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National Security

North Korea Designed A Nuke. So Did This Truck Driver

It took decades, but John Coster-Mullen has pieced together specs for America's first nuclear bombs. Some believe his odyssey says something about North Korea's rapid nuclear progress.

Thoughts Tesk
Floating Vibes Tesk feat. Philanthrope
Pastel DJ Ezasscul

Jadav Payeng, "The Forest Man of India," has planted tens of thousands of trees over the course of nearly 40 years. He has made bloom a once desiccated island that lies in the Brahamputra river, which runs through his home state of Assam. Furkan Latif Khan/NPR hide caption

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A Lifetime Of Planting Trees On A Remote River Island: Meet India's Forest Man

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Wheels Moss Of Aura
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Chalfonte LeNee Queen of San Diego grappled with violent vomiting episodes for 17 years until she found out her illness was related to her marijuana use. Pauline Bartolone/California Healthline hide caption

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Rare And Mysterious Vomiting Illness Linked To Heavy Marijuana Use

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Ron Miles' I Am a Man is one of the best albums of 2017. Thomas J. Krebs/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Morning Edition Looks Back On Some Of The Best Albums Of 2017

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Praying (Originally Performed by Kesha) [Instrumental Version] DJ Dat Way
Pisðecourse Appalaches
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Remind Me (Nujabes Tribute) Side Effekt
Thanks to My Master Omar Bashir
Mediterranean Sundance Omar Bashir
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On the Edge of a New Age Teen Daze
Angels (Kygo Edit) The XX

Standing on the bench, new girl Ericka is portrayed by Nabiyah Be. Ericka is from Ohio and she's biracial. Her lighter skin puts her in the lead when a recruiter for the Miss Ghana pageant comes calling. Joan Marcus hide caption

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'African Mean Girls' Are The Toast Of New York Theater

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Sen. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has increased her stature in the Democratic Party in recent years, though deflects the question of whether she will run for president in 2020. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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With Women's Rights As A Focus, Attention Turns To Gillibrand

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