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He spent decades recording soundscapes. Now they're going to the Library of Congress

Jim Metzner has traveled far and wide to record sounds of the world and share them with listeners. The Library of Congress will preserve thousands of tapes and other items dating back to the 1970s.


Opinion: 'The Woman King' speaks loud and clear to this Nigerian feminist

The film about female warriors in 1800s West Africa is all too relevant, in 2022, writes Oyeronke Oyebanji: "The inequalities faced by the women in the movie reflect the struggles of women today."


Trans religious leaders say scripture should inspire inclusive congregations

As some evangelicals push to restrict civil rights for trans people, other Christians use similar sacred texts and traditions to build a theology that embraces trans lives as part of God's creation.


Get a peek inside this Saudi Arabian date festival

Saudi Arabia is one of the world's top producers and exporters of dates, and dozens of varieties are sold every year at the Buraydah Date Festival.


In Chile's desert lie vast reserves of lithium — key for electric car batteries

Chile is part of a South American region known as the "lithium triangle," where miners are trying to meet skyrocketing demand for the material.


HIV crashed her life. She found her way back to joy — and spoke at the U.N. this week

Diagnosed with HIV before her wedding, Bupe Sinkala didn't tell her husband and saw her marriage — and life — crumble. Now she's a community health worker advocating for her unsung profession.


He went to an estate sale for bargains. He found a valuable 700-year-old document

For $75, Will Sideri landed a 13th century manuscript that was used in the Beauvais Cathedral in France. An expert says the document could be worth as much as $10,000.


How a whiskey-fueled meeting in 1949 led to Berlin's famed techno scene

All-night clubs in the German capital have long drawn "techno tourists." That might never have happened had a hotelier failed to negotiate the end of the city's curfew following World War II.


The first day of fall marks the autumn equinox, which is different from a solstice

The first day of the Northern Hemisphere's seasons correspond with the Earth's tilt toward or away from the sun.


Tired of Saturn's rings? Check out NASA's latest image of the bands around Neptune

The last time scientists caught such a clear glimpse of Neptune's rings was when Voyager 2 flew past the distant planet in 1989. Now the James Webb Space Telescope has delivered a crisp new image.


Whatever happened to the Kenyan farmer who turned a dump into a garden of giveaways?

Victor Edalia turned a trash dump into a farm. He hoped to earn extra income but decided to give away free produce during the pandemic. Now hundreds of needy families enjoy his harvest.


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