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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 17, 2014 | NPR · A typical UPS truck now has hundreds of sensors on it. That's changing the way UPS drivers work — and it foreshadows changes coming for workers throughout the economy.
 
April 17, 2014 | NPR · Brazil is the spiritual home of soccer and a world powerhouse in the sport. It's woven into the Brazilian psyche. Wins and losses have had repercussions in other realms — including politics.
 

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April 17, 2014 | NPR · President Obama met Thursday with insurance company executives and a separate group of insurance regulators from the states, discussing their mutual interest in administering the new health care law.
 
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April 17, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has visited Prince George's County, MD, four times this year. It is the most affluent county with an African American majority, and also happens to be very close to the White House.
 
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April 17, 2014 | NPR · Kepler-186f is almost the same size as Earth, and it orbits in its star's "Goldilocks zone"-- where temperatures may be just right for life. But much is unknown because it's also 500 light-years away.
 

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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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Best Music Of 2013

Dec 31, 2013 — This year four releases, a Brooklyn party and a festival announcement confirmed a music continuum and a sensibility whose allure refuses to fade.
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Dec 31, 2013 — Pitch-shifted soul, a 14-minute pop song's insane game of chutes and ladders, and a four-way split of experimental music's most outward-thinking female musicians are just a few of the tapes that made 2013 awesome.
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Dec 31, 2013 — The major lesson of a year in which YouTube helped change the rules of the charts: When it comes to pop, past performance is no guarantee of future results. But a few artists seem likely to buck the trend.
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Dec 31, 2013 — Carcass and Satan came back after 17- and 26-year absences, respectively, while vets like Manilla Road kept the young'uns on their toes. SubRosa made doom metal gorgeous and the feral Cloud Rat made grindcore fearless and fearsome in 2013.
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Dec 30, 2013 — This year saw interactive videos come to the fore, but some reliable ingredients — dancing, doppelgangers and Drake — were just as key to making a great video in 2013.
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Dec 27, 2013 — A look back at the year's performances in the NPR Music offices, from OK Go to a well-placed gorilla suit. Highlights include John Legend, The National, a 17-piece chamber-rock band, an operatic tenor and more.
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Dec 24, 2013 — NPR Music offers up a wealth of end-of-year podcasts to provide a soundtrack for your road trips.
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Dec 23, 2013 — At the end of a year in which pop songs were a constant, provocative part of the national conversation, NPR Music critic Ann Powers sifts through the 100 most popular songs of the year to highlight 10 pure pop pleasures worth remembering.
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Dec 21, 2013 — It was a banner year for the acoustic guitar. NPR Music partner Folk Alley presents the best the genre had to offer.
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Dec 20, 2013 — Finding new and excellent R&B is a scavenger hunt, one that winds through blogs, Tumblr and Twitter. Here are the 10 songs that didn't make the pop charts, but should have got more love.
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