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In Sondheim's essential lyrics, a soundtrack for life

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the life and legacy of Stephen Sondheim, the venerated composer and lyricist who died Friday at the age of 91.

Opinion: In Sondheim's essential lyrics, a soundtrack for life

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At least 2 people have died during the first winter storm in the United Kingdom

The first winter storm of the season, named Arwen, hit parts of the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland particularly hard, with gusts of nearly 100 mph. Falling trees killed two people.

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How understaffed are stores? Smaller retailers feel the holiday-shopping strain

Large retailers have spent billions of dollars to woo workers. Smaller stores that can't do that expect staff shortages will lead to lost sales. They're asking shoppers to be patient.

How understaffed are stores? Smaller retailers feel the holiday-shopping strain

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Republicans often present a united front, but loyalty to former President Donald Trump, seen here with House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, and views about his future in the party are showing some divisions. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Trump, tough issues and personal rivalries test the GOP's reputation for unity

Tensions are driven by the still-divisive personality of former President Trump, by issues such as vaccines and mandates and by the prospect of big Republican gains in the elections of 2022 and 2024.

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Every auto startup wants to be the next Tesla. Why these 2 may have a real shot

They aren't household names yet, but Rivian and Lucid are two auto startups attracting a lot of buzz — and loads of money.

Every auto startup wants to be the next Tesla. Why these 2 may have a real shot

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Meet the Arkansas cowboy who found a new life as a rodeo clown

Rob Gann travels the country as a jester in the rodeo of life. His clowning fills the lulls in the action. It also takes the edge off a sport that can be dangerous and unforgiving.

Meet the Arkansas cowboy who found a new life as a rodeo clown

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