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A lot of people are just not drinking alcohol right now for their own reasons and for Dry January. WBUR's Andrea Shea reports, they have more options now, including craft nonalcoholic, or NA, brews.

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Don't try to sweet-talk Olly Alexander.

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The Venezuelan group C4 Trio has taken the national instrument of their homeland, the four-string cuatro, to new heights. They've recorded seven albums, collaborated with singer Rubén Blades and, in 2019, won two Latin Grammys for their album with salsa singer Luis Enrique, Tiempo al Tiempo.

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This week, the San Francisco Ballet announced that Tamara Rojo will be its first new director in almost four decades. Also, she will happen to be its first female director. Tamara Rojo joins us now from London. Thanks so much for being with us.

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This is Cordae.

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And now it's time for sports.

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Many Southerners will tell you that no New Year's celebration is complete without black-eyed peas.

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FERGIE: (Singing) Let's get it started in here.

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And it's time for sports.

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Well, joining us now is NPR's Ron Elving. Ron, Happy New Year. Good morning.

RON ELVING, BYLINE: Happy New Year. Good to be with you, David.

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In NPR's 50th anniversary year, one of the ways we celebrated was through stories - under the banner We Hold These Truths. How have Americans learned about democracy? Well, lots of our notions and beliefs first flickered before us at the movies.

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Merry Christmas. And nothing says Christmas like, it's time for sports.

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SCOTT SIMON: We all start work on this show when it's still dark, and this Christmas morning I looked into the sky. I saw a trail, and heard a clatter of hooves, and a string of ho-ho-ho's. That sleigh in the sky should be approaching the west coast now. So I figured, why not try this number I have?

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The most sophisticated space telescope ever built was launched today from the European Space Agency's spaceport in French Guiana.

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I saw a picture this week that arrested my attention.

It's a drawing in old, dark ink of woman with curly hair, in a loose gown with a baby balanced in her lap. He is also curly-haired, and the ringlets make his little head look almost like an aura of the sun. The child stands on two plump, tiny legs, and the mother tucks him against her right arm, steadying his bottom with her left hand.

The curly-haired woman smiles. Not as if she doesn't have a care in the world, but as if all she really cares about in this world is the child in her arms.

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