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Lessons From The Language Boot Camp For Mormon Missionaries

Saturday, June 07, 2014

The Missionary Training Center, which prepares young adults to spread the Gospel around the world, is recognized as a model for language instruction. And the program only takes a few weeks.

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Stuck In The Machine Zone: Your Sweet Tooth For 'Candy Crush'

Saturday, June 07, 2014

The mobile game, with its flow of moving candies, has reeled us in. The endless repetition — without a plot or character development — can be mesmerizing. Psychologically, why can't we stay away?

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Balkan Brass Band Favorites From 'Global Village'

Saturday, June 07, 2014

From a mashup of funk and jazz out of Brooklyn to funky circus music from the Oaxaca Mountains, hear world-music DJ Betto Arcos' globe-spanning picks.

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What Philip Glass And Tommy Tutone Have In Common

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Jim Keller manages a famous minimalist composer. He co-wrote "867-5309/Jenny" with Tommy Tutone. And somewhere in between, he's released his third solo album, Heaven Can Wait.

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From Father To Son, Life Lessons Passed Down Through Generations

Friday, June 06, 2014

Thompson Williams' dad died when he was 22. As Williams now tells his own son, Kiamichi-tet, his father taught him the importance of caring for others and that crying is a path to strength.

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Wait A Second ... Is That Hitchhiker John Waters?

Friday, June 06, 2014

The man behind Pink Flamingos and Cry-Baby hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco and chronicles the experience in a new book, Carsick. He says as a hitchhiker, "Your job is to talk. Or have sex."

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For Comic Michael Che, 'Comfortable' Comedy Won't Fly

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Che is The Daily Show's newest correspondent. He may be a new face, but TV audiences are already familiar with his comedy. He spent the past year writing sketches for Saturday Night Live.

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Film Critic Kenneth Turan Picks 54 Films That Are 'Not To Be Missed'

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Turan says movies are like friends — they speak to you, and can even change your life. In his new book, he shares some personal favorites, and explains why the magic of the movies endures.

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Ex-Ambassador To Syria: Civil War Could Drag On For Years

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Robert Ford resigned as U.S. ambassador to Syria earlier this year. He tells NPR's Robert Siegel that it became impossible for him to defend the Obama administration's policies in the country.

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'Burning Down The House' Makes The Case Against Juvenile Incarceration

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

In her new book, Nell Bernstein says America's juvenile justice system is overdue for reform. Time in jail as a child or teen, she says, is the best predictor of adult criminality and incarceration.

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Bob Mould's Beautiful, Ruinous Life In Punk

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

With Hüsker Dü, Mould helped invent alt-rock, and he's kept innovating ever since. "For so many years, I ran away from my own sound," he says. At 53, he's caught up to himself.

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From Lunch (n.) To Balding (adj.), Some Words Are Just 'Bad English'

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

A new book looks at words that self-appointed linguistic police have declared contraband, like "lunch," which should be a verb, and "balding," a participle formed from an adjective instead of a verb.

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'The Director' Offers A Glimpse Into The Digital Underground

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Veteran reporter David Ignatius' new novel explores the sometimes dangerous intersection between hacker culture and the world of intelligence — and offers a prescription for a new kind of agency.

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'How Not To Be Wrong' In Math Class? Add A Dose Of Skepticism

Monday, June 02, 2014

Professor Jordan Ellenberg gives students points for recognizing when they get a wrong answer, even if they can't figure out why. In his new book, he writes that good math is about good reasoning.

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Stray Bullets And Street Violence, 'Sadvertising,' And Meshell Ndegeocello

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Assessing the toll of stray bullets on American communities, how advertisers woo customers with tears and emotion, and a live performance and conversation with musician Meshell Ndegeocello.

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When A Bullet Misses Its Target, It Can Still Kill

Sunday, June 01, 2014

In places where bullets fly regularly, there's a new kind of "duck and cover" lesson for kids. The impact of stray bullets isn't widely studied, but their indiscriminate nature is known all too well.

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Meshell Ndegeocello Trades Songs And Stories, Live In L.A.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

The bassist and songwriter gave a secret show in Los Angeles this weekend, and NPR's Arun Rath was there. Hear their conversation and selections from the concert.

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'Remember Me Like This': A Family Rebuilds In Tragedy's Aftermath

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Bret Anthony Johnston's novel starts with a boy being found years after he was kidnapped. Johnston wanted to explore the question, "How do you relate to each other after the worst has happened?"

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Tiananmen Survivor Looks Back At China's 'Lost Opportunity'

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Shen Tong was a 20-year-old biology student and an activist in Tiananmen Square 25 years ago when the government used deadly force to crush the massive protests.

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The Humble Knish: Chock-Full Of Carbs And History

Sunday, June 01, 2014

The knish is a classic Jewish comfort food — a pillow of dough filled with savory fillings like mashed potatoes. Author Laura Silver says the New York knish is also filled with stories.

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