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Space

Total Failure: When The Space Shuttle Didn't Come Home

In Part 1 of the series Total Failure, a former NASA official recalls the disastrous mission of the space shuttle Columbia in 2003 and how the accident changed his life forever.

Bouncers Oh No
La Californie Souleance
Teakwood Betz Perpetual Groove
Life Itself Glass Animals

A wooden puzzle in the silhouette of a human head might look fun if the stakes weren't so high. A doctor named Howard Knox invented The Feature Profile Test — the formal name for this puzzle —after officials struggled to administer IQ tests to immigrants because of issues with language and literacy. Stephen Lewis/Art + Commerce/Smithsonian Magazine hide caption

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This Simple Puzzle Test Sealed The Fate Of Immigrants At Ellis Island

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Pelleus Pavane
Gilbert's Groove Circles Around the Sun
Conscious Club (Instrumental) Vulfpeck

During the cruise ship season, tourists flood the streets of Ketchikan. The borough of Ketchikan is home to about 13,000 people. In just one day, Ketchikan may see 13,000 cruise ship visitors. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Leaving Timber Behind, An Alaska Town Turns To Tourism

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Atomic Bomb William Onyeabor
Mad Man Cookie Jar
Game over! Harris Cole

President Trump meets Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office on March 14. Trump is traveling to the kingdom Friday on his first foreign trip. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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President Trump's First Foreign Trip Will Include Red-Carpet Welcome In Saudi Arabia

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TV Networks Unveil Fall Seasons At 2017 Upfronts

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Quimbara Quimbara Cuban Stars
Sweet Thang Shuggie Otis
Driving The Wet Pavement Sabzi
The Dig Groundislava
Freedom (Interlude)
Suga Suga Baby Bash & Frankie J