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Pleasure boats are docked along the Erie Canal in Fairport, N.Y. Some are asking whether the canal is worth subsidizing now that it's no longer a major commercial waterway. Hansi Lo Wang/NPR hide caption

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A Piece Of The Past, A Price In The Present: Paying For The Erie Canal

The Erie Canal was once one of the country's most important trade routes. Some are questioning whether this historical relic is still worth the tens of millions of dollars needed to maintain it.

Pleasure boats are docked along the Erie Canal in Fairport, N.Y. Some are asking whether the canal is worth subsidizing now that it's no longer a major commercial waterway. Hansi Lo Wang/NPR hide caption

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A Piece Of The Past, A Price In The Present: Paying For The Erie Canal

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Hari Kondabolu worked as an immigrants rights organizer in Seattle and did comedy as a hobby on the side. But as his following grew, he realized he couldn't do both. "There is no such thing as a part-time organizer," he says. Yoon Kim hide caption

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Hari Kondabolu Says His Mom Is Hilarious — And Not Because Of Her Accent

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Democratic vice presidential nominee and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine held a town hall at the Exeter Town Hall in Exeter, N.H., on Thursday afternoon. John Tully for NPR hide caption

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Kaine: Some Trump Voters Are 'Motivated By Dark Emotions'

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