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Sounds From The First Day Of School

Millions of children are heading back to school, and to mark the traditional start of the school year, we've asked reporters from member stations around the country to bring us the sounds.

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Should Local Police Get The Military's Extra Armored Trucks?

The Pentagon has been transferring mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to local police. Built to protect U.S. forces from roadside bomb blasts at war, these huge vehicles aren't always welcome.

Book Reviews

A Tumultuous Journey Along This 'Narrow Road'

Richard Flanagan's new novel follows a Tasmanian-born doctor, captured by the Japanese during WWII, who ends up caring for prisoners of war working on the notorious "Death Railway."

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To Save A Species, Scientists Trick Jays With An Egg Bait-And-Switch

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Bookenka (The Adventurer) Ancient Future
Find the Song Mary Youngblood

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Should Local Police Get The Military's Extra Armored Trucks?

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Land of the Sky Al Petteway & Amy White
Deadly Nightcall [Instrumental] Royal Crown Revue

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For Men's Rights Groups, Feminism Has Come At The Expense Of Men

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The Famous Door Mike Clark, Bennie Maupin et. al.
Adalida Pickin' On

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In Tom Hanks' iPad App, Typewriters Make Triumphant Return (Ding!)

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The Girl at the Typewriter Beau Hunks
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These Hard Times Wayne Horvitz
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Sinkane Makes Music For An Open World

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