Gov. Jerry Brown announced mandatory statewide water restrictions at the site of a manual snow survey on April 1, in Phillips, Calif. The recorded level was zero, the lowest in recorded history for California. Max Whittaker/Getty Images hide caption

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Santa Barbara Leads California In Cutting Water Use SCPR

The city teaches students about the drought, offers rebates for water-saving washing machines and has even raised water rates twice in as many years. This has given Santa Barbara a head start as the state finalizes a plan to cut water use across the state.

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In his new memoir, It's A Long Story, Willie Nelson writes about his early career as a DJ in Fort Worth. He can still recite what he'd say on the air. David McClister/Courtesy of Little, Brown and Company hide caption

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Music Interviews

Willie Nelson: 'Ain't Many Of Us Left'

The Red-Headed Stranger has a new memoir out titled It's a Long Story. On a tour bus in Thackerville, Okla., Nelson explains to NPR's David Greene why no one can tell him what to do.

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Fine Art

At LA Museum, A Powerful And Provocative Look At 'Islamic Art Now'

The dramatic images at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art linger in the mind. Curator Linda Komaroff says she hopes the collection challenges an American audience to rethink preconceptions.

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Music

Hop Along's 'Painted Shut' Invokes Two Mysterious Musicians

Frances Quinlan, singer and guitarist for Hop Along, says that writing a song is an experience that's almost painful. "When you record something," she says, "it's forever."

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A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson is May's Morning Edition book club selection. We'll be talking with Atkinson on June 16. Read along with us, and send us your questions and comments about the book. (Book guide by Veronica Erb/NPR) Emily Jan/NPR hide caption

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The 'Morning Edition' Book Club

Join The 'Morning Edition' Book Club As We Read 'A God In Ruins'

Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, who selected the book, tells NPR's David Greene that Kate Atkinson is "one of those writers that really can make you weep on one page and laugh on the next."

The Marquis de Lafayette sailed across the Atlantic to America aboard the original Hermione in 1780 and joined the American rebels in their struggle for independence from Great Britain. This replica will retrace his voyage; it's scheduled to arrive in Yorktown, Va., on June 5. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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Replica Of Lafayette's Ship Re-Creates Historic Voyage To America

The Marquis de Lafayette sailed from France to America in 1780 to help the new nation defeat the British. A $29 million replica of the Hermione tall ship is retracing that journey.

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Asia

Nepali Village Struggles To Recover From Earthquake

Some have vented their anger by throwing rocks at visiting politicians. Others have become social workers in their villages. But many Nepalis are absorbed in the daily struggle to find food and water.

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Other Lives settled down in Portland, Oregon to record "Reconfiguration," a song opbmusic couldn't get enough of this month. Emily Ulmer/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Heavy Rotation

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Curious what 10 of our favorite public radio hosts had playing on repeat this month? Hear new music from Other Lives, The Fireworks, Hiatus Kaiyote and more. Also: what NOT to do on Twitter.

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All Tech Considered

As Emoji Spread Beyond Texts, Many Remain [Confounded Face] [Interrobang]

There's a growing tendency to bring the tiny hieroglyphs off of phones, but not everyone is fluent. New takes on emoji integration suggest misunderstanding may be remedied with universal translation.

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