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It might be tempting to shrug at the scorching weather across large swaths of the West. This just in: It gets hot in the summer.

But this record-setting heat wave's remarkable power, size and unusually early appearance is giving meteorologists and climate experts yet more cause for concern about the routinization of extreme weather in an era of climate change.

These sprawling, persistent high-pressure zones popularly called "heat domes" are relatively common in later summer months. This current system is different.

1971. What a year.

We at NPR have a special soft spot for it because it's the year we were founded. We've been celebrating our 50th anniversary, and you can come join the party here, here, and here.

Wynton Marsalis is a colossal presence. This is not an exaggeration. The man is truly a living legend as a trumpeter, composer, educator, producer, artistic director, and arts advocate. For decades, his presence has defined the world of jazz, of American art and culture. But he's more than a presence. In every aspect of his work, he is actively, fully and deeply present. He doesn't just show up.

Understanding 2021's Rise In Gun Violence

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NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Art Acevedo, Chief of the Miami Police Department, about the rise of violence across the U.S. and what can be done in the short term to stem further injury and death.

Healthcare professionals, emergency responders, and other frontline workers faced extraordinary challenges during the pandemic. For our series on resilience, we hear how they persevered.

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