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John Ridley's Top 7 'Nontroversies' Of 2010

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Dramatic Times Orgone

Swati embroidery is being revived "one stitch at a time" in the vocational institution established in a wing of Ahmed Zeb's home in Saidu Sharif, the old capital of Swat. The princess has taught hundreds of women "to stand up, avoid charity, [and] earn with dignity." Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Princess Revives Swati Culture One Stitch At A Time

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Palika Market Rudresh Mahanthappa & Mahanthappa, Rudresh Indo-Pak Coalition
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Entrainment Wise-Magraw

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College Bowl Games Mix Nailbiters With Oddities

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Jive Samba Luther Hughes and the Cannonball-Coltrane
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Kidnappings Highlight Al-Qaida's Rise In The Sahara

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The Year In Music: Indie Classical Blossoms On Small Labels

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Infra 5 Max Richter
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Little Space I Need to Fill (aka Detroit) [*] Brandi Disterheft
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Local Liquor: Small Distilleries Find Their Niche

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No Te Rebeles Gnawledge
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Oprah Launches A Network On Her OWN

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George Guarch greets children at the Miami airport in the early 1960s. His daughter, Lynn, says George would carry the youngest children off the planes. Lynn Guarch Pardo hide caption

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A U.S.-Cuban Airlift Of Precious Cargo: Children

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Infra 5 Max Richter
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General Dance Tony Sandate
General Dance Tony Sandate

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) meets with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in Istanbul, Dec. 22, 2010. Turkey is vying with Iran to be the most influential regional power in Iraq. Tolga Bozoglu/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Turkey Flexes Economic, Political Muscle In Iraq

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Dubai Restaurant Offers A Taste Of North Korea

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The Music They Left Behind

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