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1:36pm

Fri November 25, 2011
Music News

New Liturgy Reanimates Catholic Music

Originally published on Sat November 26, 2011 3:17 pm

Members of the St. Agnes Catholic Church choir sing during Sunday Mass. From left to right: Donald Hukle, Ray Valido, Richard Samp, Jack Grace and Ben Robles.
Peter Maher Courtesy of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians

When Catholics arrive at church for the beginning of Advent this weekend, they may find themselves stumbling over not only the words, but also the music. The Vatican has changed the English-speaking Mass to make it more faithful to the Latin — and as a result, the sung portions of the Mass often don't work.

It's the most dramatic change in more than 40 years, and it has Mike McMahon working overtime with his choir.

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6:00am

Fri November 25, 2011
Garden Report

Ips Beetles Are Attacking Colorado’s Spruce Trees

Tom Throgmorton

If it’s not one beetle attacking Colorado trees it’s another. Most have heard about the mountain pine beetle and its assault on lodge pole pine trees – but another beetle is impacting the state’s spruce trees. KUNC gardener Tom Throgmorton has more.

Mountain Pine Beetle is getting a lot of attention.  But the Colorado state tree is being attacked.  Thousands of stately, mature Colorado spruce trees are being cut down in cities along the Front Range.  All because of a beetle less than a quarter of an inch long.

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7:12am

Sat November 19, 2011
NPR Story

Congressional Cliffhangers A Holiday Tradition

Originally published on Sat November 19, 2011 2:37 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

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6:00am

Sat November 19, 2011
NPR Story

How Networks Are Filling Airtime Without The NBA

Originally published on Sat November 19, 2011 2:37 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

With the current NBA lockout, TV networks like ESPN and TNT have had to figure out how to fill the holes left by cancelled games.

And they may lose advertising revenue, as NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports.

ELIZABETH BLAIR, BYLINE: ESPN was ready. They say they put a contingency plan in place over a year ago.

(SOUNDBITE OF FOOTBALL GAME)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: But Texas A&M has so many points is their ability to run the football.

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6:00am

Sat November 19, 2011
NPR Story

New Thanksgiving Desserts: Rethinking Tradition

With Thanksgiving just days away, many are struggling this weekend with what to prepare. Thanksgiving dinner's menu is hard to change, but maybe we can get away with reconsidering dessert. Guest host Linda Wertheimer gets recommendations from chef Frank Stitt, author of Southern Table.

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