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Opinion: Hugging is common and meaningful in the animal kingdom

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on hugs and other comforting behavior that occurs in the animal world.

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Opinion: Hugging is common and meaningful in the animal kingdom

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You've Got a Friend in Me [From Toy Story] Randy Newman
Do Yourself a Favor Otis McDonald, Daniel Casares, Adam Theis, Max Daniel
Young Folks City of the Sun

Janis Elliott lives in the unincorporated Iowa town of Avon. She put a reverse osmosis system in her home after she found nitrate levels almost double the EPA health standard. Clay Masters/Iowa Public Radio hide caption

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Climate change is making it harder to provide clean drinking water in farm country

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Urban Exploration Sabada
Prelude Johnny Greenwood
Geometria de Universo Colleen

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says he believes the Senate will pass President Biden's spending bill before the end of the year. The House passed the bill on Friday, sending it to the 50-50 Senate. Pete Marovich/Getty Images hide caption

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Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin expects the Senate to pass spending bill by the end of 2021

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Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness The Smashing Pumpkins

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