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Teaching Grit On The Water: A Top Coach Mixes Rowing With Life

For more than a decade, a rowing coach in Oregon has been teaching teenagers the value of hard work with tough love that sticks.

Siberian Sleighride Don Byron
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Hamp's Boogie Woogie Lionel Hampton

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Is Santa An Elf? Discuss

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Jolly Old St. Nicholas Chet Atkins
Christmas Blues Willie Nelson
Walk, Don't Run The Ventures
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Suburban Virginia Nativity Concert Captures Essence Of Christmas Season

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Carol of the Bells Al di Meola

College senior Becca Arbacher has a double major at Columbia in New York City — one of the most expensive colleges in America. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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3 College Seniors Contemplate Their Appointment With The Real World

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Beat Me 'Til I'm Blue Alan Hawkshaw & The Mohawks
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Stolen Moments The Six Parts Seven

La Caja China CEO Roberto Guerra. Guerra says his father first spotted the wooden cooking boxes in Havana's Chinatown in 1955. In 1985, the two decided to re-create the devices, and La Caja China company was born. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Why Miami Cubans Roast Christmas Pigs In A 'China Box'

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Fiesta de Navidad Celia Cruz
Caminos The New Gary Burton Quartet

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Eddie Redmayne: Reading 'Danish Girl' Script Was Like Getting 'Sucker-Punched'

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Things to Come Bird & Dizzy Gillespie Big Band

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