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How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Senate

With the invocation of the so-called "nuclear option," Senate Democrats moved to limit the power of the filibuster and dramatically change the nature of the institution. Many — on both sides — point to the maneuver as a sign of the system's failure. Writers Drew Toal and Kate Tuttle suggest books that might offer hope for us yet.
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Boardwalk Musicians Win Civil Suit In Ocean City

A musician in Ocean City won a civil suit this week that will ensure that boardwalk performers can ply their trade without fear of harassment.

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'American Voices' Festival To Celebrate Singers

A three-day event at The Kennedy Center will explore many of the voices that make American music so distinct.

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How Live TV Helped America Mourn The Loss Of JFK

Critic David Bianculli remembers watching the original news coverage of Kennedy's assassination — four days of unprecedented television — when he was 10 years old. He recalls how from that point on, TV, not radio, was the dominant medium for breaking news.
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This Is What America's School Lunches Really Look Like

The days of mystery meat are far from over in the nation's school cafeterias. That's judging by an online project assembling thousands of photos of school lunches submitted by students from across the nation. But it's not all bad news: The images also show that in some cafeterias, change has already arrived.
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Esperanza Spalding: Guantanamo Doesn't Represent 'Our America'

The Grammy-winning musician's new recording, "We Are America," protests the controversial detention center. But she tells NPR she doesn't like to call it a protest song. It's more of a "let's get together and do something pro-active, creative and productive" song.
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Jazz Legend Sandoval: Music 'Keeps You Alive'

Jazz great Arturo Sandoval received the National Medal of Freedom earlier this week. Guest host Celeste Headlee highlights his music, life and work.
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After 50 Years, Regeneration Keeps 'Doctor Who' Current

Not counting a 16-year break the British science-fiction TV series took around the 1990s, Doctor Who is celebrating its 50th anniversary on Saturday. There's a special in 3D that's going to be simulcast in 75 countries, and the BBC has made a movie about the history of Doctor Who.
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Thanksgivukkah: A Mash Of Two Holidays That's Easy To Relish

This year, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day. NPR's Susan Stamberg explores how to combine the best dishes for the double holiday, which won't happen again for another 70,000 or so years. And of course, she shares the recipe for her famous Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish.
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Remembering 5Pointz: A Five-Story Building That Told Plenty More

The walls of the warehouse complex in Queens were once covered with ever-evolving spray-painted art. But the graffiti museum (of sorts) has been painted over in preparation for demolition, and artists are mourning the loss.

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