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Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis' version of "We Three Kings" goes on Christian McBride's holiday playlist. Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Brooks Brothers hide caption

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Jazz Night In America

Christian McBride's Christmas Jazz Playlist

These days, the host of Jazz Night In America looks for old and forgotten gems during the holiday season. He weighs in with surprisingly different and joyous tunes — plus, of course, James Brown.

Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis' version of "We Three Kings" goes on Christian McBride's holiday playlist. Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Brooks Brothers hide caption

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Christian McBride's Christmas Jazz Playlist

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A recent decision by the North Carolina Board of Elections allows state and local candidates to coordinate where, when and on what outside groups spend their money during an election. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images hide caption

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Entering Murky Waters, States Diverge On Campaign Coordination Rules

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Ali Hakim performs in the main train station under Kuala Lumpur's most famous landmark, the Petronas Twin Towers. Malaysia's Tourism Ministry now provides support for buskers. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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Malaysia Gives Buskers A Stage Of Their Own

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A mosaic in the sidewalk in front of Countryside United Church of Christ in Omaha. "We love our building. There is literally no good reason to move whatsoever, except to follow this Tri-Faith Initiative," says the Rev. Eric Elnes. Frank Morris/KCUR hide caption

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In America's Heartland, Building One Home For Three Faiths

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Country-of-origin labels — like this one, on a package of steak at a grocery store in Lincoln, Neb. — tell consumers where their meat comes from. Grant Gerlock/NET News hide caption

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Was That Steak Raised In The USA? Soon, It'll Be Hard To Know

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This is the tallest known American chestnut tree in North America, clocking in at precisely 115 feet. It's an exciting find for those seeking to eventually restore the tree to its previous habitat. Susan Sharon/MPBN hide caption

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In The Maine Woods, A Towering Giant Could Help Save Chestnuts

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