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Burnt Biscuits Booker T. & the MG's
Get Carter Theme Bombay Dub Orchestra
All About My Girl Jimmy McGriff
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Thinking From the Hill Opal
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Chill Buenos Aires Sessions
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At Midnight, for piano John Arpin
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Blue Gardenia: Latin American Music of Hal Isbitz
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By early 2008, Chen Hong had more than doubled his salary at this factory, which makes furniture for export to the U.S. Surrounding Guangdong province was suffering from a labor shortage so migrants like Chen could pick and choose where they worked. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Furniture Work Shifts From N.C. To South China

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HARD TO FACE THE MUSIC IDRIS MUHAMMAD
Swangalang Bob Mintzer Big Band

Fierce Creatures: A Na'vi warrior races into battle on a thanator — one of dozens of plants and animals created, and painstakingly cataloged, by the creators of the new sci-fi epic Avatar. WETA hide caption

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James Cameron, A King With A Soft Touch?

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Perdido Oscar Peterson
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Exclusively for My Friends, Vol. 4: My Favorite Instrument
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In Afghanistan, Fighting The Battle Of Logistics

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A bandaged Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi as he leaves Milan's San Raffaele Hospital. Berlusconi was discharged Thursday after suffering severe facial wounds in a violent weekend attack. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As Berlusconi Heals, Italy's Political Discord Festers

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Queremos Paz Gotan Project
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Splashin' Maceo Parker
Christmas Blues The Ramsey Lewis Trio
Waltz for piano in A flat major Vladimir Leyetchkiss
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Feels Good (Don't Worry Bout a Thing) Naughty by Nature & 3LW
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Mike Reed Celebrates Lost Chicago Jazz

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I Can Dig It Booker T. & the MG's
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Doin' Our Thing
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When Walls Come Down: Daniel Day Lewis plays Guido Contini, a famous film director struggling with writer's block — and looking for inspiration in the assortment of women who have shaped his life. David James/Weinstein Co. hide caption

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'Nine': Creatively Blocked, But Still Putting On A Show

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Give Me the Simple Life Oscar Peterson
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