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Trading Pom-Poms For Field Boots: Mireya Mayor's Big Break

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 4:57pm

The explorer's life plays out like an adventure film. But before she ever went diving with great whites, she was cheering for the Miami Dolphins — until a required science course changed her plans.

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Remembering An Iconic Cartoon Voice

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 6:58am

Voiceover artist Christine Cavanaugh died last month. She was the voice behind characters ranging from Babe the pig to Chuckie Finster of Rugrats.

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The Zig-Zagging History Of The Number Zero

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 6:58am

NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with Amir Aczel about his quest to find the origins of our number system and his new book, Finding Zero.

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The Music That Makes The Choreographers Move

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 6:58am

Peggy Hickey, Jamaica Craft and Mark Morris are all in the business of taking music, and making it visible as dance. They share some of their favorite songs of 2014.

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Sports Trading Cards App Comes With A Virtual Stick Of Gum

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 6:58am

Topps, the best-known of the sports card companies, isn't giving up on young people. David Roth of the sports website The Classical, tells NPR's Eric Westervelt about the baseball card app, Bunt.

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In 'Citizen,' Poet Strips Bare The Realities Of Everyday Racism

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 6:58am

For her latest collection, Claudia Rankine mined her and her friends' encounters with racism. She says she wanted to talk about "what happens when we fail each other as people."

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For 98-Year-Old Artist, Every Mural Must 'Be A New Adventure'

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 5:25am

Eric Bransby, who studied under Thomas Hart Benton, is one of the last living links to the great age of American mural painting. Age has slowed him down somewhat, but Bransby is still hard at work.

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These 'Almost Famous Women' Won't Be Forgotten Again

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 4:26am

Megan Mayhew Bergman's new story collection focuses on the colorful tales of independent real-life, risk-taking women who've faded from the spotlight (or never cared for it in the first place).

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Donna Douglas, Elly May On 'The Beverly Hillbillies,' Dies At 81

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 4:13pm

The actress who played the tomboy daughter of Ozark mountain man Jed Clampett also appeared on screen alongside Elvis Presley and starred in a classic episode of The Twilight Zone.

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What 'Back To The Future 2' Got Right — And Wrong — About 2015

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 3:18pm

The movie Back to the Future 2 imagined 2015 as a world full of hover skateboards, flying cars and 3-D printed pizzas. How many of those predictions came true?

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For The New Year, Ray Bradbury's Buoyant Vision Of The Future

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 3:18pm

We saw a lot of dystopias in both films and books this year. Author Jason Sheehan has had enough. He plans to celebrate the New Year with some science fiction that's actually hopeful about the future.

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'Leviathan' And 'Two Days' Look For Oscar Gold

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 2:36pm

The week between Christmas and the new year often delivers Oscar hopefuls to our screens; NPR's Bob Mondello praises two foreign films that grapple with social issues through the lens of family.

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No Yolk: Eggs Beat Most Other Foods In Our Blog Last Year

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 12:13pm

We looked back at the most popular posts of 2014 and found many of them were about eggs. So we asked: What makes this everyday food so intriguing?

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Billy Joel, Popular Song, PBS, And Needing A Piano

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 10:31am

A PBS concert special looking at the legacy of Billy Joel brings some great stuff, some less great stuff, and a chance to reflect.

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'Leviathan' Shows A Film And Filmmaker Unafraid Of Big Questions

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 9:33am

Andrey Zvyagintsev's story of corruption in post-Soviet Russia won funding from the Ministry Of Culture, but his picture of his homeland is unsettling.

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The Madly Uneven 'Downton Abbey' Turns Its Eye From Money To Sex

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 9:04am

The fifth season of Downton Abbey continues some trends from past seasons — flawed pacing, especially. But its looks at the choices of women are intriguing.

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Murder, Cows And Bad Funerals In The Absurd Comedy Of 'Li'l Quinquin'

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 9:03am

Bruno Dumont's inconclusively plotted story of a boy crossing paths with detectives and other locals was made as a miniseries, but feels little like traditional television.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: From Sixth And I, Quizzes And Questions

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 8:07am

The second part of our December live show from the Sixth And I synagogue brings quizzes with some of our pals and questions from our audience.

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'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 8:03am

In late 2012, filmmaker Steve James and Roger Ebert began talking about filming a documentary based on Ebert's memoir. Ebert's wife, Chaz, agreed. They didn't know that he would die within months.

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A 40-Day Vegan Fast, Then At Last, A January Christmas Feast

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 4:43pm

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church observes Christmas on Jan. 7, and the 40 days prior are observed as a vegan fast. That means no dairy and no meat until the traditional dish of doro wat on Christmas Day.

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