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Atul Gawande: Medicine Has Become A Team Sport — So How Do We Treat It Like One?

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 04:00

Surgeon Atul Gawande says doctors used to know and do everything themselves — like craftsmen, or cowboys. But those days are over. He argues for creating systems where clinicians all work together.

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Siddhartha Mukherjee: Can We Reimagine Our Approach To Treating Disease?

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 04:00

When it comes to medicine, one rule of thinking has generally prevailed: Have disease, take pill, kill something. But physician Siddhartha Mukherjee says treatment should take a broader approach.

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Impeccable 'Phantom Thread' Doesn't Drop A Stitch

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 02:00

Paul Thomas Anderson's film about a London dressmaker in the 1950s is "a rare combination of audacity and precision, impeccably tailored yet full of mystery and magic," says critic Scott Tobias.

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The 25th Anniversary Of David Sedaris Reading 'Santaland Diaries'

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 01:55

Before he became a best-selling writer and humorist, David Sedaris worked as a department store elf. We bring you the 25th anniversary of David Sedaris reading from his essay "Santaland Diaries."

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The Art Of Gift Wrapping

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 01:55

Professional gift wrapper Mia Canada says she used to be a gift bag person. But that all changed after a seasonal job opportunity allowed her to explore the creative side of wrapping presents.

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'Downsizing': A Tone-Deaf, Less-Than-Incredible Shrinking Satire

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 14:01

Director/co-writer Alexander Payne's film is "the rare movie that seems to execute every part of its concept absolutely wrong; a narrative, tonal, visual and sociopolitical fiasco."

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'The Post': Pentagon Papers Put The Press Under Pressure

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 14:01

Steven Spielberg's account of the publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 is melodrama, but Bob Mondello says it's urgent — and effective.

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'All The Money In The World' And Worth Every Penny

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 14:00

The sudden de-Spaceying of a lead role is the least interesting thing about Ridley Scott's propulsive thriller that features a standout performance by Michelle Williams.

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Will Smith Plays Cops-And-Monsters In Unremarkable 'Bright'

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 14:00

Smith is a police officer paired with an orc (Joel Edgerton) in this fantasy-inflected buddy-cop movie that's "lazy but not boring" and "perfectly, stubbornly mediocre."

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How To Host A Hygge Holiday Party: Get Cozy, Embrace Imperfection

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:51

The Nordic concept of hygge loosely translates to a feeling of coziness, and for many hosts, it's the perfect antidote to a high-stress year and the typical fussiness associated with holiday parties.

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Rounding Up Reindeer: Zoo Prepares To Evacuate As Fire Burns Close

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:18

As the massive Thomas Fire burs in California, the Santa Barbara Zoo's elaborate evacuation plan involves 150 species, tranquilizers and maybe even throwing a towel over an alligator's head.

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'Better Call Saul' Tops Critic David Bianculli's Picks For The Best TV Of 2017

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 10:39

Fresh Air's TV critic spends a lot of time watching television — in part because there are so many great shows to watch. Godless, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Fargo are also among his favorites.

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For Many Caribbean Immigrants, It Wouldn't Be Christmas Without Black Cake

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 09:39

Many in New York's large Caribbean diaspora cling to the rich, molasses-spiced cake filled with drunken dried fruits. It takes months to prepare and is central to festivities throughout the islands.

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David Sedaris, Ira Glass And 25 Years Of 'Santaland Diaries'

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 02:03

Writer David Sedaris talks about the 25th anniversary of the radio piece that launched his career as a writer. The original Morning Edition piece was produced by Ira Glass, who joins the conversation.

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9 Favorite New Podcasts Of 2017 (That Aren't 'S-Town')

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 02:00

Big Listen host Lauren Ober recommends a drama set in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood, an entire show about self-help books and a musical based on the 36 questions that allegedly lead to love.

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Why Is Egg The Only Nog?

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:46

This season, we're tracking down the origins of favorite holiday traditions. Tuesday it was all about jelly donuts. Wednesday — eggnog. But, what exactly is eggnog?

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Case Of The Missing London-Based Professor With Ties To Russia Investigation

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:46

One curious character in the Russia investigation is a mysterious London-based professor, who is said to have told a Trump campaign advisor that Russians had thousands of Hillary Clinton's emails.

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Mexican Crime Reporter, Gumaro Perez Aguilando, Shot To Death

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:46

Twelve journalists have been murdered in Mexico this year, the latest Tuesday while at his 6-year-old son's school Christmas pageant. We explore why Mexico is such a dangerous place for journalists.

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A Look At The Evolution Of Sexual Harassment Training Videos

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:46

Sexual harassment training videos were once blunt and direct, almost laughably so. After studying 74 of them, a researcher says all the nuance in the newer videos might be why they aren't effective.

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A Painting Stored Away And The Artist Who Wants It To See The Light Of Day

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:46

Critically-acclaimed when it was first shown, Simon Dinnerstein's painting The Fulbright Triptych has been in storage for 25 of its 41 years — and Dinnerstein is working to change that.

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