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Phone Rates For Inmates

New FCC rules capping the rates of phone calls for interstate calls to and from prisons went into effect recently. Before the rate caps, a 15-minute call could cost as much as $17. Advocates say the cost made it difficult for inmates to stay in touch with family members. The fees collected are typically split between the private telecom companies providing service and the states or municipalities operating the facility. Those companies are appealing, noting that security and other issues make providing service more expensive. We explore the issues in play.

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'Swiss Army Man' Directors Explain The Symbolism Behind A Farting Corpse

The directors of Swiss Army Man — Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — talk to NPR's Kelly McEvers about what inspired them to make a movie about a flatulent corpse, and the deeper meaning behind it.
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Can Arnold Schwarzenegger Persuade China To Eat Less Meat?

Like the U.S., China is battling obesity and climate change. So it's urging citizens to eat less meat — and spreading the word with public service ads featuring Hollywood stars.
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U.S. Leaders Divided Over United Kingdom's Vote To Exit EU

President Obama and Hillary Clinton wanted the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union. But Clinton opponent Donald Trump hailed the vote to leave the EU, drawing parallels with the U.S. presidential campaign.
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Shock, Rage And Gallows Humor: A Brexit Backlash On Social Media

Young voters had overwhelmingly voted to remain in the European Union. Now there's a flood of anger from those who accuse older generations of choosing a future they don't want.

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