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Music Interviews

'Wear Your Imperfections On Your Sleeve': A Moment With Shamir

Shamir Bailey's dance music has gospel, country, and disco influences, but it's his androgynous voice that surprises most people. Bailey talks with NPR's Scott Simon about his voice and his music.

A statue of the scales of justice stands above the Old Bailey, the courthouse where many high-profile libel cases are tried, in London. The U.K. is a popular place for libel cases to be filed because of laws that make it difficult for journalists or the media to prevail. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels

On Libel And The Law, U.S. And U.K. Go Separate Ways

An HBO documentary about Scientology, Going Clear, won't be released in Britain. Neither will the book on which it's based. That's because British and U.S. free speech protections are very different.

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Known by the nickname "Wall Street," Curtis Carroll teaches financial literacy at the San Quentin Prison, helping inmates prepare for life after incarceration. Carroll, however, is serving a life sentence. Courtest of The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation hide caption

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Wheels Chet Atkins 0:18

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Soft Trees Break the Fall Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross 0:28

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Sometimes a Man 0:07

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Weather Storm Massive Attack 1:00

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Empire State of Mind Jay-Z & Alicia Keys 0:09

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