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Disability Claims Rise Among Veterans

The Associated Press recently reported on the growing numbers of veterans filing new disability claims after returning from war. Close to one out of two veterans who've served in Iraq or Afghanistan have now filed disability claims for service-related injuries — more than double the rate of previous wars. Marilynn Marchione of the AP offers her insight.
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Ahead Of Memorial Day, Veterans Remember

We hear from veterans about their memories of those who died in combat. Stories are from Jill Knappenberger, who served in the American Red Cross during World War II; former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam veteran; and Butch Bracknell, an Afghanistan and Iraq serviceman.
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Why Music Matters

A young artist in Seattle named Vivi Perez almost gave up on high school — that is, until a community activist group introduced her to the music business. Perez tells her story for our series "Why Music Matters."
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Fresh Air Weekend: David Alan Grier, Sacha Baron Cohen

The stand-up comedian and star of In Living Color was recently nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Sporting Life in the opera Porgy and Bess. Also, actor and writer Sacha Baron Cohen on Borat, Bruno, Ali G., and his latest character, The Dictator.
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Examining 'The Leftovers,' After The Rapture

What if the rapture actually occurred? That's the plot of Tom Perrotta's novel The Leftovers, which examines the aftermath of an unexplained rapturelike event in which millions of people around the globe inexplicably disappear into thin air.
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The Day Taps Echoed Through Belgium's Hills

During World War II, Harrison Wright served with the Army in Europe. And as he recalls during a visit to StoryCorps with his grandson, he was sent on a very special assignment to mark the end of the war.
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How Wes Anderson Soundtracks His Movies

You might not recognize the name Randall Poster, but you're likely familiar with his work. Poster picks out and licenses music used in commercials, TV and film. He's worked closely with director Wes Anderson on films like Rushmore and Moonrise Kingdom.

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