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Broken Bells: Life 'After The Disco'

James Mercer and Brian Burton have put out an album that explores what happens once the party is over: What happens after you've grown up? Recording a second album together as Broken Bells turned out to be a musical and artistic refuge for them both.

A young girl receives a polio vaccine at the Isteqlal hospital in Kabul on Sept.19, 2011. Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An Afghan Success Story: Fewer Child Deaths

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Death of General Wolfe Goldmund
Winter of 1539-1540 Goldmund

Allen Williams grows corn and soybeans for Clarkson Grain, which has been selling GMO-free grain to Japan for years. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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How American Food Companies Go GMO-Free In A GMO World

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Keeper of Stories Untold Aydio
Makira Aydio

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Wanna Smoke? It Could Cost You A Tooth, FDA Warns Teens

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Blue Danube Waltz Unknown
Blue Danube Waltz Dieter Goldmann Strings
Naïve Music Ducktails
International Date Line Ducktails

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told James Bennet, editor in chief of The Atlantic, in September that he wasn't worried about whether Facebook is "cool." "We're almost 10 years old, and we're definitely not a niche thing at this point," Zuckerberg said. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Facebook At 10: Amid Doubters, Company Eyes Next Growth Phase

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Lay in a Shimmer Pantha du Prince
Stick to My Side Pantha du Prince

David Ranta speaks with reporters after being freed by a judge in March 2013. Ranta spent more than two decades in prison before a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the shooting of a Brooklyn rabbi. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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Exonerations On The Rise, And Not Just Because Of DNA

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Our Day East West Quintet
Summit East West Quintet

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A Tiny Town Steeped In Skiing Tradition Has Its First Olympian

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Youths Slow Magic
Moon Slow Magic

The pillars for the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, commonly known as the "Third Bridge" rise from the Anatolian and European sides of the Bosphorus, above the fishing harbor of Poyrazkoy. When completed, the bridge will be over two kilometers in length, making it the longest combination railway/highway bridge in the world. Jodi Hilton for NPR hide caption

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Istanbul's Mega-Projects: Bigger Is Better, Or A 'Crazy Canal'?

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Spaceman 2 The Mattson 2

Massive sections of ice (center front) have broken away from the Jakobshavn glacier into the sea. There's enough water stored in Greenland's glaciers to raise the sea level by 20 feet. Ian Joughin/Science/AAAS hide caption

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Glacier Blamed For Berg That Sank Titanic Unleashes More Ice

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Shine The Album Leaf
Asleep The Album Leaf

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Broken Bells: Life 'After The Disco'

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Perfect World Broken Bells
Mall & Misery Broken Bells