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All Things Considered for December 31, 2011

Phyllis Siegel (right) kisses her wife, Connie Kopelov, after the two exchanged vows at the Manhattan City Clerk's office. The couple were the first same-sex pair to tie the knot in New York City after the state's Marriage Equality Act went into effect on July 24. Michael Appleton/AP hide caption

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2011: An Extraordinary Year For Gay Rights

2011: An Extraordinary Year For Gay Rights

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Volunteer fire fighter Joe Crawford fights a wildfire in Graford, Texas, in September, when wildfires swept through parts of Texas and Oklahoma. Tom Pennington/Getty Images hide caption

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Disasters Stayed In The Headlines In 2011

Disasters Stayed In The Headlines In 2011

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A vendor sells seafood at a market in East Broadway in New York City's Chinatown. There was a 17 percent drop in the population of New York City's Chinatown over the past decade, and some say it's a sign that Chinatown is becoming more of a symbolic touchstone. Rebecca Sheir/NPR hide caption

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The Changing Face Of America's Chinatowns

The Changing Face Of America's Chinatowns

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"Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO was one of the dozens of pop hits this year to use the same hammering disco beat. YouTube hide caption

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What's That Sound? The Rhythm That Ruled 2011

What's That Sound? The Rhythm That Ruled 2011

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The Icelandic singer-songwriter Mugison performs in Los Angeles. Mugison had one of the most popular songs in his home country this year with "Stingum Af." Michael Tullberg/Getty Images hide caption

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The Year In Pop — From Iceland And Lebanon

The Year In Pop — From Iceland And Lebanon

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