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Nothing has laid bare the importance of high-speed internet more than this pandemic, as so many Americans have been forced to conduct their lives online.

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In a normal year, the first day of school can be anxiety-provoking for parents and children alike.

WENDY MOGEL: All kids tend to be a combination of excited and nervous about the first day of school.

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We're going to take some time now to remember a tragic weekend two years ago, 2019. And a warning - this story may be disturbing to some listeners. First, came Saturday, August 3.

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As climate change makes fire seasons hotter and longer in the U.S., about 20,000 firefighters are currently working to contain blazes across the country. For decades now, some of California's incarcerated population have been among those doing this lifesaving work, at great risk to their own lives.

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A note now - our next story deals with subject matter that is not appropriate for all listeners.

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Timothy Harrison had requested the day off from work last month to go to his high school graduation. He worked at a Waffle House in Alabama. But on the day he was supposed to collect his diploma, he showed up to work in his uniform instead.

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On the campaign trail last summer, candidate Joe Biden promised to make his running mate, Kamala Harris, the last voice in the room before he made important decisions. And in March of this year, he joked about what he meant by that.

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