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The Decemberists' latest album is What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World. Autumn de Wilde/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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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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Unless there's a serious pileup, ants in traffic tend to bypass a collision and just keep going. A physicist has found a way to model this behavior with a mathematical equation. iStockphoto hide caption

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Why Ants Handle Traffic Better Than You Do

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The Decemberists Return, Renewed And A Little Relaxed

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Elspeth Ventresca, center, and the rest of Carolyn Barnhardt's prekindergarten class at John Eaton Elementary School wear the crowns they made to celebrate Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Emily Jan/NPR hide caption

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

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Cheerleaders with pompoms helped kick off a government campaign to eliminate Ebola from Guinea in 60 days. Ofeibea Quist-Arcton/NPR hide caption

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Countdown To Zero: Guinea's Campaign To Conquer Ebola In 60 Days

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

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