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Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, has a new album out titled Tell 'Em I'm Gone. Danny Clinch/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'It's A Bit Of A Gift': Yusuf Islam On His Break And Return To Music

The story is well-known: The former known Cat Stevens became Muslim, changed his name and gave up performing for years. The hiatus gave him a chance to "walk the talk," he tells NPR's Scott Simon.

If I Could Turn Back Time Cher
Time Is On My Side Smooth Jazz Express

Professor Ajmal Khan was held captive in South Waziristan, the Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan where the Taliban holds power. B.K. Bangash/AP hide caption

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A Taliban Hostage's Story: Educating Children Who Have No Teachers

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Former Army 1st Lt. Trista Matascatillo met her husband, former Army 1st Sgt. Hector Matascastillo, five years after she was sexually assaulted during officer training in the Navy. StoryCorps hide caption

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After A Sexual Assault And A Pregnancy, Vet Kept Her Pain Secret

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A Day in Port-Royal Ending Satellites
Money Rock'n'Roll The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

The Bracken Bat Cave outside San Antonio is home to millions of bats. Here, a few of them emerge from the colony in 2011. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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In Texas, The World's Biggest Bat Colony Is Saved From City Sprawl

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Lonely Cowgirl
No Place I've Ever Been Songs from a Random House
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Pam Champion (second from right) and Robert Champion Sr. (right), parents of Robert Champion Jr., listen as the guilty verdict against Dante Martin is read in an Orlando courtroom on Friday. Red Huber/AP hide caption

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Jury Finds Tradition Is No Excuse For Brutal Hazing

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington gave the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address in 2014. She's set to easily win re-election to a sixth term next week. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Is No GOP Bench Warmer

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Swag Bag Rag Tony Trischka
Steam/Foam of the Ancient Lake Tony Trischka
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Israel's West Bank separation barrier, shown here with the Jewish settlement Maale Adumim in the background, symbolizes the division between two societies that had much more interaction a generation ago. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For Palestinians, A Bridge-Building Bus Trip To Israel Turns Sour

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Reviving A Grand Tradition Of 'Black Prophetic Fire'

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Self Portrait in Three Colors Ravi Coltrane
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? Chicago
Everybody Wants to Rule the World Tears for Fears

John Cleese got his first big break in London's West End and as a script writer and performer on The Frost Report. Andy Gotts/Courtesy of Crown Publishing hide caption

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'Comedy Is Extraordinarily Difficult': John Cleese On Being Funny

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'It's A Bit Of A Gift': Yusuf Islam On His Break And Return To Music

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You Are My Sunshine Yusuf Islam & Yusuf
Call from Kashan Shahin & Sepehr