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Newport Folk Festival Preview 2019

The festival's executive producer, Jay Sweet explains how he picked this year's lineup and why the festival continues to resonate with people 60 years after it started.

Newport Folk Festival Preview 2019

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A Beyond Meat burger is displayed at a Carl's Jr. restaurant in San Francisco. The rise of meat alternatives made from plants, as well as meat grown from animal cells in labs, has sparked new laws on food labeling. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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What Gets To Be A 'Burger'? States Restrict Labels On Plant-Based Meat

Lawmakers across the U.S. and in the EU argue that labels like "vegan sausage" or "cauliflower rice" mislead people. Tofurky, the ACLU and others are suing, saying new label laws violate free speech.

Different parts of the brain aren't always in the same stage of sleep at the same time, notes neurologist and author Guy Leschziner. When this happens, an individual might order a pizza or go out for a drive — while technically still being fast asleep. Frederic Cirou/PhotoAlto/Getty Images hide caption

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From Insomnia To Sexsomnia, Unlocking The 'Secret World' Of Sleep

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Neurologist Guy Leschziner, author of The Nocturnal Brain, says the brain can be in different sleep stages at once — which explains why people sometimes walk, eat and even have sex when sleeping.

From Insomnia To Sexsomnia, Unlocking The 'Secret World' Of Sleep

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A gender neutral sign is posted outside a bathrooms at Oval Park Grill in Durham, N.C. Many North Carolina businesses put gender neutral signs on toilets after the "bathroom bill" was passed. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images hide caption

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N.C. Reaches Settlement In Long Battle Over Bathrooms And Gender Identity

The deal, approved by a federal judge on Tuesday, enshrines the right of transgender individuals to use bathrooms that match their gender identities in many North Carolina public buildings.

A grocery store in New York City advertises that it accepts food stamps. A Trump administration proposal could result in 3 million people losing their food assistance. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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3 Million Could Lose Food Stamp Benefits Under Trump Administration Proposal

The administration wants to close what it calls a "loophole" that allows states to give benefits to those who would not otherwise be eligible by raising or eliminating income and asset limits.

Ahead of a September tour date in Winston-Salem, N.C., social media commenters are leveling violent, racist attacks against the Tuareg musicians known as Tinariwen. Marie Planeille/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Mali's 'Guitar Gods' Tinariwen Receive Racist Threats Ahead Of U.S. Tour

The band of Tuareg guitarists — who have faced down Islamic extremism at home in Mali — are receiving violent threats and racist responses to a scheduled concert in North Carolina in September.

Mali's 'Guitar Gods' Tinariwen Receive Racist Threats Ahead Of U.S. Tour

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Boris Johnson, Britain's Next Prime Minister, Shares Similarities With Trump

At a time of polarization and political chaos, the United Kingdom and the United States are about to be led by two remarkably similar figures. Johnson will take office on Wednesday.

The Similarities Between Boris Johnson And Donald Trump

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'Lager Queen' Author Was Tired Of Caricatures Of Midwestern Women

J. Ryan Stradal wasn't seeing the strong, Midwestern women who raised him reflected well in contemporary fiction. So he decided to write those characters himself in The Lager Queen of Minnesota.

'Lager Queen' Author Was Tired Of Caricatures Of Midwestern Women

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