Bobby Braddock wrote his first song at age 8 for a piano recital. He's gone on to amass a remarkable collection of chart-topping country hits. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bobby Braddock: Spelling Success With Country Songs

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George Jones was named a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2008. He has also won several Grammy Awards. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Listen Back To Fresh Air's 1996 Interview With George Jones

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"I realized what a mess I made out of my life, and I got out of there and stayed out of there. Never did go back," Merle Haggard says of his time in prison. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Merle Haggard Reflects On His Outlaw Country Past

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Charlie Haden sang with his musical family from the time he was just 2 years old. Rafa Rivas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Charlie Haden: A Bassist With A Country Pedigree

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David and Julia Koch attend the opening night celebration of the New York City Ballet at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, on Nov. 25, 2008. Andrew H. Walker/Staff/Getty Images hide caption

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The Brothers Koch: Rich, Political And Playing To Win

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Director Edgar Wright's Epic 'Pilgrim'-age

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Moses (right), a gay Ugandan man seeking asylum in the United States, hides his face with a makeshift hood as he attends a press conference in Washington, D.C., in February. The press conference was organized to announce the formation of an event to "affirm inclusive values and call on all nations, including Uganda, to decriminalize the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people." Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Finding The Root Of Anti-Gay Sentiment In Uganda

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More than half of the world's Muslims live along the 10th Parallel; so do most of the world's Christians. It's a place where ideological -- and geographic -- conflicts often arise. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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The 10th Parallel: Where Christianity And Islam Meet

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A New York Times/CBS News poll found that 30 percent of people under 45 said the use of devices like smart phones and personal computers has made it harder to concentrate. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Digital Overload: Your Brain On Gadgets

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Jack Clark's pulp mystery was inspired by his years of driving customers around Chicago after hours. Courtesy Jack Clark hide caption

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Pay The Cab Fare ... And Meet The Author, Too

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Caroline Richard Simon holds Elise Simon, 11 months old, on the day her adoption was approved by Chinese officials in Nanchang. Courtesy of Scott Simon hide caption

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Scott Simon's Family: 'In Praise Of Adoption'

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John Mellencamp has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. He has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. Stephanie Pfriender Stylander hide caption

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John Mellencamp: A New Recording, An Old Sound

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The 50 most popular websites installed a total of 3,180 tracking files on a test computer used by The Wall Street Journal to measure the industry's reach. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Tracking The Companies That Track You Online

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Natasha Trethewey and her brother Joe stand in front of Fort Massachusetts on Ship Island, Miss., circa 1999. Courtesy of the author hide caption

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Mississippi Meditation: A Poet Looks 'Beyond Katrina'

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In this 2005 file photo, jazz singer Abbey Lincoln performs during a Hurricane Katrina benefit concert in New York City. The songwriter, actor and singer died Saturday at the age of 80. Jeff Christensen/AP Photo hide caption

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Fresh Air Remembers Jazz Singer Abbey Lincoln

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