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'What Real Friends Do': How to Navigate Tough Conversations About COVID-19

With a spike in COVID-19 cases colliding with cold weather and the holidays, many Americans are facing difficult decisions about whether and how to socialize.

Shoppers walk through Macy's in New York on Black Friday last month. Retail sales declined 1.1% in November, according to the Commerce Department. Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Retail Spending Declined The Most Since Historic Plunge In April

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'What Real Friends Do': How to Navigate Tough Conversations About COVID-19

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Arush Nand plays the young Arjie at his make-believe wedding in Funny Boy. ARRAY hide caption

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In 'Funny Boy,' A Young Sri Lankan Gay Man Comes Of Age As Ethnic Tensions Explode

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Students rehearse outdoors at The Roots of Music. The education nonprofit has kept its marching band going throughout the pandemic and resumed in-person rehearsal over the summer. Phoebe Jones hide caption

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In New Orleans, Music Education Programs Cautiously Fall Back In Step

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