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Get To Know Sparks, Your Favorite Band's Favorite Band

Brothers Ron and Russell Mael have made music as Sparks for more than five decades, mostly under the radar despite superstar fans. Now, a new documentary and a buzzy musical put them in the spotlight.

Hedron BadBadNotGood
Night Lights Shingo Suzuki
Goodbye, Barcelona Pokey LaFarge
God Only Knows The Beach Boys
Blinuet Zoot Sims Quartet

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Restaurants Are Dangling Vacation And Matching 401(k), But Many Workers Aren't Biting

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"J" Blues 72 Shin Joong Hyun
Autopsie d'un complot Ahmed Malek
Pern Yann Tiersen
Come Live With Me Dorothy Ashby

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Get To Know Sparks, Your Favorite Band's Favorite Band

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So May We Start Sparks, Marion Cotillard et. al.
Tryouts for the Human Race Sparks

Edith Murway (right) with her friend Carmen Gutworth at the gym. Gutworth convinced Murway to join her at the gym, which is how at 91 she got hooked on lifting. Guinness World Records/Edith Murway hide caption

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Meet The Nonagenarian Who Is A Record-Breaking Weightlifter

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Bridge Amon Tobin
Sing, Sing, Sing, Pts. 1-2 Benny Goodman

Afghan Taliban fighters and villagers attend a gathering in Laghman province, Alingar district, in March 2020 as they celebrate the peace deal signed between the U.S. and the Taliban. Wali Sabawoon/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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The Taliban Say They've Changed. Experts Aren't Buying It

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Dr. Charles Drew, pictured in a lab at Howard University, was known as the father of blood banking for pioneering the way we store and transport blood today. Dr. Charlene Jarvis hide caption

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Remembering The Father Of Blood Banking, A Black Doctor Who Took A Stand

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A Day in Port-royal Ending Satellites
Coffee and Cigarettes Jazzinuf
Arpeggiator Fugazi
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Some Older Prisoners Aren't Eligible For Compassionate Release. Lawmakers Want Change

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Remembering Avishai Cohen
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A Day in the Life Wes Montgomery
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not for You MIZUKAMI
Friday I'm in Love Midnite String Quartet

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An ICU Nurse Made An Emotional Appeal For People In Louisiana To Get Vaccinated

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