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The United Nations is planning to send 4,000 more peacekeeping troops to South Sudan. NPR's Scott Simon talks to journalist Nichola Mandil about why the government is objecting to more peacekeepers.

Elaine Fantham, who joined NPR's Scott Simon to talk classics for many years, has died. Her student, John Allemang, remembers the woman fondly known as "the rock-star of classics."

The city of Berlin just banned Airbnb because it was swallowing up long-term rentals and driving up prices. Paris is now struggling to temper the explosion of the rental site for the same reasons.

The U.S. swimming team has been exceptional in the summer Olympic games. Last night, Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps swam their signature events.

After acquiring Yahoo, Verizon ranks third in digital advertising and is a major player in media and tech. It wants to play in the Silicon Valley sandbox — but don't expect a full transformation yet.

Alex Rodriguez plays his last baseball game ever, and the Olympics continue. NPR's Scott Simon talks sports with Howard Bryant of ESPN.

Do hummingbirds migrate on the backs of geese? And will rice thrown at weddings really make birds explode? Scott Simon gets to the bottom of some bird myths with Ray Brown, host of "Talkin' Birds."

The community at the bottom rung of the social Hindu hierarchy does the dirtiest jobs. Some of the poorest of the poor, formerly known as "the Untouchables," don't want to perform those tasks anymore.

One teacher in Indiana leads conversions with her fellow teachers and students about race and bias. She's never thought it was more important than she does now.

In the summer of 1966, farmworkers staged a historic march across Texas to protest low wages and poor working conditions. Fifty years later, some of them are telling their stories for the first time.




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