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As a flood of at least 120 new and returning series come to TV this summer, NPR's TV critic picks four shows most worth binge watching by the pool.

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Mindy Przeor founded an after-school program in Mesa, Ariz., to get elementary school kids up and running.

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In NPR's most recent poll, a majority of American adults say they played sports in their youth. Many say they encourage their kids to play, too, and see health benefits as well as life-long lessons.

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The residue from meth labs can cause health problems, but people aren't always told that the house they're buying is contaminated. An Indiana law requires disclosure but not mandatory testing.

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Step up your summer grilling game by re-creating the ancient Peruvian way of cooking meat underground in your own backyard. It's called pachamanca, and it yields incredibly moist and smoky morsels.

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