NPR FOR THE DEAF: We Hear It Even When You Can’t

Listen to this story...Hour 1 Meet ISHMAEL BEAH. He was a child soldier fighting in Sierra Leone’s civil war. He lives inchildsoldier.jpg the United States and has written a memoir “A Long Way Gone.” Hour 2 After being lost for nearly 1,700 years, the Gospel of Judas was recently restored, authenticated, and translated. What does the newly discovered text tell us about early Christianity and Jesus’ death? KAREN KING is the author of a new book, “Reading Judas: The Gospels of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity.”

Listen to this story...With full beards, long hair and headbands, the band VietNam resembles a gang of hippie drifters living in a ’60s time warp. But the group rocks fiercely and uniquely, incorporating a distinct style of psychedelic, folk-inspired music that’s built on a foundation of personal, thoughtful songwriting. The band began as the duo of Michael William and Joshua Garrett, who founded VietNam in an effort to craft a style they believed hadn’t been heard before. VietNam still relies primarily on live shows and word of mouth, but major press and a pair of high-profile tour-mates (The Lemonheads and Jenny Lewis) have helped increase its mainstream exposure.

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