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Items left for loved ones at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 2014. Hundreds of thousands of such items have been left behind at the wall in commemoration, according to the National Park Service. Molly Riley/AP hide caption

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Watcher At The Wall: One Veteran Finds A Lifeline In All That's Left Behind

Since the Vietnam Veterans Memorial opened, visitors have left hundreds of thousands of items there. Meet the veteran who collects and catalogs them — and finds in them a chance to salvage the past.

On the trail prior to the election, President-elect Donald J. Trump delivered a speech at The Union League of Philadelphia in September. Mark Makela/Getty Images hide caption

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Journalists Underestimated Trump. But We All Live In Bubbles

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A crew sets up for Icelandic band Kaleo's show at Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Ore. Jerad Walker/NPR hide caption

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A Year After Paris Attacks, Tour Managers Reflect On Security

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Items left for loved ones at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 2014. Hundreds of thousands of such items have been left behind at the wall in commemoration, according to the National Park Service. Molly Riley/AP hide caption

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Watcher At The Wall: One Veteran Finds A Lifeline In All That's Left Behind

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South Sudanese families sit with bags of food rations at the Ayilo Settlement Camp in northern Uganda. Refugees have been coming out of South Sudan in growing numbers since fighting resume there this summer. Durrie Bouscaren/St. Louis Public Radio hide caption

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Parallels

As South Sudan Fights, Refugees Flow Into Uganda

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As South Sudan Fights, Refugees Flow Into Uganda

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Gregoire Courtine, a neurologist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, holds a silicone model of a primate's brain with an electrode array. The goal is to pick up signals from the brain and transmit them to the legs. Alain Herzog/EPFL hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Monkeys Regain Control Of Paralyzed Legs With Help Of An Implant

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Monkeys Regain Control Of Paralyzed Legs With Help Of An Implant

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A plaque marks the grave site of Emmett Till at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Ill. Till died in a lynching in Mississippi in 1955. A decade prior, his father, Louis Till, was hanged after being convicted of rape and murder, but writer John Edgar Wideman believes he may have been framed. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Emmett Till's Father Was Also Hanged: A New Book Tells His Story

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra percussionist John Locke stands beside conductor Marin Alsop, who holds the giant hammer Gustav Mahler includes in his Sixth Symphony. Izabel Zambrzycki/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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Deceptive Cadence

Hammered: Pounding Out The Excess In Mahler's Sixth Symphony

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Hammered: Pounding Out The Excess In Mahler's Sixth Symphony

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California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a Medicaid expansion into law as part of the state's budget authorization in 2013. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Shots - Health News

What Happens To Medicaid In California Under A Trump Administration?

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What Happens To Medicaid In California Under A Trump Administration?

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This is the gear that runs SentabTV. The flat box accesses the Internet. The remote works both TV programs, video chat, sharing photographs and more. Ina Jaffe/NPR hide caption

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For Startups Marketing To Seniors, A Novel Idea: Move In With Them

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Khalid Yaako Touma, a school teacher and deacon in the village of Karamlesh, collects religious books from one of the churches in the village that ISIS destroyed. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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ISIS Is Gone, But Iraqi Christians Are Wary Of Returning Home

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews, many of whom live in closed religious communities, on a bus tour of the Israeli offices of Google, Facebook and Microsoft. The tour is sponsored by KamaTech, a group that helps integrate the ultra-Orthodox into Israel's high-tech sector. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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As Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Enter The Workforce, High-Tech Beckons

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Longtime St. Louis Cardinals sportscaster Jack Buck, left, celebrates Father's Day with his son Joe Buck in 1995. Leon Algee/AP hide caption

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Second-Generation Sportscaster Joe Buck: 'I Hear My Dad More In Me Now'

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