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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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From Marling To Modest Mouse, A Look At 2015's New Music

Saturday, January 03, 2015

NPR Music's Stephen Thompson surveys a few anticipated highlights of the coming year in music, including Screaming Females and The Lone Bellow.

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The Goal: To Remember Each Jim Crow Killing, From The '30s On

Saturday, January 03, 2015

The Civil Rights Restorative Justice Project wants to document every racially motivated killing in the American South between 1930 and 1970. The project's director says it's a race against the clock.

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In 'Citizen,' Poet Strips Bare The Realities Of Everyday Racism

Saturday, January 03, 2015

For her latest collection, Claudia Rankine mined her and her friends' encounters with racism. She says she wanted to talk about "what happens when we fail each other as people."

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U.N.'s Anthony Banbury: Zero Cases Of Ebola Is The Only Option

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Anthony Banbury is stepping down as the head of the U.N.'s Ebola mission. He says the Ebola can't become entrenched in West Africa. And he thinks the fight is heading in the right direction.

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These 'Almost Famous Women' Won't Be Forgotten Again

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Megan Mayhew Bergman's new story collection focuses on the colorful tales of independent real-life, risk-taking women who've faded from the spotlight (or never cared for it in the first place).

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Out Of Tragedy, An Unexpected Connection Is Made

Friday, January 02, 2015

The parents of a 5-year-old boy killed in a car accident have formed a bond with the sister of the woman who drove the speeding car. The couple says their meetings have eased their pain.

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Pastry With Soul. It's That Simple

Thursday, January 01, 2015

New York pastry chef Brooks Headley calls his cookbook Fancy Desserts. But his Italian grandmother is his real inspiration, he says, and she was all about homestyle: simple and fresh.

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A Cure For The Common Hangover, Found On The Stove

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Chef Anthony Lamas says posole, a Mexican hominy stew, is great if you're cold, hung over or just had a long night. "It's a cure in a bowl" that's infinitely customizable, he says.

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Fallen Heroes: A Tribute To The Health Workers Who Died Of Ebola

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The virus has taken a tragic toll in their ranks. At hospitals and clinics, their photos are displayed along with messages from their friends and family: "May you rest in perfect peace."

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Roxane Gay: 2014 Was The Year Of 'Enough Is Enough'

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Author Roxane Gay spent 2014 thinking and writing about issues that exposed divides in America over race and gender. She offers her thoughts on some of the year's most-talked-about stories.

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A 'Lost Boy' Helps The Girls Of South Sudan Find An Education

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Daniel Majok Gai fled South Sudan twice because of war. He wants to return for good. But for now, he's giving back by helping youth there gain an education. His inspiration: a girl named Annah.

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In Memoriam 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014

NPR Music remembers musicians — singers, songwriters, instrumentalists — and other visionaries we lost in 2014. Explore and celebrate their musical legacies.

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Die-In, Vortex, Selfie Stick: What's The Word Of 2014?

Sunday, December 28, 2014

In January, members of the American Dialect Society will vote on the 2014 Word of the Year. Linguist Ben Zimmer runs through some contenders — including words both old and new.

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From Her Dad To Her 'Jamish' Roots, A Poet Pieces Her Story Together

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Salena Godden grew up in 1970s England with a Jamaican mom and an absent Irish dad. In her memoir, Springfield Road, she looks back on her struggle to find her personal identity.

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Jamie Oliver, Up To His Elbows In Mashed Potatoes With 'Comfort Food'

Sunday, December 28, 2014

For his new cookbook, the chef compiled soul-soothing, stomach-satisfying recipes from around the world. And this time, Oliver tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer, he worried less about calorie counts.

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