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April 17, 2014 | NPR · Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
 
April 17, 2014 | NPR · Brazil is the spiritual home of soccer and a world powerhouse in the sport. It's woven into the Brazilian psyche. Wins and losses have had repercussions in other realms — including politics.
 
April 17, 2014 | NPR · Last week marked another low-point in the Syrian civil war. A unidentified gunman assassinated a Dutch priest in the city of Homs. Father Frans van der Lugt had lived in Syria for nearly five decades.
 

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April 16, 2014 | NPR · Ukrainian tanks arrived in the city of Kramatorsk Wednesday morning. By the time they rolled out of the city, they were flying Russian flags. People in Kramatorsk tell the story of what happened.
 
April 16, 2014 | NPR · NATO has announced a strengthening of its forces near the alliance's eastern border. Gen. George Joulwan, the former NATO supreme allied commander for Europe, discusses the plan.
 
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April 16, 2014 | NPR · A 325 million-year-old fossil find shows that the gill structures of modern sharks are actually quite different from their ancient ancestors.
 

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April 12, 2014 | NPR · As pro-Russia demonstrators continue their tense standoff in Eastern Ukraine, police are conspicuously absent from city streets.
 

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April 13, 2014 | NPR · As the anniversary of last year's marathon bombing approaches, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with correspondent Carrie Johnson about the investigation and legal wrangling yet to come.
 

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Blues

Feb 16, 2014 — Bluesman John Hammond was at a recording session in 1992 when a surprise guest arrived on the scene. His new live album, Timeless, includes the song he reaped that day and many others from his 50-year career.
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Jan 3, 2014 — Leo Welch had played at picnics and parties and sang with a gospel group, but he didn't record an album until he cold-called a Mississippi record label. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with the blues musician about his new release, Sabougla Voices.
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Dec 31, 2013 — The blues-rock band joins David Dye at NPR's Washington, D.C., headquarters for a soulful session. Hear the group perform songs from its new album, Made Up Mind.
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Nov 2, 2013 — A furniture company recorded all of the top African-American blues and jazz performers of the 1920s. Despite its roster's firepower, the label folded after just 15 years in business. A new reissue project tries to recapture some of the Paramount Records magic.
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Nov 1, 2013 — Listening to lost sounds, even in gorgeous new packages, isn't all that's needed when it comes to really understanding how popular music has shaped Americans' lives.
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Oct 30, 2013 — The Austin-based blues-funk band revisits the World Cafe to perform songs from its new album, Electric Slave, which features a significant shift toward rock for the group.
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Oct 27, 2013 — If it's Sunday in Houston, get ready to dance up and down the aisle at church. Zydeco music is the soundtrack to spirit-filled parties fueled by beer, boudin, and red beans and rice. It's a joyful continuation of a decades-old tradition.
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Oct 25, 2013 — The highly vocal style of steel guitar playing reached peak popularity with the Brothers' protg, Robert Randolph, who produced the group's most recent album. The Brothers play a highly electrified, near seamless blend of gospel and blues rock on this episode of Mountain Stage.
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Oct 12, 2013 — Short of seeing her live and in person, this is the best way to encounter June's heartfelt sound. A singular performer with an array of singing styles, she sometimes channels an old male voice; at other times, she channels a younger woman or even a child.
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Oct 4, 2013 — The blues musician performs songs from Wings of Love, his first new album in nearly four decades.
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