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Intelligence officer Tory Garcia, who has a background in gymnastics and diving, works through the obstacle course on American Ninja Warrior, which airs on NBC and Esquire Network. Brandon Hickman/NBC hide caption

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'If It Were Easy, It Wouldn't Be Interesting,' Say 'Ninja Warrior' Producers

The American Ninja Warrior obstacle course is so hard that, at first, no one managed to complete it. But the show's executive producers say that's OK: "It's not about winning," says Arthur Smith.

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Gentle Threat Chilly Gonzales
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Indecision, for violin, cello & double bass Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer et. al.
Major Carla Bley & Steve Swallow
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Tu Sabes Roland Vazquez
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Medford & Main Matthew Stubbs

Solar Impulse 2, piloted by Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard, prepares to land in Seville, Spain, on Thursday. Jean Revillard/AP hide caption

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'Beautiful Flight' Across The Atlantic Is Major Milestone For Solar Plane

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Downstream Ralph E. Hayes
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Researchers have long known that exercise is good for the brain. An enzyme produced by muscles might help explain why. Monalyn Gracia/Corbis/VCG/Getty Images hide caption

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A Protein That Moves From Muscle To Brain May Tie Exercise To Memory

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Never Forget to Remember Tommy Guerrero
Bridal Veil Falls Chris Thile

Though not well known for its jazz scene, Houston, Texas has produced some of America's best jazz musicians, including Jason Moran. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Beyond Country And Blues: The Jazz Legacy Of Houston

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Stand Up, Sit Down Bill Frisell
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Doctors who diagnosed Shariah Vroman-Nagy with bipolar disorder wanted to keep her in the hospital for treatment, but her insurance company wouldn't cover the stay. Andreas Fuhrmann for KQED hide caption

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Depressed Teen's Struggle To Find Mental Health Care In Rural California

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Picture Frame Caribbean Jazz Project

Intelligence officer Tory Garcia, who has a background in gymnastics and diving, works through the obstacle course on American Ninja Warrior, which airs on NBC and Esquire Network. Brandon Hickman/NBC hide caption

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'If It Were Easy, It Wouldn't Be Interesting,' Say 'Ninja Warrior' Producers

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Chicken Fight [128 BPM] Kid606
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Zoot Allures [Instrumental] Frank Zappa

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