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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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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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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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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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The Tabla Master Who Jammed With The Grateful Dead

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Schooled from birth in an ancient instrument, Zakir Hussain always wanted to rock. He found a way to do both after George Harrison gave him some shrewd career advice.

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Marian Anderson's Groundbreaking Met Opera Moment

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Sixty years ago, opera singer Marian Anderson made her long overdue debut at New York's Metropolitan Opera. She was its first African-American soloist.

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The Original Funky Drummers On Life With James Brown

Monday, January 05, 2015

Clyde Stubblefield and Jabo Starks should have been rivals: James Brown hired both of them to do one job. Instead, they stuck together, and laid the foundation for modern funk drumming in the process.

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A Shadow Economy Lurks In An Electronics Graveyard

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Two decades ago, the region of Agbogbloshie in Ghana was a lush mangrove swamp. Now, reporter and photographer Yepoka Yeebo explains, it's a vast dump full of electronic waste and young scavengers.

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How 'Star Wars' Helped Patton Oswalt Beat His Movie Addiction

Sunday, January 04, 2015

The actor and comedian reveals in his new memoir, Silver Screen Fiend, that he used to have a film addiction. Watching the first Star Wars prequel led to a realization that helped him kick the habit.

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Tapping The Sounds Of Portugal

Sunday, January 04, 2015

World music DJ Betto Arcos is back with a stash of music he collected while traveling through Portugal, including a song by someone he considers to be the Frank Sinatra of fado.

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In This New Year, Is It Time To Nix The Thank-You Letter?

Sunday, January 04, 2015

In The Guardian, Peter Ormerod argues it's time to end the ritual of forcing children to write often-formulaic letters. Instead, he says, try for something that's less of a chore and more sincere.

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Attracted To Men, Pastor Feels Called To Marriage With A Woman

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Allan Edwards is attracted to men, but his faith conflicts with homosexuality, so he doesn't act on it or identify as gay. Instead, he's married, starting a family and staying true to his beliefs.

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'I Was So Grateful For My Body': Jennifer Aniston Portrays Chronic Pain

Sunday, January 04, 2015

In Cake, Aniston plays a haunted woman who is suffering from debilitating pain. While Aniston is not actively looking for dramatic roles, she says "comedy and drama go hand in hand."

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Newark's New Mayor Proves His Crime-Fighting Powers Early

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Since his election, Newark, N.J., Mayor Ras Baraka has tried some unusual tactics to battle crime. He says that's just a small step in a very long effort to make Newark a safer place to live.

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Marketers Turn To Memories Of Sweeter Times To Sell Cereal

Saturday, January 03, 2015

The taste of foods from our childhood can trigger intense emotional reactions. Thanks to the power of food nostalgia, General Mills is bringing back the sugary cereal French Toast Crunch.

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Trading Pom-Poms For Field Boots: Mireya Mayor's Big Break

Saturday, January 03, 2015

The explorer's life plays out like an adventure film. But before she ever went diving with great whites, she was cheering for the Miami Dolphins — until a required science course changed her plans.

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In Preventing Trans Suicides, 'We Have Such A Long Way To Go'

Saturday, January 03, 2015

A transgender teen's anguished suicide note has launched a national conversation. The founder of a suicide hotline for trans people says Leelah Alcorn's pain and lack of support are all too common.

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