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A Nation Engaged: Sparking Conversations That Matter

As Jobs Are Automated, Some Say We'll Need Guaranteed Basic Income

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How will the economy provide economic opportunities if employers need fewer workers in the future? A growing number of people in Silicon Valley are saying the only realistic answer is a basic income.

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The Musicians

Buckwheat Zydeco's Stanley 'Buckwheat' Dural Jr. Dies At 68

The international ambassador for Louisiana roots music died early Saturday morning of lung cancer.

Listen to Buckwheat Zydeco perform in 2009 on World Cafe

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Shots - Health News

Controversy Continues Over Muscular Dystrophy Drug, Despite FDA Approval

The Food and Drug Administration approved a muscular dystrophy drug despite deeply flawed evidence. Was the decision a dangerous precedent or flexible pragmatism reflecting patients' values?

Controversy Continues Over Muscular Dystrophy Drug, Despite FDA Approval

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'Lesser Bohemians' Uses Playful Language For A Classic Love Story

A young drama student comes to the big city and falls in love with a rakish older actor in Eimear McBride's new novel. She tells NPR a conservative publishing industry initally overlooked her work.

'Lesser Bohemians' Uses Playful Language For A Classic Love Story

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Schrafft's was a chain of restaurants, with a candy store attached, that catered to ladies who lunch. To NPR's Lynn Neary, who used to waitress there, Schrafft's "always felt like the epicenter of the comfort zone." MCNY/Gottscho-Schleisner/Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

While Everyone Was Partying At Woodstock, I Was Stuck At Schrafft's

The chain restaurant that catered to women helped redefine how Americans eat, according to a new book. For NPR's Lynn Neary, it also defined how she did and didn't fit with the counterculture.

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Music Interviews

BANKS On What Happens When You Give Your Fans Your Phone Number

Social media isn't Jillian Banks' style, so she told her fans to text her instead. "Something that I'm still learning and have had to learn is how to put boundaries up," she says.

BANKS On What Happens When You Give Your Fans Your Phone Number

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Politics

Congress Has One Week Left To Keep The Government Running Past September

Congress has one job to do this month before its October recess: make a deal to keep the government funded past Sept. 30. But that hasn't happened yet.

Congress Has One Week Left To Keep The Government Running Past September

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Goats and Soda

The Prognosis For $3 Billion Zuckerberg Health Plan

The goal of curing all diseases "in our children's lifetime" sounds a lot like hype. But is it? Doctors weigh in on the ambitious plan set forth by the Facebook founder and his pediatrician spouse.

Queen of Katwe was filmed in English, but that isn't Madina Nalwanga's first language. "She worked extremely hard," co-star Lupita Nyong'o says, "and I think her discipline as a dancer came in very handy." Edward Echwalu/Disney Enterprises Inc. hide caption

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Movie Interviews

Ugandan Actress's Journey Mirrors That Of Her 'Queen Of Katwe' Character

Like her chess champion character, first-time film actress Madina Nalwanga grew up in a poor neighborhood in Uganda. She says co-star Lupita Nyong'o has been her guide to the world of moviemaking.

Ugandan Actress's Journey Mirrors That Of Her 'Queen Of Katwe' Character

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Dozens Of U.S., Canadian Tribes Unite Against Proposed Oil Pipelines

At least 50 First Nations and tribes signed a treaty Thursday opposing tar sands expansion plans that they view as "a collective threat to our Nations."

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U.S.

NPR News Nuggets: All Love Lost, Tortoise Species Saved & Big Bucks In Texas

Here's a roundup of some of the mini-moments you may have missed on this week's Morning Edition.

High Schools In Texas Spend Big Bucks On Football Stadiums

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