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'Courage Unmasked' Turns Symbol Of Cancer's Torture Into Art

For some survivors of head and neck cancer, the mask each had to wear to guide beams of radiation therapy remains a potent symbol. Some destroy the mask afterward. Others see a new beginning.

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With The End In Sight, Holder Reflects On His Legacy

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Slowing the Tides Manu Katché
Walking By Your Side Manu Katché

Five industrial wind turbines form part of the Gorona del Viento power plant on the island of El Hierro. By the end of this year, the power plant is set to generate 100 percent of the energy El Hierro needs, making it the world's first energy-independent island powered only by renewables. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Tiny Spanish Island Nears Its Goal: 100 Percent Renewable Energy

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Earth & Sky Andy Summers
The Distance Cake
Gringo Dance Diego Urcola

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Unmasked, Cancer Survivors Face The Symbol Of Their Torture

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Mercy #1 [Instrumental] [Instrumental] Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
Good News [Instrumental] [Instrumental] Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives

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Shellshock Bug's Impact Could Be Huge, But It's Unclear For Now

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Harmonics Pt1 Kidkanevil & Daisuke Tanabe
Endless Summer John Scofield

In Sierra Leone, a burial team from the government carries the coffin of an Ebola doctor who succumbed to the virus. Funerals and other expressions of mourning are key moments for anthropologists to translate between native cultures and foreign aid efforts, anthropologist Ann Kelly says. Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Experts The Ebola Response May Need: Anthropologists

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With Savvy And New-Age Speeches, A First Couple Runs Nicaragua

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The Atlanta Symphony Lockout Continues, Musicians Picket On Peachtree Street

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Aquarius
It's Bad You Know R.L. Burnside

Chabad rabbinical students Zalman Refson (right) and Yaakov Kaplan sit alongside a Jewish resident of Taylor, Ariz. As roving rabbis, the duo recently went to about 40 tiny towns and cities across Arizona, meeting rural Jews along the way. Stina Sieg/KJZZ hide caption

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In The Rural West, 'Roving Rabbis' Reach Isolated Jews

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Digging Through The Latin Grammy Nominations: Who's Worth Checking Out

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Zambra Gitana Paco de Lucia
ESPIRITU PACO DE LUCIA, AL DI MEOLA, JOHN MCLAUGHLIN