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NHL Revives World Cup Of Hockey; Team North America Features Rising Stars

The World Cup of Hockey starts this week, and it features two nonnational teams: a Team Europe and a Team North America, which highlights the best U.S. and Canadian players under the age of 23.
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Don't Call It 'The New Ramen': Why Pho Is Central To Vietnamese Identity

Pho has a rich role in Vietnamese, Vietnamese-American, and now, American culture. Which is why a video featuring a white chef explaining how to eat pho as the next trendy food angered so many.

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When Does A Friendship Become An Affair?

Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering "radical empathy" and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. This time they talk about what crosses the line in a friendship with a married man.
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Life As Transgender: Looking For Love

Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering "radical empathy" and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Today they hear from a transgender man who worries that women won't be attracted to him.
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'What Is Aleppo?' There's No Easy Answer

When Gary Johnson responded, "What is Aleppo?" to a question on MSNBC, he was chided. But, NPR's Scott Simon says, even people who don't draw a blank don't have great ideas about how to fix Syria.
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Week In Politics: Presidential Candidates Outline Foreign Policy Goals

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with our regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the presidential candidates' latest comments on foreign policy and how the GOP will function after Donald Trump.
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Rage Against The Busted Medical Machines

Around 80 percent of medical equipment in low-income countries is donated. And most of it doesn't work.
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Sports Need A Better Playbook For Suspensions

There is no rhyme or reason for how suspensions are handed out in sports, according to commentator Frank Deford. He thinks it's time for that to change.
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What's Behind South Korea's Shake Shack Fever?

Koreans have been lining up for hours to sample the food at the Seoul outlet of this American burger chain. A South Korean sociologist looks at the factors behind the frenzy.

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A Resurgence Of 'Redneck' Pride, Marked By Race, Class And Trump

The media have used a variety of epithets to describe white working-class Trump supporters. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says these terms embody the class contention that is central to this year's election.

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