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Lenoir is a city of 18,000 in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hard-hit by outsourcing of furniture jobs and the recession, the city's downtown sees little traffic. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Laid-Off Furniture Workers Try To Leap To Google

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Learning to Fly Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
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Chisa Abdullah Ibrahim
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Every Boy Needs a Hero Antneely
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1979 Semi-finalist The Bad Plus
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In Crazy Heart, Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) is a washed-up, alcoholic country singer who has been reduced to playing in bowling alleys and dive bars — but he can still put on a great show. When he's on stage, "that's his throne," Bridges says. Lorey Sebastian/Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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Jeff Bridges' New 'Dude': A Fallen Country Star

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The Metrics Drums & Tuba
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Workers in Shanghai walk on the roof of the Theme Pavilion, built for the World Expo 2010. The roof is covered with solar panels. China is striving to improve its energy efficiency and reduce surging demand for imported oil and gas by encouraging use of wind, solar and other clean sources. AP hide caption

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The Green Rush Is On In China

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39 Thieves Aesop Rock
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Bending New Corners Erik Truffaz
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In Baghdad, Hemlines Rise As Violence Falls

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Strange Constellations Bombay Dub Orchestra
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Abadaba Charlie Hunter
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There Used to Be a Ballpark Frank Sinatra
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Chili Blues Bob Brozman
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