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Mr. Spock, Mixed-Race Pioneer

As Mr. Spock on Star Trek, the late Leonard Nimoy embodied the conflicts faced by many biracial and other people of color. Even on the diverse crew of the Enterprise, he stood out.
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Rats Blamed For Bubonic Plague, But Gerbils May Be The Real Villains

Rats have had a bad reputation ever since they were blamed for spreading bubonic plague. But perhaps the blame was misplaced. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the roles of rodents.
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Week In Politics: U.S.-Iran Policy, Netanyahu Speech

Robert Siegel speaks with regular political commentators EJ Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of the New York Times. They discuss U.S.-Iran policy and the upcoming speech of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Obama To Ambitious Teen: 'You Have This Strength Inside Yourself'

The president interviews 18-year-old, Noah McQueen, who's participating in a White House mentoring program for young men of color. "It's hard to always make the right decision," McQueen tells Obama.
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An Uneventful Week In Sports Could Still Go Down In History

NASCAR is suspending a driver accused of domestic violence, and the NFL is considering allowing two teams to share a stadium? Sports commentator Frank Deford is pleased.
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Despite Furious Objections, Bill O'Reilly's War Claims Warrant Scrutiny

The Fox News star's claims of reporting from a war zone, bullets flying, during the Falklands War don't appear to hold up. His countercampaign against his accusers is noteworthy as well.
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The Heavy Moral Weight Of Carnegie Mellon's 800 Botched Acceptances

Carnegie Mellon University recently emailed about 800 graduate school applicants to say they'd been accepted. But it was a mistake. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on acceptance letters in the digital age.
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Week In Politics: Immigration, Violent Extremism Summit

Audie Cornish reviews the week in politics with regular commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss immigration, the summit on countering violent extremism and 2016 contenders.
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An American Dream, A Cuban Soul: Poet Richard Blanco Finds 'Home'

While immigration is a subject of some of the most intense political debates in this country, inaugural poet Richard Blanco says it also drives his art. He shares his journey of becoming an American.
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Pain, But No Regrets: A Father Remembers His Adopted Son

Bill Jones is thought to have been the first single man to adopt a child in California, back in the 1960s. His son has since died, but despite the loss, Jones says he never regrets adopting his child.

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