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Music Interviews

Hot Pants, Glitter And Alan Lomax: How A Rising Singer Found Folk Music

Sam Lee wants to bridge old UK folk traditions and today's music — even though his own path to folk was circuitous, to say the least.

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It's All Politics

Could Joe Biden Get 'Ready For Biden'?

It's unusual for a sitting vice president to not be a part of the campaign conversation. But one group is urging the vice president to run and holding out hope he hears the call.

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All Tech Considered

Android Phones' Flaw Would Let Hackers In With Just A Text

A security gap on the most popular smartphone operating system was discovered by security experts in a lab and is so far not widely exploited. It would let malicious code take over a phone instantly.

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Coordinating care for high-risk patients was expected to save money and improve quality of care. A Medicare experiment didn't pan out. Roy Scott/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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Experiment In Coordinated Care For Medicare Failed To Show Savings KHN

The test aimed to help high-risk Medicare patients navigate the health care maze. But after three years, expected improvements in quality and savings failed to materialize.

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Goats and Soda

New 'Daily Show' Host Trevor Noah Tries Out Jokes About Racism, Ebola

The South African comic, who assumes the reins of the Comedy Central series on Sept. 28, did a show in Washington, D.C., this weekend. Here's a sample of his comedy stylings.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Major League Soccer Gambles On Star Power Of Aging Foreign Players

Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo, 36, is one of a number of older European stars to sign with an MLS team. While their presence may boost the league, it's led to criticism of MLS as a "retirement home."

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All Songs Considered

Preview Josh Ritter's New Song, 'Getting Ready To Get Down'

The singer-songwriter tells the tale of a "risky teen" and a Bible school intervention in the lead single from his forthcoming album, Sermon on the Rocks.

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Some of Alaska's wildfires are dramatic: flames, vast plumes of smoke and firefighting battles. Here, on June 17, a helicopter releases hundreds of gallons of water onto the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska. But even fires that look far quieter, like they're all burned out, can continue to smolder underground — and pose a dangerous threat to permafrost. Sgt. Balinda O'Neal/U.S. Army National Guard/AP hide caption

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Beneath Alaskan Wildfires, A Hidden Threat: Long-Frozen Carbon's Thaw

As millions of acres of forests burn across the state this summer, there is growing concern about what impact that might have on permafrost — and how melting permafrost might affect climate change.

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In Ethiopia, Obama Calls For An End To Oppressive Tactics

During a joint press conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Obama said that a country is more successful when "all voices are being heard."

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Newport Folk Festival

Hear Courtney Barnett Perform At The Newport Folk Festival

If the Newport Folk crowd was scandalized by Bob Dylan going electric in 1965, they would've hated this Aussie's grungy, hard-rocking performance 50 years later.

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