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Six of Damine's 10 remaining children perform in the finale of the village's annual kabuki festival. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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As A Japanese Mountain Village Shrinks, So Do Its Prospects For Kabuki

For more than 300 years, children have performed kabuki, Japan's classical theater, in the village of Damine. But as residents age or leave for cities, Damine is running out of young performers.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, has proposed a health care policy he calls "Medicare for All." But some left-leaning economists say the plan doesn't pencil out. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Sanders' Health Plan Renews Debate On Universal Coverage

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Fueled by low gas prices and a stronger economy, Americans drove a record 3.15 trillion vehicle miles in 2015. But the additional driving may lead to more pollution and traffic gridlock. Zoran Milich/Getty Images hide caption

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Cheap Gas Means More Driving And Getting Stuck In Traffic

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As A Japanese Mountain Village Shrinks, So Do Its Prospects For Kabuki

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Visitor Services Associate Sacha Baumann talks with two visitors about Mark Bradford's 2006 work Scorched Earth. Ben Gibbs Photography/The Broad Art Foundation hide caption

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Avant Guard: At LA's Broad Museum, A New Approach To Protecting Art

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A fake anti-smoking ad in Moscow reads: "Smoking kills more people than Obama, although he kills a lot of people. Don't smoke! Don't be like Obama!" Dmitry Gudkov/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Russian Pranksters Feature Obama In Fake Anti-Smoking Ad

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