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Many immigration rights activists cringe at the term "alien." But decades ago, that word was embraced as a humane alternative to terms like "undesirable" and even "wetback."

The rise of Donald Trump as a Republican presidential candidate has surprised many pundits, but not conservative commentator Glenn Beck. "He is saying the populist things," Beck says.

Media coverage after the storm focused on New Orleans, but the damage was just as bad, and sometimes worse, in Mississippi. Ten years on, slow recovery in places like East Biloxi has left many behind.

Scientists have found a new way to give some taste to those bland supermarket tomatoes. NPR's Scott Simon gives the details.

A gunman opened fire on a high speed train that was traveling between Amsterdam and Paris. According to French officials, two Americans subdued the shooter.

Stock markets around the world plunged this week as investors absorbed more evidence that China's economy is slowing. In the US, the Dow suffered its worst week since 2011.

Activists want more pressure on the Syrian regime to stop using the primitive and indiscriminate barrel bombs that have killed thousands in the Syrian civil war.

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the United Nations' top humanitarian official Stephen O'Brien about his recent trip to Syria. "This will be a lost generation," O'Brien says of conditions there.

In the decade since Hurricane Katrina, tens of thousands of New Orleans residents fled the city and never returned. This week New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu went on the road to call his people home.

Student loan debt is turning into a major campaign issue, and one solution many candidates can agree on is allowing graduates to refinance their student loans. But it may not be the best way to help.




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