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Elton John Leads Boycott Against Dolce & Gabbana Over 'Synthetic Children' Remarks

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 12:27pm

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are locked in a public argument with Elton John over their recent remarks condemning in vitro fertilization and saying same-sex couples shouldn't raise children.

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Looks Matter: A Century Of Iconic Food Packaging

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 11:23am

Many of the boxes, bags and bottles that contain our edibles were once groundbreaking —both in their design and in how they changed our perception of what's inside. Designers tell us their favorites.

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Documentary Makers Worry About Being Squeezed Out Of PBS Prime Time

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 4:48am

PBS and some of big public television stations are moving news and public affairs documentaries out of prime time. Thy're putting in audience favorites like Downton Abbey and Antiques Roadshow.

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With Sunny, Modern Homes, Joseph Eichler Built The Suburbs In Style

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 2:09am

The developer was known for well-crafted tract homes that dotted California suburbs after World War II. "The architechture really does inform the way you live," says Eichler home owner Adriene Biondo.

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'State Of Terror': Where ISIS Came From And How To Fight It

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 4:15pm

In their new book, terrorism experts Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger say that the "projection of strength" has lead to the rapid expansion of the self-declared Islamic State.

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Gather Ye Rosebuds: 'Citizen Kane' Screened At Hearst Castle

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 8:27am

Citizen Kane by Orson Welles was inspired by media mogul William Randolph Hearst, who hated it with a passion. But this weekend, the film was finally shown at Hearst's legendary California castle.

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Say Yes To The Puzzle

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 7:03am

"Yes" is supposed to be the most pleasing word in the English language. If that's true, today's puzzle will be very pleasing indeed. Each answer is an anagram of "yes" plus two or three other letters.

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The Elixir Du Jour: Bone Broth

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 6:52am

Stock or broth? Whatever you call it, it's having its moment. Food commentator Bonny Wolf explains the hottest ancient trendy drink.

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A Mystery 'Bullet' Reveals Long-Kept Family Secrets

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 6:52am

The hero of Mary Louise Kelly's novel, The Bullet, discovers she has a bullet in her neck but doesn't know how it got there. Kelly tells NPR's Rachel Martin she was inspired by a true story.

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Change Your Habits And You'll Be 'Better Than Before'

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 6:52am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Gretchen Rubin about her new book, Better Than Before. It's her philosophy of how to create good habits and nix the bad ones.

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People With Disabilities, On Screen And Sans Clichés

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 4:15pm

Films that focus on disability are frequently overlooked by festivals and audiences. Reelabilities, a 15-city festival, is bucking the trend, showcasing films by and about people with disabilities.

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'Windows' That Transform The World: Jane Hirshfield On Poetry

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 4:15pm

In a "window moment," the poet says, a work shifts and expands: "By glancing for a moment at something else, the field of the poem becomes larger. What's in the room with the poem is bigger."

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Not My Job: Trombone Shorty Gets Quizzed On Obscure Musical Instruments

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 8:28am

We're in New Orleans this week, so we've invited Troy Andrews — better known as Trombone Shorty — to answer three questions about instruments you've probably never heard of.

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From Freud To Possession, A Doctor Faces Psychiatry's Demons

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 6:35am

In Shrinks, Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman looks at the development of what he himself calls the most distrusted, feared and denigrated of all medical specialties.

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How The Luxury Fashion Industry Became All Business

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 6:35am

Once family-owned, luxury fashion houses have been gobbled by conglomerates. Industry watchers say designers have suffered from a pressure-cooker environment that focuses intensely on the bottom line.

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Murder City Earns Its Name In 'Blood Runs Green'

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 6:35am

Before Beulah Annan or Leopold and Loeb, another murder became a Chicago sensation. Scott Simon speaks with Gillian O'Brien, author of Blood Runs Green: The Murder that Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago.

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These Nightclub Entertainers Paved The Way For Asian-Americans In Showbiz

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 6:35am

Forbidden City was part of a Chinese-American nightclub scene that flourished in 1940s and '50s San Francisco. But between racial taunts and scandalized parents, its performers didn't have it easy.

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The Family Peach Farm That Became A Symbol Of The Food Revolution

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 6:35am

Heirloom peach trees, and an essay about them, turned one California farm into a landmark of local food. It's now the scene of another unconventional choice: a daughter's return to take the helm.

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'Persona' Is A Dangerous Dance Of Diplomacy And Celebrity

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 6:03am

Genevieve Valentine's new novel is set in a world where diplomats are the equivalent of Hollywood stars, glamorous Faces manipulated by behind-the-scenes handlers and stalked by eager paparazzi.

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Univision Incident Reignites Questions About Diversity In Latino Media

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 4:45pm

Fashion critic and host Rodner Figueroa has been let go for offensive comments about First Lady Michelle Obama. Critics see the incident as an example of racism in Spanish-language broadcasts.

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