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April 18, 2014 | NPR · The agreement calls on all parties to refrain from violence, requires that illegally-armed groups disarm and that control of government buildings be returned to Ukrainian authorities.
 
April 18, 2014 | NPR · President Obama said enrollment under the Affordable Care Act reached 8 million after the deadline was extended by 2 weeks. The figure represents a turnaround from the disastrous debut of the website.
 
April 18, 2014 | NPR · Morning Edition spent a lot of time recently reporting from the U.S.-Mexico border. President Obama has deported 2 million people from the U.S. But many say that number is misleading.
 

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April 18, 2014 | NPR · It looks as though the "comment period" for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project will be extended, delaying a decision past the November elections.
 
April 18, 2014 | NPR · Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the breakthrough Ukraine deal and the new health care enrollment numbers.
 
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April 18, 2014 | NPR · Ivan Soltesz studies epilepsy in mice, but says children with chronic seizures are his inspiration. He's closing in on a way to quell the seizures with light — and without drugs' side effects.
 

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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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Microphone Check

Apr 9, 2014 — The Bay Area legend is widely known for creating slang, flouting the rules and knowing everybody from everywhere. He speaks about his long career, Master P, Lil Jon, T-Pain, Tupac and Too Short.
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Feb 26, 2014 — The 27-year-old Los Angeles rapper has done it all and, like the rest of us, knows he's not perfect. In a Microphone Check interview, he's thoughtful about his past and his new album, Oxymoron.
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Jan 15, 2014 — The Tennessee musicians on where they come from, their definition of trap music and relationships, both working and romantic.
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Dec 17, 2013 — You could go the traditional route when hunting for the the hip-hop head in your life, but here we suggest some less obvious ideas for everyone from the indie-label-budget baller all the way up to that I-woke-up-in-a-new-Bugatti paper spender.
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Nov 25, 2013 — This month Bun B, one half of the Underground Kingz, released his fourth solo project and celebrated the 21st anniversary of his group's first album. The musician from Port Arthur, Texas, also speaks about his drive, Ed O.G. and the meaning of trill.
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Nov 21, 2013 — Madison Square Garden has figured large in hip-hop culture, and this weekend the arena hosts two nights of Kanye West's Yeezus tour and the final performance of A Tribe Called Quest. We're giving away two tickets to Sunday night's show.
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Nov 12, 2013 — The duo from Huntsville, Ala. parted ways last fall but say now that they've had some time to grow as men, they're ready to clock back in.
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Nov 11, 2013 — For a special episode of Microphone Check we invited Prince Paul, Mike Dean, Faith Newman, Stretch Armstrong and Ralph McDaniels — all working in hip-hop 20 years ago — to tell stories about a singularly productive and creative year in the culture.
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Nov 11, 2013 — The Nashville rapper and the Canadian producer crossed paths and made a private, regretful and graceful breakup song.
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Oct 16, 2013 — "If we're talking about the streets — we can't just glorify it. We have to tell the whole story."
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