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Male treehoppers make their abdomens thrum like tuning forks to transmit very particular vibrating signals that travel down their legs and along leaf stems to other bugs — male and female. Courtesy of Robert Oelman hide caption

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Close Listening: Decoding Nature Through Sound

Good Vibrations Key To Insect Communication

For some insects, sound waves or vibrations are the real social media — high-speed rumbles sent through the air and along leaf stems to help the bugs claim territory, send warnings and find mates.

Strawberry pickers in Watsonville, Calif. Many farmworkers in the state are out of work because of the severe drought. Those who do have a job are often working harder for less money. Lesley McClurg/For NPR hide caption

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Farmworkers See Jobs, Earnings Shrivel In California Drought

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Almonds hang from a branch at an orchard in Firebaugh, Calif. Despite the strain of prolonged drought, in 2014, California farms sold $54 billion worth of crops like almonds or grapes, and animal products like milk. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Despite The Drought, California Farms See Record Sales In 2014

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Mood Swings Ben Schwendener & Uwe Steinmetz
One Trick Pony Joe Beats
Crescent City Youngblood Brass Band
Caribbean Girl (A New Orleans Calypso) Dr. Michael White
Memories of Professor Longhair Dr. John

Author Alex Gino hopes George will help transgender kids feel less alone. Blake C. Aarens hide caption

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'George' Wants You To Know: She's Really Melissa

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Desert Games Ben Schwendener & Uwe Steinmetz
With My Friends (Instrumental) Aloe Blacc
6 O'Clock DJ (Let's Rock) Rose Royce
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Longtooth Zongo Junction

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Good Vibrations Key To Insect Communication

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Rumble Link Wray
Hong Kong Gorillaz
B.O.B. OutKast
Song For Junior Beastie Boys

Stieg Larsson died in 2004, never knowing how popular his Millennium books would become. Britt-Marie Trensmar hide caption

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Britt-Marie Trensmar

The Girl Who Outlived Her Creator: Salander Returns In 'Spider's Web'

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A Million And One Things To Do Time Machine
Transitions [Instrumental] Beastie Boys

Evan Fritz, head brewer at Manayunk Brewing Co., draws off some samples of Papal Pleasure, a beer concocted to mark Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia. It's brewed with water blessed by a local priest. Emma Lee/WHYY hide caption

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Philly Preps Blessed Beer And Other Edible Swag To Greet Pope Francis

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You Should Go Home [Instrumental] [Instrumental] Statik Selektah & Termanology
20 Questions Youngblood Brass Band
Come Away Death Galt MacDermot

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Alpha/Landov

In Britain, Who's Tormenting The Queen's Swans?

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Boe Money Galactic
Tell Me Something Good Ronnie Laws
Otha Fish [Instrumental] The Pharcyde

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