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Rosanne Cash's Mythic Southern Road Trip

The River & the Thread, Cash's first album in eight years, began with a visit to her father's boyhood home, and continued through landmarks great and small. "The things you push away the hardest when you're young, you end up embracing when you get older," she says.

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Decades Later, Desegregation Still On The Docket In Little Rock

Since the violent 1957 standoff over the integration of Central High School, federal courts have been involved in Little Rock school affairs. Now a deal by the state, school districts and lawyers representing black students could end that oversight.

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Gates: Obama Made Solid Decisions, But Was Swayed By Factious Staff

In a long and surprisingly frank interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates talked about his relationship with the commander in chief and his rivalry with Vice President Joe Biden, and described a deep rift between the approaches of senior military leadership and Obama's young Cabinet.

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Gates: Obama Made Solid Decisions, But Was Swayed By Factious Staff

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Pain In The Back? Exercise May Help You Learn Not To Feel It

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What Does Living In Poverty Really Mean?

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Decades Later, Desegregation Still On The Docket In Little Rock

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Balance Of Power At Stake In High Court Case

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Rosanne Cash's Mythic Southern Road Trip

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