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Why President? How The U.S. Named Its Leader

On this Presidents Day, we dig into why the United States calls its leader the "president."
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The Last Of Nazi War Convictions Will Not End Fight Against Anti-Semitism

One of the last of the trials of Nazi guards has begun in Germany. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center about their future after these prosecutions end.
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Einstein Saw Space Move, Long Before We Could Hear It

With all the excitement over the discovery of gravitational waves, NPR's Linda Wertheimer takes a moment to remember the man who first imagined a universe we couldn't yet see: Albert Einstein.
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Pope, Head Of The Russian Orthodox Church Meet For The First Time

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill met Friday in Havana. It's the first time leaders of the two churches have met since a schism 1,000 years ago divided Christianity.
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Astronaut 'Graffiti' Seen For The First Time In Decades

The crew of Apollo 11 drew a calendar on the wall of their command module, as well as a tribute to the spacecraft, and jotted down numbers and other information from mission control communications.
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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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'Luncheon In Fur': The Surrealist Teacup That Stirred The Art World

In 1936, the surrealist Meret Oppenheim wrapped a teacup, saucer and spoon in fur. In the age of Freud, a gastro-sexual interpretation was inescapable. Even today, the work triggers intense reactions.
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What's Behind Trends In U.S. Violent Crime Rates

Violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years, but FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in the first half of last year. What led to the remarkable long-term decline in violent crime in the last two decades in U.S. and what are the prospects the trajectory can continue?

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South Africans Lacking Permanent Housing Seen As Squatters

A post-apartheid promise that hasn't been realized was housing for all, or at least for more. Many South Africans still lack homes, with some pushed out of the temporary structures they build.
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Years Without A Squeak, Vintage Museum Artifact Still Works

Scott Simon notes an item from the week in which a present-day mouse found its way into a mousetrap so old it's a museum item.

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