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Wordless News: Robot Goooooooooooooal!

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 9:20am

Every day this week, illustrator Maria Fabrizio will be creating an illustration inspired by a story she hears on Morning Edition. Today, she chose a story by Joe Palca about a computer scientist who is developing robots that can play soccer.

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New Nordic Food Gods Loosen Up On Strictly Local Cuisine

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 8:55am

The New Nordic chefs have helped make the flavors of Scandinavia — from reindeer to foraged fungi — among the most revered in the food world. But lately they've started talking about evolving their cooking beyond local ingredients.

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Before Drone Cameras: Kite Cameras!

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 7:30am

More than 100 years ago, long before remote-controlled drones, a photographer used kites to capture aerial panoramic photographs.

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Book News: Argentine Poet Juan Gelman Dies At 83

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 6:51am

Also: How to tell whether you're in a Brontë novel; Simon & Schuster launches a new sci-fi imprint.

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Maple Syrup Goes To Dinner — And Drinks

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 10:59pm

The breakfast staple makes a move to the grown-ups' table, punching up a pork roast and veggies, pecan pie and a cocktail.

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Love And Struggle In The Shadow Of The Third Reich

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 5:03pm

The unsparing German drama Generation War follows a group of childhood friends as they fight in battle, care for the sick, strive for fame, and try to survive during World War II. (Recommended)

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Blogger Reveals Cracks In Codes Onscreen

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 3:00pm

Computer programmer John Graham-Cumming began the blog, "Source Code in TV and Films," several weeks ago. The blog points out the frequent misuse of computer code in shows and movies.

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Dying In The Digital Age: When Should The Conversation End?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 3:00pm

An active conversation — and a hefty dose of outrage — is swirling on social media about the proper boundaries between public and private when it comes to illness and death. Lisa Adams, a stage 4 cancer patient, has been tweeting her experiences with the disease. Writers Bill and Emma Keller have derided her tweets as akin to "deathbed selfies." Melissa Block talks with Meaghan O'Rourke about how we treat dying in the digital age.

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Jan. 12-18: Revolutionaries, Diplomacy And A Man Of Letters

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 1:00pm

In softcover nonfiction, Vali Nasr analyzes foreign policy, Kathryn Miles details the fate of a ship fleeing famine and Kurt Vonnegut's letters reveal a man both hilarious and haunted. In fiction, Rachel Kushner plunges into the world of Italian radicals, Jamie Quatro crafts surreal tales and Alejandro Zambra weaves a Chilean meta-narrative.

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'What Everyone Needs To Know' About Today's Cyberthreats

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:40am

Security questions such as, "What's your mother's maiden name?" are easy to look up online. So for an extra layer of protection, author P.W. Singer advises making the answer something counter-intuitive, like pizza.

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Spinach Dinosaurs To Sugar Diamonds: 3-D Printers Hit The Kitchen

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:06am

Pizza printed up for dinner? Or how about an edible photograph for your next birthday cake? The first restaurant-grade approved 3-D printer was unveiled last week, and the gadget can churn out candies in any shape imaginable. Other printers in the works make custom-shaped pastas and assemble ravioli and gnocchi.

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Wordless News: Brits Struggle To Save Beloved Telephone Box

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 9:29am

Every day this week, illustrator Maria Fabrizio will be creating an illustration inspired by a story she hears on Morning Edition. Today, she chose Ari Shapiro's story from London, about how Brits are having a tough time saying farewell to their beloved red phone booths.

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A Few Lessons About Twitter, Cancer And Publishing

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 9:11am

A recent debate over a woman's decision to chronicle her cancer treatment online raises a lot of complicated questions, including ones about the relationship between traditional publishing and platforms like Twitter.

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Debut Novel Offers Surprisingly Dark 'Vision' Of Shaker Life

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 6:00am

Rachel Urquhart's debut novel, The Visionist, is based in real life: the Visionists were young Shaker girls who began to suffer mysterious fits one day in August 1837. Reviewer Jane Ciabattari says The Visionist is a "surprisingly dark tale," but lyrically written, and offering a fresh look at Shaker life.

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Chang-rae Lee Stretches For Dystopic Drama, But Doesn't Quite Reach

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 11:00pm

Lee is acclaimed for his realistic and historical fiction, but he's made a foray into the futuristic sci-fi genre with a new novel called On Such a Full Sea. Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan says sometimes it's better for writers to stick closer to familiar shores.

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When Tough Questions Make For Awkward Conversations

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:59pm

Eric Deggans looks at some of the controversial questions television critics are asking and the ways they can lead to difficult conversations.

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Borscht Make Your Heart Beet? They're Serving 70,000 Gallons In Sochi

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:55pm

Organizers of the Winter Games are preparing to serve up quite a bit of the hearty deep-red Russian staple soup. Which is kind of ironic, says Russian food writer Anya von Bremzen, since borscht carries with it complicated political implications. And not all borschts are created equal, Bremzen warns.

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Sandwich Monday: The Breaded Steak Sandwich

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:16pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the famous "Breaded Steak Sandwich" from Ricobene's in Chicago. Yes, it's what it sounds like, and no, you're not dreaming.

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Foundations Keep Detroit Art Off The Auction Block

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:00pm

In Detroit, a group of local and national foundations has pledged more than $330 million to keep the city from auctioning off assets from the Detroit Institute of Art. The purpose of the deal is twofold: to preserve the collection and to raise money for the city's underfunded pension plans.

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Is '16 And Pregnant' An Effective Form Of Birth Control?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:00pm

A study released Monday suggests that the MTV show 16 and Pregnant has contributed to a decline in the nation's teen birth rate. The researchers looked at teen births, Nielsen ratings, Google searches and Tweets, and attributes one-third of the decline to the TV show.

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