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Journeyman Local Musician Up For A Grammy

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By David Schultz

For the first few decades of his musical career, Michael Sheppard bounced around among bands and musical styles, from funk to fusion to pop rock.

The Quantico, Virginia native and self-described "army brat" eventually wound up in the band "Milkshake;" not a children's band but creators of rock music for children.

Milkshake's fourth album, "Great Day," is up for one of music's highest honors at this weekend's Grammy Awards. It's nominated in the Best Musical Album for Children category.

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'Game Of Thrones' Evolves On Women In Explosive Sixth Season

The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show.
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In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Perdue Farms, one of the largest poultry companies in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.
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Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

Party insiders and backroom deals: One author on why we need to bring back old-time politics.

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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