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Charles Dickens And Music: Some Noted Singers (Chapter VII)

Continuing our bicentennial salute to Charles Dickens, this month's installment of James. T. Lightwood's 1912 treatise Charles Dickens and Music focuses on "Some Noted Singers."
by David McGee
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‘It Must Have Been the Mistletoe’: The Seasonal Standard No One Wanted

‘It Must Have Been the Mistletoe’: Mandrell Knew It Was Cool Before It Was Cool

"It Must Have Been the Mistletoe,' written by JUSTIN WILDE and DOUG KONECKY, has become a contemporary seasonal standard, but it wasn't an easy sell. The story behind the song follows.
by David McGee
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Newswire: Sustainable Agriculture, Alternative Energy & Climate Issues

NEWSWIRE: aggregate news of sustainable agriculture, alternative energy and climate issues
by David McGee
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From the Desk of Intern Susan:

The story of JEMMY BUTTON, one of the oddest true tales of the 19th century, is the subject of a new children's book. Co-illustrator JENNIFER UMAN discusses the work.
by David McGee
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Southern Strategy: Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino Brings the Music and Culture of Italy’s ‘Heel’ to the World at Large

Southern Strategy: Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino is making waves bringing an updated version of the traditional pizzica music and the culture of Italy's 'heel'--Salento-to the world at large.
by David McGee
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Mieshelle Nagelschneider, ‘The Cat Whisperer’: ‘…if you want to help an animal with their behavior, you need to look at the world through their eyes…get into the mind of the cat.’

On Cats Behaving Badly And Convincing Them To Stop

Laugh it you like, but MIESHELLE NAGELSCHNEIDER really does command unique skills and a magic touch when dealing with felines of all stripes. Not for nothing is she called The Cat Whisperer.
by David McGee
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Kansas Pacific (1953)

STERLING HAYDEN and EVE MILLER star in KANSAS PACIFIC, a fictionalized account of the struggle to build the Kansas Pacific Railway in the 1860s. Short subject: Little Lulu, 'Bargain Counter Attack.'
by David McGee
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Pt. I: ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ & The Lost Punctuation Mark

What Americans hear when they listen to 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' is not anything like what the English peasants meant when they first sang this song more than 500 years ago. So claims best selling author ACE COLLINS.
by David McGee
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Big Brass Ones for Christmas

On its fifth holiday album, CHRISTMASTIME IS HERE, CANADIAN BRASS honors the music of animated Yule favorites and the arrangements of LUTHER HENDERSON and BRANDON RIDENOUR.
by David McGee
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Sustainable Agriculture News

CHIPOTLE expands market for naturally raised meats; new insights into honeybee colony collapse; managing water in California; high-res global cropland maps
by David McGee
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Cascada de Flores: Reimagining Latin American Radio’s Golden Era

On RADIO FLOR, CASCADA DE FLORES brings the beauty of a distant era of Mexican radio into the present, very much alive and in full bloom.
by David McGee
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Cuddle Time

This delectable five-song missive--an unassuming but undeniably moving seasonal communiqué--is an affecting followup to Ms. Smith's 2007 Christmas gem, My Holiday.
by David McGee
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