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5 TV Shows To Binge-Watch During A Winter Storm

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 13:30

For a TV nerd, a storm that shuts down work and school means more time for binge-watching. It may be only a day or two, so viewing choices are crucial.

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In 'A State Of Freedom,' Be Careful What You Wish For

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00

The characters Neel Mukherjee's new novel all want better lives, and — to say the least — they're seldom rewarded. A State of Freedom is a dark, brutal read, but also surprisingly beautiful.

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'Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics' Offers Practical Advice For Stressed-Out Cynics

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 01:59

Trying to reduce anxiety and stress in 2018? If the idea of meditation makes you want to toss your coffee cup across the room, ABC News anchor Dan Harris offers some advice in his new book.

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In Lebanon, Mile-Long Artwork Is A Sign Of Peace

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 13:39

Lebanese twins Omar and Mohamed Kabbani painted "salam" — the Arabic word for peace — in bright green across 82 rooftops in the northern city of Tripoli. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Omar about the ambitious art project that can only be seen from the sky.

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MacArthur 'Genius' Paints Nigerian Childhood Alongside Her American Present

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 14:54

Njideka Akunyili Crosby was born in Nigeria and moved to the U.S. when she was 16. Her large-scale paintings reflect her life in both countries.

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Radio Replay: Fresh Starts

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 14:21

Unpredictable things happen to us all the time. On this Radio Replay, we mark the new year with two of our favorite stories of loss and the change it brings.

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'Unrest' Director Turns Camera On Herself To Document Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 12:07

When Jennifer Brea was just 28 years old, a routine infection brought her down for five years. Her new film, Unrest, documents her struggle with chronic fatigue syndrome.

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A Is For Appreciation: How Sue Grafton Helped Transform The Mystery Genre

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 11:19

Grafton revolutionized what had become fossilized formula fiction. She tossed out the genre's sexist, racist and nativist clichés and helped make the detective novel matter again.

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Neuroscientist Predicts 'Much Better Treatment' For Alzheimer's Is 10 Years Away

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 10:20

"Just the last few years alone have seen some serious breakthroughs in Alzheimer's research," Joseph Jebelli says. His new book is The Pursuit of Memory.

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In Sub-Zero Temperatures, Skiers Find 'Bliss' In The Frozen Woods

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 08:56

It sounds miserable to spend a day with ice plastered to your face. But wilderness skier Helena Grant relishes being "beyond all the cares of the world."

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Ballet Master Retires Amid Sexual Misconduct Probe

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 01:00

In his letter to the board of the New York City Ballet, Peter Martins, 71, continued to deny he sexually harassed or abused members of the company. He had been on a leave of absence since last month.

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'Mindhunter' Actor Jonathan Groff On His Most Life-Altering Roles

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 10:48

The Mindhunter star says his work on HBO's Looking changed his life: "It's one of my favorite things I've worked on, the most personal thing I've worked on." Originally broadcast Oct. 31, 2017.

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Germany Takes Steps To Guard Women Against Sexual Assault As They Ring In New Year

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 14:53

In Berlin, authorities are taking extra security measures ahead of New Year's celebrations. "Safety zones" are being set up for female party-goers, but some people are critical of this move.

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Emojis Of 2018: Bagels, Kangaroos, Redheads Are In. 'Frowning Pile Of Poo' Is Out

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 10:33

The committee that selects emojis for 2018 has narrowed down its selection for the new batch.

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In 'Green,' A Pre-Teen Wisens Up To His Privilege

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 05:12

Author Sam Graham-Felsen was the chief blogger for the Obama campaign in 2008. His debut novel is a coming-of-age story that grapples with race in America.

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The Call-In: Paying It Forward

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 05:12

Guest host Lauren Frayer talks with three people who share their stories about "paying it forward" — acts of kindness and generosity that spread from person to person.

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Family Is The Life Of The Party In HBO Doc 'A Quinceañera Story'

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 05:12

The documentary series profiles five girls as they celebrate their quinceañeras. Director Matt O'Neill says the project taught him that "the core of these ceremonies is familial love."

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Reading The Game: Inside

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 04:00

In this installment of our occasional series on storytelling in video games, we take a look at the dark puzzle platformer Inside. You play as a boy in a red jacket, with no special powers — so run!

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The Friendship Bread Project: Can Baking Promote Unity In A Divided World?

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 04:00

It's the chain letter of baking: a simple starter that you divvy up, keeping some for yourself and sharing the rest with others. It's an old tradition we'd like to see you revive in your community.

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The True Story Of A Spanish Royal And The Very High Voice That Healed Him

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 15:33

The new Broadway musical drama Farinelli And The King tells the tale of the bipolar King Philippe V and the famous 18th-century operatic castrato whose singing nurses him back to health.

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