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The Secret History Of The Word 'Cracker'

Where does the slur "cracker" come from, anyway? It turns out it's pretty old. Like, Shakespeare old.
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Jim Kelly, Actor In 'Enter The Dragon,' Dies

He played a glib American martial artist in the classic Bruce Lee movie. Kelly went on to star in several blaxploitation films in the 1970s. He died of cancer on Saturday at his home in San Diego. He was 67.
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Heat Wave Will Bake Southwest For Most Of This Week

The temperature in Death Valley — where the temperature reached 134 degrees in 1913, the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth — hit 128 degrees Sunday. That mark set a record high for the month of June in the United States.
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Can America Learn From Foreign School Systems?

It's a special edition of Tell Me More's Barbershop as host Michel Martin and the guys visit the Aspen Ideas Festival. They'll share their thoughts on whether America is still the land of opportunity, and which countries are setting kids up for success when it comes to future generations.
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Superintendent's Effort To Do Right By His Kids

The Los Angeles Unified School District is one of the largest school systems in the country. As its superintendent, John Deasy knows the challenges facing educators, parents and children. Host Michel Martin speaks with Deasy about the things that keep him up at night, and what he enjoys most about his job.
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Hear the #NPRAspen Education Chat

Host Michel Martin checks in on the latest education conversations happening in the Twitterverse.
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Is America Still The 'Land Of Opportunity?'

Is the old saying still true? Can you work your way up from the bottom today, to become an innovator and a leader? Host Michel Martin explores the skills you need to compete and succeed in school and beyond.
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Inbee Park Shares Record Book Wins With Babe Zaharias

South Korean golfer Inbee Park, 24, has done something no athlete has done since Babe Zaharias in 1950: win the first three major women's tournaments of the year. On Sunday, she won the U.S. Women's Open in Southhampton, New York.
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Study: Americans Want To Be Informed About News Stories

A new study finds 50 percent of Americans would rather know more about current events than fashion, sports or celebrities. So much so, that one in three admitted pretending to know about a news story to impress someone.
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Texas Lamakers To Try Again To Pass Strict Anti-Abortion Bill

The Texas state legislature convenes Monday to start a special legislative session. Governor Rick Perry called for the session following last week's dramatic Democratic filibuster that derailed proposed abortion legislation.

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