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Penny for Your Thoughts Teja Gerken
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The Niemeyer Center for the arts will shut its doors on Dec. 15 after being open for only nine months in Aviles, Spain. It's a victim of political squabbling during difficult economic times. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Curtain Could Fall On A Dazzling Arts Center In Spain
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Fairfield, Idaho, is struggling. Once poised for expansion, the town has high unemployment and a shrinking population. Molly Messick/StateImpact Idaho hide caption

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Steady State The Penguin Cafe Orchestra
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The Black Keys: Necessary Roughness
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