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Doctors Get Creative To Soothe Tech-Savvy Kids Before Surgery

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Surgery can be emotionally and physically stressful for children. A California anesthesiologist has come up with a way to reduce anxiety that's safer, cheaper and much more entertaining.

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Turkey's Debilitating Conflicts On Three Separate Fronts

Turkey is currently battling Syrian President Bashar Assad, the Islamic State and Kurdish separatists in southeast Turkey. All the battles are draining the country, and none is going well.

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Code Switch

On The Code Switch Podcast: 'I'm Not Black, I'm O.J.!'

The new ESPN documentary O.J.: Made In America examines how O.J. Simpson distanced himself from black life in America — and how that same blackness was turned into a major asset during his trial.

On The Code Switch Podcast: 'I'm Not Black, I'm O.J.!'

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Politics

Conservative Christians Grapple With Whether 'Religious Freedom' Includes Muslims

Religious liberty is a key concern for many evangelical voters. But in the current political climate, there's some debate among Christian conservatives about how that applies to faiths like Islam.

Conservative Christians Grapple With Whether 'Religious Freedom' Includes Muslims

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Scotty Moore, Essential Rock 'N' Roll Sideman, Dies At 84

The guitarist played lead on Elvis Presley's early recordings, and was part of some of the most iconic moments in rock 'n' roll history. Moore died Tuesday after a long illness.

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Virginia Anderlini (right) was the first private client to try out Dr. Sonya Kim's new virtual reality program for the elderly, and says she's eager to see more. Kim's handful of programs are still at the demo stage. Kara Platoni/KQED hide caption

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Virtual Reality Aimed At The Elderly Finds New Fans

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Some doctors are finding that virtual travel — to Venice, a Hawaiian beach or Africa — can open new worlds to people confined by low mobility, dementia or depression.

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada returns to Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia. Bouchard says she likes the loose fit of the controversial NikeCourt Premier Slam dress. Alastair Grant/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Wardrobe Malfunction: 'Power Pleat' Causes Problems At Wimbledon

Three days into the Wimbledon tennis championships, Nike's new pleated dress has some players looking for ways to keep their wardrobe from interfering with their job: winning tennis matches.

Jason Wurtz holds his dog SweePee Rambo after winning the 2016 World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on June 24 in Petaluma, Calif. Wurtz tells The Guardian there were no oozing sores on his prize-winning, unprepossessing pooch. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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The World's Ugliest Dog And The Case Of The Libelous Oozing Sore

There was something slimy in the town of Petaluma, Calif. — and The Guardian broke the story wide open. Bug-eyed, incontinent, bent-backed SweePee Rambo is ugly as all get-out, but she is pus-free.

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For Low-Income Victims, Nuisance Laws Force Ultimatum: Silence Or Eviction

Many communities have enacted nuisance laws to make sure renters aren't disturbing their neighbors. Trouble is, victims — especially of domestic abuse — often end up penalized for calling the police.

For Low-Income Victims, Nuisance Laws Force Ultimatum: Silence Or Eviction

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Brexit's Impact Stretches From Deep Space To Nuclear Fusion

Scientists are worried about how Britain's departure from the European Union would hurt the continent's mega-projects and its researchers. Scientific collaboration "should know no borders," says one.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, left, and FARC commander Timoleon Jimenez, right, shake hands as Raul Castro looks on at a signing ceremony of a ceasefire deal in Havana last Thursday. "It is the first time ever that a guerrilla group lays down its arms to submit to a justice system where they are going to be investigated, judged, and condemned and sanctioned," Santos told NPR. Desmond Boylan/AP hide caption

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Colombia's President Calls Peace With Rebels 'A Good Investment'

After 52 years of conflict, Colombia's civil war is now over. President Juan Manuel Santos tells NPR how he worked out the deal with the FARC rebels.

Colombia's President: Making Peace With Rebels Is 'A Good Investment'

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Found in Botswana, the Lesedi la Rona diamond goes on the auction block today for an expected $70 million. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Goats and Soda

When Botswana Sells Its Big Diamond, Who Will Benefit?

It's the largest found in over a century and is valued at $70 million. How much do sales like this help the country?

When Botswana Sells Its Big Diamond, Who Will Benefit?

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All Songs Considered

Your Favorite New Musicians Of 2016 (So Far)

Last week, All Songs Considered asked you to share your favorite new artists of the first half of 2016. Here are your top 10.

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Obama: Trump, Brexit Vote Both Tap Into Fear Of 'Funny-Looking People'

In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, the president acknowledges "parallels" between the U.S. election and Britain's vote to leave the EU. But "the differences are greater than the similarities."

Obama: Trump, Brexit Vote Both Tap Into Fear Of 'Funny-Looking People'

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National Park Service Centennial

Beyond Sightseeing: You'll Love The Sound Of America's Best Parks

The National Park Service is racing to record soundscapes of each park that capture nature for the ear. "If we start to lose sounds of wilderness, we start to lose a piece of us," one scientist says.

Beyond Sightseeing: You'll Love The Sound Of America's Best Parks

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