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Invisibilia: The Unbearable Lightness Of Footwear

NPR | July 23, 2016 2:42 p.m.

When we invented shoes, we slipped a surface between ourselves and the world. Ever wonder if this is the moment mankind fell from grace? No? Well, for better or worse, NPR's Colin Dwyer has.

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The HIV Trap: A Woman's Lack Of Control

NPR | July 23, 2016 2:14 p.m.

AIDS is the biggest killer of young women in southern Africa, where many are sexually abused. The CEO of a nonprofit is trying to tip the balance to women with an unlikely tool: a vaginal ring.

Science | Flora and Fauna

The Uppermost Aristocracy of the Hoverfly Society

NPR | July 23, 2016 7:51 a.m.

Fredrik Sjöberg had been hunting for hoverflies for 30 years. But his collection wasn't complete without the rare and beautiful Callicera fly.

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Helping Transgender People Find Their Voice

NPR | July 23, 2016 7:51 a.m.

Speech therapist Wendy Chase helps transgender people make their voices sound like their gender identity. She says how people communicate affects how they are perceived.

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Cosplayers Use Costume To Unleash Their Superpowers

NPR | July 23, 2016 2 a.m.

A shy woman becomes a brave warrior princess. A man calls on Captain America to help him lose 45 pounds. In costume role play they become part of a community where they can transform themselves.

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An Archaeological Mystery In Ghana: Why Didn't Past Droughts Spell Famine?

NPR | July 22, 2016 2:19 p.m.

A terrible drought hit Ghana in the 1400s, far worse than today's conditions. Yet people had enough to eat, while today they go hungry. What changed? In a word, colonialism, a new study suggests.

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Invisibilia: Do His Sunglasses Keep Him From Seeing The Light?

NPR | July 22, 2016 11:50 a.m.

Cass Frankenstein started wearing sunglasses to protect himself from bullies. Decades later, he still wears them. Some friends and relatives say that holds people at bay. But he says it's worth it.

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WATCH: Facebook Tests Internet-Beaming Plane

NPR | July 22, 2016 10:27 a.m.

The social media company's high-altitude, unmanned, solar-powered drone is designed to provide wireless Internet coverage to the ground below.

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'Heat Dome' Causing Excessive Temperatures In Much Of U.S.

NPR | July 22, 2016 10:07 a.m.

It's over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in much of the Midwest, South and East, and the culprit is hot air trapped under an atmospheric pressure lid that heats it up even further.

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How Wild Birds Team Up With Humans To Guide Them To Honey

NPR | July 22, 2016 9:03 a.m.

It sounds like something out of a fairy tale, but it's real. A new study shows how wild birds and people communicate so that, together, they can find bees' nests and share the sweet honeycomb.