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Kwame Alexander's latest crowdsourced poem explores the world through the eyes of Morning Edition listeners' pets. Sam Yeh/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Animals

What would Fido say about you? This community poem takes pets' point of view

We asked Morning Edition listeners to share what their pets might be thinking about. Then NPR poet-in-residence Kwame Alexander combed through more than 700 submissions to create a community poem.

Politics

Morning news brief

12 min

Morning news brief

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This year, there were attempts to restrict ballot initiatives in at least a dozen states Kaitlyn Radde and Laura Benshoff/NPR hide caption

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Ballot measures on weed and abortion won in 2022. Now they're fueling a backlash

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The U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington, D.C., early Dec. 14, 2022. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Americans are sick of lawmakers bickering. They don't have much hope that will change

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Kwame Alexander's latest crowdsourced poem explores the world through the eyes of Morning Edition listeners' pets. Sam Yeh/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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What would Fido say about you? This community poem takes pets' point of view

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Travelers at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai, China on Dec. 12. China's public health officials say up to 800 million people could be infected with the coronavirus over the next few months. Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Goats and Soda

COVID spreading faster than ever in China. 800 million could be infected this winter

4 min

COVID spreading faster than ever in China. 800 million could be infected this winter

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, pictured in San Francisco in October, commuted the sentences of all 17 people on death row on her way out of office. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown explains why she commuted all of her state's death sentences

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Israel's Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu speaks in Jerusalem on Nov. 13 after being assigned the task of forming a government. Maya Alleruzzo/AP hide caption

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Middle East

'They are joining me. I'm not joining them': Netanyahu defends far-right allies

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'They are joining me. I'm not joining them': Netanyahu defends far-right allies

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