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Let's remember, now, a pioneer for gay rights. Yesterday, on National Coming Out Day, Frank Kameny died.

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And there are more kids like Victor than ever before because the Hispanic population is now growing more because of births than immigration, which means there are now more children of Hispanic immigrants in the U.S. than immigrants.

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Hamas, Israel Reach Deal To Swap Prisoners

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To read Harry Belafonte's new memoir, My Song, is to discover a man who has packed enough life for 10 people into 84 years. There's the smash hit from 1956, "Banana Boat Song." There's a film career that made great use of his matinee-idol looks. And then there's Harry Belafonte the activist.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host: With us to listen in on how Spanish has been used on television is NPR's Felix Contreras, producer for NPR's Arts Desk.

And, Felix, when did U.S. audiences start to hear Spanish on the airwaves?

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Network television is trying out its new fall schedule. There are 27 new shows and nearly all of the main leads are white actors. But TV critic Eric Deggans says there is one role on television where minority characters may be on the rise - the black best friend.

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NPR's business news starts with News Corp. under fire.

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For every generation, every era, there are songs that reflect or define the time, as could be said of the new album "Recession Sessions."

Food Network star Paula Deen loves seasoning, bacon and, of course, a bit of butter.

She also loves Southern cooking, which why her latest cookbook, Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible, explores the regional variations of Southern food.

Deen tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that she first discovered some of those variations in her home state of Georgia.

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NPR's business news starts with Netflix trying to change back.

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Now a story of a piece of art made whole again. The marble head and upper torso of a Roman sculpture was rejoined with its lower half at a ceremony in a Turkish museum this weekend.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host: NPR's business news starts with talk of European cooperation.

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For some analysis, let's go to NPR's Cokie Roberts, who joins us most Monday mornings. Good morning.

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Let's talk about the two Americans who have won the 2011 Nobel Prize for economics. They are Princeton's Christopher Sims and Thomas Sargent of New York University. We're going to talk about them with NPR's Jim Zarroli. Jim, good morning.

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The title of Bjork's new album came to her after she read a book by neurologist Oliver Sachs about the mind's empathy for music.

"He called it 'musicophilia,' she says. "Obviously, I make music, but I wanted to do a project about nature. So I thought, if I call it Biophilia, it's sort of empathy with nature."

So there are song titles like "Solstice," "Dark Matter" and "Crystalline." The lyrics actually touch on processes in nature — for instance, how crystals grow.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host: Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

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