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MJG (left) and Eightball (right) in the parking lot of Pressure World Carwash in Memphis in 2004. Shannon Fagan/Getty Images hide caption

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The Record

Eightball, MJG And Memphis Rap 20 Years On

From the birthplace of Stax and Sun Records, and the site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, the pair of rapper-producers snatched soul music and put it to work for a new generation.

Woolly mammoths depended on tiny flowering plants for protein. Did the decline of the flowers cause their extinction? Per Möller/Johanna Anjar hide caption

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Woolly Mammoths' Taste For Flowers May Have Been Their Undoing

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Amtrak trains on the Empire Builder route, which stops in Williston, N.D., have been facing long delays. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Amtrak Fights Big Oil For Use Of The Rails

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Amtrak Fights Big Oil For Use Of The Rails

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Maria "Masha" Alyokhina (left) and Nadezhda "Nadya" Tolokonnikova of the Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot speak onstage at an Amnesty International concert in Brooklyn, N.Y., Wednesday night. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pussy Riot: Prison Ordeal Will Help Us Fix Russia's System

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Chinese blacksmiths in Nuanquan (Warm Spring) Town perform a folk custom called "making trees and flowers." They throw ladles of molten iron onto a wall, creating showers of sparks. The centuries-old custom originated with blacksmiths too poor to afford fireworks. In recent years, urban tourists have flocked to this once obscure town over the Chinese New Year holiday to enjoy local folk customs. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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Chinese Flock To The Countryside For A More Authentic New Year

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A Mexican guard at a prison in Tijuana where 17 men are being held on charges they were digging a drug-smuggling tunnel from Tijuana to the U.S. border at San Diego. The men say they were kidnapped and forced to do the work. Special to NPR hide caption

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Tijuana Prisoner: I Was Forced To Dig Drug Tunnel To San Diego

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MJG (left) and Eightball (right) in the parking lot of Pressure World Carwash in Memphis in 2004. Shannon Fagan/Getty Images hide caption

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The Record

Eightball, MJG And Rap From Memphis 20 Years On

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Eightball, MJG And Rap From Memphis 20 Years On

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