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Redefining Philanthropy: How African-Americans Give Back

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 9:47am

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation released a study in 2012 showing that African-Americans give a larger share of their income to charities than any other group. Tracey Webb, founder of The Black Benefactors and BlackGivesBack.com, talks to host Michel Martin about African-American philanthropy.

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Day 6: In This Game, Things Might Get 'Weird'

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 8:00am

On the sixth day of Christmas, Ask Me Another gave to me: a trivia game paying tribute to our favorite accordion-playing, pop culture-loving, food-punning parodist, "Weird Al" Yankovic.

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Day 6: In This Game, Things Might Get 'Weird'

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 8:00am

On the sixth day of Xmas, Ask Me Another gave to me: a trivia game paying tribute to our favorite accordion-playing, pop culture-loving, food-punning parodist, "Weird Al" Yankovic.

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Cinnamon Can Help Lower Blood Sugar, But One Variety May Be Best

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 2:47am

For years, there have been hints that adding cinnamon to your diet can help control blood sugar. And a recent spat of studies adds to the evidence that the effect is real. But if you want to incorporate more of this aromatic spice in your diet, the variety may matter.

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Films With Black Actors, Directors Go To 11 In 2013

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 2:21am

This year's 11 top-grossing films starring black actors and by black directors almost doubles the number of last year's slate of comparable films. Industry watchers say Hollywood needs a stronger infrastructure of support for black filmmakers to sustain this level of racial diversity on and off the screen.

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Day 5: Is That Jonathan Coulton?!

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 11:00am

On the fifth day of Christmas, Ask Me Another gave to me: Jonathan Coulton in a tux! Check out this old photo we dug up of Coulton's days as a Whiffenpoof (That's a collegiate a cappella group...not a type of exotic bird.)

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Day 5: Is That Jonathan Coulton?!

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 11:00am

On the fifth day of Christmas, Ask Me Another gave to me: Jonathan Coulton in a tux! Check out this old photo we dug up of Coulton's days as a Whiffenpoof (That's a collegiate a cappella group...not a type of exotic bird.)

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Now You Know Them

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 7:03am

You will be given some names that you probably never heard of before 2013, but that were in the news during the past 12 months. You name the people are.

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Rediscovering The Intricate Verse Of Federico Garcia Lorca

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 6:00am

Poet Federico Garcia Lorca's life was cut short during the Spanish Civil War, but he left behind a rich legacy of poetry and drama. Reviewer Juan Vidal says the best poetry in translation to come out this year is a new collection of Lorca's verse, translated by writers who were deeply influenced by him.

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Winging It: Biking Around Again In Margaritaville

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 4:08am

In laid-back Key West, most people get around by bike. Which meant that NPR's Petra Mayer had to — finally — learn to ride one for her vacation this year. And with the help of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, she did it.

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This Is (Not) The Most Important Story Of The Year

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 4:03am

Stories that titillate, amuse or arouse flash-in-the-pan outrage may be more widely read and shared than solid information. Celebrity and scandals have always attracted media attention, but in the Internet age the balance is shifting more toward entertainment.

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The Trouble With Assessing 'Black Films'

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 3:51pm

This year was lauded by many news outlets as an incredible year for black films. CNN heralded "Hollywood's African-American Renaissance;" The New York Times called 2013 a "a breakout year for black films." Shani Hilton, deputy editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, talks to NPR's Arun Rath about why she think those assertions are overstated.

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A Young Seminarian Found Comfort In 'Giovanni's' Melancholy

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 7:08am

When author Chris Abani was a boy, he was miserable at Catholic seminary and he felt like an outsider in his own family. One summer break, at home in Afikpo, he discovered James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room. The tragic, taboo love story made young Abani feel that at last he'd found someone who understood how out of place he felt in his own life.

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Day 4: Mind Your Out-of-Date Manners

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 7:00am

On the fourth day of Christmas, Ask Me Another gave to me: a game inspired by Mad Men. Contestants have to answer questions about silly but shockingly authentic etiquette rules dating from the 1960s.

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'Havisham' Offers A Peek Behind That Decaying Wedding Veil

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 4:02am

Miss Havisham is one of Charles Dickens' most enduring characters. She appears in Great Expectations as an eccentric recluse, jilted at the altar years ago, who still wears her wedding gown and presides over a rotting feast. In his new novel, Ronald Frame imagines the kind of life that would have created such a woman.

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Booking A Flight For The 'Golden Age Of Hijacking'

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 3:11pm

In the 1960s, catching a flight wasn't much of a hassle. No lines, no security screenings and no need to show ID. But the ease of travel brought with it some serious consequences.

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As The Lead Cools, Some See Their New Year Take Shape

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 2:58pm

Is that a cross? A ship with a figurehead? It's only human to wonder what the future will hold, especially on the threshold of a new year. In one German tradition, fortune-seekers drop molten lead into cold water — then it's anyone's guess what the strange shapes portend.

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As Winter Rolls In, One Critic Recalls 'The Wind In The Willows"

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 12:29pm

This Week's Must Read, our topical book recommendation series, usually focuses on events in the news. But today, with an eye on the dropping thermometer, book critic Parul Sehgal suggests a seasonal text. Kenneth Grahame's classic children's novel offers a cozy, eccentric depiction of winter — perfect for curling up with as the snow comes down.

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Architect's Dream House: Less Than 200 Square Feet

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 9:26am

Macy Miller, an architect from Idaho, built her tiny home from scratch for just $11,000. She says the 2,500-square-foot home she downsized from wasn't really her style.

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Gary Shteyngart's 'Little Failure' Is An Unambivalent Success

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 8:12am

In 1979, Gary Shteyngart's family moved from Leningrad to Queens. Three decades later, he wrote a memoir about growing up in a Russian immigrant family in New York. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer says the book is full of rich, gratifying writing as well as pride, exuberance and sophisticated humor.

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