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This, That Or The Other

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:33am

In this week's installment of This, That, or the Other, contestants decide if the answer is a brand of whiskey, a U.S. Navy ship, or the name of a dog who won "Best in Show" at Westminster.

B.O.O.K. Cupid

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:33am

We found the online dating profiles of some of fiction's biggest leading men and women; contestants must guess what book they're from.

How Sheep Teach Us To Hate Gun Violence

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:31am

What begins as a bedtime story becomes a tale of what's wrong with a culture of violence. Watch as slam poet and hip-hop artist Watsky tackles a powerful issue in "Stick To Your Guns."

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In 'Nicotine,' A Longtime Smoker Confronts His Old Habit

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:24am

Writer Gregor Hens doesn't smoke anymore, but he still thinks about it every day. He says he started writing his memoir as a way to deal with the longing.

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'Urban Myths' Episode With Joseph Fiennes As Michael Jackson Gets Yanked

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:14am

The half-hour comedy had drawn criticism for months. But it was complaints from Jackson's family that finally led Sky TV to ax it.

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DOJ: 'Severely Deficient Training' Has Led To Pattern Of Abuse By Chicago Police

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 10:29am

The investigation found widespread evidence of unconstitutional use of force. It was launched more than a year ago after a black teenager was shot and killed by a white Chicago police officer.

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The Flaming Lips Combats Evil Forces With New Album 'Oczy Mlody'

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 10:24am

Beloved psych act The Flaming Lips delivers its newest brainteaser with the conceptual Oczy Mlody. Relishing in serious shenanigans, The Lips reach backwards in time with ceaseless self-reinvention.

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On 'I See You,' The xx's Palette Suddenly Bursts With Color

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 10:10am

On its new album, the U.K. trio departs from the suffocating sparseness of its first two albums. But The xx hasn't sacrificed its flair for intimacy.

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In China, State Media Blast Tillerson's Comments On South China Sea Islands

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 9:52am

Rex Tillerson, Trump's pick for secretary of state, said this week China would not "be allowed" to access islands in the South China Sea. China's official response has been muted. The press, less so.

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Sharon Van Etten On The Real-Life Inspiration Behind Her Role On 'The OA'

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 9:39am

The singer opens up about her debut acting role on the mysterious Netflix series The OA, the personal experiences that inspired her performance and how to cry on command.

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In England, An Effort To Preserve Ancient, Epic Assyrian Poetry

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 9:36am

Driven to save his culture, an ethnic Assyrian living in Britain is recording ancient, epic tales of adventure sung by modern-day bards. The songs echo stories from ancient Greece to the Bible.

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Lila Downs: Tiny Desk Concert

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 8:32am

With a voice that borrows heavily from opera, Downs performs the kind of full-throated mariachi singing that would fit right in at Mexico City's Garibaldi Square — ground zero for mariachi.

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Hungarian Camerawoman Caught Kicking Migrants Is Sentenced To Probation

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 8:26am

A judge said Petra Laszlo's actions "ran counter to social norms." Laszlo was convicted of disorderly conduct and sentenced to three years of probation; she plans to appeal.

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Hear Grandaddy's Powerful New Synth Jam 'Evermore'

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 8:01am

If you're not already, it's time to get excited about the upcoming Grandaddy album Last Place. The band's latest single, "Evermore," assures that the group has lost nothing after a 10-year break.

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Is There A Limit To How Many Friends We Can Have?

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 7:46am

Anthropologist Robin Dunbar believes the evolutionary structure of social networks limits us to 150 meaningful relationships at a time — even with the rise of social media.

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What Happens When Hackers Hijack Our Smart Devices?

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 7:46am

Computer scientist Avi Rubin says all our smart devices — cars, phones, even fitness trackers — can be hacked. He warns that our network of connected technology puts us at risk for cyberattacks.

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Can We Improve Our Transportation Network Using...Biology?

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 7:46am

Wanis Kabbaj wants traffic to flow smoothly and efficiently, like the blood in our veins. He says driverless cars may be the solution to today's highway gridlock.

(Image credit: Video still courtesy TED)

How Do Trees Collaborate?

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 7:46am

Ecologist Suzanne Simard shares how she discovered that trees use underground fungi networks to communicate and share resources, uprooting the idea that nature constantly competes for survival.

(Image credit: Courtesy Suzanne Simard)

Philosophy In The Octopus's Garden

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 7:30am

It's worth pausing and taking delight in the stunning image of a philosopher descending the ocean blue in his quest to understand how other minds work, says Alva Noë of Peter Godfrey-Smith's new book.

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David Crosby On World Cafe

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 7:00am

One of the most revered voices of our time returns to the World Cafe studio to perform songs from his new solo album, Lighthouse.

(Image credit: Django Crosby/Courtesy of the artist)

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