Jesse Dukes

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Thao Nguyen

At just 24, she put out one of 2008's best indie rock records, We Brave Bee Stings and All and she's touring the country now with her band. She grew up in Arlington, Virginia, where her mother owns a coin laundromat and dry cleaning business. We sent Jesse Dukes to meet up with Thao and her mother at the laundromat to find out how she grew into a rock star.

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Good Poet Hunting

John Casteen IV teaches poetry at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. He's also an avid hunter. Jesse Dukes went deep into the woods with Casteen to track deer and talk poetry.

Arts, Culture & Media

Thao Nguyen

At 23, Thao Nguyen is poised for her breakout. Her new record, We Brave Bee Stings and All, is getting national attention, but Thao's heart stays close to home in the Northern Virginia. That's where she taught herself guitar while working at the coin laundry owned by her mother, an immigrant bringing up Thao on her own. We sent Jesse Dukes to meet up with Thao and her mother Nanh at the laundromat to find out how she grew into a rock star.

Studio 360 - Episode 842 - Yo-Yo Ma, Boston, The 99 - Segment 6

Hey, Let's Put on a Show! The Extraordinaires are a punk band from Philadelphia. Last summer they got an idea in their heads to do a musical. They didn't have a budget, or any experience in musical theater... and they had only 8 weeks to learn. Jesse Dukes found out if they could pull it off.