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Cute Dog Video Answers Mystery Of The Cosmos. Maybe

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Newton's laws, Quantum Mechanics, Information Theory — the fundamental rules of existence — find expression in the human world for human purposes, says commentator Adam Frank.

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The World

You'd better watch where you walk the next time you visit the Vatican

Monday, September 01, 2014

The Vatican is dense with art and history — every arch, piece of art and ceiling has a story to tell. But so do the floors, which are easy to miss. Whether paved with marble from the Coliseum or sporting mosaics from ancient villas, the floors of the Vatican have much to tell.

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Morning Edition

Why Did Crowd Flee Shanghai Subway After Foreigner Fainted?

Monday, September 01, 2014

A widely watched video shows a foreigner fainting on a subway car and everyone around him fleeing. No one helps. It's rekindled a national debate about trust, fear and the Chinese national character.

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The World

Hello Kitty turns 40 this year and she's got news!

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Japanese American National Museum will be opening an exhibit highlighting the 40-year rise of Hello Kitty. And the well known white Kitty has one thing to make clear to the world.

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The Takeaway

Why the Summer of 2014 Was Great

Friday, August 29, 2014

Three supermoons. A girl dominated the Little League World Series. It wasn't hot and gross. As the summer sun sets this Labor Day Weekend, let's remember how good we've had it. 

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In Praise Of Being Bored

Friday, August 29, 2014

Boredom is increasingly a thing of the past. We've got devices to fill up every instant. Some people say baseball is boring. But maybe its popularity is in the fact that it allows us room to be bored?

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The World

A tidier, more polite lobster roll ... courtesy of Canada

Friday, August 29, 2014

The lobster roll is a summertime favorite in New England. Fresh lobster, a little mayo, some dill and a splash of lemon juice. All mixed together, and then slapped on a hot dog bun. But up north in New Brunswick, you can find some delicious Canadian variations on the lobster roll. Leave it to Chicago-based food writer Steve Dolinsky to try them all.

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The Takeaway

Fall 2014 Movie Preview

Friday, August 29, 2014

Fall 2014 movie season is right around the corner, and the Movie Date team is geared up with ten of the movies they're most looking forward to. 
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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Homegrown Terrorism, The Glass Ceiling in Tech, and the Highlights of the Summer of 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

             

The World

Prejudice, exclusion and sexism is all part of life for a Tibetan migrant in Beijing

Thursday, August 28, 2014

American reporter Jocelyn Ford only set out to snag some contact in inaccessible Tibet. Instead, when she sat down to talk to a Tibetan woman named Zanta, she ended up as part of her own story, experiencing Zanta's struggles and the deeply-ingrained sexism of Tibetan society.

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The World

This architect says the most important feature of a mosque is its sustainability

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mosques have huge variations in their designs and decorations. But when it comes to designing new mosques in the US, one architect wants to focus on sustainability instead of ornate designs and big chandeliers.

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The World

Undocumented Asian immigrants shy away from revealing their status

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The immigration debate often centers on people from Latin America, but many undocumented immigrants are Asian. Yet Asian communities are seeking out help and enrolling in a government anti-deportation program at much lower rates than Latinos, thanks to stigma over being undocumented.

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The World

A German artist creates a gold rush on an English beach

Thursday, August 28, 2014

There's more than $16,000 in gold bars buried on a beach in England. It's a public art display that has locals grabbing their shovels and digging for treasure.

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The World

Beijing has a message for China's Cantonese speakers — stick to Mandarin!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Cantonese-speaking heartland of southern China is also the country's most populous region. But Beijing still considers the region's native language of Cantonese to be a minority dialect, and now it wants Cantonese broadcasters to switch to Mandarin — but why now?

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The World

This English chef is bringing working-class 'bread and dripping' to his finest patrons

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

You could call Tom Sellers a "culinary wunderkind." At 26, he already has his own award-winning restaurant in London. Now, he's trying to bring "bread and dripping" — a traditional dish for many working-class Britons — to the plates of England's most refined foodies.

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The Takeaway

How to Be a Well-Mannered Tennis Fan

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The U.S. Open has a reputation of drawing noisier crowds, and while some players say a boisterous audience is energizing, not all athletes are equally appreciative of the extra decibels.

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The Takeaway

America Is Over The Burger

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Millennials, in particular, are turning away from hamburger chains, but coffee sales are booming, and the deal between Burger King and Tim Hortons is right in step with those changes.

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The Takeaway

The Search for Diverse Children's Books

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Patrik Henry Bass discusses his new book, "Zero Degree Zombie Zone," a children's fantasy tale that pits African-American middle schoolers against zombies.

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The World

Richard Attenborough's Gandhi needed hundreds of thousands of extras. Meet one of them

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In 1980, when director Richard Attenborough was shooting scenes for Gandhi, thousands of Indians volunteered for parts as extras. New York-based film critic Aseem Chhabra remembers getting a part as a passenger on the train that carried Gandhi back to Delhi.

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The World

Alaska's first mosque prepares to open its doors

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Muslim community in Alaska is larger than you might think. And now, after years of fundraising, they have a place of worship.

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