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April 17, 2014 | NPR · Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
 
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April 16, 2014 | NPR · Ukrainian tanks arrived in the city of Kramatorsk Wednesday morning. By the time they rolled out of the city, they were flying Russian flags. People in Kramatorsk tell the story of what happened.
 
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April 12, 2014 | NPR · As pro-Russia demonstrators continue their tense standoff in Eastern Ukraine, police are conspicuously absent from city streets.
 

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April 13, 2014 | NPR · As the anniversary of last year's marathon bombing approaches, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with correspondent Carrie Johnson about the investigation and legal wrangling yet to come.
 

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Bluegrass/Americana

May 29, 2013 — The band brings its own twist to American folk-music traditions on its self-titled debut album. Hear four songs from the Pennsylvania group, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon.
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Feb 14, 2013 — The group has reunited for its first proper tour in nearly a decade, as well as a new album titled Aquatic Hitchhiker. And, of course, it brings its unique blend of country, bluegrass and Cajun music back to Mountain Stage.
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Mar 29, 2012 — Banjo player Earl Scruggs, who helped shape the sound of American bluegrass music, died Wednesday. He was 88 years old. Fresh Air remembers Scruggs with excerpts from an interview.
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Mar 16, 2012 — Listen to one of the best voices in bluegrass perform live on Mountain Stage.
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Mar 14, 2012 — Greensky Bluegrass plays songs from their forthcoming album, Handguns.
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Mar 7, 2012 — These bluegrass musicians bring just the right amount of simplicity to this session of Mountain Stage. Listen to the nine-piece band play old standards from its new album, Heirloom Music.
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Nov 21, 2011 — The world-renowned cellist's latest Americana exploration features his collaborations with Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan.
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Oct 17, 2011 — A new live album finds the trio cranking out rollicking American roots music and bluegrass.
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Oct 3, 2011Note of Hope: A Celebration of Woody Guthrie features 13 artists working with Guthrie's lyrics.
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Aug 23, 2011 — The super-producer discusses the success and influence of the soundtrack album for O Brother, Where Art Thou? — and plays cuts from the newly released deluxe edition.
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