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Mitski: Tiny Desk Concert

Mitski's music is dark and even scary, but glimmers of beauty peek through. Watch the singer perform three of her songs in the NPR Music offices.

Should Taxpayers Receive More Mining Royalties From Coal Companies?

The Bureau of Land Management says it wants to ensure that American taxpayers receive a fair return on mining on federal lands.

Adapting 'The Boys In The Boat' For Young Adult Readers

Daniel James Brown decided to adapt his book after an increasing number of young people told him they loved the story.

U.S. Open Women's Finals Tickets Sell Out Before Men's

The tennis tournament gets underway today, and there's a buzz in the air as Serena Williams tries to complete her first Grand Slam.

The Challenges And Rewards Of Hiking The Appalachian Trail

Warren Doyle of the Appalachian Trail Institute describes what's it like to hike all 2,189 miles of the trail, from Georgia to Maine.

On Alaska Visit, Obama To Highlight Climate Change

The visit is very much designed to highlight Alaska's extraordinary scenery and the already-visible effects of climate change there.

From Denali To Reagan National Airport: When Places Get Renamed

What goes into the decision to change a location's name? And what happens once the change takes place?

Visiting The Girls Who Escaped Boko Haram

Freelance journalist Joshua Hammer recounts his visit with three of the girls, who are now at the American University of Nigeria.

Wind-Powered 'Strandbeests' Wend Their Way To Massachusetts

Designed by Dutch artist Theo Janson, the Strandbeests ("beach animals") are made of PVC pipes and material sails.

Homeless Still Find Shelter In Buildings Ravaged By Katrina

Abbott Roland has just moved into an apartment in New Orleans, after living in an abandoned building for six years.