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April 18, 2015 | NPR · With the presidential campaign season already underway, NPR’s Linda Wertheimer has a hot tip for swing state voters feeling besieged: Rent your house to a political operative and take a vacation.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · Artist Hank Willis Thomas strips slogans and brands off ads to create images that expose American preoccupations. His last series focused on African-Americans; his new work features white women.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · When Marine Cpl. Zach Stiles returned from Iraq, he couldn’t sleep, hold down a job or pay rent. He and his father sat down with StoryCorps to talk, for the first time, about his life after the war.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · Like its Central American neighbors, Panama is dealing with a rise in gangs, but a hotel developer has taken on several of the gangs in his neighborhood, offering them rehabilitation, jobs and hope.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · Pass the salt pork! A brewery in New York took diners back in time with local dishes from the 1650s. That means a lot of venison, sumac, fried dough and — don’t worry — beer.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · Greece says Germany owes it billions of dollars for its World War II occupation by the Nazis. The German government says it has already paid, but some Germans feel more should be done.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · Aline Ohanesian’s debut novel attempts to make sense of the events of 100 years ago, when the Ottoman Empire began forcing Armenians out of their homes in Turkey, leaving more than a million dead.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · No party is expected to win a majority in the upcoming U.K. elections. That means the Scottish National Party, after losing a vote on independence last year, could determine the country’s next leader.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · Hillary Clinton’s campaign went to great lengths to keep her events in Iowa this week intimate. That’s easier said than done when the candidate is one of the world’s most famous politicians.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · In the ’60s, the cheap music format was stocked in vending machines and embossed on cereal boxes. Now, magazines like Decibel and bands like Deerhoof are reviving the once-dead flexi disc.
 

 

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April 19, 2015 | NPR · Former President Bill Clinton and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin spoke at a ceremony remembering the April 19, 1995 bombing — the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history.
 

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April 19, 2015 | NPR · The 14-by-3.5-foot cloth, believed by many faithful to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, will be shown to the public until June 24.
 

April 19, 2015 | NPR · The footage shows some 30 people it says are Ethiopian Christians killed in two separate locations in Libya.
 

Arts & Life

April 19, 2015 | NPR · For each word starting with “W,” think of another word, also starting with “W,” that can follow the first to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.
 

April 19, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Rachel Martin speaks to author Elizabeth Alexander about her new memoir, The Light of the World.
 

April 19, 2015 | NPR · Writer Kate Bolick says that, growing up, she just assumed she’d get married some day — but it hasn’t happened. Her new book looks at five women who upend traditional assumptions about women’s lives.
 

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April 19, 2015 | NPR · As graduation nears, the four students of The Howard Project share the songs that have carried them through the past four years — from “He Has His Hands On You” to India.Arie’s “Beautiful Surprise.”
 

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April 19, 2015 | NPR · New York musician Noah Wall surreptitiously recorded amateurs fiddling with guitars, pianos, keyboards, drums and more at a Guitar Center. He captured a lot of bad music and some wild ambition.
 

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April 19, 2015 | NPR · For about two years, Marina Diamandis donned a platinum-blonde wig and became Electra Heart. But the pop singer has ditched her alter ego for a sound and persona that’s all her own.
 

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