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'I Wanna Make Art': Sturgill Simpson's Twisting Path To Nashville

The mystic-minded songwriter spent years literally working on the railroad — and it's one reason he says he's no longer interested in making straight-ahead country music.

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Talking Stick In Hand, Tom Robbins Tells His Own Story

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the irrepressible novelist about his latest book — a memoir this time, called Tibetan Peach Pie -- and why he hates being labeled as a counter-culture writer.

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Bring Out Your Junk: A Day In The Life Of A Scrapper

If you live in a big city and put an old appliance on the curb, there's a good chance it'll be gone the next day, picked up by those who collect discarded pieces of metal to recycle them for cash.

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Egypt's Women Face A Struggle No Matter Who Comes To Power

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'I Wanna Make Art': Sturgill Simpson's Twisting Path To Nashville

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