Professional Wrestling World Mourns Longtime Star 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper

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The Canadian entered the WWF as a villain and fought Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in the first Wrestlemania event. The career gave the often-bekilted grappler many chances to show off his bagpipe skills.

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NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of 2015 (So Far)

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We'll call it in the air: 2015 is going to end up being a great year for music. Here are 25 albums we fell in love with over the year's first six months.

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First Listen: Chelsea Wolfe, 'Abyss'

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Darkness is never far behind Chelsea Wolfe; if anything, the metallic Abyss chases it with a tenderness that understands the beauty therein.

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First Listen: Night Beds, 'Ivywild'

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Winston Yellen's folk project dims the lights on a new collection inspired by electronic pop and R&B;.

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First Listen: Worriers, 'Imaginary Life'

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On a razor-edged LP produced by Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, Brooklyn punks stare down the judgment of peers, the corruption of institutions and the clumsiness of gendered language.

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First Listen: HEALTH, 'Death Magic'

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Grandiose, industrial pop scaled to match the band's all-caps name: What Mad Max: Fury Road is to the road movie, Death Magic is to synth-pop.

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First Listen: La Luz, 'Weirdo Shrine'

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A surf-rock album that rewards close attention: there's deep intensity and knowing behind the mellow.

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Review: The Mynabirds, 'Lovers Know'

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Recorded in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, this is a record with an explorer's heart.

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Review: Titus Andronicus, 'The Most Lamentable Tragedy'

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Shakespeare references, a cappella intermissions and sprawling 10-minute tracks aren't what first spring to mind when thinking about punk albums. But most punk albums aren't remotely like this one.

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Review: Totó La Momposina, 'Tambolero'

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Twenty-two years after La Candela Vive, the Colombian vocalist reimagines her seminal album with Tambolero.

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Week In Politics: 'Black Lives Matter,' Planned Parenthood

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NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss presidential candidate reactions to the Black Lives vs. All Lives Matter slogans, courting minority groups for votes, the Planned Parenthood crisis, and a preview to the upcoming Republican presidential debate.

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The Play's The Thing — High School Productions Down The Decades

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Bob Mondello looks at the most-produced shows at high schools through seven decades and ponders what the choices made by drama teachers tell us.

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Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

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The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

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Letting Go Of The Wheel: How Google Is Easing People Into Self-Driving Cars

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Google has begun testing a new self-driving car this summer that is designed to work without a steering wheel. But as the Planet Money team reports, the company's biggest challenge may be convincing Americans to hop inside.

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Justice Report Accuses St. Louis County Family Court Of Racial Bias

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A Justice Department report says the St. Louis County Family Court violates the constitutional rights of children and routinely discriminates against black children.

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