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Blizzard Predictions, and Preparations

Melissa Clark talks soup. The Broadway production of "Honeymoon in Vegas." Karen Russell on how to manage your smartphone. Please Explain is all about Blizzards!
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Expect 1-3 Feet of Snow. Or Maybe 4 Inches. Predicting Blizzards.

Friday, January 30, 2015

New York was spared the worst effects of this storm, but blizzards can be incredibly destructive forces. Accurate prediction is crucial, but more complicated than people realize. 
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What Could Go Wrong in a Vegas Wedding?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Tony Danza and Rob McClure star in "Honeymoon in Vegas." A commitment-phobic man tries to elope with his girlfriend in Vegas, but has to battle it out with a gambling widower.
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Karen Russell On Balancing Writing, Technology, and Boredom

Friday, January 30, 2015

How to balance writing with the barrage of smartphone interruptions? Karen Russell gives her advice.
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A Stone, A Pot, and A Little Love. The Magic of Soup.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Melissa Clark talks about one of her favorite cold weather meals, one found in cuisines all over the world. Soup!
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A Compendium of Dips

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A collection of dips to serve at your Super Bowl party.
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A History of PTSD, Written By a Former Marine Living With It

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder afflicts as many as 30 percent of conflict veterans, but its reach extends far beyond the armed forces. 
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Hoping, Trying, To Save a Marriage

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Connie tells Douglas that she wants a divorce, three decades after they first meet. David Nichols’ new novel describes what happens next.
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Lessons From a Televised Panic Attack

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dan Harris broke down during a live national broadcast. Meditation helped him tune in to himself.   
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The Politics of Illness and Healthcare

Thursday, January 29, 2015

David J. Morris talks about the history of PTSD. Dan Harris embraces meditation. David Nicholls on his new novel. Steven Brill discusses the politics behind the ACA.
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The Backroom Deals That Created the Affordable Care Act

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Steven Brill discusses how the Affordable Care Act was written and how it is changing—or not changing—the healthcare industry.
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How Corruption Drives Extremism

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Since the late 1990s, some governments have come to resemble glorified criminal gangs, bent solely on their own enrichment. 
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The Transformative Agenda of LBJ

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

LBJ spearheaded the most transformative agenda in American political history since the New Deal, including the Civil Rights Acts; the War on Poverty; and Medicare and Medicaid.
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A Computer Virus, A Jailbreak, And A Potential Cyber War

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Two-time Booker Prize winner Peter Carey talks about his new novel, Amnesia, about a virus in an Australian prison computer system that causes hundreds of asylum-seekers to walk free.
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Looking Up From Your Smartphone, Perish The Thought

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Every time we pick up our smartphone to distract us when we are bored, we may be robbing ourselves of the opportunity to brainstorm, plan, or think creatively. 
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The Corrosion of Corruption, Spearheading The Great Society

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sarah Chayes on corruption as a great destabilizing force. Peter Carey talks about his new novel. The Bored and Brilliant Challenge. LBJ's legacy. 
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Directing the First American-Afghan War

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The new book from Robert L. Grenier, the CIA station chief in Islamabad, discusses maneuvering Taliban dissidents, and launching the campaign that brought Hamid Karzai to power.
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How Will Digital Currencies Change Our Way of Life?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Digital currency could reinvent traditional financial and social structures, and bring the world's billions of "unbanked" individuals into a new global economy. 
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Learning to Be Bored With Gary Shteyngart

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The WNYC podcast New Tech City is taking on a big new project to get people to rethink their relationship with technology. They call it Bored and Brilliant.
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Bored With Gary Shteyngart, The Future of Bitcoin

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Robert L. Grenier on directing the war in Afghanistan. Debating life and art. Gary Shteyngart on his phone dependency. The future of cryptocurrency.
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To Pursue Art, or a Family?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Caleb Powell and David Shields recount four days together at a cabin in the Cascade Mountains, where they debate whether life is worth sacrificing for your art, or vice versa.
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