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8 Million Tons Of Plastic Clutter Our Seas

A scientist estimating the weight of candy wrappers, bags, bottles, syringes and other plastic trash in the world's water sees a synthetic tsunami. Should China and India create more landfills?

Misirlou Anita Darian
Strange Meeting Bill Frisell, Jerome Harris et. al.
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Solar Sunflowers, an art installation, greets visitors to Mueller's commercial and retail hub off of Interstate 35. The panels power a nightly light display and return power to the grid. When the development is complete, five miles of granite trails will connect the residents to its commercial and retail hubs. Julia Robinson for NPR hide caption

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With Porches And Parks, A Texas Community Aims For Urban Utopia

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Reboliço David Russell
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Aire Latino: Latin American Music for Guitar
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God Bless the Child Joe Augustine
Loss Al Petteway & Amy White
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Revelation Joe Satriani
Afro-Cuban Lullaby Viviana Guzman
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Down South Camp Meeting Svend Asmussen, Jacob Fischer et. al.

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In A Somber Homecoming, Yazidis Grieve And Watch Over Their Dead

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Free and Easy Matt Savage
Elmer's Revenge Steve Kimock

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Obama's Plan To Tax Overseas Earnings Draws Scrutiny

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'Fifty Shades' Director Explores Passion, Performance And Control

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Memory Hole Bobby Previte
Modern World Ray Obiedo
Ahuvati Kaki King
Reverb Soulive
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8 Million Tons Of Plastic Clutter Our Seas

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"I like going out and looking at people, and they inspire me so much," says Oakland musician Fantastic Negrito, winner of NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest. Eric Taylor/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Meet Fantastic Negrito, The Winner Of Our Tiny Desk Concert Contest

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Rêve Pour Louis Brad Shepik

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