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Top Picks: 'Gregory Porter: Nat ‘King’ Cole & Me,' 'Survival in the Skies,' and more

The podcast 'Ben Franklin's World' has explored topics relating to the 18th century, from British soldiers who fought in the Revolution to the Nat Turner revolt, CBS is honoring the legacy of 'The Carol Burnett Show,' and more top picks.

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Meanwhile... the first international cricket match in eight years took place in Pakistan

And in Kenya, the country’s new ban on plastic bags is an economic opportunity for women, while in Peru, American trekker Nick Stanziano is urging people to walk the historical Great Inca Trail. 

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A broken circle, and an unbroken one

I had a flat and few Spanish words. Would they help me?

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Docs in Progress gives documentaries a boost

The organization, based in Silver Spring, Md., offers screenings and courses on the nuts and bolts of filming, editing, and production. 'I think that documentaries do have a potential to really have a huge impact,' says executive director Erica Ginsberg.

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Top Picks: 'Maximum Volume,' by Kenneth Womack, the Timepage app, and more

Actress Sally Hawkins stars as artist Maud Lewis in the biopic 'Maudie,' Fathom Events is bringing 'Casablanca' to theaters across the United States, and more top picks.

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Meanwhile... in La Paz, Bolivia, zebras dance among the cars

And in Singapore, an airline is working to bring new cachet to its in-flight meals, while in Iraq, high-profile Syrian soccer players like Nadim Sabagh and Hussein Jawid are now playing on Iraqi teams.

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We should really check the gutters

The seasonal rain has begun. This year, we intend to be proactive.

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You’re invited to musicians’ recording sessions

With projects by three high-profile artists, music fans have been able to look into the creative process as new projects were being created.

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Top Picks: Music group Tank & the Bangas, the Smartify app, and more

In addition to labeling stars and planets, the Night Sky app also offers a tour of the sky, director Bill Morrison’s documentary 'Dawson City: Frozen Time' uses silent movies and newsreels discovered in the Canadian city in 1978 to depict the history of the area, and more top picks.

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Meanwhile... in Suriname, the all-volunteer Green Heritage Fund Suriname is devoting itself to the rescue of three-toed sloths

And in Gemert, Netherlands, what is believed to be the first concrete bridge in the world to be made by a 3-D printer was opened to the public, while in Guinea-Bissau, farmers are rejoicing over the soaring worldwide appetite for their No. 1 crop: cashews.

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Charities begin at my mailbox, it appears

When I got a request to help horse breeders, though, I thought that was a little much. 

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With festivals and tastings, opera companies seek ways to retain audience interest

Philadelphia’s Opera 2017 festival took a 'Netflix-binge' approach in efforts to attract new audiences: More than 25 opera performances were offered across the city over a span of 12 days.

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Top Picks: The Shelters' debut album, the Netflix documentary 'Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold,' and more top picks

Get a refresher on the time when Constantinople was the flagship city of the Roman Empire with the podcast The History of Byzantium, desserts become true works of art on the Instagram account of Karin Pfeiff Boschek, and more top picks.

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Meanwhile... political and economic gains of Minneapolis's Somali immigrant community have turned city into a global model

And in Tampere, Finland, McDonald’s is testing its first vegan menu item, while members of Sierra Leone's National Scrabble Association team are seeking government or corporate assistance to be able to attend the World English Scrabble Players Association Championship in Kenya.

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To my amazement, I’m with the band

As the wife of a rock drummer, I lead a fantasy life at night. 

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Top Picks: Kamasi Washington's 'Harmony of Difference,' the movie 'Afterimage,' and more

If you’re a hiker who likes to figure out every detail of your adventure before you leave the house, check out the Footpath app, check out recently departed musician Tom Petty and his band performing one of their most well-known hits, and more top picks.

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Meanwhile... in Bhutan, the government is opening the door wider to foreign tourism

And in the Congo, Belgian biologist Koen Hufkens is 'already a long way toward predicting the Congo forest’s future' thanks to a treasure trove of notebooks, while a fairy-tale rescue story could raise awareness of the plight of abandoned dogs on Mauritius.

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Top Picks: Cat Stevens' 'The Laughing Apple,' 'The Simple Faith of Franklin Delano Roosevelt,' and more top picks

A Broadway musical comes to TV with PBS’s broadcast of 'She Loves Me,' the Pocket Casts app gives you a new way to keep track of all the podcasts you love, and more top picks.

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Gucci announces it will no longer use fur in its designs

The Italian high fashion house announced this week that its designs will no longer include animal fur in response to changing consumer tastes. Gucci joins other fashion houses striving for more ethical and humane luxury lines.

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Meanwhile... in Guam, the US Navy is trying to grow coral in a nursery

And in Ethiopia, designer Yamerote 'Yami' Mengistu is making and selling fashion merchandise in her native Ethiopia, attempting to provide gainful employment for Ethiopian women, while Irish golfer Adam Rolston has completed the longest golf hole in history.

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