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Song From Broadway Musical 'Hamilton' Celebrates Founding Mothers

As part of NPR's year-end series "One That Got Away", reporter Jeff Lunden tells us about his favorite song from the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. It's not about the founding fathers; it's about some founding mothers.
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'New York Times' Report Finds Most Americans Live Close To Mom

A new report shows that Americans live surprisingly close to home. According to the new analysis, a person in the U.S. lives on average just 18 miles away from his or her mother. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Quoctrung Bui of The New York Times about his research.
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Rural Wyoming Town's First Mosque Sparks Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

The first mosque recently opened its doors in the rural town of Gillette, Wyo. It didn't get much attention at first, but then a group of locals started a Facebook group called "Stop Islam in Gillette." This has been hard for a Muslim family with deep roots in the area.
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Elizabeth Laird, Who Gave Hugs To Soldiers At Fort Hood, Dies At 83

Elizabeth Laird was known as the hug lady because she met every deployment — coming or going — from Fort Hood and gave each soldier a hug. She died Thursday on Christmas Eve.
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The Year In Congress: How Did Republicans Do?

Republicans had something to prove when they took over both houses of Congress at the beginning of 2015 — that they could govern. So, did they prove it?
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U.S. Visa Rules May Burden Relatives Abroad, Advocates Say

Some dual citizens who used to be able to visit the U.S. under a "visa waiver" program no longer qualify. The new law requires extra screening for people with Iraqi or Syrian citizenship, for example.
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On Paper As Parent And Child, Gay Couples Annul Adoptions To Marry

Before same-sex marriage became legal across the U.S., some couples would become father and son to get rights they were otherwise denied. Adoptions were the best option at the time.
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Bottled Canadian Air Sells Well In China

Vitality Air reports sales are brisk in China for cans of air from Banff or from Lake Louise — both high up in the Canadian Rockies. The Chinese are dealing with a major pollution problem.
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Is This Snowy Wonderland Or The World Inside A Petri Dish?

Artist Rogan Brown peers into the invisible worlds of microbes, then uses their forms as the inspiration for large paper sculptures that seem at once familiar and profoundly alien.
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A Captain On The Chesapeake Bay, 'Lost' Without A Skipjack

Kermit Travers, 78, one of the last African-American skipjack captains, reflects on his nearly 60 years harvesting oysters on the Chesapeake Bay.

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