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Remembrances
5:36 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Remembering 'Thorn Birds' Author Colleen McCullough

Colleen McCullough at home on Australia's remote Norfolk Island in 1990 — she told an interviewer she moved there to escape her difficult family.
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Australian writer Colleen McCullough died Thursday; she was 77 years old. McCullough was best known for her novel The Thorn Birds, a huge hugely popular romance which has sold 30 million copies around the world, and has never gone out of print.

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Music Interviews
5:35 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Diana Krall: Liner Notes From A 'Wallflower'

Diana Krall's latest album, a collection of jazz takes on rock and pop classics, is called Wallflower.
Bryan Adams Courtesy of the artist

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Goats and Soda
5:33 am
Sat January 31, 2015

A Former Child Soldier Finds Escape, Heaven Through His Music

"Through music," says former child soldier Emmanuel Jal, "I was able to become a child again."
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Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 6:17 am

Emmanuel Jal was only 8 when he was dragged into Sudan's long civil war. Like 12,000 other children, he was recruited as a soldier, fighting and killing alongside South Sudanese armed groups.

Only a few, like Jal, have managed to escape.

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StoryCorps
5:33 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Soldier With PTSD, Woman Who Lost Husband To It, Find Solace Together

Stefanie Pelkey, left, and T.J. Hart met while volunteering at a veterans center in Houston.
StoryCorps

StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative records stories from those who have served since 9/11, and their loved ones.

Stefanie Pelkey, 39, is a former Army captain. Her husband, Michael, served in Iraq as an Army captain in 2003 and struggled when he returned.

"When he came back, he wasn't the same person that left. His light was gone, that's the only way I know how to say it," she says. "He just didn't joke around anymore. He had a lot of anxiety. He'd shake his legs a lot while he was sitting there talking, like he'd tap his feet a lot.

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Shots - Health News
5:31 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions

Football rules, uniforms, helmets and protective gear have changed a lot over the years.
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Football injuries have long been seen by some as a badge of honor. A broken sternum, a busted knee, a pierced kidney: all evidence of tenacity on the field.

But the emerging science around head injuries in football — and the long-term effects of repeated concussions – is forcing players, team owners and football fans to come to grips with the idea that the sport they love may be extracting a much higher price than anyone knew.

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