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Biographer Explains How John Updike 'Captured America'

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Adam Begley says Updike created an everyman in his Rabbit book series, and inhabited him fully, "allowing that everyman's senses to be totally open to the American experience."

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A Time Capsule From A Soviet-Era Childhood

Friday, April 04, 2014

When violinist Yevgeny Kutik's family left Minsk for the U.S. in 1990, they were stripped of most of their belongings. He was stunned at what his mother, a music teacher, fought to keep.

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A Brooklyn Boy Who Lost A Life, But Helped Save Others

Friday, April 04, 2014

Aidan Seeger was 7 when he died of a genetic disorder known as ALD in 2012. Now New York state requires newborn screening for the disorder, thanks to "Aidan's Law."

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Should The NCAA Change Its Rules To Pay For Play?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Arguments over money and big-time college athletics are more fiery than usual these days. We asked Donna Shalala, president of the University of Miami, and our readers if athletes should be paid.

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In The 1870s And '80s, Being A Pedestrian Was Anything But

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Huge crowds packed arenas to watch the world's best pedestrians walk in circles for six days at a time. And trainers encouraged the athletes to drink champagne — at the time considered a stimulant.

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First Test For College Hopefuls? Decoding Financial Aid Letters

Thursday, April 03, 2014

You got in! But just how much money is that school offering you? Financial aid award letters can be confusing, so we've put together a sample letter — and translated it into plain English.

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A Song Of Frogs, Motherhood And Murder In Swampy San Francisco

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Author Emma Donoghue's new novel, Frog Music, imagines a new solution to the 1876 murder of a San Francisco frog-catcher — and fits in a lot of raw and raunchy popular songs along the way.

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The Rise And Fall Of Stefan Zweig, Who Inspired 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The Viennese writer was once one of the world's most translated authors, but after his death he was forgotten — until now. Wes Anderson credits Zweig's writing at the end of his latest film.

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'Muses And Metaphor' Kicks Off National Poetry Month

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Tell Me More kicks off its annual poetry month series "Muses and Metaphor." Regular contributors Fernando Espuelas and Connie Schultz share their Twitter poems.

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HealthCare.Gov Woes Frustrate Last-Minute Shoppers And Helpers

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

People turned out in droves Monday to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. They found long lines and eager helpers. Some will have to return later to finish up.

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In Early Memoir, Bette Midler Adorned The Truth In Sequins

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

"There's a lot of embroidery in this book ... " Midler says. "It's all lies, except for like 10 percent." A new edition of A View From a Broad, originally published in 1980, is out this week.

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Latvia's Ex-President: 'We Have To Worry' About Russia

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Latvia joined NATO and the European Union a decade ago. Its former president sees these strong ties to the West as vital to maintaining its security and independence.

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QUIZ: The Strange Town Names Of Texas

Monday, March 31, 2014

Kermit, Texas, (pop. 5,708) is just one of many oddly named towns in Texas. Can you identify them all?

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In Kitchens Around The World, Comfort Foods Bring Us Together

Monday, March 31, 2014

Chef Carla Hall invites us over to make spanakopita, one of her favorite Greek dishes. Her new cookbook is all about celebrating the way home-cooked meals unite us — no matter where we're from.

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'We Like Struggle': Black Lips On The Will To Entertain

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Georgia rockers have endured high school expulsion, the death of a bandmate and countless other challenges — and soldiered on. Kelly McEvers speaks with founders Cole Alexander and Jared Swilley.

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3 Bedtime Picture Books That Won't Put Parents To Sleep

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Librarian Margaret Willison offers tips for making repetitive reading more enjoyable, from choosing books with detailed illustrations to using word tricks.

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In Civilian Snapshot Of Iraq, An Artist Is A 'Corpse Washer'

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Corpse Washer, set in Baghdad in 2003, shows the U.S. invasion through the eyes of an aspiring Shiite artist and a handler of the dead. Author Sinan Antoon says he wanted to share a new viewpoint.

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Cesar Millan's Long Walk To Becoming The 'Dog Whisperer'

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Millan is one of the world's most famous dog trainers, with TV shows and best-selling books. But his journey was arduous: He came to the U.S. illegally and was homeless before he got his big break.

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Behind The Scenes Of The Regular Show, The Corpse Washer, A Closer Look At Healthcare

Sunday, March 30, 2014

In this week's podcast, we hear from doctors and patients about the Affordable Care Act, a novel details Iraq's tumultuous recent history, and a behind-the-scenes look of a not-so-regular show.

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What A Small Town's Teen Pregnancy Turnaround Can Teach The U.S.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Denmark, S.C., once had one of the state's highest teen pregnancy rates, but in the past 30 years, sex education programs have helped lower that rate to one of the state's lowest.

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