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August 20, 2014 | NPR · If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Demonstrators want an indictment of the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown earlier this month. But investigations — one of them a federal civil rights case — can take weeks, if not months.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · More than a week now from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., it's worth asking: Ideally, what should happen with a police officer stops someone in the street?
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Enlisting has been a rite of passage for men in the Pierce family since the Civil War. And as America has changed, Mark Pierce and his son Jeremy explain, what it means to serve has, too.
 

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August 16, 2014 | NPR · Both Ukraine and Russia say they're trying to send supplies to residents in eastern Ukraine. But with tensions on both sides running high, that aid may take a while to arrive.
 

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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Classical Sessions

May 9, 2014 — At the piano in NPR's Studio 1, Louis Lortie re-creates Wagner's vocal and orchestral palette in Liszt's arrangement of the rapturous "Liebestod" from Tristan und Isolde.
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Nov 7, 2013 — See the English pianist play a movement from one of Schubert's final sonatas, written when the specter of death was never far away. Lewis describes the music in terms of a haunting, delusive dream.
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Feb 6, 2013 — Hear the 21-year-old Russian play Chopin etudes, colorful Fairy Tales by Nikolai Medtner and an explosive arrangement of music from Stravinsky's Firebird at the WGBH studios in Boston.
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Jan 16, 2013 — The pianist has such an intimate relationship with the Well-Tempered Clavier, hearing him play its kaleidoscopic preludes and fugues is like getting an inside view of a wondrously successful lifelong marriage. Communing daily with Bach helps the pianist stay fit and inspired.
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Oct 18, 2012 — Hear the celebrated Bach interpreter play the tranquil Partita No. 1 in the NPR studio. Dinnerstein — who burst onto the scene with a popular recording of the Goldberg Variations — phrases her Bach lovingly, taking great care to find the subtle gestures and and ideas in and around the notes.
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Aug 9, 2012 — Now that Andsnes has a new daughter, he says he hears music a bit differently — with more freedom and an ear for "childlike beauty." Hear the pianist talk about fatherhood and play Granados and Grieg.
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Mar 21, 2012 — The pianist performs contemporary takes on Bach's Goldberg Variations in the NPR studio
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Sep 29, 2011 — Hear hand-picked Liszt performances from the Boston studios of WGBH.
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Aug 11, 2011 — Tenor Matthew Polenzani and pianist Julius Drake lead a journey into Schubert's vivid song cycle.
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Mar 22, 2011 — Hear the former Rostropovich student, with pianist Irina Nuzova, uncover a beautiful but little-known sonata by Myaskovsky and more Russian music at the studios of WGBH in Boston.
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