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Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought

In Los Angeles, some see drought as a design opportunity. The Arid Lands Institute in Burbank is developing ways to turn the city into a "sponge" in order to take in water and store it for later.

When The Moon Is In The Sky George Colligan
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If The Mountain Was Smooth, You Couldn't Climb It George Colligan
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Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought

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The Voiceless And So I Watch You from Afar
If It Ain't Broke, Break It And So I Watch You from Afar
Crescent Moon DJ Okawari
Animal Forest DJ Okawari
II: The Age of Revealing: Silent Weapons (The Architects of Manipulatio Mark McGuire

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E-Cigarettes Can Churn Out High Levels Of Formaldehyde

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Earl Harvin Garage a Trois
Electric Door Bell Machine Garage a Trois

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X-Rays Open Secrets Of Ancient Scrolls

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Speak To The Wild Thurston Moore
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Germs Burn Thurston Moore
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St. Carolyn by the Sea Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner
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Raphael Bryce Dessner
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Spoken [Krts Remix] Hidden Orchestra

An aerial view from March, 2014, shows the Presidio of Monterey located in Monterey, Calif. The Army base, which is home to the Defense Language Institute, has partnered with the city in an effort to curb costs. Natela A. Cutter/U.S. Army via Flickr hide caption

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At The Monterey Presidio, City And Army Partner To Reduce Costs

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Fake Fealty Balmorhea
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Police Fire Tear Gas On Kenyan Kids Protecting A Soccer Field

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Sunny's Song Benevento-Russo Duo
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My Pet Goat Marco Benevento
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Prairie School Lymbyc Systym

Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Mo., is changing its name to Mosaic Life Care. It was the focus of an NPR and ProPublica investigation into its billing practices. Steve Hebert for ProPublica hide caption

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Senator 'Astounded' That Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Poorest Patients

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Galactic Diamonds Outer Bridge Ensemble
Salute Outer Bridge Ensemble
Ellie Foreign Motion