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Kwame Alexander Offers New Poems On Race And Hope As 'Psalms And Balms' For The Soul

In Light For The World To See: A Thousand Words On Race And Hope, Kwame Alexander writes of the killing of George Floyd, Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protests, and the election of Barack Obama. → Read More

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Boston Doctor Laments That Recent COVID-19 Surge Was Preventable

Dr. Abraar Karan of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston tells Morning Edition that it's frustrating that more than 250,000 Americans have died from the virus. → Read More

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Iowa Doctor Says Money And Staffing Needed To Handle Coronavirus In Nursing Homes

Dr. Glenn Hurst says hospitalizations are growing in part because of a nursing home "bottleneck." Many people rehabilitate at nursing homes after leaving the hospital. → Read More

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FDA COVID-19 Vaccine Process Is 'Thoughtful And Deliberate,' Says Former FDA Head

Rachel Martin speaks with former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Mark McClellan about this week's FDA advisory panel on COVID-19 vaccine research. → Read More

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Poet Kevin Young Says Thinking About Black Culture, Like Writing Poetry, Is A Calling

Young will take over as the next director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in January. He tells NPR, "We're in this really exciting Black renaissance." → Read More

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Retired General Backs Biden, Says A 2nd Trump Term Would Put Democracy 'At Risk'

Gen. Chuck Boyd, a former POW, says he supports Joe Biden in part because of a report that President Trump called members of the military who died in war "suckers." → Read More

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Hrishikesh Hirway On Taking 'Song Exploder' To Netflix

The documentary series, an adaptation of Hirway's popular podcast, asks musicians including Alicia Keys and R.E.M to tell the step-by-step story of how a song was created. → Read More

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Barbara Kingsolver's Passion For Poetry Prevails In 'How To Fly'

The author of novels The Poisonwood Bible and The Bean Trees has published a second book of poetry this week titled How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons). → Read More

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Yusuf Revisits 'Tea For The Tillerman,' His Landmark Album As Cat Stevens

Known as Yusuf since becoming a Muslim in the late '70s, the man who was Cat Stevens discusses Tea for the Tillerman 2, a reimagining of his now-50-year-old masterpiece. → Read More

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'Scientific American' Breaks 175 Years Of Tradition, Endorses A Presidential Nominee

Laura Helmuth of Scientific American says the decision to break tradition was both unanimous and quick: "We took this decision very seriously. You don't give up 175 years of tradition for nothing." → Read More

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'World Of Wonders' Urges Us To Take A Breath And Look Around

Poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil's new book aims to show readers how the natural world can support, educate and inspire us; it's inspired by her peripatetic childhood and the plants and animals she loved. → Read More

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News Brief: Laura Roars Ashore, Kenosha Protests, Republican Convention

Hurricane Laura has made landfall on the Gulf Coast. Protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake continued for a 4th night in Wisconsin. And, highlights of the third night of the GOP convention. → Read More

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First Season Of HBO's 'I May Destroy You' Comes To A Close

The season finale for the HBO series, I May Destroy You, is Monday night. Episodes of the British comedy-drama began airing in June. → Read More

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Summer of Racial Reckoning: The Match Lit

In Part 1 of a three-part special, NPR examines how George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery became part of a rallying cry that has led the U.S. to confront the racism of its past and present. → Read More

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Diego Luna Says Shared Meals On 'Pan Y Circo' Transformed Cast And Crew Alike

Scientists, artists, thinkers, activists and journalists gather for meals and conservation in the new Amazon Prime show. "We have to sit at the table," says host Diego Luna. → Read More

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Philippine Journalist Maria Ressa: 'Journalism Is Activism'

The documentary A Thousand Cuts focuses on how Ressa and her Rappler news organization navigate Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's attacks on the press. It will be released in the U.S. Aug. 8. → Read More

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As Georgia Governor Calls To Reopen Schools, Largest District Will Teach Online Only

Public schools in Gwinnett County will move online this fall. The district's superintendent said most everyone will have the Internet but he "can't guarantee" reliable access for all. → Read More

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We Are Repeating The Discrimination Experiment Every Day, Says Educator Jane Elliott

Elliott created the blue-eyes/brown-eyes classroom exercise in 1968 to teach students about racism. Today, she says, it's still playing out as the U.S. reckons with racial injustice. → Read More

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Dana Canedy Is 1st Black Person To Head Major Publishing Imprint

Simon & Schuster has named Dana Canedy executive vice president and publisher of its namesake imprint. She is the first Black person and the third woman to hold that position. → Read More

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Nursing Homes Are Reopening In West Virginia, But Not Everyone Can Visit Yet

After three months of restrictions, nursing homes in the state are beginning to allow visitors again. Families are learning that the experience of reopening won't be the same for everyone. → Read More