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It's Not Easy Teaching Special Ed

Teachers in some of the toughest jobs in education are overworked and stretched thin. One dedicated special ed teacher in Utah says she thinks about leaving constantly.

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Natalie Cole Gone But Not Forgotten

The influential singer not only lived up to her father, Nat King Cole's legacy, she forged a new one entirely her own. NPR's Scott Simon looks back on a 2013 conversation with the late Natalie Cole.

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At This Dinner Party, Talking About Death With Strangers Isn't Taboo

Grieving can be isolating for young adults. A fledgling nonprofit invites 20- and 30-somethings to share their grief, with strangers, over a meal.

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Amid Attacks In Jerusalem, A New Fear: That Person Next To You On The Street

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Unforgettable Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
Body and Soul Nat King Cole

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Lead Poisoning In Michigan Highlights Aging Water Systems Nationwide

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Cleveland Pressures Hospitals To Keep ERs Open To All Ambulances

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It's Not Easy Teaching Special Ed

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Selfies In 2015: A Woman Thing?

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Another Lonely Night with You Roy Clark
Caravan Roy Clark
Water in Your Hands Tommy Guerrero
At the Circles Edge Tommy Guerrero
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Falling Catching Agnes Obel

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Authors Of 'All American Boys' Talk About How Book Has Sparked Race Discussion

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Rachmaninoff: An American Without Assimilation

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Rachmaninov: Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.44 - 2. Adagio ma non troppo
Allegro Scherzando from Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18