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The Bison's Back, But What For?

The National Bison Legacy Act establishes the bison as the national mammal. NPR's Scott Simon muses on the bison's legacy and current significance.
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Week In Politics: White House Responds To North Carolina Bathroom Bill

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Reihan Salam, executive editor of the National Review, and E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, about North Carolina's law on transgender bathroom access and the latest on the presidential primary race.
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Sheryl Sandberg Is Right: Single Moms Are The Original 'Leaner Inners'

Lean In author Sandberg got a lot of flak for being tone-deaf to single parents, nonparents, people with fewer resources — but the Facebook executive has a new perspective, says writer Lori Gottlieb.
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Bluefin Blues: Valuing A Tuna Species Before It's Too Late

Our appetite for the Pacific bluefin — prized for its tender, flavorful flesh — has reduced stocks to just 2.6 percent of original levels. The incentive to save bluefin is ecological — and financial.
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Perhaps It's Time To Celebrate A Day In Honor Of Caregivers

Caregiving for family members is an essential and difficult job, especially with the number of Americans 65 and older projected to double by 2060. So, NPR's Michel Martin proposes a new holiday.
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Ice Is Nice, But Do I Have To Say Venti To Get A Large Coffee?

A woman is suing Starbucks for putting too much ice in her iced coffee. NPR's Lynn Neary wonders if asking the barista for light ice could fix things, then decries the Starbucks' naming conventions.
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Week In Politics: Donald Trump Becomes Likely GOP Nominee

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and the Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss Donald Trump's rise as he becomes the likely GOP nominee and the Democratic primary race.
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Why Do Cities Keep Vying To Host The Olympics?

They invariably never live up to what the politicians and construction moguls promise, says sports commentator Frank Deford.
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Does Addiction Treatment Require A Higher Power?

Author Maia Szalavitz argues that it's impossible to destigmatize addiction while also rendering it the only diagnosis in medicine for which the treatment is explicitly moral.
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A Cease-Fire In Name Alone

NPR's Scott Simon considers the breathtaking toll of the violence in Syria.

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