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2:18 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

S. Dakota Indian Foster Care 1: Investigative Storytelling Gone Awry

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota.
Aaron Huey Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 11:18 am

In October 2011, NPR aired a three-part investigative series by reporter Laura Sullivan and producer Amy Walters alleging abuses in the foster care system for Native American children in South Dakota. With a mix of statements by the reporter and much innuendo, the series unmistakably alleges that the state's Department of Social Services was systematically removing Indian children from their families in order to collect federal reimbursements.

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NPR Story
2:17 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Editors' Note

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 6:50 pm

In October 2011, NPR aired a series of reports by correspondent Laura Sullivan about the placement of Native American children in foster care. The series focused on South Dakota, where it found an unusually high number of native children were placed in non-native foster homes, despite a 1978 law intended to curb such "removals." In addition, it found that federal subsidies for foster care appeared to have had the effect of spurring such placements.

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This Is NPR
2:17 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

'Alt.Latino,' Coming To You From A Closet Abroad

NPR's Alt.Latino Host Jasmine Garsd posted this photo of her makeshift recording studio in Mexico City, where she's reporting for a few months.
courtesy of Jasmine Garsd via Instagram

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 4:54 pm

NPR's Alt.Latino Host Jasmine Garsd is spending a few months in Mexico City, a city she calls "one of the Latin meccas of music." In addition to researching great stories there, she's been tracking down innovative places to record quality audio.

Garsd posted this photo from one of her makeshift recording studios in the city, and says:

"Desde las oficinas de grabacion de Alt.Latino en Mexico- tmbn conocido como un placard con buena acustica"

Which in English means:

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Deceptive Cadence
2:16 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Versatile Opera Star, Director, Teacher Regina Resnik Dies at 90

Regina Resnik as Ellen Orford in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes in 1948.
Metropolitan Opera Archives

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 12:11 pm

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The Two-Way
2:16 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Mexican Court Frees Drug Lord Convicted In Killing DEA Agent

Mexican federal police patrol Friday near Puente Grande State prison (background) in Zapotlanejo, Jalisco state, Mexico, where former top Mexican cartel boss Rafael Caro Quintero was released.
Hector Guerrero AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 7:28 am

A Mexican court has thrown out the conviction of infamous drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, 28 years after he was convicted and imprisoned for the 1985 kidnapping and murder of U.S. DEA agent Enrique Camarena.

Quintero had been serving a 40-year sentence for torturing and killing Camarena, but the court voided the sentence on a technicality — saying he should have been tried in a state court instead of the federal court where he was convicted.

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The Record
2:16 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Valerie June On Learning To Love 'Perfectly Imperfect' Voices

On her new album, Pushin' Against a Stone, Valerie June sings with a voice that's as powerful as it is unusual.
Matt Wignall Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 3:14 pm

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The Picture Show
2:13 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Be A Square; Photograph In Public!

Clockwise from top left: Jonny, Mickey Mouse balloon vendor at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. (Sheldon Serkin/@shelserkin); Ting, clerk at Dong Xing Chinese and Japanese Takeaway; Marlene Lucien, Port-au-Prince, Haiti (John Poole/NPR/@johnwpoole); Hussain, newsstand kiosk vendor, Melbourne, Australia (Michael Baranovic/@mishobaranovic)
Instagram

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 3:14 pm

We love what we see on Instagram, and we think there's potential for something deeper. Something more communal. So today we're starting something new with our friends at KPCC in Los Angeles: A collective storytelling project called Public Square. Follow us! @npr + @kpcc

Each month will have a theme and hashtag. We'll ask you to share a glimpse of your life — but beyond that, to tell us stories.

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The Picture Show
2:10 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Photography Phone Call: Are Snapshots Dead?

A snapshot from the collection of Robert E. Jackson
Robert E. Jackson Courtesy of National Gallery of Art

Originally published on Sat August 10, 2013 12:35 pm

I cannot begin to fathom the number of snapshots that have been produced between the first Kodak camera (circa 1888) and now. Let alone how anyone could begin paring it down into a collection.

And yet for years, Seattle-based businessman Robert E. Jackson has been sifting through discarded memories, searching for that certain something — nothing in particular — found in vintage, vernacular photography. He knows it when he sees it. And he now owns about 11,000 one-of-a-kind prints.

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It's All Politics
2:09 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Star-Making Turn As Newark Mayor Launches Booker Toward D.C.

U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, N.J., speaks to the media after casting his ballot for the Senate primary on Tuesday.
Eduardo Munoz Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 9:49 pm

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Krulwich Wonders...
2:07 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Mosquito Exclusive! Yes, They Bite, But Half The Time They Miss

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 11:20 am

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