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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.

Dalia Mogahed, director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, gives an overview of American Muslims' political positions both historically and during this election cycle.

The presidential race enters the sprint to the general election in November, but already Donald Trump's fortunes seem to be changing rapidly.

The Green Party is holding its convention in Houston Saturday, the biggest in its history. Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein is hoping to attract disaffected supporters of Bernie Sanders.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden visited Miami, where several people have been infected with Zika. He says the CDC is trying to control the mosquito responsible.




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