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Music Interviews

For River Whyless, Songwriting Is 'A Good Way To Wash The Soul'

Ari Shapiro chats with the North Carolina folk band about some of the personal stories behind its album We All the Light.

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Goats and Soda

When The U.S. Backs Gay And Lesbian Rights In Africa, Is There A Backlash?

For the last four years, the American government has engaged in an ambitious campaign for LGBT rights around the world. But American support can be a double-edged sword.

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The Salt

Why California's New Farmworker Overtime Bill May Not Mean Bigger Paychecks

California lawmakers just passed a landmark bill that would make farmworkers eligible for overtime if they work more than eight hours a day or 40 hours a week. Some farmers say they can't afford that.

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For Some African-Americans, Efforts To #BuyBlack Present Challenges

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When The U.S. Backs Gay And Lesbian Rights In Africa, Is There A Backlash?

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In Philadelphia, Neighbors Learn How To Keep Shooting Victims Alive

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For River Whyless, Songwriting Is 'A Good Way To Wash The Soul'

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Obama Grants Clemency To 111 Prisoners; DOJ 'Confident' It Will Clear Backlog

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Why California's New Farmworker Overtime Bill May Not Mean Bigger Paychecks

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Cannabis Growers Seek Blue Ribbons For Their Buds At Oregon's State Fair

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