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A 'Morning Edition' Singalong: Follow Us In Merry Measure

NPR's David Greene and Linda Wertheimer are asking listeners to send in recordings of themselves singing "Deck the Halls." We'll pull them all together into one crazy chorus and play it next week.

Manny Cardenas, seen here with his 5-year-old daughter Zoe, has earned $16 an hour as a part-time security guard at Google. Laura Sydell/NPR hide caption

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What It's Like To Live On Low Pay In A Land Of Plenty

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A German law from 1516 says beer should only include three ingredients: hops, barley and water. Now brewers are lobbying to have the law be recognized by UNESCO. Dan Love/Flickr hide caption

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Is A 500-Year-Old German Beer Law Heritage Worth Honoring?

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Detroit's Midtown neighborhood is reviving in the midst of the larger city's decline. Carlos Osorio/AP hide caption

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A 'Tale Of Two Cities' As Detroit Looks To 2014

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Food banks have become a primary source of nutrition for rural farmworker communities in the Central Valley. Scott Anger/KQED hide caption

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Amid Fields Of Plenty, A Farmworker's Wife Struggles To Feed Her Family

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High school senior Pat Cordova-Goff would be allowed to use the girls' bathroom under a California law slated to go into effect next year. The law's critics call it the "co-ed bathroom bill." Courtesy of Pat Cordova-Goff hide caption

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Religious Groups Challenge Calif. Transgender Law Over Privacy

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Think a graphic novel is too visual to make a good audiobook? Think again. The audio version of Civil War uses sound effects, music and a full cast to bring the superhero story to life. Courtesy of GraphicAudio hide caption

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Hear, Here: Four Audiobooks With A Brand-New Sound

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Wesley Matthews of the Portland Trail Blazers goes up for the shot as Philadelphia 76ers defend the basket on Saturday in Philadelphia. Chris Szagola/AP hide caption

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Why The American Dream Is Still Alive In Sports

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