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Leaving A Continent — And A Marriage — 'Before The Rains Come'

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Alexandra Fuller's new memoir recounts her wrenching decision to leave Africa and move to Wyoming with her American husband — and how their marriage fell apart away from the chaos of Africa.

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Julianne Moore: Alzheimer's Makes Us Question 'Our Essential Selves'

Friday, January 16, 2015

In Still Alice, Moore plays Alice Howland, a 50-year-old linguistics professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. Moore says she spent months meeting with people affected by the disease.

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Remembering A 'Giant': 'Everything We Did, We Did Together'

Friday, January 16, 2015

Colleen Kelly Starkloff was working at a nursing home when she met her future husband. He was quadriplegic. His disability was only one of the obstacles they overcame to having a family.

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14 Takeaways From The 14-Part WHO Report On Ebola

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Angry mobs that targeted health workers. A single funeral that infected 365 people. No isolation wards in Liberia. These are some of the striking points in WHO's new analysis.

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'Girl On The Train' Is A Journey Into The Lives Of Familiar Strangers

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

In the new psychological thriller, Rachel Watson becomes obsessed with a "perfect couple" she sees each day during her commute. When the woman in the couple disappears, Rachel decides to get involved.

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Bored ... And Brilliant? A Challenge To Disconnect From Your Phone

Monday, January 12, 2015

Studies suggest we get our most original ideas when we stop the constant stimulation and let ourselves get bored. The podcast New Tech City is challenging you to disconnect — and see what happens.

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Miranda July Balances Weirdness And Reality In Debut Novel

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The director and artist says one of the challenges of writing The First Bad Man was shaping her main character's odd psyche. Then, she says, she realized, "I can always take it back if it's too much."

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Pastor's Gay Brother 'Frustrated That NPR Made This A News Story'

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Last week, Pastor Allan Edwards told NPR about his choice to marry a woman despite his attraction to men. His story prompted comments from many — including his brother Dexter.

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Death Becomes Disturbingly Routine: The Diary Of An Ebola Doctor

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Even veteran health care workers are shaken by Ebola's toll. "I've certified the deaths of more patients than in my last two decades," says Dr. Joe Selanikio, an American working in Sierra Leone.

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After Silence, An 'Outline' Of A Life In Fragments

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Rachel Cusk's new novel Outline reflects the fragmentation of her own life in the story of a writer coming to terms with her dissolving marriage while on a summer teaching trip to Greece.

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This Weekend, Visit San Francisco's Famed Forbidden City In 'China Dolls'

Sunday, January 11, 2015

In this installment of Weekend Reads, Jean Kwok recommends Lisa See's novel China Dolls, about the unlikely friendship formed by three young women on vaudeville's all-Asian "Chop Suey Circuit."

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'Tasty': How Flavor Helped Make Us Human

Sunday, January 11, 2015

From an evolutionary standpoint, flavor has long helped define who we are as a species, journalist John McQuaid argues in his new book, an exploration of the art and science of taste.

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'Blood Of The Tiger': Shedding Light On China's Farmed-Tiger Trade

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The endangered animals are bred for luxury items, like tiger bone wine and tigerskin rugs. By raising the demand for these goods, the farms pose a threat to wild tigers, says author J.A. Mills.

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Uptown Boy: Mark Ronson And The Producer As Rock Star

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A studio tinkerer with a perfectionist streak, Ronson himself admits he can't sing. Instead, he built a reputation on instinct and good taste.

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Forget Wearable Tech. People Really Want Better Batteries.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Consumer Electronics Show has wrapped up its showcase of the latest in high-tech gizmos. But according to a survey from Fortune magazine, many Americans have a simpler wish: longer battery life.

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'Holy Smokes!': Rare Baseball Card Collection Hits Home Run

Saturday, January 10, 2015

It's a sports appraisal record for PBS' Antiques Roadshow: A collection of memorabilia from the 1870s was valued at $1 million. The owner had been expecting more like $5,000 or $10,000.

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Australian Cyberthriller 'Amnesia' Echoes Julian Assange Story

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Peter Carey's novel opens as a hacker's computer virus is unlocking prison cells around the world. He says, "Assange was the reason I started writing the book, but I didn't want to write about [him]."

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'West Of Sunset' Imagines F. Scott Fitzgerald's Last Years In Hollywood

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Author Stewart O'Nan says that in the late '30s, Fitzgerald was at the bottom of a bad spiral. But in Hollywood, "he finds himself again: He finds his love of writing, he finds his love of the world."

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'I Was A Dramatic Kid': For Jessica Chastain, Acting Came Naturally

Friday, January 09, 2015

Chastain started her own theater company at age 10. As the first in her family to go to college, she says attending Juilliard was scary, but her grandmother helped her through it.

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A Former Inmate And The 'Mother' Who Buoys Him

Friday, January 09, 2015

James Taylor says it was almost impossible to find a job after he was released from prison in 1999 — until he met Darlene Lewis. She helps ex-cons find work. "We make a good team," she says of James.

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