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5:00am

Mon December 22, 2014
Weather Nerding

If You Want A White Christmas, Go To The Mountains

A map showing historical probability of having a white Christmas across the country.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Will it be a white Christmas? Every year, those yearning for an Irving Berlin-style version of the holiday start staring down the weather report, hanging on to every "slight chance" with hopes that a flurry might turn into a blanket of the fluffy white stuff.

Coloradans can generally find a white Christmas if they want to travel a little bit, said Nolan Doesken, the state climatologist.

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5:00am

Mon December 22, 2014
Agriculture

California's Dairies Look To Greener Pastures On The Plains

Dairy farmer Brian Azevedo plans to sell his dairy in Merced, Calif., and move to South Dakota.
Credit Ezra David Romero for Harvest Public Media

California is branded as the state with happy cows, but increasingly, not necessarily happy dairy owners. For many of them in the nation’s No. 1 dairy state it’s getting tougher to make a living, that’s why some are some selling their cattle and heading to the Midwest.

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7:25am

Sun December 21, 2014
StoryCorps

30 Years Of Friendship, Through Fear And An Uncertain Future

Originally published on Sun December 21, 2014 1:58 pm

Doug Neville (left) and Ryan Johnson have been friends for three decades. They met shortly before Neville found out he was HIV-positive.
StoryCorps

StoryCorps' OutLoud initiative records stories from the LGBTQ community.

Doug Neville and Ryan Johnson met in 1986 — shortly before Neville was diagnosed as HIV-positive.

From grade school through college, Neville never really had a lot of friends. "I was frequently bullied," he tells Johnson during a StoryCorps interview in Chicago.

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9:00am

Sat December 20, 2014
marc on the blues

The Allman Brothers Band... Enough Said

Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band, playing in New Jersey, April 2009.
jgullo Flickr - Creative Commons

Obviously I do intend to say something, but what more can you say? The Band has held its place in the upper reaches of the concert and festival world on and off for 45 years now and can still sell out show after show. They pioneered the two and three lead guitarist line up and, along with The Grateful Dead, double drummers. Their appeal covers fans of Blues, R&B, Rock, Country.

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6:03am

Sat December 20, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Lucinda Williams: Tiny Desk Concert

Susan Hale Thomas NPR

She came to the Tiny Desk a little unsure, and left singing "West Memphis" with intensity and passion. Lucinda Williams has a voice like no other, and it shines in these intimate moments.

Williams is on a roll with a new double album, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, which is filled with fresh and beautiful songs — all this from a songwriter known for working at a deliberate pace. Hearing her perform these new songs with her brilliant band was a rare and exciting treat.

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