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Randy Howland works in his small office in March, shortly after he began a work-from-home job with a call center earning $10 an hour. Tamara Keith/NPR hide caption

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When The Road Back To Work Detours

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'Pina': German filmmaker Wim Wenders' 3-D dance documentary is a homage to influential German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch, who died in 2009. Donata Wenders/Neue Road Movies hide caption

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Bob Mondello Picks The Year's Top 10 (Plus 10)

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Tunisian rapper El Général's "The President of the Country" is an essential song of the Arab Spring. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Leaders Wanted: Protest Songs From The Arab Spring

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A trader walks in New York City's financial district on Sept. 12, a day when stocks fell early based on fears that the Greek government would default, then rallied on news that China might buy Italian debt. This year, what sent the market into a tailspin often took place overseas. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Even Finish Masks Volatile Year For U.S. Economy

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On Jan. 3, Iowans will caucus at 1,774 precincts across the state, in the first contest of the 2012 presidential nominating process. Above, Iowans caucus in 2004 at St. John's United Methodist Church in Des Moines, Precinct 87. Shaun Heasley/Getty Images hide caption

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Confused About The Iowa Caucuses? Here's A Guide

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Heirloom beets served at Bibiana Restaurant in downtown Washington, D.C. Joseph Silverman/The Washington Times /Landov hide caption

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A Year That Was Good To Beets

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