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The "graduation march" is playing at ceremonies across the United States this summer, as it has every summer for about 100 years. But did you know its roots are in a wildly patriotic English song?

The melody, of course, is the "Pomp and Circumstance March #1," by British composer Sir Edward Elgar.

So how did this tune become both a symbol of English patriotism, and the anthem of American education?

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On Tuesday, during a stump speech in Greensboro, North Carolina, presidential hopeful Donald Trump implied that some soldiers in Iraq stole recovery funds delivered to the country in the wake of the Iraq War.

"Iraq, crooked as hell. How about bringing baskets of money? Millions and millions of dollars and handing it out? I want to know, who are the soldiers that had that job because I think they're living very well right now, whoever they may be," the GOP frontrunner said.

Learn Arabic in just 25 years

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Zora O'Neill jokes that the title of her book should be "Learn Arabic in 25 Years." She studied classical Arabic in the 1990s and earned her master's in Arabic literature. But it would be two decades later, on a trip across North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, that she finally felt natural speaking it.

Tasneem Raja is a Senior Digital Editor for NPR's Code Switch, where she works with the team to tell deeply important, messy, urgent stories about how race and identity collide with everything else in our lives—whether we realize it or not. In this role, Raja is an editor of the upcoming Code Switch podcast, as well as editor of long-form essays on race, culture, and identity for Code Switch online.

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Sunday is my first Father's Day. Celebration aside, I have decided to make a Father's Day resolution — share a greater proportion of housework and childcare activities.

Before our son was born this January, the distribution of housework between my wife and I was almost balanced with her contributing slightly more. The scales were tipped heavily since the first day of his arrival.

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Here's a question that sounds a lot more theoretical than it really is: When is a tree not a tree? The short answer: When it's a coconut palm in the Indian state of Goa.

In December 2015, the state government kicked the coconut palm off its master list of trees. Earlier this week, two conservation groups sued the state to reverse that decision.

There’s no place like Jerusalem. 

That’s what drove an Israeli filmmaker to leave Brooklyn and move to the city where she was born and raised. 

In 2010, Danae Elon persuaded her partner, Philip Touitou, to resettle in Jerusalem with their young sons. 

“P.S. Jerusalem” is a deeply personal film about a Jewish mother trying to make a home with her family in a place that’s easy to fall in love with, but can be difficult to live in.

“Israel has always been Jerusalem for me,” Elon tells me. 

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Cincinnati State's newly chosen 6th president made her first public comments Friday. Monica Posey says her goal is to take the college to the next level.

Official Pete Rose Baseball Card Set

DVR Alert! Fox Sports Ohio will replay Pete Rose's record-breaking hit No. 4,219 game at 7 p.m. Monday.

A replay of the entire game from Sept. 11, 1985, will lead off FSO's special coverage of Rose being inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame and having his No. 14 retired during the Reds-Padres series June 24-26 at Great American Ball Park.

Raising children is hard enough. But it’s much harder when you are undocumented and struggling to make a living. That’s why some families feel they have no choice but to pack up their bags — and often their US-born and US-raised children — and return to their home countries.

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