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6:36 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

What It's Like To Choose Transgender Sex Reassignment Surgery

"Over the moon excited, terrified, scared, emotional," is how Jetta'Mae Carlisle says before her surgery.
Deborah Svoboda for NPR

It wasn't until Deborah Svoboda dated someone who is trans that she understood how little she understood about being transgender. "I realized how very misunderstood they were, including by me," she says. And that comes from someone who identifies as queer and has lived and worked in diverse communities.

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Goats and Soda
5:50 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

There Are 200 Million Fewer Hungry People Than 25 Years Ago

A farm laborer uses a sieve to separate grains of wheat from the husk in Amritsar, India.
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So what does it mean to be hungry?

That's a question that occurred to us as we read some encouraging news: The world isn't as hungry as it used to be.

A U.N. report has noted that 795 million people were hungry in the year 2014. That's a mind-boggling number. But in fact it's 200 million lower than the estimated 1 billion hungry people in 1990.

The improvement is especially impressive because the world population has gone up by around 2 billion since the '90s.

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It's All Politics
5:33 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Americans Say They Want The Patriot Act Renewed ... But Do They, Really?

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks to reporters on May 31 after leaving the Senate floor, where he spoke about surveillance legislation.
Drew Angerer Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 6:27 pm

Three controversial provisions of the Patriot Act expired Sunday night, ending — among other things — the government's ability to collect bulk metadata on Americans' phone calls and emails.

The fight pits Sen. Rand Paul and other legislators fighting for greater privacy against fellow Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell and others who are in favor of extending the legislation as is. But if the lawmakers are looking to their constituents for direction, they might not get much help.

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Technology
5:32 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Tech Startup Harnesses Virtual Reality For Use In Architecture

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Commentary
5:32 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Getting A Tattoo Is An Unlikely Rite Of Passage For This Teen

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It's All Politics
5:32 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Supreme Court Sides With Immigrant Caught With Pills In His Sock

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who wrote for the court majority, said Moones Mellouli's crime should not be considered enough to remove someone from the country under federal law. In dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote he sees "nothing absurd about removing individuals who are unwilling to respect the drug laws" where they live.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 5:34 pm

The Supreme Court has dealt a blow to U.S. immigration officials in a closely watched case by ruling that a broad state anti-drug law may not be enough to justify deportation.

By a 7-2 vote, the court ruled that a Tunisian man convicted of carrying pills in his sock should not have been removed from the U.S. for that reason.

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The Salt
5:26 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

It's Raining Nitrogen In A Colorado Park. Farmers Can Help Make It Stop

Jim Cheatham, a biologist with the National Park Service, studies the ways nitrogen in the air has been disrupting the ecological balance of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Luke Runyon/KUNC

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 6:27 pm

It's May in Rocky Mountain National Park, but on a mountainside 10,829 feet above sea level, snow is falling. It's pelting Jim Cheatham, a biologist with the National Park Service. Shrugging off the cold, Cheatham seizes a teachable moment. This snow, he says, holds more than just water.

"Chances are it's carrying the excess nitrogen we're talking about," says Cheatham.

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Health
5:15 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

High Price Of Cancer Treatment Drugs Is 'Unsustainable,' Doctor Says

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The Two-Way
4:51 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Intel Makes Biggest Bet In Its History

The Intel logo is displayed on the exterior of Intel headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif.
Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 6:19 pm

The chipmaker Intel is buying a company that makes ... chips. Altera will cost about $16.7 billion in cash.

It would be the largest acquisition in Intel's 47-year history, and it's part of an effort to secure business. While Intel is an undisputed leader in chips for personal computers, it's got competition in the mobile, wireless age.

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The Two-Way
4:44 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

A 92-Year-Old Ran Her 16th Marathon And Broke A Record

Harriette Thompson, 92, and her son Brenny Thompson finish the Suja Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon on May 31 in San Diego, Calif.
Jerod Harris Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series

If a 92-year-old can run a marathon, anyone can, right? If you need a little inspiration, look to Harriette Thompson of Charlotte, N.C. The 92-year-old finished the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon — her 16th such race.

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