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4:44 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Former Cuba Diplomat Feels Joy, Relief As Havana Embassy Reopens

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 6:35 am

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Goats and Soda
4:03 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Why My Mom Didn't Say 'I Love You' For 11 Years

Adebisi Alimi, an actor-turned-activist, was the first person to come out as gay on Nigerian television.
Claire Eggers NPR

Earlier this year on my 40th birthday, my mother sent me a text that said, "I love you."

This was the first time she said this to me since I publicly came out as gay on Nigerian television in 2004.

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Around the Nation
2:15 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Big News: Tiny Parks Coming Soon To A Parking Spot Near You

The parklet on K Street Northwest in Washington, D.C., opened officially on July 14. It's the first parklet of its kind in the city.
Lydia Thompson NPR

Walking down K Street Northwest in Washington, D.C., almost everything is a shade of gray — light gray buildings, darker gray sidewalks, even the windows on the gray high-rises reflect their gray surroundings.

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U.S.
3:33 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

Theodore Roosevelt's 'Summer White House' Reopens To The Public

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Environment
2:48 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

Birds, Bees And The Power Of Sex Appeal: The Ribald Lives Of Flowers

Stephen Buchmann Scribner

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 3:33 pm

Flowers, bugs and bees: Stephen Buchmann wanted to study them all when he was a kid.

"I never grew out of my bug-and-dinosaur phase," he tells NPR's Arun Rath. "You know, since about the third grade, I decided I wanted to chase insects, especially bees."

These days, he's living that dream. As a pollination ecologist, he's now taking a particular interest in how flowers attract insects. In his new book, The Reason for Flowers, he looks at more than just the biology of flowers — he dives into the ways they've laid down roots in human history and culture, too.

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