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New Mexico's Northern Landscape Gets A New Burst Of Color

An unusually wet monsoon season has painted the desert, normally dusty brown, a lush green. It has been a welcome respite from the years of devastating drought that have plagued the state.

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An NPR War Correspondent Reflects On A Pet Turning 100 (In Dog Years)

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Dog Days Are Over Florence + the Machine
Intro The xx
Make Peace Pat Metheny & Brad Mehldau

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New Mexico's Northern Landscape Gets A New Burst Of Color

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No Sul Do Polo Notre Naná Vasconcelos

Lev Grossman's bestselling Magicians series was inspired by the long wait between books five and six of the Harry Potter series. Mathieu Bourgois hide caption

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Lev Grossman: A 'Magician' Grows Up

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Effort To Preserve Yiddish Works Not 'Bupkes'

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Magos Herrera's latest album is Dawn, a collaboration with Spanish flamenco guitarist Javier Limón. Salvador Bonilla/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Magos Herrera And Javier Limon Serve Up Musical Tapas

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Afro Blue Andy Summers

Texas Gov. Rick Perry highlighted his executive leadership at the annual RedState Gathering on Friday. Tony Gutierrez/AP hide caption

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Perry And Cruz Do The Presidential Candidacy Dance

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Barretta Brownout
Ayer y Hoy Brownout
Pra lá Da Casa de Naná Naná Vasconcelos
On the Road Again Willie Nelson
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Should Kids Get A Trophy For Showing Up?

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All Burned Up Christopher Denny