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Lost Posture: Why Indigenous Cultures Don't Have Back Pain

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 23:25

There are a few populations in the world where back pain hardly exists. One woman thinks she has figured out why, and she's sharing their secrets. Have Americans forgotten how to stand properly?

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The Truth About America's Graduation Rate

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 23:18

Graduation rates have been rising since 2002. NPR Ed asked 14 reporters at member stations around the country to find out why.

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Amid Violence In Baghdad, A Musician Creates A One-Man Vigil

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 23:13

Karim Wasfi, conductor of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, has been playing his cello at the sites of deadly attacks across Baghdad.

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Cavaliers Even Up NBA Finals, Beating Warriors In Overtime

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 19:52

Game 2 in the NBA finals had a thrilling finish, as the Cleveland Cavaliers — missing their all-star point guard — beat the Golden State Warriors 95-93 in overtime.

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'Fun Home,' 'Curious Incident' Take Home Top Tony Awards

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 19:17

The awards for best musical and best play went to two shows based on books, each of which once seemed like an improbable adaptation.

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The Truth Behind Your State's High School Grad Rate

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 18:31

Graduation rates are rising across the nation — but what's happening in your state? Explore our NPR Ed grad rate database.

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The Truth Behind Your State's High School Grad Rate

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 18:31

Graduation rates are rising across the nation — but what's happening in your state? Explore our NPR Ed grad rate database.

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In Washington D.C., Homeless Students Fight The Statistics

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 17:39

"We're in the business of changing lives," a principal says.

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In Oakland, Struggling For Years To Learn English

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 17:39

Long-term English language learners graduate high school at much lower rates than California's average.

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In North Carolina, Cutting Diploma Requirements

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 17:37

A basic high school diploma with fewer credits is offered to struggling students.

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On Track To A 90 Percent Graduation Rate In Alabama

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 17:36

Computer-based instruction for dropouts is key to the state's high school strategy.

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Thousands Of High School Students Getting Lost In Texas

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 17:31

The state counts many, like Jaye McCurtain, as "leavers" instead of dropouts.

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In Chicago, At-Risk Students Are Being Misclassified

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 17:30

Are students at alternative schools dropouts, or graduates? You do the math.

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Graduation Coaches Help Georgia Students Cross The Finish Line

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 17:30

A state program is defunded, then revived at the district level.

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New York Keeps Raising The Bar For Graduation

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 17:28

Regents exams stand between many students and the high school diploma.

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Saudi Supreme Court Upholds Blogger's Prison And Lashing Sentence

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 13:18

The sentence of 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes has drawn international condemnation but remains in place for Raif Badawi, a blogger who had earlier been found guilty of "insulting" Islam. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with correspondent Deborah Amos in Riyadh, the Saudi capital.

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Beyond College-Ready: Top Charter Schools Support Graduates In College

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 13:18

Many elite charter schools boast of making students from challenging socio-economic backgrounds ready for college. Now some programs are focused on helping more of those students finish their degrees.

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Amid Violence, Mexican Voters Go To The Polls

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 13:18

Protesters burned ballots and election materials in a rocky start to voting in elections already marred by the murders of candidates and campaign officials. Reporter Carrie Kahn speaks with NPR's Arun Rath from Mexico City, where she has been talking to voters.

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Physician-Assisted Death Legislation Moves Forward In California

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-07 13:18

California's Senate approved the End of Life Option Act, a bill that would allow doctor-assisted suicide for some terminally ill patients. The bill had been stalled for years, in part because doctors opposed it. But last month the California Medical Association dropped its opposition, becoming the first state medical association to do so. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Dr. Theodore Mazer, a member of the association's executive board, about the decision.

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