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These Aren't The Rock Hall Inductees You're Looking For

Besides their legions of fans, the artists entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year — KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt and others — have inspired scores of imitators.

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Nicolas Cage Trades Theatrics For Authenticity In 'Joe'

In a new film, Cage plays an ex-con who takes a teenage boy under his wing. He and director David Gordon Green discuss the film's use of amateur actors and finding levity in difficult stories.

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No Laptops, No Wi-Fi: How One Cafe Fired Up Sales

What's the etiquette around using your laptop in public? If you stop for lunch at the August First Bakery in Burlington, Vt., keep your computer in your bag. The cafe is banning screens.

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In the rundown Ukrainian town of Perewalsk, near the Russian border, 80-year-old Lida Vasilivna has just planted a garden. "Business just went belly up," she says about her town's hard times, after asking, "Are you gonna put this granny on TV?" Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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In Ukraine's Rust Belt, A Mix Of Nostalgia And Nationalism

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No Plows, Cows, Sows: Not Your (Grand)Father's Youth Farm Group

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Nicolas Cage Trades Theatrics For Authenticity In 'Joe'

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No Laptops, No Wi-Fi: How One Cafe Fired Up Sales

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These Aren't The Rock Hall Inductees You're Looking For

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