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Today when we reached Lisa Desjardins of the PBS NewsHour, she was, let's say, multitasking.

LISA DESJARDINS: I'm so sorry. This is actually crazy. I have a good excuse. First of all...

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We sing in stairwells. That's the tagline of the Dallas-based a cappella group Kings Return.

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KINGS RETURN: (Singing) Ave Maria.

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: (Singing) Born in the USA. I was born in the USA.

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Updated December 12, 2021 at 2:48 PM ET

The fictional Roy family on HBO's Succession is one of the most dysfunctional to ever grace the silver screen.

The family is in a constant battle for control of the global media and entertainment company Waystar Royco. And as they continually stab each other in the back, Waystar General Counsel and acting CEO Gerri Kellman is always there to keep the motley crew on track.

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Calvin was always a boy — but the world did not recognize him that way.

That's the story in the new children's book Calvin. Authors JR and Vanessa Ford show how their young protagonist navigates the complicated feelings of being a transgender kid and how he comes into expressing who he really is, with illustrations from Kayla Harren.

The Fords are also parents to two children, one who is trans and inspired this book. Ellie first raised the topic shortly after their 5th birthday — the family is now six years into their journey.

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Mariano Alvarado is a modern-day storm chaser of sorts, but it's not a hobby. It pays his bills. Alvarado was a fisherman in Honduras. Then droughts tied to climate change hit his industry.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is declaring victory as his administration begins to enforce a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all city workers. As of today, 91% of the city's workforce has had at least one shot.

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Barack and Bruce. Obama and Springsteen. Mr. President and The Boss.

They might like you to just call them renegades. Launched in February, the Renegades podcast consisted of a series of candid conversations between iconic musician Bruce Springsteen and former President Barack Obama, recorded in the summer of 2020 during the height of the pandemic.

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Janet Jackson opened her album "Control" not with a song, but with a statement.

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JANET JACKSON: This is a story about control, my control.

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After what we've all been through the last 18 months, we desperately need a laugh. But there hasn't been much to laugh about. Josh Johnson was one of the few brave comics who tried to hold up a funhouse mirror to the pandemic.

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Next, we're going to tell you the story of a dream almost deferred. It begins with a little girl raised in the segregated South of the '30s and '40s.

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The WNBA playoffs are kicking off with a pair of first-round single elimination games. And one of the teams playing - the New York Liberty, the team that clinched a place in the playoffs by a technicality. Their last game was Friday.

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And for my next guest, I needed to know one thing before we got started. So am I talking to a film nerd, buff, scholar? How do you relate to films?

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The 2021 U.S. Open has hit its stride in Queens with lots of memorable moments and a slew of up-and-coming players. Joining us now is sports reporter Howard Bryant.

Howard, welcome back to the show.

HOWARD BRYANT: It's good to be here.

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