American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger (left) adopted and helped popularize "We Shall Overcome" by teaching the song at rallies and protests. Here he sings with activists in Greenwood, Miss., in 1963. Adger Cowans/Getty Images hide caption

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The Inspiring Force Of 'We Shall Overcome'

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In his home library, Leonard kept copies of every book he'd ever written. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Elmore Leonard, The 'Dickens Of Detroit,' Dies At 87

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Fiber artist Freda Fairchild at the door of her Studio Miska (Dear Little Mouse). Noah Adams/NPR hide caption

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In Paducah, Artists Create Something From Nothing

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Bonfires light up the Belfast skyline on July 12, 1997, as Protestant loyalists commemorate the 17th century victory of a Protestant king over his deposed Catholic predecessor. Known as the Battle of the Boyne, the confrontation is part of a long history of tensions in the region. Paul McErlane/AP hide caption

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In Neville's Thrillers, Belfast's Violent Past Still Burns

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In 1974, a young Xenia, Ohio, resident sweeps the slab of a house that was destroyed in a tornado that struck the town April 3. AP hide caption

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In Ohio Town, Okla. Twister Conjures Echoes Of 1974 Disaster

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Michigan Apple Orchards Blossom After A Devastating Year

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Mount Hope, W.Va., population 1,400, was once a thriving coal town. Today, many of the storefronts in its tiny downtown sit empty. Noah Adams/NPR hide caption

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Struggling W.Va. Town Hopes Boy Scout Camp Brings New Life

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The nation's last coal-burning ferry, the SS Badger, sits on Lake Michigan in the port town of Ludington, Mich. The EPA permit that has long allowed the ship to dump coal ash into the lake is now under review. Courtesy photo for NPR hide caption

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Steamship Anchors A Community, But Its Days May Be Numbered

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The Big Sandy Power Plant, 4 miles north of Louisa, is the biggest industry in Lawrence County. Local residents blame President Obama's environmental policies for the company's plans to close the plant in 2015. Noah Adams/NPR hide caption

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In Kentucky's Coal Country, A Resentment For Obama

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Templeton bottles, filled and almost corked. Noah Adams/NPR hide caption

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The Rebirth Of Rye Whiskey And Nostalgia For 'The Good Stuff'

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Elizabeth LaPrelle sings during The Floyd Radio Show, a monthly program streamed live online. Woody Crenshaw/Courtesy of the Floyd Country Store hide caption

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Elizabeth LaPrelle: Carrying On The Appalachian Tradition

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The Michigan Gala apples on this packing line will soon be in short supply. After a mild fall and winter, then a late-April freeze, Michigan's apple cultivation has dropped 90 percent. Noah Adams/NPR hide caption

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Shriveled Mich. Apple Harvest Means Fewer Jobs, Tough Year Ahead

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The Dangerous Streets Of ... Ann Arbor? Harry Dolan sets his David Loogan crime series in the university town of Ann Arbor, Mich., which is also home to Borders' flagship book store (right of mural), a now-empty writers landmark. Jens Wessling/via Flickr hide caption

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Michigan Author Dreams Up A Deadlier Ann Arbor

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Antique trucks, including a 1937 Plymouth, on display at the weekly Cruisin' on the Square car show in Milan, Ohio. Classic car owners and enthusiasts gather each Tuesday evening through the summer to show off their cars or even find one to buy. Noah Adams/NPR hide caption

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Cruisin' For Classic Cars On A Steamy Summer Night

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