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40 Years Of Disco Duds Prove A Teacher Can Be Awesome, Too

In every school photo for the past 40 years, Texas gym teacher Dale Irby wore the same '70s-era sweater vest and wide-collared shirt. It began as a dare and become something much better. We knew our parents were awesome. He proves our teachers were too.
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Oooh! Aaah! Faces In The Fireworks

Photographing fireworks can be tough, so we asked our interns to take portraits of the crowd taking in the colorful display at the National Mall.
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How To Spend $442 On A 15-Minute Cab Ride

The price of a ride in a New York City pedicab is notoriously unpredictable. "The whole business is based on hustling," one driver says. That's about to change.
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Florida Family, Historic Yacht Presumed Lost Off New Zealand

An intense search for an American family sailing the rough seas between New Zealand and Australia has ended after two weeks of fruitless attempts to find their sailboat.
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With Rising Temperatures, Infrastructure Falters

As the western U.S. continues to bake in 100-plus degree heat, the high temperatures are making pavement buckle and power lines droop. Vicki Arroyo of the Georgetown Climate Center talks about heat's effects on infrastructure, and how cities can adapt for increasing temperatures.
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Benjamin Franklin's Intellectual Revolution

Benjamin Franklin's entrepreneurial spirit fueled American innovation during his time and can still be felt today. In The Society for Useful Knowledge author Jonathan Lyons talk about how Franklin brought an intellectual revolution through practical invention, collaborative inquiry, and shared knowledge.
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Understanding Migrants Through The Things They Carried

Archaeologists usually uncover every day objects that give us a peek into the lives of people long gone. But one man is turning his attention to the things left behind by people who try to cross the border between Mexico and the United States. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Jason De Leon, head of the Undocumented Migration Project.
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From Deep In The Bible Belt, Pastor Looks For 'Hope After Faith'

Jerry DeWitt was a preacher in the bible belt for 25 years teaching, leading, and comforting his congregation. But then, he lost his faith. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to DeWitt about how he went from deep Christianity to an Atheist. It's all in his new book "Hope After Faith."
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Four Years On, Economic Recovery Still Sluggish

June job numbers are out, and the unemployment rate is still 7.6%. As the U.S. enters its fifth year of recovery, guest host Celeste Headlee asks Sudeep Reddy of the Wall Street Journal where we go from here.
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A Lively Political Press In A State Where Everything's Bigger

As American media struggles, the Texas press ecosystem finds some energy thanks to new digital players and a turnaround in the economy.

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