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Thanks to unusually heavy monsoon rains, mesa land east of Ghost Ranch in New Mexico has erupted into vibrant green life — an unusual sight in this region. courtesy Harvey Day hide caption

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New Mexico's Northern Landscape Gets A New Burst Of Color

An unusually wet monsoon season has painted the desert, normally dusty brown, a lush green. It has been a welcome respite from the years of devastating drought that have plagued the state.

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro with her husband, James Hider, and their dogs Nena (left) and Ursa. Tara Todras-Whitehill/Lourdes Garcia-Navarro hide caption

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An NPR War Correspondent Reflects On A Pet Turning 100 (In Dog Years)

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Thanks to unusually heavy monsoon rains, mesa land east of Ghost Ranch in New Mexico has erupted into vibrant green life — an unusual sight in this region. courtesy Harvey Day hide caption

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New Mexico's Northern Landscape Gets A New Burst Of Color

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Lev Grossman's bestselling Magicians series was inspired by the long wait between books five and six of the Harry Potter series. Mathieu Bourgois hide caption

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Book News & Features

Lev Grossman: A 'Magician' Grows Up

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Lev Grossman: A 'Magician' Grows Up

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Religion

Effort To Preserve Yiddish Works Not 'Bupkes'

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Effort To Preserve Yiddish Works Not 'Bupkes'

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Magos Herrera's latest album is Dawn, a collaboration with Spanish flamenco guitarist Javier Limón. Salvador Bonilla/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music Interviews

Magos Herrera And Javier Limon Serve Up Musical Tapas

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Magos Herrera And Javier Limon Serve Up Musical Tapas

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry highlighted his executive leadership at the annual RedState Gathering on Friday. Tony Gutierrez/AP hide caption

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It's All Politics

Perry And Cruz Do The Presidential Candidacy Dance

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Perry And Cruz Do The Presidential Candidacy Dance

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Likely this reporter's very first award for participation, found squirreled in a box in his parents' basement. Mary Turner/Courtesy of Cory Turner hide caption

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NPR Ed

Should Kids Get A Trophy For Showing Up?

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Should Kids Get A Trophy For Showing Up?

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