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Bernie Sanders has recently begun to host ‘fireside chats’ reminiscent of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. A look at how FDR may have influenced Sanders' approach to leadership during the current crisis and insight from Larry Sanders, Bernie Sanders' older brother.

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The notion of crashing on a friend of a friend’s couch is an age-old concept. However, Couchsurfing has run with this idea, giving its network of 15 million users access to finding locals with available space around the world. Joining Couchsurfing is completely free. Once you’ve made a profile, you can connect with hosts living where you’re headed. Past guests and hosts can also leave reviews for new Couchsurfing members to ease any trepidation about staying with complete strangers. Many seasoned travelers and hosts have dozens — and in some cases, hundreds — of reviews.

Party season is upon us. You’ll likely be hosting just as many gatherings as you’ll be attending, so you’ll know how nice it is to receive a little something from your guests. Return the favor with a gift for your host when the time comes. A box of chocolates or bottle of wine will do just fine, but the gifts below might be a bit more memorable. Most people fall into at least one of the following four categories, but anyone would enjoy these 10 thoughtful items.

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How does a city of roughly 60,000 prepare for an invasion of (maybe) 35,000 eclipse enthusiasts? With lots of calls, and meetings, and more calls, and patience. To get an idea of the logistics and planning that go into preparing for the celestial celebration, the Star-Tribune spoke recently with Anna Wilcox. The executive director of the eclipse festival, Wilcox was hired last year to ready the city and to ensure nobody would be in the dark before they were really in the dark.

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