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Think of the smell of a bakery - cookies, cakes, pies, fresh bread. You can almost taste it.

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But not for Hannalee Pervan, a chef and owner of One House Bakery in Benicia, Calif.

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Thousands of protesters have been out in the streets and storming government buildings in cities all across Kazakhstan. And we've just gotten word that protesters have seized the airport in the country's largest city.

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When the CDC announced last week that it was revising recommended isolation times for COVID-positive patients from 10 days to five days, there was no mention of a testing requirement.

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Sure, there's gloom and doom out there, but let's focus on the good stuff this new year will bring, specifically music. We asked Stephen Thompson of NPR Music what he's heard so far.

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Updated January 4, 2022 at 5:55 PM ET

Movies have been imagining the future for a long time. Perhaps faster-than-light-speed space travel and teleportation in Star Trek could still be in store for the 24th century, but we'll have to wait 300 years to find out.

But for movies from decades past, their distant future is now — 2022.

Here are a few of them:

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Let's bring another voice into this conversation - U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. Thank you so much for being with us.

VIVEK MURTHY: Of course. Happy to be with you today, Rachel.

MARTIN: Happy New Year to you.

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Good morning. I'm A Martinez.

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So all right, how about a little optimism for the new year? Ann Powers of NPR Music has been looking ahead to a few uplifting new albums.

ANN POWERS, BYLINE: In 2022, I feel like we need a lot of healing, so I'm turning to music that really empowers me.

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