As winter approaches, Bill Thompson gave Melissa Block's backyard in Washington, D.C., a bird feeding makeover. "It's the time of year most folks start feeding actively, cause we get a lot of the northern birds coming down for the winter, to what they feel is our milder climate," he says. Here, an Eastern bluebird sits on an icy feeder. Bill Thompson III hide caption

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Bird Feeding Tips For The Urban Yard

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Artist Maira Kalman set out on a yearlong adventure to paint and write the story of American democracy -- and out of it came the book And The Pursuit Of Happiness, a quirky, graphic diary with vivid paintings and whimsical handwritten text. Franklyn Cater/NPR hide caption

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A 'Love Letter To America' In Quirky Illustrations

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Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA) (right) speaks to a potential voter during a campaign rally at Tonsler Park in Charlottesville, Va, on Oct. 10. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Obama Enters The Heated Battle For Virginia's 5th

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White House Shifts To Campaign Mode

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Chicago Mayor Daley Won't Seek Re-Election

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Scientists: Bacteria Consuming BP Oil

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Soul queen Irma Thomas is ingrained in the genetics of New Orleans. Getty Images hide caption

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Irma Thomas: The Soul Queen Of New Orleans

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Paul Greenberg has been fishing striped bass since childhood. As an adult, he received the International Association of Culinary Professionals' award for his New York Times Magazine article on Chilean sea bass. Courtesy of Paul Greenberg hide caption

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Farmed Fish, Food Fish; Wild Fish, Few Fish

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Tom DeBaggio, a herb and gardening expert, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in 1999. 1999 File photo/Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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A Decade Of Alzheimer's Devastating Impact

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Perriello visited constituent Irene Lewis last week to wish her a happy 105th birthday. Her granddaughter says Lewis still plants her own tomatoes. Art Silverman/NPR hide caption

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GOP Gunning For Virginia's Perriello In Midterms

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A 'Patchwork' Tour Of New Orleans With Anders Osborne

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Anxiety Runs High Among Gulf Coast Fishermen

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The brown pelican, which completely disappeared from Louisiana by the 1960s largely because of DDT, was listed as an endangered species — but then young pelicans were transplanted from Florida and the species gradually recovered. Now environmentalists are worried that the oil spill may reach the the Breton National Wildlife Refuge where brown pelicans nest. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Oil Threatens Brown Pelican Off Of Louisiana Coast

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Mose Allison: Train, Babe, Brain

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