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Local governments are allowing schools to experiment with new teaching methods. Educators hope to develop self-motivated, critical thinkers.

In a victory for the military, referendum voters in Thailand approved a draft constitution. Critics say it will entrench military control in the country.

A new Texas law allows students with gun licenses to carry on campus. Professor Lisa Moore of the University of Texas at Austin talks about why she's asking a court to halt the law.

The National Institutes of Health proposed lifting its moratorium on funding for research on part-animal, part-human embryos — which raises a huge dilemma, says bioethicist Insoo Hyun.

The Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are underway, and despite long lines and a stray bullet firing, most things seem to be running smoothly.

If you have young children at home, chances are you know Doc McStuffins. If you don't, comedian W. Kamau Bell will tell you why you should love the 6-year-old cartoon girl with a stethoscope.

The Zika virus holds a particular fear for pregnant women because it causes severe birth defects. But researchers are still struggling to find out how the virus reaches the fetus through the placenta.

Despite the obvious dangers, there is a small tourist industry in Afghanistan. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to London travel operator Marc Leaderman, who had led trips to the war-torn country.

Olympic runner Brenda Martinez had an unlikely path to the 2016 games. She grew up running in basketball shoes and nearly missed qualifying. She tells NPR's Ailsa Chang how she persevered.

The Russian Paralympic team faces a ban from the Rio games next month, due to allegations of widespread doping. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to journalist Rebecca Ruiz about the charges.

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