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Shinya Tsukamoto (right) plays Christian convert Mokichi and Andrew Garfield plays Father Rodrigues, a Jesuit priest who has traveled to Japan in search of his mentor. Kerry Brown/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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The Modern Lessons Of Martin Scorsese's 17th-Century Epic, 'Silence'

The director's new film follows a pair of Portuguese Jesuit priests in Japan. He says he's been trying to make it since the late 1980s.

NPR's Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Dec. 15. The president said Democrats have "ceded too much territory" to Republicans in local races. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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To Rehabilitate Democratic Party, Obama Plans To 'Coach' Young Talent

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A team at the University of Toronto Computer Science Department, has been teaching a computer to write sing-along music. They're calling it "neural karaoke." Atomic Imagery/Getty Images hide caption

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Warning: This Christmas Carol May Haunt Your Dreams

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Christmas Carol Neural Karaoke
Star of Wonder Sufjan Stevens
Patience Suduaya

A tiny radio receiver built from components the size of two atoms. It emits a signal as red light, which is then converted into an electrical current and can be broadcast as sound by a speaker or headphone. Eliza Grinnell/Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences hide caption

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This Christmas Song Brought To You By The World's Tiniest Radio Receiver

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Radio Ga Ga Queen
Bicycle Race Queen

The Florida State Prison, pictured in June 2014, in Raiford, Fla. Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Florida Death Row Population In Limbo After Supreme Court Ruling

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A Breath Away Clams Casino
Ghost in a Kiss Clams Casino
Just Like Heaven The Cure
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President-elect Donald Trump and investor Wilbur Ross, his nominee for commerce secretary, pose for a photo following their meeting at Trump International Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., on Nov. 20. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump's Immigration Plan Could Undermine Promise To Boost Economy

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Historia Building Instrument
Sprak Building Instrument

Shinya Tsukamoto (right) plays Christian convert Mokichi and Andrew Garfield plays Father Rodrigues, a Jesuit priest who has traveled to Japan in search of his mentor. Kerry Brown/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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The Modern Lessons Of Martin Scorsese's 17th-Century Epic, 'Silence'

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Silence Kim Allen Kluge & Kathryn Kluge

A soldier fires a Carl Gustav recoilless rifle system during weapons practice in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Heavy weapons like these generate a shock wave that may cause brain injuries. Sgt. Benjamin Tuck/CJSOTF-A/DVIDS hide caption

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Pentagon Shelves Blast Gauges Meant To Detect Battlefield Brain Injuries

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Musicians Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski created a version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with updated lyrics that emphasize consent. Nate Ryan/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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One More Time, With Consent: 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' Gets An Update

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Baby, It's Cold Outside Lydia Liza & Josiah Lemanski
Christmas Time Is Here [Instrumental] Vince Guaraldi, Colin Bailey et. al.
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Cycles of 9 Mark Pritchard

Vincent J. Viola, a West Point graduate who served in the 101st Airborne, owns the Florida Panthers and is Donald Trump's pick to be secretary of the Army. Omar Vega/Invision/AP hide caption

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The Richest Administration In History Just Got Richer

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Christmas Lights Coldplay
Life in Technicolor Coldplay

Russell Moore (left), president of the Southern Baptists' Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, is under attack from some of the religious right figures he criticized during the U.S. presidential campaign. Mark Humphrey/AP hide caption

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Evangelical Leader Under Attack For Criticizing Trump Supporters

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The Curse Agnes Obel
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It's Happening Again Agnes Obel
All In Flying Lotus
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The Trump National Doral luxury resort near Miami is Donald Trump's biggest revenue generator. As president, he will be able to steer environmental and labor policies that could boost the income from his golf courses. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Trump's Doral Golf Course Highlights His Conflicts Of Interest

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NĂ©on (Reprise) Para One
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