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The Origin (And Hot Stank) Of The 'Chitlin' Circuit'

This network of performance venues — nightclubs, bars, juke joints and theaters — formed during Jim Crow because black performers in the U.S. didn't have access to white-owned clubs. But what did chitlins have to do with it?
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West Virginians Still Stocking Up On Water, Fearing Pollution

Life is still anything but normal for some 300,000 people around Charleston, W.V. It's been more than a month since a leak from chemical storage tanks polluted the water supply. And many are still relying on bottled water to drink. Others have gone to lengths to avoid using the water at all. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.)
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Long-Running Gang-Intervention Program Squeezed By Budget

Father Greg Boyle, the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, talks with NPR's Arun Rath about his organization's mission and financial struggles. The nonprofit, which is going into its 26th year, is the largest gang-intervention program in the country.
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Is It Really Safe? Testing West Virginia's Water

After the Jan. 9 chemical spill into West Virginia's Elk River, more than 300,000 people lost access to clean, safe drinking water. Government authorities have said the water is now "usable" for all purposes including drinking, but many residents say they don't trust the water.
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New York Skier Can't Seem To Win Anywhere But Olympics

U.S. alpine skier Andrew Weibrecht's finish in the men's super-G earned him a silver medal on Sunday. It was a remarkable follow-up to the bronze medal he won four years ago in Vancouver.
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'Worth The Pain': A Life Transformed Overnight By Meningitis

Just three weeks before finishing college in 2004, meningitis turned Andy Marso's life upside down. All of his toes and fingers, except his right thumb, had to be amputated. In his book, Marso writes that the life-changing experience made him more empathetic and a better journalist.
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For Some Olympians, Games Are Golden Ticket To Politics

At least six former Olympians have been elected to Congress. The games offer ambitious athletes something essential to a career in politics: name recognition.
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States Want Kids To Learn A Lot — Maybe Too Much

When state legislators impose mandates on schools, educators get nervous. Sometimes, lawmakers want kids to learn legitimate skills; other times, they try to micromanage lessons down to the historical event.
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U.S. Men's Hockey Beats Slovenia, Securing Spot In Quarterfinals

The 5-1 victory at Sochi's Shayba Arena comes a day after the Americans defeated the Russians in a preliminary round.
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Kerry Warns Indonesia: Climate Change Threatens 'Entire Way Of Life'

The secretary of state spoke to a group of students in the capital, Jakarta, saying climate skeptics "are simply burying their heads in the sand."

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