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Climate Strategists: To Cut Emissions, Focus On Forests

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Alternate Routes To One Goal: Tax The Wealthy

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Save The Country Laura Nyro
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And When I Die Cam Waters

Day laborer Yohanni Castillo from Honduras waits for work outside a Lowes home improvement store in New Orleans. Jobs are drying up, he says, and he hasn't worked in four days. Even when work does comes along, he says, he doesn't always get paid. Richard Gonzales/NPR hide caption

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Latinos Get Little Thanks For Rebuilding New Orleans

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The Maker Station is a 50-foot trailer in the parking lot of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Ind. It's a hackerspace where do-it-yourselfers share tools and expertise. TekVenture hide caption

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Libraries Make Room For High-Tech 'Hackerspaces'

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Suite for solo cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 [Gigue] Zuill Bailey
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Novelist Anita Desai is a professor of humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has also written Journey to Ithaca, Village by the Sea and Clear Light of Day. Jerry Bauer/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hide caption

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Desai's 'Disappearance': Three Tales Of Art And Time

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Cellist Zuill Bailey and soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian reanimate the late composer Manuel de Falla on The Spanish Masters. Dario Acosta Photography / Lisa Marie Mazzucco hide caption

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Classical Contemporaries Perform With A Ghost

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Suite Populaire Espagnole, for violin & piano (arr. from "Popular Spanish Songs" by Kochanski) [Jota] Zuill Bailey
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Reconstituting The Constitution: How To Rewrite It?

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Shaker Loops, for 7 strings or string orchestra [Shaking and Trembling] Orchestra of St. Luke's, John Adams (conductor)
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A Krampus roams the streets during a "Krampuslauf" near Merano, Italy, last weekend. People around America are also taking up the European Alpine folklore tradition, dressing like the creature who steals naughty children around Christmastime. Johannes Simon/Getty Images hide caption

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Horror For The Holidays: Meet The Anti-Santa

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Boyd Lee Dunlop was discovered in a Buffalo nursing home, wrestling music from a dilapidated piano. His debut album is called Boyd's Blues. Brendan Bannon hide caption

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A Jazz Pianist Gets His Big Break — At Age 85

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