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Training For An Uncertain Military Future In The Calif. Desert

The military's training center at Fort Irwin in California is complete with mock Middle Eastern villages. But as the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan winds down, how will this facility change?

Ukraine Calls An Easter Truce In Clash With Militants

Citing recent progress and the Easter holiday, Ukrainian officials say they've suspended an "anti-terrorist operation" aimed at pro-Russian forces who have occupied government buildings.

Usman Riaz: Tiny Desk Concert

A young Pakistani musician treats the guitar as a percussion instrument — with surprisingly shimmering results. He also performs a piano piece he wrote at just 16.

Rufus Wainwright Shares Songs, And A Few Stories

Wainwright creates music that is theatrical, emotional and operatic. He stopped by NPR's studios to perform a few of his hits.

In Silicon Valley, Immigrants Toast Their Way To The Top

Immigrant workers in the Silicon Valley attend Toastmasters meetings to improve their public speaking. Organizers say those skills often lead to increased confidence at work and even job promotions.

A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India

Abhina Aher is a member of the country's storied, yet marginalized, transgender community. Last week, the India's highest court legally recognized the group as a new gender — neither male nor female.

In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand

Clam digging satisfies that primeval urge to go out into nature and find free food. And inveterate Washington state clam diggers admit they compete to get their daily limit of 15 clams.

Hey, Superheroes On The National Mall: Any Advice For Congress?

Gathered in Washington for a comic book convention, these costumed enthusiasts shared how their favorite characters would run the country.

Leaflets Given To Donetsk Jews Made Waves Worldwide, But Not In Donetsk

The story of fliers ordering Jews to register with the separatists stoked fears of anti-Semitism. But Jews in the Ukrainian town say the orders aren't real and were intended as political provocation.

Boston Is Ready To Run Again

One of the biggest fields ever will assemble in Hopkinton, Mass., for the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday morning.