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NPR 50: The long tail of David Bowie's explosive 'Hunky Dory'

Bowie was still an aspiring pop star, with but one successful single under his belt, at the time of Hunky Dory's release. It wouldn't last.

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NPR 50: The long tail of David Bowie's explosive 'Hunky Dory'

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Jesus and Suzanne Valle thought they would become empty nesters indulging in their love of travel, but, she says, "I don't know if we would be as happy without all these kids." Jacqueline Van Meter for StoryCorps hide caption

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They didn't plan to be a family of 17. Then, the opioid crisis hit their community

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