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World Scrabble champion Wellington Jighere, 33, (right) is one of Nigeria's many masters. His strategy: "When you are expecting me to do the traditional thing, I will just choose to do something that is uncharacteristic." Ofeibea Quist-Arcton/NPR hide caption

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Goats and Soda

And The No. 1 Scrabble Nation In The World Is ...

Wellington Jighere of Nigeria was crowned world champ last year. He's one of many Nigerians who excel at the game. What's their secret?

National

The Week In Politics

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The Week In Politics

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U.S. Cellular Field will become known as Guaranteed Rate Field starting in November. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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Fear Not, White Sox Fans: You'll Get Used To 'Guaranteed' Field

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Myra Engrum stands by the huge pile of her and her son's belongings, plus all the wet building materials that have been pulled out of her flooded house. Eve Troeh/Eve Troeh hide caption

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A Mom's Life, Rebuilt After Katrina, Wrecked By Baton Rouge Floods

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The Kingdom of Speech is Tom Wolfe's first book of nonfiction in 16 years. Mark Seliger hide caption

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Author Interviews

In Tom Wolfe's 'Kingdom,' Speech Is The One Weird Trick

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In Tom Wolfe's 'Kingdom,' Speech Is The One Weird Trick

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The Crystal Serenity, pictured here in Seward, Alaska, is the largest cruise ship to traverse the Northwest Passage, traveling from Alaska to New York City. Rachel Waldholz/Alaska Public Radio hide caption

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In Warmer Climate, A Luxury Cruise Sets Sail Through Northwest Passage

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Langston Hughes lived in this Harlem brownstone for the last 20 years of his life. Now, Renee Watson hopes to turn it into a hub for artists from underrepresented communities. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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Langston Hughes' Harlem Home May Get Its Own Renaissance — As An Art Center

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World Scrabble champion Wellington Jighere, 33, (right) is one of Nigeria's many masters. His strategy: "When you are expecting me to do the traditional thing, I will just choose to do something that is uncharacteristic." Ofeibea Quist-Arcton/NPR hide caption

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Goats and Soda

And The No. 1 Scrabble Nation In The World Is ...

5 min

And The No. 1 Scrabble Nation In The World Is ...

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On display at ZooAve Animal Rescue in Alajuela, Costa Rica, Grecia, the chestnut-mandibled toucan, can now eat on its own and sing with the new beak. Grecia was in rehabilitation for months after receiving a 3-D-printed nylon prosthesis. Carrie Kahn/NPR hide caption

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After Losing Half A Beak, Grecia The Toucan Becomes A Symbol Against Abuse

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Sports

The Latest In Sports

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The Latest In Sports

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Sir the Baptist's debut album is Preacher's Kid. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music Interviews

A Preacher's Kid Finds His Own Sanctuary In Music

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A Preacher's Kid Finds His Own Sanctuary In Music

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