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Marcello Mazzucchi, a retired forest ranger, stands in the Fiemme Valley in the Italian Alps. Renaissance luthiers such as Antonio Stradivari came here to handpick trees that would be crafted into the world's finest instruments. Graziano Panfili for NPR hide caption

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Deceptive Cadence

In The Italian Alps, Stradivari's Trees Live On

The master luthier's violins and cellos include spruce from the Fiemme Valley. The forest still thrives, and its trees are still made into fine instruments.

In 2012, Kirk Douglas attended the last 70mm film screening of 1960's Spartacus, which he starred in. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images hide caption

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A Premature Obituary Can Be A Sweet — If Strange — Gift

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Sunflowers Frankenland State Symphony Orchestra
SPELLBOUND: CONCERTO FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA HOLLYWOOD BOWL ORCHESTRA, MAUCERI

Does it bother you if the sign says "or less?" Or do you think the fans of "or fewer" are fussbudgets? James Clark/NPR hide caption

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'Fewer' Or 'Less?' The Express Lane Language Debate

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Seasons of Love
Purple Rain Prince

Marcello Mazzucchi, a retired forest ranger, stands in the Fiemme Valley in the Italian Alps. Renaissance luthiers such as Antonio Stradivari came here to handpick trees that would be crafted into the world's finest instruments. Graziano Panfili for NPR hide caption

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In The Italian Alps, Stradivari's Trees Live On

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Reel Life (Evolution II) The Cinematic Orchestra
I Remember When Lawrence Blatt
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Lay In A Shimmer Pantha du Prince

Before becoming a monk, Nicky Vreeland apprenticed with the great photographers Richard Avedon and Irving Penn. Asphalt Stars hide caption

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From Chic Manhattanite To 'Monk With A Camera'

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'Oxford American' Waltzes Across Texas

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Frosty the snowman