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A First Black Professor Remembers Her Segregated Education

<i>Each week,</i> Weekend Edition Sunday <i>brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.</i><p>Hortense McClinton has lived with a remarkable sense of determination — for 95 years.<p>Her father's parents were slaves, and McClinton grew up …

English Catholics were tricked out of their babies too

We need to look closer to home (Scandal of Chile's baby-snatching priests, 16 May). Thousands of young unmarried girls in the UK were in a similar position in the 1950s to 70s. I like many others was coerced into giving up my baby in the 1965 by the Catholic church. My only crime was that I was not …

Satisfaction Guaranteed with the Gudauskas

Dane and Tanner Gudauskas, keeping themselves entertained between sessions in the Caribbean. Photo: Ellis<p>Surf and travel go hand-in-hand, but the …

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Matter will be created from light within a year, claim scientists

In a neat demonstration of E=mc2, physicists believe they can create electrons and positrons from colliding photons<p>Researchers have worked out how to make matter from pure light and are drawing up plans to demonstrate the feat within the next 12 months.<p>The theory underpinning the idea was first …

Need Advil Or A Condom? Call Up A Drone

A new service launching in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood will use drones for small deliveries. Just make sure you’re good at catching things first: “We’re not going to be landing, we’re going to be dropping things.”<p>In a few months, if you happen to live in the Mission District in San …

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The actress who helped Lincoln defeat the Confederacy

Pauline Cushman donned disguises, dodged death and secretly slipped behind enemy lines as a Civil War spy<p>It was awfully humid inside the Mozart Hall theater in Louisville, Kentucky, on one Saturday night in March of 1863. This border state was under Union control, and just a few hundred miles away, …

Is Amazon ruining dating in Seattle?

The company’s rapid expansion has brought severe gender imbalance to the city — and things are only getting worse<p>Tech consultant/writer and Seattle native Jeff Reifman is having a hard time finding a date in his city. But unlike most men, who might blame their romantic travails on being overweight …

Melbourne's population forecast to hit 7.7 million by 2051

Denis Napthine unveils blueprint for growth, saying 1.7m jobs and 1.6m new homes will be needed<p>More development will occur in established parts of Melbourne as the city swells to almost 8 million people by 2051.<p>There will be five metropolitan subregions, with the southern and northern areas to …

'Cosmos' recap: 'The Immortals' and the origins of life

Everyone has had to grapple, eventually, with the stark realization that he or she will one day die. It's what makes our short human lives so precious -- and what drives so many to seek out ways to cheat death and live on. That's what lies at the heart of this week's episode of "<p>Cosmos," …

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