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A Poet Parses The Legacy Of War In 'My Life As A Foreign Country'

Sunday, September 21, 2014

When award-winning poet Brian Turner served in the Army, he was following a long family tradition. His new memoir traces that history — and imagines the perspectives of the people shooting back.

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A Pianist Hears Chopin From Inside His Instrument

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Chad Lawson needed to find a way to record at home while his children slept. The result is The Chopin Variations, a set of Chopin works with an intimate, otherworldly sound.

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Mafia Wife, Getaway Driver, Stunt Woman: From The Underworld To Hollywood

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Georgia Durante's career as a stunt driver has led to roles in car commercials and movies. But before the bright lights of Hollywood, the former model was speeding away from a dark past.

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Snowden Reveal Makes Israeli Spies' Protest An American Issue

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Forty-three veterans of Unit 8200, Israel's secretive surveillance organization, say they were directed to spy indiscriminately on Palestinians. Were they using intelligence gathered by the NSA?

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In 'Transparent,' Transgender Issues Are A Family Affair

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Amazon Studios' Transparent features a slate of well-known actors playing a family dealing with the revelation that the person they'd known as Mort, their father, is a transgender woman.

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Which Catholics Offer Birth Control? Look To The Insurers

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Catholic universities and hospitals argue they shouldn't have to offer contraceptive coverage, but many Catholic insurance companies have been making it available for years.

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'Passages' Author Reflects On Her Own Life Journey

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Gail Sheehy is famous for her in-depth profiles of influential people, as well as her 1976 book on common adult life crises. Now she turns her eye inward, in her new memoir Daring: My Passages.

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Jennifer Hudson 'Jenniferizes' New Album With Positive Energy

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Oscar and Grammy Award-winning R&B singer says her new album, JHUD, has more energy than her previous ballad-heavy albums, and expresses more of her "everyday person."

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A Vulnerable Voice, Singing From Another Era

Saturday, September 20, 2014

As a kid, Scottish soul singer Paolo Nutini fell in love with male harmony groups like The Drifters. He says the fragility on those old recordings inspired the sound of his new album, Caustic Love.

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Why Afghanistan's 'Underground Girls' Skirt Tradition To Live As Boys

Saturday, September 20, 2014

In a new book, journalist Jenny Nordberg writes about the bacha posh, young girls who dress up like boys to enjoy the freedoms of being an Afghan male for as long as they can.

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Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core?

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Common Core has arguably become the most contentious issue in American education. Experts face off over the new state standards in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.

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Scientist IDs Bodies Of Migrants, Helping Families Find Closure

Friday, September 19, 2014

Lori Baker uses DNA samples to track down the loved ones of immigrants who died on their journeys. "I would love not to do this anymore, but I don't think I have it in me not to," she says.

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The Secret To This Melt-In-Your-Mouth Pork Is In The (Soy) Sauce

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Although it's a common Chinese dish, hongshao rou (red-braised pork) can be tricky to master. The key is to use two different types of soy sauce — light and dark.

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From Coffee To Chicory To Beer, 'Bitter' Flavor Can Be Addictive

Thursday, September 18, 2014

If you don't think you like bitter foods, try them again. Jennifer McLagan, the author of Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, is on a mission to change hearts and minds.

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The Insights Of An Ebola Doctor Who Became A Patient

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dr. Kent Brantly, an American Ebola survivor, tells NPR what it was like to suffer from the deadly and "humiliating" disease.

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MacArthur Fellow Terrance Hayes: Poems Are Music, Language Our Instrument

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hayes, a professor of writing at the University of Pittsburgh, was recognized for "reflecting on race, gender, and family in works that seamlessly encompass both the historical and the personal."

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The Rise And Fall Of The Fade-Out

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A slow fade, rather than a hard stop, used to be the popular way to end a pop song. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Slate reporter William Weir about the fade-out's history and recent decline.

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Dr. Kent Brantly: Ebola Survivor Gives Testimony On The Hill

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The doctor spoke of "the horror that this disease visits upon its victims" and told a joint Senate committee hearing that he favors U.S. military intervention to fight it.

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Hiccups Were The Clue That Led Researchers To Ebola

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Journalist Jeffrey Stern traveled to Guinea to find out why it took so long for scientists to figure out that the Ebola virus had struck. He tells a revealing tale in this month's Vanity Fair.

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'Language Of Food' Reveals Mysteries Of Menu Words And Ketchup

Monday, September 15, 2014

Linguist Dan Jurafsky uncovers the fishy origins of ketchup and how it forces us to rethink global history. He also teaches us how to read a menu to figure out how much a restaurant may charge.

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