterna
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19 Lights At Sea

The famous chariot race in Ben-Hur was filmed on a movie set at Cinecittà in 1958. AP hide caption

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Rome's Cinematic 'Dream Factory' Ramps Up Production Once Again

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Passarella Di Addio I Compani
Emanuel Ciccolini
Airlock Homes Fila Brazillia & Bernard Moss
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Littlest Things Lily Allen
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First-graders take soccer class at the Nandulehe Elementary School in suburban Beijing. The school is one of 20,000 that's launching a national soccer curriculum in the next five years. It's part of a government plan to raise China's soccer skills and eventually, China's leaders hope, host and win a World Cup. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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China Kicks Off 'Great Leap Forward' On The Soccer Field

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Vibe Vendetta Pretty Lights
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Lost Lula Jason Romero & Pharis Romero

An ancient stone tool unearthed at the excavation site near Kenya's Lake Turkana. It's not just the shape and sharp edges that suggest it was deliberately crafted, the researchers say, but also the dozens of stone flakes next to it that were part of the same kit. MPK-WTAP hide caption

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Chipping Away At The Mystery Of The Oldest Tools Ever Found

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Solar Wind I Am Waiting for You Last Summer
Ares (Big Gigantic Remix) Emancipator

Alan Doan likes the fact that Missouri Star Quilt Co. is following in the footsteps of fellow Hamilton native J.C. Penney, but Doan's never been into an actual J.C. Penney store. Frank Morris/KCUR hide caption

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One Family Revitalizes A Small Town With, Yes, Quilts

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Mathias Eick's 'Midwest': A Musical Landscape

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November Mathias Eick
Mas y Mas Bronx River Parkway