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Amid Baltimore Protests, A 'Little Spotlight Of Joy'

Sunday, May 03, 2015

In a week when attention was focused on Baltimore, NPR's Rachel Martin visited the city's New Shiloh Baptist Church. She spoke with Rev. Harold Carter Jr. and a young church member, Caleb Studivant.

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Kurt Cobain Speaks — Through Art And Audio Diaries — In 'Montage Of Heck'

Sunday, May 03, 2015

"The idea was not to tear him down, nor was it to put him on a pedestal," says director Brett Morgen. Instead, executive producer Frances Bean Cobain told Morgen to "make it honest."

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At 81, The Man Behind Big Bird Sees 'No Reason To Quit'

Saturday, May 02, 2015

"It's an awfully good job," Caroll Spinney says, of the more than 40 years he has spent on Sesame Street. A new documentary tells the story of the octogenarian man playing a 6-year-old bird.

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Compton's Cowboys Keep The Old West Alive, And Kids Off The Streets

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The city has seen some positive changes in recent years, including a reconnection with the city's rural past. The pastime has given youth an outlet in a region that's at the center of gang violence.

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It's Sotomayor V. Roberts In Supreme Court Death Penalty Drama

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Justice Sonia Sotomayor and lawyers arguing in favor of Oklahoma's lethal-injection cocktail got into a clash so pronounced that Chief Justice John Roberts chastised Sotomayor for talking too much.

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Justices Deeply Divided Over Same-Sex-Marriage Arguments

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Justice Kennedy, seen as the determinative vote in the same-sex-marriage cases before the Supreme Court, was very tough on gay-marriage advocates.

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'It Crackles With Life': Beauty Pill Returns

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A virus caused Chad Clark's heart to tear with every beat, giving him a 22 percent chance to live. Eleven years after Beauty Pill's debut LP, he and his band come back resilient.

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The World Music Education of Philip Glass

Saturday, April 25, 2015

In his new memoir, Music Without Words, the composer explains how a chance meeting with Ravi Shankar sparked a fascination with the cultures of the world and their music.

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How Texas Ranchers Try To Clinch The Perfect Rib-Eye

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The rib-eye is the bestselling cut of beef in America both at the supermarket and the steakhouse. Once a year, breeders bring their stock into the barn to take a peek at the steak using ultrasound.

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Comcast, Time Warner Push For Merger Approval Amid Opposition

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Company officials met with regulators who are considering whether to back the proposed $45 billion merger. A group of senators say the deal should be rejected, calling it anti-competitive.

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5 Years After BP Oil Spill, Experts Debate Damage To Ecosystem

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

An effort is underway to figure out how the BP oil spill harmed the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. The damage may not be as dire as feared, but researchers say it's too soon to know the long-term impacts.

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Meet The 'Accidental Activists' Of The Supreme Court's Same-Sex-Marriage Case

Monday, April 20, 2015

The legal battle over same-sex marriage hits the Supreme Court next week. It's an extraordinarily high-stakes clash, but the men and women at the center of it see themselves as incredibly ordinary.

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System Of A Down, Armenia's Favorite Sons, On Facing History

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The band is performing in its ethnic homeland for the first time, on the centennial of the Armenian genocide. Singer Serj Tankian says that as historical events go, this one couldn't be more personal.

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After Fan Pressure, Netflix Makes 'Daredevil' Accessible To The Blind

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The series stars a blind superhero — but at first, it lacked audio descriptions for the visually impaired. Netflix has added that option, but the issue raises larger questions of online accessibility.

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As Lake Mead Levels Drop, The West Braces For Bigger Drought Impact

Friday, April 17, 2015

Near Las Vegas, levels in the nation's largest reservoir have dropped 140 feet since 2000. Water deliveries to Nevada, Arizona and California may soon be rationed — and farmers would feel it first.

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Former FBI Agent Speaks Out: 'I Was Not Protected'

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Robyn Gritz investigated major national security threats, but says the FBI drummed her out of a job after she fell out of favor with her supervisors. She went on to sell cosmetics and answer phones.

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No Rest For Your Sleeping Brain

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

No wonder the brain needs so much energy. The same coordinated activity that allows you to retrieve a specific memory, like what you had for breakfast, continues at rest and even during sleep.

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Rubio's Path To The Nomination, And 3 Obstacles In His Way

Monday, April 13, 2015

The junior Republican senator from Florida is expected to jump into the race for the presidency Monday. He has some strengths — but also some hurdles to overcome.

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Discovery Gives New Ending To A Death At The Civil War's Close

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hannah Reynolds, a slave, was the only civilian killed in the Battle of Appomattox Court House during the Civil War. A new discovery suggests, contrary to earlier belief, that she died a free woman.

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Trapped In Yemen's 'Armageddon,' An American Made A Dangerous Escape

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Shortly after Saudi airstrikes began in Yemen, an American importer realized he was stuck in a war zone. Only with some quick thinking — and a tiny boat — did he narrowly escape back to the U.S.

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