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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.

Page County, Va., Sheriff John Thomas received an MRAP for his department in May. "Is it overkill? Yeah, it is. I mean, for our use, it's more armor than we need. But it's free," he says. David Welna/NPR hide caption

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Law

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."

Bookenka (The Adventurer) Ancient Future 0:16

Find the Song Mary Youngblood 1:26

Land of the Sky Al Petteway & Amy White 0:15

Deadly Nightcall [Instrumental] Royal Crown Revue 0:29

The Famous Door Mike Clark, Bennie Maupin et. al.

Adalida Pickin' On 1:28

The Girl at the Typewriter Beau Hunks 0:29

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Banana Wind [Instrumental] Jimmy Buffett 0:57

These Hard Times Wayne Horvitz 0:32

Violent and Beautiful The Union Trade 1:28

North Star, film score [Going to School] Eos Orchestra, Robert Bass (conductor) 0:10

Sevilla Gerardo Nuñez 0:28

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Anatomy of a Rhythm M-Base Collective 0:19

Maple Cake farm Frigg 0:25

Boundless Misja Fitzgerald Michel 1:27

How We Be 0:07

Ouditarus Rez (Beirut) Darol Anger & American Fiddle Ensemble 0:56

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    Republic of Strings
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