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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces She's Running For President

Fiorina joins a crowded field of Republicans already seeking the nomination. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson announced his campaign on Sunday.

U.S. Marines Arrive In Nepal To Aid Earthquake Victims

Western countries complained that Nepal's bureaucracy was keeping goods at warehouses. The Marines come with MV-22 Osprey aircraft, which should make reaching remote areas easier.

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Beyond Quid Pro Quo: What Counts As Political Corruption?

Under narrow definitions of corruption, candidates courting billionaires to fuel their White House bids doesn't qualify. But some activists, on the left and the right, argue that it should.

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Sepsis, A Wily Killer, Stymies Doctors' Efforts To Tame It

It's a deadly combination of infection and inflammation striking more than a million Americans every year. Doctors can treat the symptoms of sepsis, but they still can't treat the underlying problem.

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Where Poor Kids Grow Up Makes A Huge Difference

Poor kids who moved to neighborhoods with less poverty did much better than those who didn't move.

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A Novel Dutch Lawsuit Demands Government Cut Carbon Emissions

An environmental group is behind the class-action suit that says the government is not doing enough to protect citizens. A ruling in the closely watched case is expected next month.

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A Landscape Of Abundance Becomes A Landscape Of Scarcity

Photographer Matt Black spends his days capturing images that illustrate the impact of the drought on people living in California's Central Valley.

A Woman Uses Art To Come To Terms With Her Father's Death

Artist Jennifer Rodgers' father was hospitalized for seven months with sepsis before he died. She used the creative process to try to comprehend his suffering and her loss.

2 Armed Men Killed After Shooting Outside Muhammad Cartoon Contest

The men opened fire on a security officer outside an anti-Islamist cartoon contest in Garland, Texas. They were subsequently shot and killed by police, authorities say.

All Things Considered

In Nepal, Efforts Underway To Salvage Ancient Sites Damaged By Quake

At least 70 ancient sites in the Kathmandu Valley were damaged or destroyed in last month's quake. Archaeologists and others are trying to protect and recover as much as they can, as fast as possible.

A Pen-Pal Friendship Changes Two Lives

May 4, 2015
Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda met as pen pals in 1997 and are still best friends today. (Courtesy of Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda)

Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda met as pen pals in 1997 and are still best friends today.

‘Faces,’ A Landmark Quirky Gift Shop In Western Mass. Is Sold

May 4, 2015
The Northampton storefront of Faces in 2004. The store has been located there since 1986. (Courtesy Mr. Weeeee/Flickr)

The new owners say they plan to keep Faces “as is” because it’s “an amazing store and such an important part of Northampton.”

Week In Review: Tsarnaev, Baltimore Riots, Economic Development

May 1, 2015
This undated photo released Wednesday, April 29, 2015, by the Federal Public Defender Office, brothers Dzhokhar, left, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev sit together at an unknown location. (AP/Federal Public Defender Office)

We discuss the week’s top stories, from the ongoing Tsarnaev trial to the riots in Baltimore.

A Tale Of Two Circuses, A World Apart

May 1, 2015

The new documentary “Circus Without Borders” tells the story of two circuses — one in the Arctic, the other in West Africa — that are empowering their young performers.

Lincoln History Told Through Tree Rings

May 1, 2015
Arborist Guy Sternberg points to the rings on the cross section of the oak tree that shaded the funeral choir at Oak Ridge Cemetery when Abraham Lincoln’s body arrived in Springfield in 1865. (Peter O'Dowd)

At President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral in 1865, the oak tree stood just a few feet from the event, shading the funeral choir.

From Dominance To Obscurity: Black Jockeys At The Kentucky Derby

May 1, 2015
Jockey Victor Espinoza guides California Chrome #5 to the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Many people think it’s unlikely that black jockeys will ever return to prominence in the sport they pioneered.

Lessons We’ve Learned After 20 Years On The Internet

April 30, 2015
The free-enterprise internet turns 20 today, older than its new generation of users. (Jean-Pierre Dalbéra/Flickr)

20 years since its commercial inception, more than 3 billion people now have access to the Internet. What have we learned and what’s next?

Lincoln’s Legacy Inspires Greek Family Business In Decatur

April 30, 2015
The Lincoln Square Lounge in Decatur, Ill. (Peter O'Dowd)

Our Tracking Lincoln series continues with the third-generation owner of the Lincoln Square Lounge.

Photos: Vietnam’s Vibrant Reunification Day Parade

April 30, 2015
Women march representing the workers in the parade to celebrate 40 years since the Communist victory in Saigon. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)

Vietnam marked Reunification Day with a colorful and heavily policed parade through Ho Chi Minh City.

Seattle’s Hmong Immigrants Remember Their Homeland

April 30, 2015
Cheu Chang, right, at the Indochinese Farm Project in Woodinville in the mid-80s. (Courtesy of Sharon Coleman/WSU Extension)

Scores of Hmong soldiers worked with the CIA during the Vietnam War, and were later forced to flee. Thousands resettled in the U.S.

40 Years After Saigon’s Fall, Dorchester’s Vietnamese Community Recalls Loss, Opportunity

April 30, 2015
South Vietnamese flags fly over businesses down Boston's Dorchester Avenue ahead of the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Many of the thousands of refugees fleeing South Vietnam ended up in Boston, and in the past few decades a vibrant Vietnamese-American community has sprung up in Dorchester.

Humiliation In The 21st Century: Should We Be Ashamed Of Public Shaming?

April 30, 2015
Julie Wittes Schlack: Public shaming can enforce positive social values, but is the cure worse than the disease? In this screengrab, ESPN reporter Britt McHenry is caught on video this month insulting a towing company clerk's intelligence, job and appearance. She was suspended from her job for a week and issued a public apology. (youtube)

Public shaming can enforce positive social values, but is the cure worse than the disease?

A Short History Of The Public Radio Tote Bag

April 29, 2015
NPR tote bag (NPR.org)

We discover why the tote bag has become so identified with NPR and fundraising.

A Story Of Bipolar And A Daughter’s Search For Answers

April 29, 2015
What remains of the main building of the Westborough State Hospital in Westborough. (Drew/Flickr)

In the 1920s and ’30s, Dr. Perry Baird was a rising star in the medical world, but his struggle with bipolar disorder hampered his life.

Fight Over Same-Sex Marriage Hits Supreme Court

April 29, 2015
Demonstrators stand in front of a rainbow flag of the Supreme Court in Washington on Tuesday. The Supreme Court heard historic arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)

The Supreme Court hears arguments in the fight surrounding same-sex marriage across the nation.

Indianapolis: Tensions Stir As Murder Rate Surges

April 28, 2015
Indianapolis Police Chief Rick Hite blames the murders on the same kind of drug crimes that New York and other major cities went through in the 1980s. (Peter O'Dowd)

Most of the suspects – and most of the victims – are young black men. That’s opened up a difficult conversation about race and class.

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