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Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) on <em>Game Of Thrones</em>.
Thu, 06/11/2015 - 14:25

As HBO's Game of Thrones airs its fifth season finale Sunday, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans asks if some critics of the show's violence and sexuality should reconsider past criticisms.

Members of the Senate on "Seersucker Thursday" in June 2011. Sens. Mike Lee (left), Mitch McConnell, Kirsten Gillibrand and Lisa Murkowski.
Thu, 06/11/2015 - 13:58

Washington seems to have finally warmed up to the cool, puckered summer fabric that has a storied history in the nation's capital.

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 13:43

From Paleo to vegan to raw, nutrition gurus package their advice as sound science. But peel the studies away and you'll find timeless myths and superstitions of religion.

Ron Moody, as Fagin, is seen in a 1968 publicity portrait for the film <em>Oliver!</em>
Thu, 06/11/2015 - 12:33

Throughout his career, Moody played a variety of parts on stage and screen. But in the villainous Fagin, he found the role of a lifetime.

The logo for a board game promised on Kickstarter. The FTC claims Erik Chevalier, who ran the crowdfunding campaign, used the money he raised on personal things.
Thu, 06/11/2015 - 12:33

The FTC alleges that Erik Chevalier collected $122,000 from more than 1,000 backers and used the money on personal expenses.

An economist has ideas for making the market for organ donations more efficient.
Thu, 06/11/2015 - 11:35

If you've got a life-threatening medical condition, your first call might not be to an economist. But Alvin Roth used a theory about matching markets to help connect kidney patients and donors.

Rupert Murdoch (center) and his sons Lachlan (left) and James (right) are seen in a combination of file photos. Rupert Murdoch, the head of News Corp. and the Fox media empire, says he will hand over the reins of the company.
Thu, 06/11/2015 - 11:24

His son James is expected to become head of the company, while Murdoch will stay on as chairman of the boards of both 21st Century Fox and News Corp.

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:47

Ali Shukri Amin, 17, admitted to showing the terrorist group how to use virtual currencies to mask funding. Amin could face up to 15 years in prison.

An inmate looks out from his cell at Tamms supermax prison in 2009. A typical pod consists of six wings with 10 cells in each wing, with each cell housing only one inmate. The facility closed in January 2013.
Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:34

An investigation by NPR and The Marshall Project found that many states don't keep track of how many inmates are released directly from solitary confinement without any transition or supervision.

Author Joyce Carol Oates, seen here at a a panel discussion last October, sparked jokes, and then a debate, by tweeting about the "barbaric" killing of a triceratops.
Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:31

"So barbaric that this should still be allowed," Joyce Carol Oates wrote, in a tweet that was taken quite literally by many online readers.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell talks before a Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday with Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as Rep. Pat Meehan, R-Pa., looks on.
Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:08

More than 6 million people could lose income-related subsidies if the Supreme Court strikes them down for coverage bought through the federal exchange, HealthCare.gov.

Ornette Coleman performs during the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2010.
Thu, 06/11/2015 - 09:40

The American jazz saxophonist and composer who liberated jazz from conventional harmony, tonality, structure and expectation, died Thursday of cardiac arrest in Manhattan at age 85.

European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy checks her Sokol pressure suit aboard the International Space Station. Cristoforetti, who set an endurance record, is among three astronauts who returned on Thursday.
Thu, 06/11/2015 - 09:30

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti surpassed a space endurance record for a female spacefarer.

The Bunny Hug sheet music, 1912.
Thu, 06/11/2015 - 09:23

Scandalous swirls like the Bunny Hug, Turkey Trot and Grizzly Bear may have even rattled President-elect Woodrow Wilson.

British actor Sir Christopher Lee in London in 2010.
Thu, 06/11/2015 - 08:10

Lee's career was varied and vast: He made his name as Dracula for decades, but then went on to play roles in Hollywood blockbusters like Lord of the Rings. Lee was 93 years old.

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