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A Pinball Monopoly, Camel Trekking In Texas, Charles Dickens' Mistress

This week on the podcast, we meet a tour guide leading camels through the wilderness, and a pinball manufacturer who wants to shake up his industry. Plus, DJ Bettos Arcos plays some Christmas music from south of the border.
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Pictures Books With A 'Clash Bash' Of Culture For Kids

Monica Brown has written more than a dozen children's picture books with English and Spanish text side by side. Raised by a South American mother and North American father, she says, "I wanted to write stories that reflected the multi-ethnic, bilingual nature of my own family."
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Museums Give Video Games Bonus Life, But The Next Level Awaits

The Smithsonian American Art Museum added two video games to its permanent collection last week. Acquiring a work means preserving it for years to come — and digital media like video games present a host of challenges for preservationists.
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What A Top Gun Learned On Her Way To The Top Of The Pentagon

Christine Fox was recently named acting deputy defense secretary, making her the highest-ranking woman in Pentagon history. She talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the Pentagon's budget challenges, her long career in defense and about inspiring Kelly McGillis' character in the movie Top Gun.
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Follow Santa Claus' Lead

Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which, like Santa Claus, the first word starts with the letters S-A, and the second word starts with C.
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How To Find A Worthy Volunteer Job On The Road

If you want to give back while you travel, volunteer vacations are your best bet. Here's how to find the best and most ethical ways to volunteer when traveling. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Shannon O'Donnell of Grassroots Volunteering, a website that shares low-cost opportunities.
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Flying This Holiday? Here Are A Few Tips To Survive Airline Food

It's not just lack of quality or freshness that can put a damper on your in-flight meal: Our senses are scrambled at high altitudes. Those sweet and salty sensors might be off as much as 30 percent while in flight.
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Grasslands Get Squeezed As Another 1.6 Million Acres Go Into Crops

Over the past decade, the government has been paying farmers to keep their land covered with native grasses instead of crops. But as grain prices have risen, the conservation reserve has shrunk by more than 25 percent. This decline in native grasslands means more soil erosion and less habitat for wildlife.
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'The Invisible Woman': Charles Dickens' Muse And Mistress

Charles Dickens was a celebrity of the Victorian era. The Invisible Woman focuses on a lesser-known, private part of his life — his 13-year relationship with a young woman named Nelly Ternan. Felicity Jones and Ralph Fiennes, who star in the film, talk about the mind of Dickens.
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The Secrets Of Great Cooking And Great Business

Carlos Watson, co-founder of the online magazine Ozy, tells host Arun Rath about a chef hoping to bring cooking genius to the masses, and the "CEO Whisperer" who is a secret weapon for many powerful business leaders.

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