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Music Interviews

Carl Newman And Neko Case: What Makes A Pop Song Work

What makes a listener love a song? Will the audience get what I'm saying? These are the questions the two musicians ask themselves during songwriting and production — a process they call "song editing."

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Kurds Say They've Halted ISIS Advance Near Syria-Turkey Border

Peshmerga forces say they are still engaged in fierce battles with Islamic State militants. The fighting has triggered a mass exodus of Kurdish refugees into Turkey.

The Two-Way - News Blog

Massive Volcanic Eruption Is Making Iceland Grow

The eruption has been going for weeks. So far it hasn't been catastrophic, but it has been creating new ground.

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Microphone Check

Microphone Check Live: The Stories Of The Notorious B.I.G.

On Sunday, Sept. 14, 20 years and one day after Biggie Smalls' debut album Ready to Die was released, we gathered four of the musician's friends in Brooklyn to recall the man they knew.

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Politics

After Major Image Fumbles, NFL Now Runs Into Congress

Domestic violence and child abuse allegations against NFL stars have put the country's most-watched sports league in the congressional spotlight.

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Parallels - World News

In The Gaza Strip, The School Year Gets Off To A Rocky Start

Palestinian kids in Gaza went back to school this past week in buildings damaged by the war, with children homeless and traumatized, and more than the usual overcrowding they face every year.

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