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Author Robert Pirsig and his son Chris in 1968. Pirsig, who wrote Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died Monday at age 88. William Morrow/HarperCollins hide caption

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'Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' Author Robert M. Pirsig Dies At 88

Zen was published by William Morrow in 1974, after being rejected by 121 publishing houses. The book has endured as a work of popular philosophy, and inspired many a road trip across the West.

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Music Interviews

Listen: Overcoats Perform Music From 'Young,' Plus A Little Amy Winehouse

The duo met in college and loved right away how their voices "cradled one another. " They speak with NPR's Ari Shapiro about learning to work together, and perform selections from their debut.

Listen: Overcoats Perform Music From 'Young,' Plus A Little Amy Winehouse

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In "The Fish on My Plate," author and fisherman Paul Greenberg sets out to answer the question "what fish should I eat that's good for me and good for the planet?" As part of his quest to investigate the health of the ocean — and his own — Greenberg spent a year eating seafood at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Courtesy of FRONTLINE hide caption

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The Salt

What Fish Is Good For Me And The Planet? New Documentary Explores

In order to investigate how eating fish affects our health as well as the oceans, author and fisherman Paul Greenberg spent a year eating fish every day.

John Mellencamp's new album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, comes out April 28. Brad Barlet/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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First Listen

First Listen: John Mellencamp, 'Sad Clowns & Hillbillies'

A heartland rock hero teams up with Carlene Carter for some down-home spirituality.

Sad Clowns & Hillbillies

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Energy

As Rooftop Solar Challenges Utilities, One Aims For A Compromise

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As more homeowners install solar they're using less energy from their utilities, which in turn hurts their business. One utility in Colorado has forged a deal that may be a model for other states.

As Rooftop Solar Challenges Utilities, One Aims For A Compromise

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The Supreme Court justices took up a death penalty case on Monday, looking at an inmate's right to help from a mental health expert. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Law

Justices Split Over Defendants' Right To Mental Health Expert Witnesses

Justice Anthony Kennedy appears likely to cast the deciding vote in a Supreme Court case involving a death row inmate's right to help from a mental health expert who is independent of the prosecution.

Justices Split Over Defendants' Right To Mental Health Expert Witnesses

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin talks to reporters during Monday's press briefing at the White House. Mnuchin announced sanctions against 271 employees of Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Announces Sanctions On 271 Syrians Over April 4 Chemical Attack

The blacklisted people work on weapons development for Syria, the administration says. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the sanctions "target the scientific support center" for the attack.

The Anti-Defamation League counts 541 incidents of anti-Semitism since the year began. That includes vandalism of Jewish burial grounds, including the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia in February. Jacqueline Larma/AP hide caption

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Anti-Semitic Incidents Up 86 Percent Compared With Same Time Last Year

The Anti-Defamation League counts 541 attacks on Jews and Jewish institutions so far in 2017. The advocacy organization says attacks also rose in 2016 by 34 percent.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte answers questions from the press at Manila International Airport on March 23. Jude Sabio, a lawyer in the Philippines, has filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court accusing Duterte of crimes against humanity. Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Lawyer In Philippines Accuses President Duterte Of Crimes Against Humanity

Jude Sabio, who represents an admitted assassin who has testified against President Rodrigo Duterte, has filed a complaint against Duterte with the International Criminal Court at the Hague.

Astronaut Peggy Whitson became NASA's astronaut with the most time in orbit Monday. She's seen here earlier this year in the Quest airlock of the International Space Station with fellow astronauts aboard the International Space Station. AP hide caption

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Astronaut Peggy Whitson Sets NASA Record For Most Days In Space

Peggy Whitson is a biochemist who has twice commanded the International Space Station. When she comes back down to Earth this year, she'll have logged more than 650 days in space.