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    • Dick Van Dyke Apologizes for His ‘Atrocious’ Cockney Accent in ‘Mary Poppins’

    • By: Sarah Birnbaum
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 2 mins
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    The beloved actor apologizes more than 50 years later for “inflicting the most atrocious cockney accent in history of cinema” in the 1964 Disney classic, Mary Poppins.

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    • President Donald Trump Isn't the Only World Leader Denying Climate Change

    • By: Sarah Birnbaum
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 4 mins
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    President Donald Trump isn't the only world leader touting "alternative facts."

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    • Hero Sheepdogs Protect Flock for 20 Days in a Canadian Wildfire

    • By: Sarah Birnbaum
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 3 mins
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    Do you think your dog is awesome? Trust us, your pooch has nothing on Tad and Sophie.

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    • Some Americans Are Panicking About North Korea. Here’s Why South Koreans Aren’t.

    • By: Sarah Birnbaum
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 3 mins
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    “The South Koreans are just accustomed to [North Korean military threats]. They’ve been living with this for decades. They are not seeing anything particularly unusual about it.”

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    • What I Learned From 'Breaking Bad' About Saving Sea Turtles

    • By: Sarah Birnbaum
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 6 mins
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    It's a bad time to be a sea turtle. They’re threatened by pollution. They get caught in fishing nets. Their habitat is being destroyed by coastal development. As if all that weren’t bad enough, they must also contend with egg poachers.

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    • Hemingway's Love Letter to Marlene Dietrich Goes on the Auction Block

    • By: Sarah Birnbaum
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 8 mins
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    He called her "daughter" or "dearest Kraut." She called him "Papa." A letter from Ernest Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich goes on sale next month in New York, and it speaks to their intense, flirty relationship.

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    • Habib Zahori Was Scared to Seek Asylum in the U.S. So He Pushed a Rickety Bicycle Through Snow to Get to Canada.

    • By: Sarah Birnbaum
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 4 mins
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    "I think I was the only living thing walking there, with my bicycle.... I've never felt as miserable as that day."

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    • A Former White House Official Says Trump Ignores Due Process at His Own Peril

    • By: Sarah Birnbaum
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 4 mins
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    For the past two weeks, President Donald Trump has signed a flurry of executive orders with virtually no involvement from his Cabinet, Congress or federal agencies. Former ambassador and White House official Stuart Eizenstat says Trump's breakneck pace could backfire.

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    • The Statue of Liberty Was Modeled After an Arab Woman

    • By: Sarah Birnbaum
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 4 mins
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    The sculpture that later became the Statue of Liberty was meant to represent a woman in Arab dress, standing at the entrance to the Suez Canal.

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    • 'Why Are Americans So Fat?' and Other Questions Russians Have About Us.

    • By: Sarah Birnbaum
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 5 mins
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    An American journalist living in Russia says in the age of Donald Trump, Russian perceptions of America are tinged with mistrust and vice versa.

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    • Iranian Scientist Who Accepted Oscar Says U.S. Is Turning Away the Best and Brightest

    • By: Sarah Birnbaum
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Everyone's talking about the Moonlight-La La Land mix-up. But a different moment caught our attention.

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    • Desire to Make London's Grenfell Tower 'Prettier' Likely Escalated Blaze

    • By: Sarah Birnbaum
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 4 mins
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    The newly added aluminum cladding used to cover London's Grenfell Tower is being blamed for the fire's rapid spread. Planning documents reveal the material was used in order to make the flats look better from the luxury apartments nearby.

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    • Russian State Media Ordered to Scale Back Positive Coverage of Donald Trump

    • By: Stephen Snyder, Sarah Birnbaum
    • Narrated by: Carol Hills
    • Length: 3 mins
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    Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are both masters of their nations' media, and baffling to their critics. And with the election of Trump, Washington and Moscow have been on more amiable terms. But that might not last.

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    • This Iraqi Doctor Made His Home in Trump Country

    • By: Sarah Birnbaum
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Dr. Chalak Berzingi is a refugee from Erbil, Iraq. He works in a deeply conservative Appalachian town where he has found nothing but acceptance.

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    • The Artist Who Drew Trump Beheading Lady Liberty Is a Cuban Refugee

    • By: Sarah Birnbaum
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Artist Edel Rodriguez equates Trump to a terrorist on last week's cover of Der Spiegel magazine. Rodriguez says he felt compelled to draw the cover because of his experience coming to the U.S. as a refugee from Cuba in the 1980s.

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    • Designs for Trump's Border Wall Are Here. They Fall Into 4 Categories.

    • By: Sarah Birnbaum
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Initial design submissions for the proposed wall on the border of the U.S. and Mexico were due this week. They ranged from the kooky to the forbidding to the grandiose.

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    • This Colombian Artist Gives a Voice to Victims of Violence

    • By: Sarah Birnbaum
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 4 mins
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    A Colombian sculptor tell stories of violence. Her work has focused on Colombia's war, the gun violence in Chicago, and now the migrants who've lost their lives in the Mediterranean.

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    • Do Civilian Deaths in Mosul and Aleppo Deserve the Same Scrutiny?

    • By: Sarah Birnbaum
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 7 mins
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    The cities of Mosul, Iraq and Aleppo, Syria have both been devastated by war. And in both, civilians have suffered greatly as a result. But can the two conflicts really be equated?

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    • Can François Fillon Still Win the French Presidency?

    • By: Sarah Birnbaum
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Just weeks before French voters head to the polls, the presidential front-runner is fighting for his political life. And the far right's Marine Le Pen is poised to ride a populist wave to power.

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