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Ending on a High Note: NSO Players Look Back

This summer the National Symphony Orchestra says goodbye to seven members, who collectively made 251 years of music with the group. From sleepless concert tours to tempestuous conductors and repertoire that sometimes took them out of their comfort zones, the NSO players rode the highs – and the lows – of life in the "nation's orchestra." Kojo sits down with three retiring NSO players to talk about music, memories and moving on.

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Mstislav Rostropovich conducts Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony #5 at the Grand Hall of the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory.

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Poetry Behind Bars: The Lines That Save Lives — Sometimes Literally

Words Unlocked, a poetry contest for juveniles in corrections, has drawn more than 1,000 entries. Its judge, Jimmy Santiago Baca, says it was a poetry book that helped him survive his own prison term.
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When It Came To Food, Neanderthals Weren't Exactly Picky Eaters

During the Ice Age, it seems Neanderthals tended to chow down on whatever was most readily available. Early humans, on the other hand, maintained a consistent diet regardless of environmental changes.
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Trump And Cruz Campaign At California GOP Convention

The remaining Republican presidential candidates have been making their case at the party's state convention. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler explains the divisions on display among Republicans.
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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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