B.B King in 1996. David Redfern/Redferns hide caption

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Brooke Borel says bedbugs were essentially wiped out after World War II thanks to DDT. It's not totally clear why they came back in the past couple of decades. iStockphoto hide caption

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Nick Lowe's Christmas album is called Quality Street. He's currently touring the U.S. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Kinks in 1970. Courtesy of Sanctuary Records hide caption

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"I got kicked out of school a few weeks in, because I was caught reading a country-music song roundup book inside my history book," Marty Stuart says. David McClister/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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André Benjamin plays Jimi Hendrix in the new film Jimi: All Is By My Side. Patrick Redmond/Courtesy of Open Road Films hide caption

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John Darnielle's first novel was about a teenage boy in a psychiatric institution who is obsessed with heavy metal. Lalitree Darnielle/Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux hide caption

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Between 2006 and 2010, Jason Hamacher made many trips to Syria to photograph and record ancient chants. Jason Hamacher/Lost Origins Productions hide caption

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Dom Flemons with his 1920s banjo. Michael Weintrob/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Charlie Haden plays upright bass with Keith Jarrett's band in New York City, 1975. Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images hide caption

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