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One Student Tries To Help Others Escape A 'Corridor Of Shame'

May 31
Anya Kamenetz / NPR

An unlikely leader rises in a poor, rural Southern school district.

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Utah Sheriffs Threaten To Arrest Rangers If They Try To Close Public Lands

May 31
Kirk Siegler / NPR

Clashes over grazing rights continue. Local sheriffs will give you an earful about how they believe environmental extremists have taken over federal agencies. But this is more than just a turf battle.

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U.S.-Mexico Border Sees Resurgence Of Central Americans Seeking Asylum

May 31
John Burnett / NPR

Despite U.S. efforts to staunch the flow, numbers are approaching the crisis of two years ago. U.S. Border Patrol agents say it's diverting resources away from catching drug and human traffickers.

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Anti-Defamation League Chief Faces Challenge Trying To Renew Civil Rights Activism

May 31
Tom Gjelten / NPR

Jewish groups supported the civil rights movement in the 1960s. But for many current civil rights activists, solidarity with Palestinians takes precedence over the old solidarity with American Jews.

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Once A National Hero, Syria's Lone Cosmonaut Is Now A Refugee In Turkey

May 31
Peter Kenyon / NPR

Mohammed Faris traveled on the Soviet space station nearly three decades ago, becoming so famous that Syria's president was jealous of him. Now he's one of the many Syrians who's fled to Turkey.

WATCH: Obama Lays Wreath At Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier

May 30
Eyder Peralta / NPR

The Memorial Day ritual serves to commemorate the sacrifices of U.S. service members who have fought and died in foreign wars.

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Turns Out You Do Need A Weatherman To Know Which Way The Wind Blew

May 30
Nurith Aizenman / NPR

Rwanda is missing 15 years of weather data. Getting it back would be a boon for farmers. But can it be done?

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After 11-Year Vigil, Massachusetts Catholic Church Holds Final Service

May 30
Craig LeMoult / NPR

In 2004, the Archdiocese of Boston announced the closure of St. Frances X. Cabrini Church in Scituate, Mass. Parishioners have fought to keep it open, but finally exhausted their legal appeals.

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Bumblebees' Little Hairs Can Sense Flowers' Electric Fields

May 30
Nell Greenfieldboyce / NPR

The fields bend the hairs and that generates a nerve signal, scientists say.

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As The Global Rich Buy Up London Homes, Britons Ask If The Money Is Legit

May 30
Lauren Frayer / NPR

Many of London's expensive homes are owned by obscure foreign companies. Critics say the city has become a haven for those hiding ill-gotten gains, and the government is starting to respond.