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Why Did The Hypersonic 'Waverider' Crash?

The U.S. Air Force is investigating what happened to the X-51 Waverider aircraft that fell into the Pacific last week. The X-51 is part of an Air Force/DARPA research project trying to build a "scramjet" engine that will work at hypersonic speeds. NPR's Larry Abramson reports.
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North Adams, Mass.: A Manufacturing Town For Art

In a valley at the foot of the Berkshire Mountains, a struggling industrial town is making an artistic comeback. North Adams is now home to MASS MoCA, one of the largest museums of contemporary art in the world — housed in 26 former factory buildings.
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Todd Akin Fallout Spreads From Missouri To White House Race

Rep. Todd Akin's rape comment gave Democrats new fodder for their argument that Republicans are out of step on women's issues. In addition to endangering Akin's Senate bid amid GOP calls for him to step aside, it gave Democrats a new way to attack the GOP's White House ticket.
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Comedy's Self-Deprecating Pioneer Phyllis Diller Dies

In the 1950s, when Diller started being funny for a living, there were no female standup comedians making it big. Some critics have said she succeeded because a lot of her material was about mocking herself. She died at home, where she'd been in hospice care after a fall, at the age of 95.
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Behind Mental Health Stigmas In Black Communities

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder has focused attention on the shame that sometimes accompanies mental health diagnoses in the African-American community. Psychiatrist William Lawson joins NPR's John Donvan to discuss why such a stigma exists.
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Wheelchairs Welcome? Not Everywhere.

In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, former Major League Baseball commissioner Fay Vincent describes incidences of clubs, offices and public spaces posing obstacles for him and his wheelchair. He joins NPR's John Donvan to discuss the places where those in wheelchairs still don't feel welcome.
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Obama: Congressman's Rape Remarks 'Don't Make Sense,' Were 'Way Out There'

The president weighed in on controversial comments made over the weekend by Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who is running for the Senate. Akin said that women who are victims of "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant.
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White House Dinner Rewards Kids Who Eat (And Cook) Their Veggies

Kale and quinoa, anyone? Some kids and parents who created recipes for a healthy eating contest were honored at the first Kids State Dinner today hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and her Let's Move campaign partners.
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Being Good Students In Sherman, Texas

The Service Station is the campus hub of organized service activities at Austin College. Students run it and plan all the community service projects.

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