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Training Helps Inmates Build A Bridge To Life Outside Prison Walls

Loretta Lynch made her first visit to a federal prison as the nation's top law enforcement officer. She highlighted the need for more services to help inmates re-enter society.

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Up In Flames: Kenya Burns More Than 100 Tons Of Ivory

Nearly 30 years ago, Kenya burned 12 tons of ivory to try to halt the illegal ivory trade. Today it's burning 100 tons. How much difference does burning ivory make?

#NPRreads: Take Your Pick Of Space, Race Or Celebrity

In this weekly story roundup, NPR reporters, editors and producers share what they have been reading. Today's mix explores life away from Earth, forgotten photos and fallen stars.

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Afghan Cycling Federation Coach Faces Corruption Charges

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Shannon Galpin, founder of the nonprofit Mountain2Mountain, about withdrawing her support of the scandal-plagued Afghanistan Women's Cycling Team.

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Former Indiana Basketball Coach Bobby Knight On Trump: 'Best Person For The Job'

Bobby Knight is not one known to make political endorsements. NPR's Scott Simon asks the legendary basketball coach about his endorsement of Donald Trump in Tuesday's Indiana primary.

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American Stars Jam With Cuba's Best Musicians In Havana

American and Cuban musicians played together in Havana in the first official cultural exchange in half a century. Among them: Usher, Dave Matthews, X Alfonso, and Smokey Robinson.

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Harassment Woman Faced Before Her Death Underscores Rampant Sexism In Firefighter Culture

NPR's Scott Simon asks veteran firefighter Mary Beth Michos about how sexism in the firehouse has escalated with the rise of cyberbullying.

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David Cameron's Former Advisor Wants To Revamp The U.S. Conservative Movement

British political operative Steve Hilton tells NPR's Scott Simon what he thinks the conservative movement needs both in the U.K. and the U.S.

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'Imagine Me Gone' Paints Mental Illness Through Five Fictional Voices

NPR's Scott Simon asks Adam Haslett about his latest novel. Haslett says he "needed that imaginary space to investigate" his family history of mental illness.

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Rising Incarceration Rate Isn't Reducing Crime, Says Report

A report from the Council of Economic Advisors suggests longer sentences increases rates of recidivism, resulting in little impact on crime rate. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with CEA chief Jason Furman.

Angela Duckworth On Grit And The Power Of Perseverance

May 2, 2016
ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016 AND THEREAFTER - In this April 19, 2016 photo, Laurie Millan, a para-professional and tutor, works with a student during an after school tutoring session at San Francisco International High School, in San Francisco. While some districts in numerous states have discouraged migrant minors from Central America from enrolling in their schools, the school accommodated its youths by rewriting young-adult novels at a basic level to spark the newcomers' interest in reading.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Is grit the secret sauce that drives success? More important than both talent and intellect? We’re talking the power and limits of grit.

#MoreThanMean: Bringing Online Harassment To Life

April 29, 2016
Screengrab from the #MorethanMean video produced by Sarah Spain and Julie Dicaro. Scroll down to view the video.

Women pushing back. A video by two female sports reporters about online harassment goes viral.

When The Time Comes: Tips For How To Visit The Dying

April 29, 2016
As my father-in-law lay in his deathbed after a brief illness, people wanted to say goodbye. In those last days, we learned some valuable lessons. (Dominik Martin/Unsplash)

As my father-in-law lay in his deathbed after a brief illness, people wanted to say goodbye. In those last days, we learned some valuable lessons.

Everything Is Fine, Until It's Not

April 28, 2016
Holly Robinson: “Pray for boring days,” my grandmother used to say. I never really knew what she meant. Now, I think I do. (freddie marriage/Unsplash)

“Pray for boring days,” my grandmother used to say. I never really knew what she meant. Now, I think I do.

Without Traffic Solutions, People Will ‘Turn Away’ From Seaport District, Jim Rooney Says

April 27, 2016

Jim Rooney, CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, told us that he sees increasing diverse forms of public transit as key to tackling congestion around the Seaport District.

The Remembrance Project: Louise Finocchio

April 26, 2016

Lulu was 59 when she was diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s disease.

The 9-Year-Old Determined To Find A Cure For His Best Friend’s Disease

April 26, 2016
Jonah Pournazarian, left, and Dylan Siegel (Courtesy of David Siegel)

Watching his friend cope with a a rare liver disease, Dylan Siegel was determined to help. So he set out to raise $1 million for research.

Beyond The Scenic Drive: New Ways To Explore National Parks

April 26, 2016
Tourists photograph the sunset at the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor, Maine. The 1,528-foot mountain is the highest point on the shoreline of the east coast. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Ready, set, summer. New ways to get lost inside America’s National Parks with the writers of Outside Magazine.

Mass. Students To See More Affordable Four-Year Degree With ‘Commonwealth Commitment’

April 22, 2016
The campus of Roxbury Community College in Boston. The new Commonwealth Commitment program would be available to eligible students entering one of 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges in the Fall of 2016. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)

How can Massachusetts be a leader in making college more affordable and at the same time encourage students to finish their degrees in four and a half years?

Finding Comfort In Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’

April 22, 2016
What might have been a typical night at the theater ended up having enormous significance for Barb Cone, of Cambridge, for reasons she would never have predicted. (JesseCosta/WBUR)

What might have been a typical night at the theater ended up having enormous significance for Barb Cone.

Former Friends Of Marathon Bomber Create Film, ‘Jahar’

April 22, 2016
Actors Devante Lawrence (left) and Andre Ozim are pictured in a still from the 12-minute film "Jahar," written by Henry Hayes and Zolan Kanno-Youngs, who both had been high school classmates of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, Mass. The film premiered Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. (Leo Purman)

The short film by childhood friends Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Henry Hayes premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The Vast And Glittering World Inside Him: Remembering Prince

April 22, 2016
Prince's ecstatic music breathed life into us all. The artist, pictured here in 1985, was found dead in his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016. He was 57. (AP)

Prince’s ecstatic music breathed life into us all.

Ten Bucks, Unlimited Vistas: A Golden Time To Visit America’s National Parks

April 22, 2016
The Senior Pass, for those 62 and older, costs a one-time $10 fee and offers access to 400 national parks and monuments. (Matthew Murphy/Unsplash)

The Senior Pass, for those 62 and older, costs a one-time $10 fee and offers access to 400 national parks and monuments.

Border Churches Help Migrants On Two Continents

April 21, 2016
Churches are helping migrants across the world – at the United States-Mexico border, as well as in Europe. Above, a nun washes her hands at El Comedor, a free dining hall in the Mexican border town of Nogales. (Stina Sieg/KJZZ)

Two churches, one in Arizona, the other in Italy are working together to help migrants from across their respective borders.

‘Far And Away: Reporting From The Brink Of Change’

April 21, 2016
Andrew Solomon in Zambia in 1997. Photo: Luca Trovato.

Acclaimed writer, psychologist, traveler Andrew Solomon the importance of getting out- way out- into the world.

Bridgewater ‘Civility Forum’ Seeks To Nurture A Community Of Respect

April 21, 2016

The Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect group was formed after a resident witnessed what she called “hate speech” directed at a Muslim couple at the town’s post office.

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