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The Year In Pop — From Iceland And Lebanon

Whether you wanted to or not, you probably heard the songs that ruled the U.S. charts this year. Weekends on All Things Considered is exploring hits from top pop hot spots around the world. In November, music journalists from Hong Kong and Senegal weighed in on the year in music. Now, guest host Rebecca Sheir finds out what's popular in Reykjavik and Beirut by talking to critics Matthías Magnússon and Samir Wahab. They each pick three songs that best represent the music scenes in their cities.

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For Penn & Teller's Magical Partnership, The Trick Is Telling The Truth

The duo Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller are back on Broadway. They both talk — yes, even Teller — with NPR's Scott Simon about magic, danger and the remarkable endurance of their 40-year partnership.
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At The Purple Pie Place, Where The Crusts Are Just Sweet Enough

Bobkat's Purple Pie Place is a fixture in Custer, S.D. From chicken pot pie to strawberry rhubarb, Trevor Yehlie and his family have been baking and serving pies at the local favorite since 2009.
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Empire Strikes PAC And Other Punny SuperPAC Names

My Cat Xavier For a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow superPAC backed Hank the Cat in the 2012 Virginia Senate election. Xavier also cared about naps, treats, and prison reform.
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Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

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