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April 25, 2014 | NPR · Some analysts say Russia would have to act soon, while its overall military readiness is fairly good. But despite strides in improving the military, Russia still has a shortage of combat-ready troops.
 
April 25, 2014 | NPR · Football players at Northwestern University are scheduled to vote Friday on whether to unionize. The outcome of the vote won't be revealed until an appeal by the university is heard.
 
April 25, 2014 | NPR · Steve Inskeep talks to Raza Rumi, editor of the Pakistani newspaper Friday Times, about the rise in attacks against journalists. Rumi fled Pakistan after surviving an assassination attempt last month.
 

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · Syria will likely meet an upcoming deadline to hand over its declared chemical weapons. But the agreement seems to have emboldened the Syrian regime to use other brutal tactics, including a chemical not covered by the deal.
 
April 24, 2014 | NPR · As diplomatic talks in Geneva have failed to resolve the three-year-old civil war in Syria, the U.S. is undertaking a new covert program to send weapons in support of rebel forces there.
 
April 24, 2014 | NPR · The Israeli government suspended peace talks with Palestinians, citing a unity agreement announced Wednesday by Palestinian leadership. The Israeli security cabinet came to the decision unanimously, angered by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's decision to end a seven-year schism with the Hamas movement.
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · The search continues for hundreds of people, mostly students, who were on board a South Korean ferry when it sank this week. Correspondent Anthony Kuhn shares the latest with NPR's Wade Goodwyn.
 

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April 20, 2014 | NPR · Monday is the 2014 Boston Marathon. Security will be tight, and this year's race will be an emotional event that will be about more than who wins.
 

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What's in a Song

Apr 28, 2012 — Singer Martha Scanlan discusses the scenic inspiration behind her first song, and the homesteading roots she's formed in Montana.
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Oct 10, 2010 — In a world of highly produced pop music, where the vocals share the stage with a variety of instruments, the notion of a single voice singing without an accompaniment sounds almost revolutionary. In this week's "What's In A Song," we meet Elizabeth LaPrelle, an artist from rural Virginia who sings ballads that resonate like an old fiddle.
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Feb 25, 2012 — A Montana songwriter recounts the tale of his dentist's journey to becoming a cowboy.
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Feb 8, 2012 — In this segment of the What's in a Song series, Ian Tyson tells of writing the classic folk song "Four Strong Winds" after hearing Bob Dylan sing at an East Village bar. Inspired by Dylan, Tyson sat down with a guitar, writing the folk classic in half an hour.
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Dec 29, 2012 — Musician Kristina Olsen says Tibetan prayer flags flying over porches near her home in Venice, Calif., made her wonder how divine forces decide whom to help and when.
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Sep 30, 2012 — The song has been a hit for a string of American country stars, but it was written by an Australian. Inspired by road maps and towns that rhymed, Geoff Mack set to work on song that became a classic four times over.
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Jan 6, 2012 — Barre Toelken had memorized some 800 antique songs before a stroke wiped them out. Now he's slowly re-learning them, with the help of a group that comes to sing with him every week.
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Sep 24, 2010 — In the 1930s and '40s, John Lomax and his son, Alan, bounced along the back roads of America in a Ford. They were searching for the music they believed defined us as Americans: folk music. In Angelina County, Texas, they discovered a rich tradition of African-American quartet singing.
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Sep 11, 2009 — Public radio's favorite cowboy poet, philosopher and former large-animal veterinarian lost his father at an early age. But Black has a vivid memory of being regaled by a certain song about a young cowboy at bedtime.
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Mar 22, 2009 — American folk singer Connie Dover grew up in the Midwest but travels every summer to be a camp cook at dude ranches around Yellowstone National Park. She expresses a longing to be closer to nature in the song "I Am Going To The West."
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