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In the mid-1990s, the Irish rock band The Cranberries was everywhere.

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THE CRANBERRIES: (Singing) But I'm in so deep. You know I'm such a fool for you. You...

Protesting Through Poetry

Jan 15, 2018

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What are the different ways that Americans protest? Our co-host Rachel Martin has been asking.

RACHEL MARTIN, BYLINE: Here's Martin Luther King Jr. in 1955 in Montgomery, Ala.

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'Star Wars' Musical Pencil Video Goes Viral

Jan 15, 2018

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Good morning, I'm David Greene. This is the famous "Cantina" theme from Star Wars.

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GREENE: And this - and I need you to listen closely here - is the song being played on a pencil.

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The city of Paris does not exactly have a business-friendly reputation. Strikes, red tape and a rigid labor market have seen to that. But things are changing. France now has a young, pro-business president. And across the city there's a growing climate of capitalist optimism.

A renovated 1920s train station in the middle of Paris is now a modern hub for startups. Newly elected President Emmanuel Macron inaugurated Station F last June, but the hub was actually conceived before he was elected.

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President Trump last night responded to allegations of racism.

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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: No. No. I'm not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed.

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Six senators - three Republicans, three Democrats - think they have a solution for DACA. That's the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.

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We are beginning a midterm election year. Every seat in the House of Representatives is up for election, along with a third of the Senate. And in this year, an awful lot of Republicans are retiring or just choosing not to run for re-election.

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