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August 30, 2014 | NPR · The Texas governor is charged with abuse of office and coercing a public official, but he claims he was just doing what governors do: Vetoing a budget item.
 

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August 30, 2014 | WPLN · Animal rights groups say Tennessee walking horses’ distinctive high-stepping gait is partly the result of trainers hurting the animals. This year, a major show is testing to try and curb abuse.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · The tuba was the first bass instrument in jazz, until it was replaced by the string bass. For nearly 50 years, Bob Stewart has been trying to carve out a new niche for his instrument in modern jazz.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · In her new collection Worn Stories, Emily Spivack compiles odes to beloved pieces of clothing, written by celebrities and fashionistas.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · As a student at Princeton, D’Amato was mentored in his songwriting by professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · Prodigy, one half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, is the curator of Infamous Books, an imprint of Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books. His debut novel H.N.I.C. was published in 2013.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · U.S. performances of Syria: The Trojan Women are postponed, but NPR’s Scott Simon says when art stops at the border, American audiences are the ones who miss out.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · The Roman emperor Hadrian built a wall two millennia ago that kept the Scottish out. On Sept. 18, the Scots hold an independence vote to decide if they want to separate from Britain.
 

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August 23, 2014 | KTOO · The video game Never Alone draws on a traditional Inupiaq story and the actual experiences of native Alaskan elders, storytellers and youth.
 

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August 23, 2014 | NPR · In northern Iraq, the Kurdish Peshmerga troops are battling the extremists of the Islamic State. But commanders say they’re not getting the weapons promised by the U.S. and others.
 

 

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · Homes with dirt floors can make people sick. Replacing them with concrete floors helps cut risks but isn’t always affordable. A new project in Rwanda relies on a low-cost alternative.
 

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The Islamist militant group had threatened to kill Steven Sotloff if the U.S. continued to conduct airstrikes in Iraq. Sotloff’s mother released a video last week pleading for the release of her son.
 

September 2, 2014 | NPR · The FBI and Apple are looking into how private photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities were stolen, an incident that raises new questions about storing personal data online.
 

Arts & Life

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · Growing up, I knew two kinds of apples: red and green. Then I started dating an apple enthusiast and discovered we are in the midst of a rare apple renaissance.
 

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · Also: the man who dug through John Updike’s trash; a new biography of Robin Williams.
 

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy comes to an end with Acceptance; reviewer Jason Sheehan says it’s a maddening, fascinating read that will stay with you long after you finish the last page.
 

Music

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The instrumental hip-hop band’s third record is their first of completely original material.
 

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · “The music that I make can be related to anybody all over the world,” Sinkane’s Ahmed Gallab says of his uprooted life, which informs a masterful blend of R&B, shoegaze, African and country music.
 

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September 2, 2014 | WXPN · Chicago folk artist Crow Moses is a veteran of sorts in his city’s music scene, but the name might not be familiar.
 

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