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'A Most Violent Year' Captures You And Doesn't Let Go

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 4:02am

The new film A Most Violent Year is written and directed by J.C. Chandor. The crime drama starring Jessica Chastain takes place in New York City in 1981, one of the city's most violent years.

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Waiting For A Break: Obama on 'Strategic Patience' In Foreign Policy

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 4:00am

"I believe in diplomacy, I believe in dialogue, I believe in engagement," the president says of Iran and other regimes perceived as U.S. enemies. But he says restoring relations is a gradual process.

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Vocab-Intensive Tech For Toddlers Encourages 'Anytime, Anywhere Learning'

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 2:31am

Sesame Workshop's games are designed to help kids learn words and have fun. One New York City educator says it's never too soon to teach tykes that technology can be more than just entertainment.

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Potent Powdered Caffeine Raises Safety Worries

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 2:28am

With two young men dead, the Food and Drug Administration is considering banning sales to consumers of a highly concentrated form of pure caffeine. A lethal overdose is too easy, officials warn.

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Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The A-B-Cs

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 2:27am

A growing body of research suggests that teaching really young kids how to recognize and express their feelings can help them into their adult lives.

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There And Back Again For U.S. Military In Iraq

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 2:25am

Three years after the U.S. military officially withdrew from Iraq, 2,000 U.S. troops are back restoring the old buildings they'd left behind and renewing former contacts with Iraqi officers.

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Roxane Gay: 2014 Was The Year Of 'Enough Is Enough'

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 2:25am

Author Roxane Gay spent 2014 thinking and writing about issues that exposed divides in America over race and gender. She offers her thoughts on some of the year's most-talked-about stories.

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Hockey's Doc Emrick And His 153 Verbs

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 2:24am

Hockey announcer Mike "Doc" Emrick is that rare play-by-play man, who is both an authority of the game and a connoisseur of the language.

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Banish 2014's Woes With Our Stand-Up Comedy Picks

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 2:23am

NPR's Elizabeth Blair polled comedy-industry insiders to find out their favorite jokes of 2014. The results range from supermarket-checkout observations to a historically hysterical take on Oprah.

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Sanctions Intensify Russia's Free Fall Into Economic Crisis

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 2:22am

The Russian economy took a big hit in 2014. The U.S. and other countries imposed economic sanctions after Russia annexed Crimea, but it was falling oil prices that really hurt the country.

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