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NewsPoet: Kevin Young Writes The Day In Verse

Each month, NPR's All Things Considered invites a poet into the newsroom to see how the show comes together and to write an original poem about the news. This month our NewsPoet is Kevin Young. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put them in the comments below.

Lone Star State Of Mind: Could Texas Go It Alone?

They say it's like a whole other country, but in 1836 it really was one. Now, 167 years after Texas achieved statehood, NPR is re-liberating the Longhorn State. From big-hair foreign policy to laissez-faire economics, this is what a modern Republic of Texas might look like.

Neuroscientists Battle Furiously Over Jennifer Aniston

When researchers showed subjects pictures of Jennifer Aniston, very specific neurons lit up. And these neurons weren't triggered by pictures of other people. This curious finding is one that brain scientists hope to solve by tracing the pathways in the human brain and creating a map called a connectome.

As A Life's End Draws Near, A Father And Son Talk

In 2010, David Plant was diagnosed with skin cancer. The cancer has since metastasized to other parts of his body, and David is now contemplating the end of his life. So, just before his 81st birthday, he sat down with his stepson to talk about their life together.

Op-Ed: Hate The Bus? It's Time To Reconsider

Nearly everyone who rides the bus has complaints: cleanliness, overcrowding, timeliness. In a piece for Salon.com, Will Doig argues that the bus is actually the best answer to improving urban transit. He offers high and low-tech solutions to improve its image and efficiency.

Love Isn't All You Need: 3 Relationship Building Reads

Love is messy and complicated. But author and psychologist Harriet Lerner recommends three books that can help. They offer advice for keeping a relationship healthy, thoughtful and mature. Is there a book that has helped your relationship? Tell us about it in the comments.