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Marketplace for Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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Kai talks with Ron Suskind and his son Owen Suskind about the new documentary film "Life, Animated" that follows their son's story of overcoming autism; Banks in Silicon Valley are trying to attract more customers by offering 24 hour approvals and zero-money-down mortgages.; and a group of students from Yale University is setting up Connecticut's first bail fund to pay the bail of low income people who would otherwise be stuck in jail for minor offenses

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The man who shot Ronald Reagan in 1981 is now set to go free.

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A street in Qamishli, a city in northern Syria that sits along the border with Turkey, was hit by a powerful car bomb Wednesday, killing at least 44 people and devastating a residential area, according to Syria's state-run media. Nearby buildings were severely damaged, collapsing walls and floors.

The Tuesday night session of the Democratic convention was really three events, each with its own atmosphere and impact, but all contributing to a single theme: The Clintons are back.

Let’s do the numbers: the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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The ALS Association is celebrating two years of people dumping ice water on themselves to raise money to combat the neurodegenerative disease, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

There was a time when Sandra Gologergen's freezer never ran out. Packed with traditional Inuit foods like whale, walrus, seal and fish, her freezer has been an essential lifeline, ensuring her husband, three kids and grandson make it through the long harsh winters of Savoonga, Alaska.

"Then that changed," she says.

Tonight President Obama will take the stage at the Democratic National Convention with one goal: convincing voters to elect Hillary Clinton as his successor.

The stakes are high for the newly minted nominee, but they are arguably even higher for the incumbent president. A Clinton win would mean his policy legacy is kept intact and there's validation of his tenure in the White House.

It's summer, and whether you're 5 years old or 105 it's time to play.

To inspire you, the NPR Ed Team called up leaders and designers at 10 of the nation's best children's museums and asked them one simple question:

What's the one thing under your roof (or maybe out back) that kids and their grown-ups love to do/see/touch/play the most?

Here are their answers, our summer "playlist."

1. Adventure Expeditions — Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore.

When Joe Biden takes the stage at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, there is probably a part of him that still wonders, "What if?"

But his own White House dreams and reported rivalry with Hillary Clinton will have to be in the rearview mirror in order for him to deliver a home run endorsement, starting on stage and continuing through November.

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