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Author Joan Morgan says Beurré Superfin is one of her favorite pears. It's "truly delicious: very buttery, juicy, cream to pale yellow flesh, intensely rich with plenty of sugar lemony acidity," she writes in The Book of Pears. Courtesy of Joan Morgan hide caption

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'The Book Of Pears': A Love Letter To A Once Pre-Eminent Fruit

A British fruit historian convincingly argues in a new book that the pear is "the most exciting of the tree fruits." And she says it's time to revive pear culture and explore the fruit's diversity.

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Sweet Hour of Prayer Tara Davis
Lanza Perfume Sol Pereyra
Ain't Misbehavin' Fats Waller

A school bus drop off students in Nashville, Tenn., where the city's school district has experienced one of the worst shortages of drivers in the country. Blake Farmer/WLPN hide caption

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Amid Economic Recovery, School Districts Desperate For Bus Drivers

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Rhys Hall and Karie Cheung are both seniors in college. They spoke with NPR about their experiences at The University of Maryland. Kwame Abrah for NPR hide caption

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What's Next For 2 Seniors Wrapping Up At A Big State University?

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As Syrian Refugees Reach Canada, Many Are Pitching In

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Author Joan Morgan says Beurré Superfin is one of her favorite pears. It's "truly delicious: very buttery, juicy, cream to pale yellow flesh, intensely rich with plenty of sugar lemony acidity," she writes in The Book of Pears. Courtesy of Joan Morgan hide caption

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'The Book Of Pears': A Love Letter To A Once Pre-Eminent Fruit

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Leonard DiCaprio stares down a treacherous winter wasteland in the new film The Revenant, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu. Kimberley French/20th Century Fox hide caption

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In 'The Revenant,' A Return From Death's Door — Onscreen And Off

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