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5:04am

Mon December 31, 2012
Around the Nation

Popular Baby Names For 2013

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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1:31am

Mon December 31, 2012
Books

Listen Up! Audiobooks For Every Taste

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 3:46 am

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  • Hear an excerpt of 'Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power'

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the holiday rush — too swamped, even, to spend an afternoon reading those books you got for Christmas, we have some recommendations for you — but these are audiobooks, so you can listen while you multitask.

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1:29am

Mon December 31, 2012
The Salt

Cheap Bubbly Or Expensive Sparkling Wine? Look To The Bubbles For Clues

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 8:03 am

The bubbles in champagne tickle the tongue and transfer wonderful aromas to the nose.
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There's nothing like the distinctive "pop" of the uncorking of a bottle of bubbly to create a sense of celebration. Whether it's Dom Perignon or a $10 sparkling wine, bubbles add pizazz.

Sparkling-wine lovers sometimes point to the glittering streams of tiny bubbles as an important attribute. Why? Well, tiny bubbles are a sign of age, explains French chemist Gerard Liger-Belair, author of Uncorked: The Science of Champagne.

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3:55pm

Sun December 30, 2012
Book Reviews

Author Ben Fountain's Book Picks For 2013

Originally published on Sun December 30, 2012 4:33 pm

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Ben Fountain is the author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and the short story collection Brief Encounters With Che Guevara.
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Last spring, weekends on All Things Considered spoke with author Ben Fountain just as he released his widely acclaimed first novel, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. Later in the year, it was nominated for the National Book Award.

We asked Fountain to share with us what he's looking forward to in the book world next year. He says he's read about 25 books for release in 2013 and tells host Jacki Lyden, "The state of American fiction is really strong, at least from where I'm standing."

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4:45am

Sun December 30, 2012
Strange News

For Those Who Fear The Number 13, The New Year Could Be Frightening

Originally published on Sun December 30, 2012 10:45 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

With New Year's on the way, we're about to turn the calendar over to 2013. In just a few days, the 113th Congress begins. There's just something about that number, unlucky 13.

Take, for example, the movies.

(SOUNDBITE OF PROMO FOR MOVIE, "FRIDAY THE 13TH")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: "Friday the 13th."

(SOUNDBITE OF CLASHING KNIVES)

WERTHEIMER: Have you ever noticed that some buildings don't have a 13th floor? The number does seem to have an aura of bad luck.

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