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Skinny Jeans, Expanded Waistlines, And A Washington 'Fix'

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Congress has acted 17 times to prevent a cut in Medicare doctors' payments. But the so-called "Doc Fix" has always been like that pair of jeans you keep in your closet, hoping someday they'll fit.

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The Sensuous Radical: Pierre Boulez at 90

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Claiming total freedom in sound and color — and making outrageous pronouncements — the tough-minded composer and conductor charted a new course for classical music.

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Richard III, Whose Remains Were Found Under A Parking Lot, Reburied

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The last English king to die in battle was finally given a burial fit for a king — some 530 years after he was killed.

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Some Messy History Behind A Fight Over A Restaurant Called 'Chop Chop Chinaman'

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Both "chop chop" and "Chinaman" have long, complicated histories, which we thought we'd surface in light of this story.

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The End Of The Estate: 'Downton Abbey' Is Officially Saying Goodbye

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Recent reports were confirmed today when the official announcement landed that Downton Abbey's upcoming sixth season will be the end of the series.

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Board Games That Bored Gamers

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Strolling through the board games of yesteryear we find some that succeeded and some that faded away.

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Pilots Downing Their Planes Is Unusual, But Not Unprecedented

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Investigators looking into the crash of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 this week now believe it was the result of a "deliberate act" of the co-pilot. If so, it wouldn't be the first time.

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How Snobbery Helped Take The Spice Out Of European Cooking

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Complex, contrasting flavors are a hallmark of Indian cooking. They used to dominate Western food, too. What changed? When spices became less exclusive, Europe's elite revamped their cuisines.

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High-Deductible Health Plans Cut Costs, At Least For Now

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Health plans that require people to pay thousands of dollars up front cut costs in the first three years, a study finds. But no one knows if costs will rise later as people avoid preventive care.

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What's Up With Parents Who Don't Vaccinate Their Children?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

It could be a lack of confidence in the medicine. Maybe they don't think the risk of infection is that high. Or the clinic may be far from home. A new report looks at reasons in five countries.

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Genevieve, 'Colors'

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The debut single by Chicago singer Genevieve Schatz is the one new tune the entire All Songs Considered crew loved before heading down to SXSW.

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What Drove Neanderthals To Extinction? Maybe Us.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Anthropologist Barbara J. King reviews a new book that suggests domesticating the wolf gave early modern humans an extra edge in hunting that pushed Neanderthals to extinction.

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An NPR Reporter Chauffeurs A Chinese Couple 500 Miles To Their Rural Wedding

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NPR's Frank Langfitt, who has been driving Chinese people around Shanghai to meet a variety of people and better understand the rapidly changing country, takes his experiment to a whole new level.

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Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Released From Prison

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson will serve out the remainder of his sentence for misappropriating campaign funds for personal use at a halfway house in Washington, D.C.

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Why It's So Hard For Us To Agree About Dong From 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

Thursday, March 26, 2015

With a name like Dong — and so few roles for Asian-American men on TV — it's understandable that this character has been raising eyebrows. But in the context of the show, Dong makes complete sense.

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Are Women's Colleges Doomed? What Sweet Briar's Demise Tells Us

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Administrators say that the Virginia institution has been grappling with financial troubles for decades. And they blame an increasing lack of interest in single-sex education.

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Payday Loans — And Endless Cycles Of Debt — Targeted By Federal Watchdog

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is readying new regulations on payday loans and other high-cost forms of credit. Officials with the agency say the loans can trap borrowers in a cycle of debt.

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Co-Pilot Showed 'Willingness To Destroy Aircraft,' Prosecutor Says

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Marseille prosecutor said there is no evidence the Germanwings co-pilot's actions were a terrorist act. Passengers' screams can be heard before the final moments, he said. Death was immediate.

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'Lost Boys Symphony' Blurs The Lines Between Reality And Madness

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mark Andrew Ferguson's debut novel has time travel, but it isn't science fiction. It has teenagers, but it's not YA. Instead, it's a tale of intense friendship, first love, and serious mental illness.

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Saudis Say Iranian Advisers Aiding Houthis In Yemen As Strikes Continue

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Saudi ambassador to Washington also says the air operations against the Shiite Houthi rebels will continue and "we will see coalition partners join in the effort."

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