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"We Bangles hovered around the cassette machine... and we were smitten with the song," Bangle Susanna Hoffs says of first hearing Prince's demo of "Manic Monday." Virginia Turbett/Courtesy of The Prince Estate hide caption

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How Prince Worked His Magic On The Bangles' 'Manic Monday'

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Nicole Rikard's husband, John Rikard, died by suicide in 2015. She talks with three other widows of police suicide every day. Eslah Attar for NPR hide caption

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After Husbands' Suicides, 'Best Widow Friends' Want Police Officers To Reach For Help

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Wizdom dancers perform at the Capitol One Arena in Washington, D.C. Olivia Sun/NPR hide caption

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These NBA Dancers Spin, Shimmy And Twerk. And They're All 50 Or Older

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Piroshka's debut album, Brickbat, is out now. Neil Stewart/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Piroshka Wields Political Discourse And Dreamy Guitars

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Recent stories about high-profile politicians in Virginia having worn blackface have caused many people to remember their own experiences — times that people around them blithely invoked racist caricatures — and how it made them feel unwelcome, or unsafe. Logan Cyrus/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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How Racism Has Manifested Itself In Schools, As Recalled By Listeners

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"The continuous impromptus of performing after car bombs, I believe that it is an empowering element of solidarity...," Karim Wasfi says. Zaid Al-Oeidi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Karim Wasfi's 'Spontaneous Compositions' Aid Stability In Iraq

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Indian officials may need to try Calvin Klein's Obsession in order to lure a man-killing tiger. (The tigers pictured are not the exact ones mentioned in this story.) PA Images via Getty Images hide caption

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Calvin Klein's Obsession Could Be The Trick To Catching A Tiger

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Detail from the cover of Witness Marks: The Works of John B. McLemore. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bearing Musical Witness To John B. McLemore, The Late Protagonist Of 'S-Town'

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A Central American immigrant seeking asylum crossed the border with her son in 2017. The American court system bewilders her, she says. Samantha Balaban/NPR hide caption

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Without A Lawyer, Asylum-Seekers Struggle With Confusing Legal Processes

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Cleveland Sellers, center, stands with officers after his arrest in Orangeburg, S.C., where three were killed and others wounded during a demonstration on Feb. 9, 1968. AP hide caption

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50 Years After The Orangeburg Massacre, Looking For Justice In South Carolina

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Genesis Blu calls herself a "raptivist" — a mix of rapper and activist. Tim Clyne/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Conversation With Houston's 'Raptivist' Genesis Blu

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Lashkari gives us a tour of his kitchen. He's known for some of the best Pakistani and Indian food in Houston. His cooking borrows happily from other cultures. Peter Breslow/NPR hide caption

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A Visit To Houston's Himalaya: Pakistani And Indian Food With Deep Texas Roots

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