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To Ray Davies, America Is Still A Land Of Opportunity

The former Kinks leader speaks with Steve Inskeep about Americana, a musical distillation of his sometimes tumultuous life as British rock star in the U.S.

Clouds (Insight Vol. 3) Koresma
Folds Feverkin & Koresma
The Origin Reki

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Battle Over Free Sanitary Pads Lands Ugandan Activist In Jail

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Song of the Cricket, for voice, guitar, ukulele, strings, winds, piano Clogs
5/4 Clogs
The Last Reminder Collapse Under the Empire
Dust and Disquiet Caspian

Chicago's Fire Department has only half as many ambulances as it has fire vehicles, but it gets 20 times more medical calls than fire calls these days. Monica Eng/WBEZ hide caption

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Why Send A Firetruck To Do An Ambulance's Job?

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M.N.O.P.Q. Little People
MakeMeBetter Little People

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To Ray Davies, America Is Still A Land Of Opportunity

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The Great Highway Ray Davies
Under the Pressure The War on Drugs

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Why Chinese Scientists Are More Worried Than Ever About Bird Flu

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Backpack RRAREBEAR
Spirit Pools RRAREBEAR
Double 07 (Instrumental) The Alchemist
Theme from the Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys) Waylon Jennings
Rain Plans Israel Nash Gripka

New Mexico state Sen. Michael Padilla says he has heard of "lunch shaming" practices around the country, including students being given different food if they can't afford the regular hot lunch. Don Bartletti/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Lawmaker's Childhood Experience Drives New Mexico's 'Lunch Shaming' Ban

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Chasing Rita Contemporary Noise Sextet
Lake Sturgeon Gifts or Creatures

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Federal Task Force Softens Opposition To Routine Prostate Cancer Screening

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Receiver Tycho
Horizon Tycho
Still Sound Toro y Moi