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A Parenting Paradox: How Kids Manage To Be 'All Joy And No Fun'

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 3:00pm

We call babies "bundles of joy," but decades of social science research show that kids don't make parents happier. In her new book, Jennifer Senior takes a closer look at how we quantify joy.

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Can Mom's Pregnancy Diet Rewire Baby's Brain For Obesity?

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 1:22pm

Expectant moms are eating for two, but that isn't a license to indulge. A convincing body of research suggests that what happens in utero can set the stage for obesity. And a new study in mice suggests one way that poor maternal diet might play role: by rewiring a part of the brain that regulates appetite.

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Does Mom's Pregnancy Diet Rewire Baby's Brain For Obesity?

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 1:22pm

Expectant moms are eating for two, but that isn't a license to indulge. A convincing body of research suggests that what happens in utero can set the stage for obesity. And a new study in mice suggests one way that poor maternal diet might play role: by rewiring a part of the brain that regulates appetite.

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Middle-Aged And Divorced, 'Gloria' Takes On Life's Uncertainties

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 10:00am

Gloria is a new film from Chile that centers on a late-middle-aged divorced woman whose life is full of ambiguity. She's played by Paulina Garcia, who won the top acting prize — the Silver Bear — at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival, where the movie was a surprise hit. It opens this week in New York and Los Angeles, and wider next month.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Oscar Nominees And 'Looking'

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 9:50am

On this week's show, we consider what the Oscar nominations left out and why it might have happened, and we chat about the think-piece-inspiring HBO show Looking.

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Dry January: Giving Up Booze For A Month Does Have Benefits

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 9:15am

For regular drinkers, the New Year's resolution tradition may involve what's known as a dry January: giving up booze for a month. But could such a short-term breakup with alcohol really impart any measurable health benefits? A small but intriguing study suggests yes.

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Dry January: Giving Up Booze For A Month Does Have Benefits

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 9:15am

For regular drinkers, the New Year's resolution tradition may involve what's known as a dry January: giving up booze for a month. But could such a short-term breakup with alcohol really impart any measurable health benefits? A small but intriguing study suggests yes.

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After A Crisis, A Long, Laborious Quest For A New Normal

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 8:56am

Struggling to hold her family together after her husband suffers a personality-altering stroke, a mother forms a friendship with the doctor documenting her husband's case. Run & Jump is the feature-length debut from Oscar-nominated short-film director Steph Green.

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Fix The Best New Artist Grammy: Dump It

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 8:16am

Marc Hirsh argues that the Best New Artist award, the kids' table of the Grammys, ought to go the way of the dodo bird, for everyone's sake and everyone's sanity.

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Book News: Amazon Says It Hopes Polish, Czech Workers Won't Unionize

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 6:29am

Also: Chang-rae Lee on his reading habits; how Jennifer Weiner helps the New York literary world stay relevant.

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Sixty Years Of Poems Mix Anger, Ambivalence And Authority

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 6:00am

The Poetry Of Derek Walcott: 1948 - 2013 pulls from the Nobel laureate's large body of work. Fans might remember that the St. Lucian poet — who just turned 84 — published a Selected Works a few years ago. But the new book is more expansive and more enlightening, showing how Walcott's work has no parallel.

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Sun And Water, And A Dangerous Brand Of Desire

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 4:28pm

Alain Guiraudie's French-language thriller Stranger By The Lake is an unnerving mix of Hitchcock's Rear Window and Friedkin's Cruising, blending sex and murder, fear and desire. (Recommended)

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Moving Through Middle Age, With A Song In Her Heart

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 4:00pm

Sebastian Lelio's latest film, Gloria, is a celebration of its title character, an older single woman looking for life and love in a modernized Chile more focused on individual rights than on familial obligations. (Recommended)

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'24 Exposures': A Would-Be Erotic Thriller, Without Focus

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 4:00pm

24 Exposures, a thriller from the director of last year's more polished comedy Drinking Buddies, is a sex-driven whodunit more concerned with interpersonal relationships than with thrills or sexual chemistry.

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Potential Carcinogen In Colas Has FDA Reviewing Data

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 3:46pm

A new study from Consumer Reports finds varying levels of 4-MEI –listed as a carcinogen in California — in popular sodas. The chemical is created during the manufacturing of caramel color used to dye sodas brown. Coke has reformulated its sodas to bring down levels, but Pepsi is still transitioning.

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'Speculation' Shows Good Stories Come In Small Packages, Too

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 3:00pm

Jenny Offill's sparse and experimental novel Dept. of Speculation is a reminder that bigger isn't always better. Through short vignettes, Offill builds a narrative about an unnamed husband and wife. It's a sly, profound glimpse into a fragile domestic sphere — and, while the form may be unusual, the book is highly readable.

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From Down Under, A Paprikash To Warm You All Over

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 2:47pm

Cold weather means "Mum's Rice Paprikash" for Merelyn Chalmers, a member of The Monday Morning Cooking Club. The club is dedicated to preserving recipes from Sydney's Jewish community. For our Found Recipes series, Chalmers shares the dish that she considers the ultimate comfort food.

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Patchett: In Bad Relationships, 'There Comes A Day When You Gotta Go'

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:29am

Ann Patchett got married and divorced young. When she met the man who would eventually become her second husband she said: "I'll be true; I'll be faithful; I'll see you every day ... but I don't want to get married and I don't want to live together.'" Her new book is This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage.

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An Innovative Plan To Reel In Sport Fishermen To Feed The Hungry

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 9:55am

Fish is an important part of a healthful diet, but it can be hard to come by for groups that feed the hungry. A brand-new scheme being launched this week in Maine aims to change that, by getting the state's many sport fishermen to donate catch that would otherwise be discarded.

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An Innovative Plan To Reel In Sport Fishermen To Feed The Hungry

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 9:55am

Fish is an important part of a healthful diet, but it can be hard to come by for groups that feed the hungry. A brand new scheme being launched this week in Maine aims to change that, by getting the state's many sport fishermen to donate catch that would otherwise be discarded.

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