Arriving at a hospital seven hours' drive from his remote village in the mountains, former gold miner Mr. He Quangui is finally warded and the doctors proceed to puncture his lungs with a needle to remove syringe after syringe of air. In pain, He Quangui tries to clasp the drip pulley hanging from the ceiling; his brother-in-law Mi Shiliang is at a loss for how to comfort him.
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Like millions of Chinese gold miners, He Quangui was stricken with the lung disease silicosis. At first he didn't want his story to be told, but over time he came to trust the photographer.
Former Sheriff William "Dub" Lawrence, in a scene from the documentary Peace Officer. It's not his job to investigate old crimes and officer-involved shootings — but that hasn't stopped him from obsessing over them.
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If you called him obsessive, former Utah Sheriff "Dub" Lawrence wouldn't disagree. For decades, he's been chipping away at cold cases — and his biggest challenge: what he sees as police impunity.
Employers are gathering detailed health and wellness information about their workers. Are confidentiality safeguards up to the task?
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More employers than ever are nudging workers toward plans that screen them for risks, monitor their activity and encourage them to make healthful choices. Can you trust the boss to keep the data safe?
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Ellen Page appears in a scene from Freeheld in this image released by Lionsgate. She tells NPR that the film captures the special emotional and practical impacts of same-sex marriage discrimination.
The new biopic Freeheld follows the true story of a lesbian couple seeking recognition of their partnership. Page talks about their "mind-boggling" ordeal and her own fears about coming out.
The local sheriff, speaking at an afternoon news conference, also said that authorities had recovered yet another gun from the shooter's residence, bringing the number of weapons linked to him to 14.
A cell at El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma, which President Obama visited in July. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act would apply only to federal crimes and federal prisons, which house a shade over 200,000 inmates — a tiny fraction of the population detained in jails and state facilities.
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Criminal justice experts and advocates say they're cautiously optimistic about a new bipartisan proposal in the Senate — the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.
Kelly Gardiner's new novel is a fictionalized version of the life of Julie d'Aubigny, a swashbuckling, cross-dressing 17th-century fencer-turned-opera singer whose exploits often seem stranger than fiction.
People watch the waves in a rainstorm at Atlantic Ocean at Carolina Beach, N.C., on Friday. Millions along the East Coast breathed a little easier after forecasters said Hurricane Joaquin would probably stay at sea instead of joining up with a drenching rainstorm that is bringing severe flooding to parts of the Atlantic Seaboard.
The storm looks likely to stay well offshore the U.S. East Coast, but it is still dumping historic levels of rainfall on cities like Charleston. Meanwhile, Bermuda could be in Joaquin's crosshairs.
On May 21, an Afghan child is treated at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in the northern city of Kunduz, after being injured in a fight between the Taliban and Afghan security forces. The hospital was badly damaged on Saturday.
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A trauma center in northern Afghanistan run by the international aid group was badly damaged early Saturday at about the same time a U.S. airstrike hit the area.
Rosemary was the lost Kennedy daughter; disabled from birth, she was left profoundly damaged after a lobotomy at the age of 23. But she had a lasting influence on her family's charitable projects.
Marsha Barnes, showing off her trusty bus — the vehicle behind the Finance Bar.
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Marsha Barnes isn't a typical finance coach. To get advice to those who need it most, she has taken her tips to the streets — literally, with a 1988 bus. "Wherever I'm needed, I'm there," she says.
A scene from a PBS animated interview with Tom Waits.
Tom Waits lays down his belief in mole democracy and New York City surrealism in a recently unearthed, freshly animated interview on PBS.
President Lyndon B. Johnson giving Rep. Michael Feighan the famous "Johnson treatment" — using his imposing physical presence to persuade — aboard Air Force One during a presidential trip to Cleveland in 1964. LBJ put heavy pressure on Feighan to support the new immigration legislation. Feighan eventually agreed — but he demanded a crucial change to the act.
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Fifty years ago, the Immigration Act lifted an old quota system that favored immigrants from Europe. But before it passed, one congressman made a change — one he thought would limit the act's impact.
FC Kansas City pose with the trophy after the NWSL soccer championship match in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 1. Deford's commentary was corrected to include information about the NWSL, the top professional women's soccer league in the U.S.
Many listeners took offense to the content and tone of a recent sports commentary, raising the question: Who speaks on NPR?
Imagine having to take a 40-minute boat ride just to get on the road to a clinic. That's the situation for some families in rural Guatemala (above).
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It's true for all of us. The choice of a doctor, for example, can make a tremendous difference. For those who live in poor countries and in remote spots — where a trip to the doctor might require a 40-minute boat trip — good luck is even more critical.
Amy and Dave Freeman paddle into the Boundary Waters, starting their 365 days in the wilderness to raise awareness of mining plans in the region.
A couple is spending 365 days in the nation's most visited wilderness area to raise awareness of a sulfide-ore mining plan they say will put the watershed ecosystem in danger. Some locals disagree.
Mark Bittman, seen here on a 2014 book tour, is leaving his writing job at The New York Times, but not his advocacy for good food. "I have more to say, and I imagine I'll find a way to say it," he says, laughing.
One of the most influential food writers in recent years is leaving his job at The New York Times — to join a California food startup. "This is a calling, in a way," he says.
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Dmitri Vrubel's painting of the Soviet Union's Leonid Brezhnev and East Germany's Erich Honecker kissing — under a Russian phrase that reads, "My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love" — is a popular part of the East Side Gallery.
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A stretch of the old Berlin Wall has stood for decades as an open-air gallery, covered in fine art and graffiti. Bids for luxury developments in the area have artists hitting the streets in protest.