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Vocab-Intensive Tech For Toddlers Encourages 'Anytime, Anywhere Learning'

Sesame Workshop's games are designed to help kids learn words and have fun. One New York City educator says it's never too soon to teach tykes that technology can be more than just entertainment.

NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama on Dec. 17 in the Oval Office, where they discussed U.S. involvement in the Middle East and the world as a whole. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Waiting For A Break: Obama On 'Strategic Patience' In Foreign Policy

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Goodnight Kinyah Rudy Royston
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In Memoriam 2014

In Memoriam 2014

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What Becomes of the Broken Hearted Jimmy Ruffin
I Heard You Looking Yo La Tengo

U.S. soldiers patrol the Taji base complex, which hosts Iraqi and U.S. troops north of the capital Baghdad. Taji is one of an eventual five sites where the U.S. and allied countries aim to train 5,000 Iraqi military personnel every six to eight weeks for combat against the so-called Islamic State. Ali al-Saadi /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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There And Back Again For U.S. Military In Iraq

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Firework Katy Perry
Apogee Tycho
Apogee Tycho

Thomas O'Donnell reads about Twiggle the Turtle to his kindergartners at Matthew Henson Elementary School in Baltimore. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The ABCs

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Distant Street Lights [Iambic Remix] Codes in the Clouds
Distance Between Us [The Echelon Effect Remix] Codes in the Clouds

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Hockey's Doc Emrick And His 153 Verbs

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Burncycle Sabzi

President Vladimir Putin speaks in Moscow on Dec. 23. Russia's current economic crisis stems from Western sanctions and diving oil prices. Maxim Shipenkov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sanctions Intensify Russia's Free Fall Into Economic Crisis

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Corrido De Auld Lang Syne Little Bobby Ray

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Vocab Tech For Toddlers Encourages 'Anytime, Anywhere Learning'

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Roxane Gay: 2014 Was The Year Of 'Enough Is Enough'

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Fear of Heights Omer Klein
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Take This Jacky

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Potent Powdered Caffeine Raises Safety Worries

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Angola, LA & the 13th Amendment Christian Scott
The Eraser Christian Scott
A Little Bit of Solidarity Goes a Long Way And So I Watch You from Afar

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