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Afghanistan

Buzkashi: Like Polo, But With A Headless Goat

Buzkashi is a centuries-old game in Afghanistan in which men on horses compete to pick up the carcass of a dead calf, carry it across a field, and drop it in a designated circle.

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The 'Marvelous Living' Of Soprano Jessye Norman

One of the most celebrated voices of her generation talks about her new autobiography, Stand Up Straight and Sing! The opera star journeyed from the segregated South to a divided Berlin and beyond.

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Hans Zimmer Went Looking For The Next Great Screen Composer. Hear The Winning Entry

The mind behind the music of Inception, Gladiator and more says he was looking for someone who would take his prompt and "ignore it as much as possible." He and the winner joined NPR's Rachel Martin.

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A Window To Executions: How To Cover Death For A Living

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Buzkashi: Like Polo, But With A Headless Goat

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Boehner Plays It Loose With His Speakership At Stake

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The 'Marvelous Living' Of Soprano Jessye Norman

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