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Amina Ahmed at home in Oromo, Ethiopia. Before having cataracts removed from both her eyes, she had been blind for four years. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Goats and Soda

The Miracle Of Cataract Surgery: The Blind Can See Again

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness globally. But a quick surgery and a $4 plastic lens can restore sight. A group from Vermont is offering free surgery in Africa and Asia.

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A Rocky Appearance For DeVos On '60 Minutes'

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Ionism Michael Brook
Want Something Done (Instrumental) Oddisee
Look (feat. M. Takara & Marcelo Cabral) DJ Mako

Professor Eric van Oort uses this 'virtual oil rig' to do research at the University of Texas at Austin. He helps advise companies on how to improve operations. Mose Buchele/KUT hide caption

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America's Oil Boom Is Fueled By A Tech Boom

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Dilaudid The Mountain Goats
Salvation The Limiñanas
Sleep on the Left Side Cornershop

Police vehicles line up at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after the shooting that killed 17 people last month. Officers were frustrated when the Broward County radio dispatch system seemed to be jammed. Gaston De Cardenas /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Years After Sept. 11, Critical Incidents Still Overload Emergency Radios

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Everest Ratatat
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The Watcher Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
Vineyard Blues James Cotton & Joe Louis Walker

Amina Ahmed at home in Oromo, Ethiopia. Before having cataracts removed from both her eyes, she had been blind for four years. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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A 4-Minute Surgery That Can Give Sight To The Blind

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Road Nick Drake
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Suite 2 RJD2
Vie en Rose Louis Armstrong
I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) Oscar Peterson

Jeanne and Gideon Bernstein, parents of Blaze Bernstein (pictured behind them), speak at a news conference in Lake Forest, Calif., in January. Former classmate Sam Woodward, an alleged neo-Nazi, has been charged with fatally stabbing Bernstein. Amy Taxin/AP hide caption

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Deadly Connection: Neo-Nazi Group Linked To 3 Accused Killers

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As This Moment Slips Away Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus
Gaiola Da Saudade Jam Da Silva

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After 5 Years As Pope, Francis' Charismatic Image Has Taken Some Hits

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Heights Ok Ikumi

The Navy's new USS Little Rock arrives at the harbor in Buffalo, N.Y., last December. In imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, President Trump said the U.S. military should be as self-sufficient as possible. Carolyn Thompson/AP hide caption

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Trump Says Tariffs Are Needed To Protect Vital Industries, But Are They?

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No Surprise (Instrumental) The Shacks

An MIT study tracked 126,000 stories and found that false ones were 70 percent more likely to be retweeted than ones that were true. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Can You Believe It? On Twitter, False Stories Are Shared More Widely Than True Ones

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Charlie Brown's Wake-Up Vince Guaraldi
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