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Qiao Guohua patrols a 5-mile stretch of the Great Wall of China. Roughly a third of the wall's 12,000 miles have crumbled to dust, and saving what's left may be the world's greatest challenge in cultural preservation. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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China's Great Wall Is Crumbling In Many Places. Can It Be Saved?

A third of the 12,000-mile-long Great Wall of China lies in ruins. Its modern-day defenders confront what may be the world's greatest challenge in cultural preservation.

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After Overpayment Of Benefits, VA Wanted $38,000 Back

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Qiao Guohua patrols a 5-mile stretch of the Great Wall of China. Roughly a third of the wall's 12,000 miles have crumbled to dust, and saving what's left may be the world's greatest challenge in cultural preservation. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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China's Great Wall Is Crumbling In Many Places; Can It Be Saved?

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Dispute Over Cattle Grazing Disrupts Patrols Of Federal Land

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Is It Realistic To Recommend Delaying Pregnancy During Zika Outbreak?

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Sidestepping Iowa, John Kasich Is Hedging His Bets On New Hampshire

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