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Behind 'Belle': An 18th Century Portrait Ahead Of Its Time

Director Amma Asante's new film is based on the real-life story of a biracial woman who grew up in an aristocratic English family — a story that was immortalized in a painting by Johann Zoffany.

Nefertiti Lionel Loueke
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The Bearded First! Simple Citizens
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Twiggy Brad Mehldau Trio

Equipment installed by Aruba Petroleum at a natural gas well near Decatur, Texas. A family in North Texas sued Aruba, calling its drilling sites a nuisance to the family's health. A jury awarded the family nearly $3 million. Ralph Lauer/ZumaPress/Corbis hide caption

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Texas Family's Nuisance Complaint Seen As Win Against Fracking

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Going to California Bill Frisell
Music of Glen Deven Ranch Bill Frisell

Steve Jungmann, vice president at the tech startup Quanttus, holds up an early prototype of the biometric sensors the company will use on its wearable products. The current version is much smaller. Chris Arnold/NPR hide caption

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Amid The Device Hype, This Startup Is Taking Wearables To Heart

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John Boy Brad Mehldau
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Agribusiness Funds 'Farmland' To Counter Hollywood Message

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A campaign to save the Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti Township, Mich., appears to have succeeded. The factory is where Rosie the Riveter and thousands of other women built B-24 bombers during World War II. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Rosie The Riveter's World War II-Era Plant Saved

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Honeysuckle Rose Fats Waller
Squeaky Chug Chug Will Bernard Trio
Roaming Charges Will Bernard Trio
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Café Calypso Kyle Eastwood

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Cinco De Mayo: Whose Holiday Is It, Anyway?

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Diablo Rojo Rodrigo y Gabriela
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The women of the Afghan National Cycling Federation team train outside Kabul, the capital. They face poor road conditions, terrible traffic, lots of gawking and even threats of violence in pursuit of their sport. Peter Breslow/NPR hide caption

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Afghan Female Cyclists: Breaking Away, And Breaking Taboos

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Kataghani Homayun Sakhi
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Zodiac God Is An Astronaut

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Behind 'Belle': An 18th Century Portrait Ahead Of Its Time

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Aria Jacques Loussier Trio
Partita N 1 BWV 825