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To ring in the new year, New York City hosts not just the ball drop, but another, more lyrical celebration - a marathon event with hundreds of poets presenting their original verses. And tomorrow will mark its 48th year running.

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On this New Year's Eve, we have a StoryCorps conversation about forward momentum and roller-skating.

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Tens of thousands of people in Colorado are sleeping in shelters after wildfires forced them out of their homes.

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Building a house can be expensive and time-consuming. So why build a house when you can print one? Well, that is exactly what Habitat for Humanity is doing.

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Good morning. I'm Sarah McCammon. Billboard reports that last week was the best week for vinyl record sales in three decades. Adele's "30" was the top-selling vinyl album of the year.

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About 3,500 years ago, a pharaoh died. Amenhotep was wrapped tightly in perfect linens and mummified, and nobody knew what was under those linens - that is, until now.

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Next, we have Jean Ross. She is the co-president of the nation's largest union for registered nurses, the National Nurses United. Welcome to the program.

JEAN ROSS: Glad to be here.

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What was the best album of 2021? Well, there doesn't seem to be a lot of consensus about that, so we asked our producer Phil Harrell to see what critics came up with.

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All right, we now go to Michigan, where Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian is the state's chief medical executive. Doctor, welcome.

NATASHA BAGDASARIAN: Thank you for having me on this morning.

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