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Remembering A Grandfather's 'Best Gift'

Ricardo Isaias Zavala comes from a long line of cowboys who worked the ranches of South Texas in the 19th and 20th centuries. His grandfather grew up on those ranches — and late in his life, a story from those days took on special meaning for Ricardo.

Watching 'The Avengers' In India, With A Twist

Once, moviegoers in India waited patiently for the latest Hollywood releases to trickle their way over. That's no longer true for the big popcorn blockbusters like The Avengers, which was in 39 countries before its U.S. debut. A fan in India welcomes the change.

A Horse Of A Different Color

The 3-year-old champion colt Hansen is unlikely to win this year's Kentucky Derby, but his white coloring ensures that all eyes will be on him.


Politics Not Far From Obama, Romney On Bin Laden Anniversary

Eight years ago, it was President George W. Bush who rode national security to re-election by raising doubts about his 2004 Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry, This year, however, the tables have turned. It's the Democrat in the White House who is challenging Republicans on what has been a traditional area of GOP strength.

Living To 100: The Story Of India's Pocket Hercules

Centenarian Manohar Aich, also known as India's Pocket Hercules, runs an old-fashioned gym in Kolkata, India. Commentator Sandip Roy visited India's first Mr. Universe, who has little patience with the craze for fancy gym equipment that has swept middle-class India.

The L.A. Riots, As A Neighbor Remembers It

Twenty years ago Sunday, Los Angeles erupted into destructive riots after the verdict in the Rodney King trial. The violence lasted six days and left more than 50 dead and over $1 billion in damage. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates remembers; she lived in the one of the neighborhoods that went up in flames.

NewsPoet: Monica Youn Writes The Day In Verse

Each month, NPR's All Things Considered invites a poet into the newsroom to see how the show comes together and to write an original poem about the news. This month, our NewsPoet is Monica Youn. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put them in the comments below.

Week In Politics: GDP, European Debt Crisis

Melissa Block speaks 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 new GDP figures and the European debt crisis.