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If you have young children at home, chances are you know Doc McStuffins. If you don't, comedian W. Kamau Bell will tell you why you should love the 6-year-old cartoon girl with a stethoscope.

The Zika virus holds a particular fear for pregnant women because it causes severe birth defects. But researchers are still struggling to find out how the virus reaches the fetus through the placenta.

Despite the obvious dangers, there is a small tourist industry in Afghanistan. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to London travel operator Marc Leaderman, who had led trips to the war-torn country.

Olympic runner Brenda Martinez had an unlikely path to the 2016 games. She grew up running in basketball shoes and nearly missed qualifying. She tells NPR's Ailsa Chang how she persevered.

The Russian Paralympic team faces a ban from the Rio games next month, due to allegations of widespread doping. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to journalist Rebecca Ruiz about the charges.

More than ever before, U.S. elections are a business opportunity. Social media companies are capitalizing on attention spent on the candidates.

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Sameer Gadhia of the Southern California band Young The Giant about the band's immigrant history ,and what they wanted to say about American identity in their new album.

The tricolored blackbird population in California has declined to a point that it's a candidate for the California Endangered Species List. But efforts are underway to keep the bird from disappearing.

The Islamic State's attacks in Paris last year brought attention to the group's terrorism network abroad. The New York Times' Rukmini Callimachi talks to Ailsa about the structure of ISIS.

In his new book Utopia Drive, author Erik Reece takes readers on a literary road trip through the history of Utopian communities in the United States.




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