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4:02pm

Sun September 29, 2013
Around the Nation

Painful History Buried At Shuttered Vermont Institution

Originally published on Sun September 29, 2013 5:31 pm

When Gary Wade first started working at Vermont's state institution for people with developmental disabilities, it was already on its way out. The Brandon Training School had been in operation since 1915.

Before it closed for good in 1993, Wade was sorting through the paperwork and found letters written during the 1940s and '50s. One of his favorite clients, Flossie Howe, was asking to leave. "I don't feel like I belong here. I think I have a job in Pittsford, " Flossie wrote.

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4:02pm

Sun September 29, 2013
Asia

Truth Or Propaganda? Finding Real Stories In North Korea

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 11:21 am

Children mobilized for the annual mass games in Pyongyang act as pixels, portraying a happy patriot in uniform.
David Guttenfelder National Geographic

North Korea remains one of the most closed places in the world. And that makes Tim Sullivan kind of a rarity: As the Asia correspondent for the Associated Press, he's spent about six weeks in the country over the course of two trips.

In addition to his stories for AP, Sullivan also wrote an article entitled "The Real North Korea" that's in the October issue of National Geographic.

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4:02pm

Sun September 29, 2013
Music Interviews

Vijay Iyer On Learning From War

Originally published on Sun September 29, 2013 5:30 pm

For three years, jazz musician Vijay Iyer has worked with poet and performer Mike Ladd to set the words of war veterans to music. The resulting album, released earlier this month, is called Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

5:41pm

Sat September 28, 2013
Author Interviews

'Faithful Scribe': Tracing Ancestry Through Pakistan's History

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 6:10 pm

The Faithful Scribe, by Shahan Mufti

In The Faithful Scribe, Shahan Mufti examines the history of Pakistan and its relationship to the United States. He also explores how his own family story is part of the tumultuous story of the world's first Islamic democracy.

"A huge impetus for me in writing this book was actually being on both sides of this present conflict, where America is involved in this war in Afghanistan," Mufti tells NPR's Arun Rath. "As we know, the place of Pakistan in this conflict is very dubious and questionable."

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5:40pm

Sat September 28, 2013
Health Care

The Religious Alternative To Obamacare's Individual Mandate

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 3:54 pm

The Affordable Care Act requires nearly every American to have health insurance or pay a penalty, beginning Jan. 1. The so-called "individual mandate" has been controversial ever since the law was passed.

But for people who fall into a few select categories, the mandate doesn't apply. Like Native Americans who get health coverage through the Indian Health Service, or people who are incarcerated.

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