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A 'Morning Edition' Singalong: Follow Us In Merry Measure

NPR's David Greene and Linda Wertheimer are asking listeners to send in recordings of themselves singing "Deck the Halls." We'll pull them all together into one crazy chorus and play it next week.

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Hear, Here: Four Audiobooks With A Brand New Sound

Forget the taped readings of yore. Today's audiobooks feature integrated musical performances, movie-quality sound effects and all-star casts of rotating narrators. Take a peek at the new world of listenable literature with AudioFile magazine founder Robin Whitten's list of four notable audiobooks from 2013.

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A 'Tale Of Two Cities' As Detroit Looks To 2014

It became the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy. Its former mayor was sentenced to 28 years in prison. And a TV personality compared it to Chernobyl. But a new year is on the horizon, and for some parts of Detroit, things are looking up. Really.

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What It's Like To Live On Low Pay In A Land Of Plenty
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Fall from the Stars God Is An Astronaut
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Is A 500-Year-Old German Beer Law Heritage Worth Honoring?
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Money Pink Floyd
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Amid Fields Of Plenty, A Farmworker's Wife Struggles To Feed Her Family
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All I Want for Christmas Is You Mariah Carey
Santa Claus is Comin' To Town Smooth Jazz All Stars
Flight George Cromarty

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Religious Groups Challenge Calif. Transgender Law Over Privacy
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Why The American Dream Is Still Alive In Sports
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