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'American Cornball' A Taxonomy Of Humor In The U.S.

NPR Books - 5 hours 23 min ago

Robert Siegel talks to author Christopher Miller about American Cornball. It looks at the prejudices and peculiarities of a nation polarized between urban and rural, black and white and more.

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Examining Bill Cosby's Legacy As 'The Cosby Show' Turns 30

NPR Top Stories - 5 hours 36 min ago

As The Cosby Show celebrates its 30th birthday, NPR's Eric Deggans talks with the author of a new Bill Cosby biography on how the show and the comedian have shaped perceptions of black families.

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Keeping Heirloom Apples Alive Is 'Like A Chain Letter' Over Many Centuries

NPR Books - 5 hours 42 min ago

Scott Farm in Vermont grows 100 apple varieties, some of them dating back to the 1700s. These apples may not look as pretty as the Red Delicious, but what they lack in looks they make up for in taste.

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To Foil Russia's Food Ban, Imported Ingredients Go Incognito

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 11 min ago

Russia's ban on imported foods hasn't stopped its trendiest restaurants from sourcing top-quality ingredients like Italian cheese and Norwegian fish. How? Just slap on a "made in Belarus" label.

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NFL Commissioner: 'We Will Get Our House In Order'

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 27 min ago

Roger Goodell has been embroiled in controversy over how the league has handled off-field violent behavior of some of its star players. He said he had not considered resigning.

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A Single Insurer Holds Obamacare's Fate In 2 States

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 27 min ago

Where have the insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act struggled the most? The answer lies in commerce, not politics.

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His Camera Takes Us To The World 'We Must Preserve'

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 7 min ago

In the new exhibit "Genesis," the noted photographer Sebastiao Salgado shares his vision of "a kind of state of humanity of the planet," from Amazon tribes to frozen Siberia.

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Roosevelt's Polio Wasn't A Secret: He Used It To His 'Advantage'

NPR Books - 8 hours 8 min ago

In The Man He Became, historian James Tobin says, despite misimpressions to the contrary, Americans of Franklin Roosevelt's day were well-aware of his disability. Originally aired Nov. 25, 2013.

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White House Announces Campaign Against Campus Sexual Assault

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 10 min ago

In unveiling the "It's On Us" campaign aimed at preventing attacks on college campuses, President Obama said such violence is "an affront to our basic humanity."

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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘Cosby: His Life and Times’

New York Times book reviews - 8 hours 18 min ago
Mark Whitaker discusses his new biography of Bill Cosby, and Jeff Hobbs talks about “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace.”






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Alibaba Shares Surge On First Day Of Trading

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 19 min ago

Shares of the Chinese e-commerce giant opened at $92.70 a share on the New York Stock Exchange today, making it the biggest initial public offering in U.S. history. They were priced at $68 a share.

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Free 12 Years A Slave Curriculum Tool Kit for High Schools

Fox Searchlight and director Steve McQueen are offering high schools in the United States free DVD of the Academy Award Winning 12 Years a Slave along with a curriculum tool kit.  Visit http://www.12yearsaslave.com/ to find out how to get a kit for your high school.

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ArtsBeat: The Bradbury Chronicles: Hundreds of Items Owned by Author Going to Auction

New York Times book reviews - 8 hours 55 min ago
Items including awards and even bottles of wine owned by Bradbury are to be auctioned this month.






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Iconic Pabst Beer Brands Sold To Russian Company

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 18 min ago

Pabst Brewing Co., with its famous Blue Ribbon, Old Milwaukee and Schlitz labels, is being acquired by Russian brewer Oasis Beverages for an undisclosed sum.

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How To Get Children To Behave Without Hitting Them

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 30 min ago

Most parents say they have used corporal punishment. But there's abundant evidence that it doesn't improve behavior over time. Changing how parents talk to children does work, but it takes practice.

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Children's Books: ‘Harlem Hellfighters,’ by J. Patrick Lewis and Gary Kelley

New York Times book reviews - 9 hours 52 min ago
A picture book about an African-American regiment in World War I that confronted racists as well as the German Army.
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Children's Books: ‘Nest,’ by Esther Ehrlich

New York Times book reviews - 9 hours 52 min ago
In this middle-grade novel, a girl finds a way forward after the loss of her mother.
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Children's Books: ‘Belzhar,’ by Meg Wolitzer

New York Times book reviews - 9 hours 53 min ago
Students at a therapeutic boarding school discover a way to return to the past, before their personal traumas.
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Children's Books: Anthony Browne’s ‘What If . . . ?’ and More

New York Times book reviews - 9 hours 53 min ago
Swallowing their fears, these adventuresome characters set off down unfamiliar streets and explore unknown worlds.
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‘Neverhome,’ by Laird Hunt

New York Times book reviews - 9 hours 58 min ago
Disguised as a man, Laird Hunt’s heroine joins the Union Army.
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