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How Tattoo Artist Brian Finn Is Covering Up Pain With Art

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Just over a year ago, Toledo, Ohio tattoo artist Brian Finn began offering free tattoos to people to cover their scars from trauma. We take a year-end look at his work.

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Reflections Of Conservative Icon Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Antonin Scalia's was the strong voice of conservative jurisprudence on the nation's highest court for 30 years. We reflect on the Supreme Court Justice — who died in February — with his own words.

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Celebrating 50 Years Of Kwanzaa

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Tonight is the third night of Kwanzaa. Those who celebrate the seven-day festival will gather around the Kinara and light the last red candle. The holiday is also observing it's 50th anniversary.

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'Music Was Always The Escape': Omar Kamal On Shaping His Artistic Identity

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Palestinian jazz crooner, who was 8 years old at the start of the Second Intifada, says hearing Frank Sinatra changed his life. "[He] has got all credit for me going into singing," Kamal says.

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Historian Goes Underground To Shed Light On Richmond's Role In Slave Trade

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Historian Free Egunfemi is working to preserve the history of the black community in Richmond, Va. She explores the basement of a local restaurant that she says was part of the Underground Railroad.

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Remembering Prince, A Legendary Musician And Pop Icon

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

We take a moment to remember one of the many notable people who died in 2016: a short, funky, sensual and above all unquestionably talented musician from Minnesota. His name was Prince.

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Taylor Mac On Making A Better World In 24 Hours

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

In October, the performance artist gave a marathon day-long show. Mac says the performance was a way to not only critique the world's problems — but also imagine new ways of existing.

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On The Enduring Power Of David Bowie's Parting Gift

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Blackstar, the album Bowie released days before his death in January, set the tone for a fraught year. "This was an album that many of us returned to to cope with 2016," says NPR's Ann Powers.

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'It Feels Like Our World Is Fracturing': DJ Earworm Breaks Down His 2016 Mashup

Monday, December 26, 2016

Every year since 2007, the mashup artist has woven the top 25 pop hits of the year into a single track that captures the essence of the year. The title of this year's mashup? "Into Pieces."

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Denzel Washington And Viola Davis On Adapting 'Fences' And Honoring August Wilson

Sunday, December 25, 2016

The actors star in a new film adaptation of Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Davis says it's "about a flawed man ... who doesn't understand the extent to which he is destroying [his family]."

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Amy Grant On Faith, Songwriting And Christmas Blues

Sunday, December 25, 2016

The pop songwriter says she wants her album, Tennessee Christmas, "to feel like a good, steady companion, whether you're at the top of your game or struggling."

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What 2016 Sounded Like

Saturday, December 24, 2016

NPR Music editor and reviewer Stephen Thompson reflects on the year through the lens of music and shares the songs that impressed him most.

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New Biography Chronicles Shirley Jackson's 'Rather Haunted Life'

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Shirley Jackson is probably best known for the creepy short story "The Lottery." But a new biography, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, paints a much more complete picture of the writer.

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Despite Tough Year, Flint Mother Stays Strong For Her Children

Friday, December 23, 2016

NPR's Ari Shapiro checks back in with Flint, Mich., resident Jeneyah McDonald, who says not much has improved in the year since the city declared a state of emergency over lead-tainted water.

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Transcript: NPR's Interview With CIA Director John Brennan

Friday, December 23, 2016

In a wide-ranging interview, NPR's Mary Louise Kelly asks CIA director John Brennan about the incoming Trump administration, Russian interference in the U.S. election and the future of Syria.

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Decades After Daring Rescue, 2 Tennesseans Relive Christmas Miracle

Friday, December 23, 2016

Sixty years ago on Christmas Eve, Judy Charest met Harold Hogue and his co-worker, Jack Knox, because the two men were in the right place at the right time.

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They'll Tell The Story Of Eight Nights: The Maccabeats Mash Up Hamilton And Hanukkah

Friday, December 23, 2016

The New York a cappella group called the Maccabeats rewrote songs from the hit musical Hamilton to tell the origin story of Hanukkah.

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CIA Director Urges Caution In U.S. Response To Russia Hacking

Thursday, December 22, 2016

John Brennan told NPR some retaliation techniques are "beneath this country's greatness." On the war in Syria, Brennan said he does not believe the violence will end, despite the fall of Aleppo.

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Editors' Choice: 9 Global Feel-Good Stories From 2016

Thursday, December 22, 2016

In a year marked by turmoil and tragedy, the Goats and Soda team has picked some of the stories that inspired us, gave us hope, made us grin.

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In A Small Town, Veterans Provide A Big Service To Their Peers

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

At the VETS Peer to Peer Outreach Center in Watertown, N.Y., veterans come to socialize and connect. Veterans Tim Cryster and Dave Robertson lead a team that helps their peers find support.

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