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In Beyoncé's 'Formation,' A Glorification Of 'Bama' Blackness

Beyoncé's latest song is for the black Southern woman, says National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, who's from Mississippi. It's a message she needed to hear.
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This Year, Anger Is All The Rage In Politics. Why?

It seems that anger is all the rage in this year's election. In a commentary, NPR's Michel Martin reflects on anger as a habit, a practice and a choice.
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An Ode To The Also-Rans In American Politics

Scott Simon ponders the people behind the names on buttons and bumper stickers and other political ephemera. Though they may not have been winners, he's inspired by their determination to try.
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Super Bowl 50's Quarterbacks: So Talented And So Different

For Frank Deford, the best football games are those played with two star quarterbacks, because football needs quarterbacks.
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What Might Rouhani Have Missed When Rome Boxed Up The Nudes?

NPR's Scott Simon wonders if Iranian President Hassan Rouhani might have appreciated a moment to gaze at the many works of art in Rome's Capitoline Museum, rather than seen the naked statues boxed up.
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Commentary: NBC's 'Telenovela' 'Takes Ownership' Of Latino Stereotypes

NBC's new comedy, Telenovela, parodies a Spanish-language soap opera. Commentator Cynthia Leonor Garza says it's an attempt at bringing Latin culture into the mainstream — but it could do it better.
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Journal Editors To Researchers: Show Everyone Your Clinical Data

The world's leading medical journals have a proposal that could transform medical science: Researchers would have to publicly share their clinical data to get their studies published.
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Sex Won't Make You Dance Better; Sex In A Pool Won't Prevent Pregnancy

That's what health care educator Jane Otai had to tell a group of teenage girls to correct their mistaken ideas about being sexually active.
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For Some, Powerball's Promise Wasn't Just A Big Payout — But Stability, Too

Forget the fantasy of luxury. NPR's Michel Martin says that, when small fees can be more common — and more crippling — for many African-Americans, the notion of financial security is fantasy enough.
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Young People Surprised By Risky Synthetic Drugs They Considered Safe

Cities across the U.S. have seen surges in ER visits and hospitalizations tied to an evolving category of chemical substances, such as K2 or Spice. What can be done?

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