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If Thoreau Were Alive, He'd Be 'Shouting From The Rafters,' Biographer Says

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Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden and Civil Disobedience, was born 200 years ago in 1817. Biographer Kevin Dann says the philosopher's ideas about individual sovereignty remain relevant today.

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Happy Birthday To Henry David Thoreau

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Writer Henry David Thoreau was born 200 years ago today. He lived quietly by a pond, except when he went to jail. He was arrested for refusing to pay taxes due to his opposition to a war.

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Seeing John Coltrane's 'Giant Steps'

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John Coltrane's Giant Steps is a great piece of American music, says blogger Adam Frank. In this video, musician and artist Michal Levy uses spatial metaphors to represent the song's symmetries.

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The Songs That Make Us Cry

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This week: results from our survey about the songs that bring tears to your eyes. Hear listener submissions, as well as personal picks from the All Songs crew.

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Kasey Uhter and Jessi Burdett

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Kasey Uhter and Jessi Burdett are WVIA's Artists of the Week

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Olivia Martin and Christina Han

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Olivia Martin and Christina Han are WVIA's Artists of the Week

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Hannah Miller and Cassandra Walters

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Hannah Miller and Cassandra Walters are WVIA's Artists of the Week

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LCD Soundsystem Brought Its New Songs To 'Saturday Night Live'

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Watch James Murphy and crew perform "Call The Police" and "American Dream," which were released on streaming services on Friday.

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Corrine Bartlett and Bethanie Patterson

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Corrine Bartlett and Bethanie Patterson are WVIA's Artists of the Week

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Noah Shultz and Hannah Temple

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Noah Shultz and Hannah Temple are WVIA's Artists of the Week

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