8:14am

Mon December 31, 2012
The Salt

Green Grapes And Red Underwear: A Spanish New Year's Eve

Ringing in the New Year in Spain requires eating a dozen grapes and wearing a very specific kind of undergarment.
Jeff Koehler

If the thought of watching the ball drop in Times Square again is already making you yawn, consider perking your New Year's Eve celebration with this tradition from Spain: As midnight nears on Nochevieja, or "old night," the last day of the year, the entire country gathers in front of television screens or in town squares, clutching a small bowl of green grapes and wearing red underwear. More on the underwear later.

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8:00am

Mon December 31, 2012
MY MIX TAPE

"Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac

7:39am

Mon December 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Good Riddance! 'Fiscal Cliff' Tops List Of 'Words To Be Banished'

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 8:44 am

Be gone!
NPR

Oh, if only someone could enforce this "edict."

Michigan's Lake Superior State University is out with its 38th "List of Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness," and right there at the top is a two-word combination that none of us in the media seem able to avoid, especially not today:

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7:37am

Mon December 31, 2012
Music

'Fresh Air' At 25: A Live Musical Tribute

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 7:44 am

Terry Gross, shown above in 1987, has been host of Fresh Air since 1975, when it was broadcast only in greater Philadelphia.
NPR's Fresh Air

This show was originally broadcast on May 11, 2012.

Friday, May 11, 2012 marked the 25th anniversary of the day Fresh Air became a daily national NPR program. Before that, the show was broadcast only on WHYY in Philadelphia. How long ago was May 11, 1987? On Fresh Air's first edition, TV critic David Bianculli reviewed the finale of the TV series Hill Street Blues.

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7:21am

Mon December 31, 2012
Movie Interviews

The Hobbit Filmmaker Turns To Crime Documentary

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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7:21am

Mon December 31, 2012
Education

How 'Deferred Action' Will Affect Classrooms

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up: Why did the Oscar-winning filmmaker of "The Hobbit" devote his time, money and moviemaking skills to an entirely different project about a long-ago crime in Arkansas? We'll speak with Peter Jackson and one of the men featured in a new documentary "West of Memphis." That's in just a few minutes.

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7:21am

Mon December 31, 2012
Music

Hip-Hopping With A Harp

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 4:46 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now I would like to tell you about a special performer, someone many people have called one of a kind. She is a native Washingtonian. She fuses pop, R&B and hip-hop and she does all that while accompanying herself on an instrument you don't see very often in contemporary music - her harp.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THERE'S NO ONE ELSE LIKE YOU")

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7:12am

Mon December 31, 2012
Best Music Of 2012

In Memoriam: Musicians We Lost In 2012

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 11:26 am

Whitney Houston performs in 1988.
David Corio Getty Images

NPR Music remembers the singers, instrumentalists, songwriters and personalities who died in 2012. Explore their musical legacies by launching our musical interactive here or by clicking on the image.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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7:03am

Mon December 31, 2012
It's All Politics

Why The Tea Party Stands At A Crossroads

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 7:11 am

Tea Party supporter William Temple of Brunswick, Ga., protested outside the Supreme Court in June as justices debated the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law.
David Goldman AP

It's a little bit early, but the Tea Party is hitting its sophomore slump.

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6:07am

Mon December 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Top Stories: 'Fiscal Cliff' Deadline Nears; New Year's Celebrations Begin

In Sydney, Australia, early today, New Year's Eve celebrations included fireworks and a big kiss.
Cameron Spencer Getty Images

Good morning.

Our early headlines on this last day of 2012:

-- Year Ends As It Began, With Lawmakers Headed Toward The 'Fiscal Cliff'.

-- Secretary Clinton's Condition 'Extremely Common'.

Other stories making headlines include:

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