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'The Nutcracker' With An Alaskan Twist

In Sitka, the local production of The Nutrcracker is uniquely Alaskan. Father Herring replaces Mother Ginger; the Mosquito Queen reigns instead of the Mouse King.

This week, a former Pentagon official told the media, "My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone" ... and the world kept on turning. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'We May Not Be Alone'

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Grovers Corner [From Our Town] The Philharmonia Orchestra
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Abendkonzert The Modern Mandolin Quartet

Work crews remove debris at the site of a home destroyed by fires in the Coffey Park area of Santa Rosa, Calif., last month. Thousands of homes and other structures were destroyed by wildfires in the area. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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Calif. Fire Victims Put Up Christmas Trees Where Homes Once Stood

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I'll Be Home for Christmas Dave Koz

A pot of rajma, a bean stew from the north of India, cooks on the stove. It's one of the recipes included in the new cookbook Bollywood Kitchen. Josh Loock/NPR hide caption

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'Bollywood Kitchen': A Celebration Of Indian-American Cuisine

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Piya Tu Ab Toh Aaja Asha Bhosle
Coquito (Move My Body) Mr. V Feat. Miss Patty & Chrue

Far from his down-and-out days on Skid Row, Ben Shirley is currently a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Mark Hayes/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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From Skid Row To The San Francisco Conservatory Of Music

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We Need Darkness to See the Stars Street Symphony
Dollya Pop Benjamin J. Shirley
Serenade for the Renegade Esbjörn Svensson Trio
Strange Place for Snow Esbjörn Svensson Trio

The Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee prior to the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz., on Sept. 25. Matt York/AP hide caption

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Amid The Anthem Debate, A Dallas Cowboys Fan Gives Tickets Away To Teens And Cops

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Fanfare Trombone Shorty
Beethoven's Wig (5th Symphony, Beethoven)
Angels and Brotherly Love Saxon Shore

Judge Marilyn Moores, who presides over the juvenile court in Marion County, Ind., says the number of children who are in need of foster care because of the opioid epidemic has more than doubled in the past three years. Matt Sedensky/AP hide caption

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The Foster Care System Is Flooded With Children Of The Opioid Epidemic

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Artist Andrew Wyeth — pictured on his property in Chadds Ford, Penn. in 1964 — would have turned 100 in July of 2017. Bill Ingraham/AP hide caption

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'Fascinating And Also A Little Bit Uncomfortable': Andrew Wyeth At 100

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The Nutcracker: Danse Arabe Timothy Day & Sonos Handbell Ensemble
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England's Carol The Modern Jazz Quartet
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