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Beads are essential to celebrating Mardi Gras season in New Orleans, but what happens to the tokens when the revelry ends? Sean Garnder/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Throw Me Something (Again), Mister: Mardi Gras Beads Revived

When the parade is over, all those beads the crowd so eagerly called for seem to lose their shine. Rather than see the leftovers end up in a landfill, one New Orleans group collects and recycles them.

Actress Kathleen Turner — the voice of Jessica Rabbit and the star of the steamy Body Heat on the big screen — is tackling the monumental title role in Mother Courage and Her Children at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Teresa Wood/Arena Stage hide caption

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Theater

For Kathleen Turner, Success Requires The Courage To Fail

The actress is playing Mother Courage onstage in Washington, D.C. NPR's Jacki Lyden speaks with her about her singing debut, as well as her long and illustrious career.

Presidents have been submitting budgets since the 1920s, but now that lawmakers have the Congressional Budget Office, is the exercise worth it? Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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In Drafting A Presidential Budget, Cost May Outweigh Benefit

The president's budget no longer dictates policy as it once did, but the annual exercise in political theater continues — often receiving more criticism than praise. So what's the value in having it?

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