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'Death Class' Taught Students A Lot About Life

After covering the shootings at Virginia Tech, journalist Erika Hayasaki became interested in how people respond to death. Her new book is about a nurse and professor named Norma Bowe who taught an entire class to help students confront death head-on.

Against Me!'s latest album is Transgender Dysphoria Blues. Left to right: Inge Johansson, James Bowman, Laura Jane Grace, Atom Willard. Ryan Russell/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music Interviews

Laura Jane Grace, Transgender Punk, On Life In Transition

"I don't have to think," Laura Jane Grace says of performing as a woman: "I can just be and exist." Joined by guitarist James Bowman, the leader of the revered Florida punk band Against Me! speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about how her recent transition is playing out in the music.

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Actor Jesse Heiman has had some less-busy years, but says, "this town works in crazy ways ... and your next big day could be tomorrow. So you just gotta keep your head up and keep going." Bobby Quillard / hide caption

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo walks across the stage to deliver his annual State of the State address earlier this month, where he called for access to medical marijuana for some patients. Mike Groll/AP hide caption

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Most of the diamonds synthesized from cremated remains come out blue, due to trace amounts of boron in the body. These diamonds, made from the ashes of animals, were created through the same process used to make diamonds from human remains. Courtesy Rinaldo Willy/Algordanza hide caption

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They Fed The Sparrows Leftovers And Offered Grass To Scherfig's Turtle Jóhann Jóhannsson 0:14

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Against Me!'s latest album is Transgender Dysphoria Blues. Left to right: Inge Johansson, James Bowman, Laura Jane Grace, Atom Willard. Ryan Russell/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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