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A new coronavirus variant is raising concern in the U.K. Some are calling it delta plus. There's worry that it could be more dangerous than the current version of delta circulating in the United States. To fill us in on what's known about this new mutant, we've brought in NPR's variant expert, global health correspondent Michaeleen Doucleff. Hey there, Michaeleen.

MICHAELEEN DOUCLEFF, BYLINE: Hi, Sarah.

MCCAMMON: OK. The name of the variant sounds a little scary, right? Delta plus - what does that mean? Is it related to delta, first of all?

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It's been 30 years since Anita Hill testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her when they worked together. Thomas denied the allegation.

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After what we've all been through the last 18 months, we desperately need a laugh. But there hasn't been much to laugh about. Josh Johnson was one of the few brave comics who tried to hold up a funhouse mirror to the pandemic.

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Next, we're going to tell you the story of a dream almost deferred. It begins with a little girl raised in the segregated South of the '30s and '40s.

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The WNBA playoffs are kicking off with a pair of first-round single elimination games. And one of the teams playing - the New York Liberty, the team that clinched a place in the playoffs by a technicality. Their last game was Friday.

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And for my next guest, I needed to know one thing before we got started. So am I talking to a film nerd, buff, scholar? How do you relate to films?

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Almost 20 years ago, then-President George W. Bush stood before the world on September 11, 2001 and said this.

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For more reaction to the day's events, we're going to bring in Democratic Congressman Jason Crow from Colorado. He's also an Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Welcome back to the program.

JASON CROW: Hi, Audie.

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Let's bring Illinois Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger into the conversation. He's also a member of the Air National Guard and an Air Force veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Congressman, good to speak with you again.

Bob Ross — the artist known for his calm voice, poofy hair and unflappable demeanor — spent 31 seasons gently encouraging at-home artists to pick up their palettes to paint serene landscapes and "happy little trees."

Actor Melissa McCarthy and her husband, filmmaker Ben Falcone, were big fans of Ross and decided to produce a documentary about his life. But as they began working on the project with filmmakers Joshua Rofé and Steven Berger, they quickly realized their subject — and the legacy he left behind — was more complex than they knew.

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We want to take a moment now to remember Michigan lawmaker Paul Mitchell. Mitchell died Sunday after a diagnosis of renal cancer. Our co-host Audie Cornish has this remembrance.

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After Sunday's massive protests in Cuba, the government there employed a common authoritarian tactic. It blocked the internet.

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If there's anything the past year has put at the forefront, it's our mortality.

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MAX LINSKY: You seem very convinced that you've gotten very old.

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