The Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, 120 members strong, plays in its home panyard in Trinidad. Baz Dreisinger for NPR hide caption

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Trinidad's Steelpan Players Turn Trash Into Something Beautiful

Working-class youths invented the steel drum in the 1930s by banging dents in the tops of discarded oil drums to create notes. Today, steelpan is Trinidad's de facto national instrument.

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Take It Outside: Teaching Sex Ed On The Streets Of New York

Sex education often occurs in one of two places: at home or at school. Francisco Ramirez is bringing the subject out into the open.

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Jamie Cullum Wants You To Hear These Jazz Tunes

The best-selling pianist also hosts a jazz show on BBC Radio 2. He joins NPR's Scott Simon to share new music from three European artists who merge classic sounds with electronic elements.

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