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Why Election Day Was Sort Of Like Mother's Day

When the 113th Congress convenes in January, New Hampshire will have the first-in-the-nation all-female congressional delegation (as well as a female governor). And each of these women started her political career while raising young kids. That got NPR intern Elizabeth Brown thinking about her childhood in the Granite State.

NewsPoet: Idra Novey Writes The Day In Verse

Each month, NPR's All Things Considered invites a poet into the newsroom to see how the show comes together, and to write an original poem about the news. This month, our NewsPoet is Idra Novey. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put it in the comments below.

Week In Politics: Fiscal Cliff, GOP Soul Searching

It's been an eventful week in politics, but now what? The fiscal cliff looms, the Republican Party does some soul searching, and some are asking, did the elections change anything? Melissa Block talks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of the New York Times.

The Benefit Of Birthdays? Freebies Galore

The occasion of his birthday has caused David Was to ponder growing older. And he has found a silver lining: free food.

Cleaning Up Rockaway, Bucket By Bucket

Tell Me More producer Amita Parashar shares her experience visiting Rockaway Beach in New York to help her family clean up after Superstorm Sandy.

Giving Wing To A Story Of Climate Change

Barbara Kingsolver's new novel starts when millions of monarch butterflies alight on a mountain in eastern Tennessee. Yet, as author Brian Kimberling describes, the beautiful winged visitors in the novel reveal both humankind's effect on nature and the nature of humankind.

Mid-Week In Politics: Voter Demographics And More

Robert Siegel and Melissa Block talk with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. We get their take on President Obama's victory, as well as what it means for the direction of the GOP.