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The Decemberists Return, Renewed And A Little Relaxed

Singer Colin Meloy remembers when literally no one was listening to his music. Once his band cracked the mainstream, he found himself missing the artistic freedom that comes with anonymity.

Cruden ranks the Gulf oil spill as one of the most significant environmental disasters of our time. It "deserves ... all of our energy to make sure nothing like this ever happens again," he says. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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New Justice Department Environment Chief Takes Helm Of Gulf Spill Case

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Pyramid Pete Robbins
Vorp Pete Robbins
Kids' Dance Daniel Szabo

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Why Ants Handle Traffic Better Than You Do

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GADfly Bug
Dark Matter Bug
Kamogawa Hauschka
Sunny Mission Hauschka
Crazy Quilt Kevin Hays & Brad Mehldau
Three Gifts (from a Nigerian Mother to God) Anthony Branker & Word Play
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Ballad for Trayvon Martin Anthony Branker & Word Play

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The Decemberists Return, Renewed And A Little Relaxed

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California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade The Decemberists
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American't Christian Scott
The Eraser Christian Scott
Somewhere PDP

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What Does Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy Look Like To A 5-Year-Old?

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Ave Verum Corpus Rudy Royston
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Prayer (for the People) Rudy Royston
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Countdown To Zero: Guinea's Campaign To Conquer Ebola In 60 Days

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Unit Shifter Enemies
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Larry Wilmore's 'Nightly Show' Brings A New Voice To Late Night TV

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