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Black Doll Show Inspires With Wakandan Heroes And Jazz Superstars

For 34 years, the William Grant Still Arts Center in Los Angeles has showcased diverse dolls for children. This year's theme, Jazz Superheroes, incorporates Marvel characters and musical giants.

A Puzzle Full Of Air

Every answer today is a word starting with the letters A-R, which you will identify from its anagram. For example, given AR plus ROB, the answer would be "arbor."

Piece By Piece, Monks Scramble To Preserve Iraq's Christian History

Fleeing ISIS, an order of Dominican monks had to leave much behind. But when Father Najeeb Michaeel helped the Christian community escape, he took one thing with him: a collection of manuscripts.

Virtual Games Try To Generate Real Empathy For Faraway Conflict

A corner of the video game industry is covering the news through immersive experiences. One game transports players into the middle of the Syrian civil war.

Let's Play Two! Remembering Chicago Cub Ernie Banks

Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks has died. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the two-time National League MVP as the nice guy who finished first and brought smiles to all his fans' faces.

Jazz Musician Jamie Cullum Shares Stories And Plays Live

"I'm more of a communicator than a technician," says the self-taught, hugely successful UK jazz-pop artist. Hear him perform live in NPR's studios.

App Links Sex Assault Survivors To Help, But Who Downloads It?

The D.C.-based smartphone tool connects people with a ride to the hospital and a team of medical professionals trained in dealing with sexual assault. But students aren't rushing to download the app.

After The Slaughter, A Pakistani School Seeks To Heal

In northwest Pakistan, a school has reopened after last month's Taliban attack that killed more than 130. Most of the survivors chose to come back, but the healing will take years, they say.

On Stage: Broadway Shows From Vampires To Vegas

New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley says this season is a "surprisingly good one," and shares his picks.

Boyish Engineer-Turned-Protester Could Be Next Greek Prime Minister

Greeks will elect a new government on Sunday, and the new prime minister could be a charismatic leftist named Alexis Tsipras.