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Three-Minute Fiction: The Round 10 Winner Is ...

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Did you leave a message after our prompt? For Round 10 of Three-Minute Fiction, we asked you to submit a short story in the form of a voice mail message. For this contest, the original fiction must be read in about three minutes, no more than 600 words.

After ...

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The 'German Bruce Springsteen' Tackles English-Language Rock

Saturday, March 09, 2013

From Bill Haley & His Comets to Elvis Costello, English is the mother tongue of rock. But Germany has a huge rock star at home who has been famous for 30 years. His name is Herbert Gronemeyer, and he's the best-selling German recording artist of all ...

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Returning From Duty, Finding Families' Embrace

Saturday, March 09, 2013

StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative records stories from members of the military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of the participants in this project have been speaking about being separated from their loved ones.

This week, Weekend Edition is featuring two stories of families reuniting after deployment.

Brothers' Bond

Both ...

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Living A Life Of Joy 'Until I Say Good-Bye'

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Susan Spencer-Wendel knows how to spend a year.

She left her job as an award-winning criminal courts reporter for The Palm Beach Post and went to the Yukon to see the northern lights. Then to Cyprus, to meet family that she never knew. She and her husband, John, took their ...

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Dave Grohl Finds Music's Human Element — In A Machine

Friday, March 08, 2013

It wasn't much to look at: a nondescript building in the San Fernando Valley with hideous brown shag carpeting on the walls. But from the 1970s on, the Sound City recording studio turned out a ridiculous amount of great music: classic recordings by Fleetwood Mac, Neil ...

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Can You Make Sad Songs Sound Happy (And Vice Versa)?

Friday, March 08, 2013

Oleg Berg, an engineer and musician in the Ukraine, had a dream as a kid. He wanted to be able to take popular songs, the recordings of which were instantly recognizable, and invert their sound: making major keys minor and vice versa.

Decades later, he has finally done it. Using ...

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Finding Flavor In The Castoff Carrot Top

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Cookbook author Diane Morgan first got to thinking about root vegetables after two encounters at her local farmers market in Portland, Ore. She was burdened down with celery root, Morgan says, when a woman stopped her to ask what she was holding and what she planned to do with it.

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Stompin' Tom Connors, Canadian Folk Hero, Has Died

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Stompin' Tom Connors was a Canadian folk legend. He was 77 when he died Wednesday at his home in Ontario. To those of us stateside, his most well-known tune is "The Hockey Song," played at hockey games everywhere. But to Canadians, Stompin' Tom Connors was an inspiration because of his ...

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Departing Obama Speechwriter: 'I Leave This Job Actually More Hopeful'

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Behind most politicians is a speechwriter, typing rapidly somewhere in a small office and trying to channel the boss's voice.

The man who has held perhaps the most prominent speechwriting job of the new millennium is Jon Favreau, a 31-year-old from Massachusetts who was President Obama's chief speechwriter until this ...

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A 'Sweet Valley High' Ghostwriter On Living A Double Life

Thursday, March 07, 2013

In her 20s, Amy Boesky lived a double life.

By day, she was a Harvard graduate studying 17th century British literature at Oxford. By night and on weekends, she was a ghostwriter for the popular teen book series Sweet Valley High.

"It was ... a sort of [an] antidote, a ...

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The 'Big Data' Revolution: How Number Crunchers Can Predict Our Lives

Thursday, March 07, 2013

When the streaming video service Netflix decided to begin producing its own TV content, it chose House of Cards as its first project. Based on a BBC series, the show stars Kevin Spacey and is directed by David Fincher, and it has quickly become the most watched series ever on ...

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Cloud Cult's 'Love' Channels A Life Tested By Loss

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The latest Morning Edition "Music Moment" focuses on the band Cloud Cult. The group is known to fans for making music to soothe the soul, as it does on the new album Love.

"This album really looks at all the different aspects of the self that need to ...

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In Sly Self-Help Novel, Selling Clean Water Gets You 'Filthy Rich'

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Mohsin Hamid's newest novel, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, takes its structure from the genre of self-help tutorials. Chapter 1: Move to the City. Chapter 2: Get an Education. Chapter 3: Don't Fall in Love (the book's nameless protagonist, who transforms from rural peasant to corporate tycoon, ...

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To 'Sum It Up': A Legendary Basketball Coach Braves Alzheimer's

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The image of Pat Summitt for many fans is that of a madwoman, decked out in orange, yelling to her players from the sideline. In 38 years as the head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team, Summitt shouted her team to more victories than any other ...

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Skipping Out On College And 'Hacking Your Education'

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The cost of college can range from $60,000 for a state university to four times as much at some private colleges. The total student debt in the U.S. now tops credit card debt. So a lot of people are asking: Is college really worth it?

There are several famous and ...

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Jeb Bush: Legal Residency, Not Citizenship, For Illegal Immigrants

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the son and brother of presidents, says the United States should overhaul its laws to make immigration easier and to give illegal immigrants a way to legal residence, not citizenship.

Bush lays out his plan with co-author Clint Bolick in the new book Immigration Wars. ...

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For Baby Boomers, Lessons In Financial Basics

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The oldest of the baby boomers came of age in the 1960s and are beginning to retire. Their younger cohorts are still putting kids through college and building careers. Baby boomers are a giant portion of the population — 78 million people, by one estimate.

They grew up in an ...

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A Multimedia Journey Through 'The Persian Square'

Monday, March 04, 2013

You may be used to hearing about Iran in the news — about its strained relationship with the U.S., or its internal political unrest, or the possible nuclear threat Iran poses.

But you may not hear much about Iran's impact on America's culture — from poetry to Silicon Valley entrepreneurship.

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'Consumer Reports' Offers Tips For Doing Taxes Online

Monday, March 04, 2013

Tax day is looming and taxpayers are scrambling to gather receipts, W-2 forms and other documents. For many, gone are the days of paper ledger books and calculators, now that there's software to figure out how much they owe.

Tobie Stanger, a senior editor at Consumer Reports, tells NPR's ...

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