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A Farewell To Carrot Cake (And Other Things Lost Without World War I)

All Things Considered asked listeners to imagine how one aspect of the past 100 years would be different if the Great War had never happened. We received more than 1,500 fascinating stories.

Potholes on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive, one of which is about half-a-car-length long and at least a foot deep. The city of Chicago says it has filled an estimated 240,000 potholes this winter, 100,000 more than last winter, at a cost of more than $2.8 million. David Schaper/NPR hide caption

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A Terrible Winter Wreaks Havoc On Roads, Pipes And City Budgets

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Drilling companies have new interest in southern Florida's Big Cypress preserve. The prospect of large-scale operations and possibly fracking worries environmentalists and residents. Sue Cocking/MCT/Landov hide caption

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Oil Industry Gets An Earful As It Eyes Florida's Everglades

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Block Ice & Propane Erik Friedlander
Matisse the Cat Jesse Cook

In addition to Blood Will Out, Walter Kirn is the author of four works of fiction and one other work of nonfiction. Beowulf Sheehan/Courtesy of Liveright Publishing hide caption

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When You Befriend A Killer, You Can't Not Write About It

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Prepárense The Forever Tango Orchestra
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A Farewell To Carrot Cake (And Other Things Lost Without World War I)

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Sonnentanz Klangkarussell
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Top 5 Ways Asparagus, A Rite Of Spring, Can Still Surprise

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Asparagus Song Yo La Tengo
Funk Design (Interlude) The Free Design
C'mon N' Ride It (The Train) Quad City DJ's
Take the "A" Train Duke Ellington
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Target missed security warnings about a data breach, which resulted in 40 million customer credit and debit cards numbers being stolen. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Report: Target Missed Its Chance To Prevent Data Breach

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Nine Lambchop
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Britain's 'Tea Party' Pushes For Cutting Ties With European Union

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(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay Otis Redding
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