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Swoon Reads: The Next Romance Bestseller, Selected By You

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:00pm

Macmillan's new young adult romance imprint solicits manuscripts and then invites users to read and rate them. The author whose manuscript is most popular with the community gets a contract and a first printing of 100,000 copies.

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Shirley Temple And Bojangles: Two Stars, One Lifelong Friendship

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:00pm

When the pint-sized actress and the tap-dancing legend performed their "stair dance" in The Little Colonel, it was considered the first interracial dance performance. NPR's Elizabeth Blair explores the off-screen friendship of "Little Miss Sunshine" and Bill Robinson — both icons in their fields.

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To Strive, To Seek, To Find: The End Of A Baseball Era

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:00pm

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter announced this week that he would retire at the end of the season. "For the last 20 years I've been completely focused on two goals: playing my best and helping the Yankees win ... It's time for something new." Author Julia Keller saw the move as a poetic flourish on a long career.

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Antihero Or Villain? In 'House Of Cards,' It's Hard To Tell

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 2:27pm

The second season of Netflix's political drama will be released on Friday, providing a new dose of bad behavior from Francis Underwood. Antiheroes are popular on TV right now — think Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy and The Blacklist. But Eric Deggans wonders just how bad is too bad.

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Romance Writers Offer Sweet Thoughts For Valentine's Day

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 1:00pm

Even if you hate the holiday, any day is a good day for chocolate and a swoony romantic read. But NPR's romance guru Bobbi Dumas is an unabashed lover of Valentine's Day, and she celebrating by asking five of her favorite authors to recommend their favorite romances — and describe their own Valentine traditions.

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Is There A Secret To Happiness?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 11:00am

There may be no fool proof secret to happiness, but Pharrell's song 'Happy' definitely delivers some instant joy. Pharrell shares what inspires him to keep smiling.

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How Does Misfortune Affect Long-Term Happiness?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 11:00am

We're doomed to be miserable if we don't get what we want - right? Not quite, says psychologist Dan Gilbert. He says our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don't go as planned.

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What Does It Take To Be Grateful?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 11:00am

We all want to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you're going, and above all, being grateful.

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Does Less Stuff Mean More Happiness?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 11:00am

Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? Writer Graham Hill makes the case for taking up less space.

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Are We Happier When We Stay In The Moment?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 11:00am

When are humans most happy? To answer this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the results: We're often happiest when we're lost in the moment.

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Did Michael Sam Take A 'Huge Risk' To Come Out Before The Draft?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 10:57am

NFL hopeful Michael Sam recently announced he's gay. But is that why his draft stock has reportedly dropped? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

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Remembering The Radio Stations That Got Loud With 'Black And Proud'

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 10:57am

Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio highlights a time when black radio stations were the only ones playing music by African-Americans. Host Michel Martin talks about the audio documentary with legendary music producer Kenny Gamble, who narrated the project.

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Jay Z Or Jay-Z? Buzzfeed Tells You When To Hyphenate

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 10:56am

The AP Style Guide and Chicago Manual of Style are the gold standards for questions about capitalization, grammar, or usage. But what if you need to know how to properly write Jay Z's name? Buzzfeed's Copy Editor Emmy Favilla discusses the website's style guide for the Internet.

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What Happens When We Slow Down?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 9:09am

Journalist Carl Honoré believes our society's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Tiny Plastic Men And The Teenage Blues

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 7:20am

On this week's show, we're loving The Lego Movie, and we're pondering the fates of pop culture teenagers. And as always, we talk about what's making us happy this week.

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Book News: Penguin India Defends Decision To Yank 'The Hindus'

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 6:11am

Also: A new Valentine's Day scene from Nathaniel P; James Wood on going home; Robert Caro on LBJ.

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'Harried Mom' Becomes Dynamic Woman In These Stock Images

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 2:46am

LeanIn.org and Getty Images are partnering to offer a new photo collection of women and families. The images steer clear of familiar stereotypes — women in heels stepping on men, moms with more than two arms — and instead gravitate toward creative, energetic portraits.

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Into An 'Adult World,' With A Quirky Coterie To Assist

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 4:30pm

A frustrated would-be poet (Emma Roberts) takes the first steps beyond her suburban comfort zone, exploring L.A.'s artsy fringe in the company of a drag queen and a washed-up practitioner of her own chosen form.

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A Zombie Plague, But It's Covered By Your Health Plan

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 4:00pm

The Returned posits a viral epidemic that, 20-odd years on, has proven treatable, allowing those who survive zombie attacks to remain human as long as they're on medication. But what to do when drug supplies run low — and "anti-returned" factions get nervous?

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Two Exiles, Digging Through The Past For Clues To Their Present

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 4:00pm

In a thinky, talky take on identity in American culture, a European psychoanalyst (Matthieu Amalric) becomes enthralled with the case of James Picard (Benicio Del Toro), a Blackfoot Indian suffering from psychic trauma after fighting in World War II.

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