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Today it is widely understood that slavery is a stain on American history — indelible and regrettable. But on the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, a new issue of The Atlantic magazine reaches back to a time when this matter wasn't yet settled, and monumental questions were still up in the air: Would slavery continue? Would America remain united?

The Swell Season On World Cafe

Apr 2, 2010

After working together on the soundtrack for the 2005 film Beauty In Trouble, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova began collaborating and recording music under the name The Swell Season.

Fanfarlo On World Cafe

Mar 31, 2010

Thanks to a soaring sound and down-to-earth songwriting sensibilities, the London-based band Fanfarlo was one of 2009's fastest-growing buzz bands. Led by Swedish songwriter Simon Balthazar, Fanfarlo was formed in 2006, and soon began touring and releasing new music. Its first full-length album, the critically acclaimed Reservoir, came out last year.

Making The Perfect Exit

Mar 20, 2009

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We called up two more people to talk a little bit about endings. First, Curtis Sittenfeld. She wrote the novel "American Wife." And get this. Our show, Day to Day, pops up on page 490.

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German Left Courts the Working Class

Apr 23, 2008

Left Party leader Oskar Lafontaine protests with miners against the closure of mines in Saarbrucken, Germany, on March 5.
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A teen dances the Tecktonik, an alternative dance form that has started spreading through nightclubs in Europe — and could be heading for U.S.

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