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Librarian S. Kalaivani has worked at the Jaffna Public Library in Sri Lanka for five years. "I love working here," she says. "It's a pleasure to help the people who are continuing to get knowledge." Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Up From The Ashes, A Public Library In Sri Lanka Welcomes New Readers

The Jaffna library once held irreplaceable, ancient manuscripts, lost when it was torched in 1981. Fully restored, the beloved landmark today is filled with readers.

Down, Down, Down The Expendables
Bakeway Stomp Alter View

House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, is one of the many (many) shows now available on your TV — and in other places, too. David Giesbrecht/Courtesy of Netflix hide caption

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Television 2015: Too Much In Too Many Ways

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Burnt Biscuits Booker T. & the MG's
Inchworm [Silent Servant Remix] Battles

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul wants to run for both his Kentucky Senate seat and the White House, but a current state law prohibits him from doing so. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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Rand Paul Wants To Run For President — And Senate

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Whole Life Story Passion Pit

In the years before the drought began, Australia carried out a giant reset of its water rights. First, the government put a cap on the total amount of water available for farmers. Then, farmers received shares of that total supply. Martin Benik/Corbis hide caption

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In Search Of A Drought Strategy, California Looks Down Under

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Unfinished Sympathy Massive Attack
Otto's Journey Mylo
Lionheart Emancipator
Ain't Misbehavin' Fats Waller

The McDonald's inside the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, in 2004. Tony Dejak/AP hide caption

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So Long, Big Mac: Cleveland Clinic Ousts McDonald's From Cafeteria

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Days to Come Bonobo & Bajka
Marriage Gold Panda

Librarian S. Kalaivani has worked at the Jaffna Public Library in Sri Lanka for five years. "I love working here," she says. "It's a pleasure to help the people who are continuing to get knowledge." Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Up From The Ashes, A Public Library In Sri Lanka Welcomes New Readers

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Minuit Sur La Plage Kenny Vaughan
Nova Burial & Four Tet
Master the Art Greyboy
Daisuke El Huervo
Caravan John Wasson

Waitress tells the story of Jenna (Jessie Mueller), a diner waitress who is stuck in a stifling, abusive marriage and yearns for a better life. Evgenia Eliseeva/Courtesy of The American Repertory Theater hide caption

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'Waitress' Serves Dark, Funny Fare With A Musical Twist (And A Side Of Pie)

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An Evening I will Not Forget Dermot Kennedy
Fumando Captain Planet

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