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White House Staffers May Get Legal Fund For Russia Probe — With Anonymous Donors?

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:28am

Anonymous donations to a legal defense fund, even one for White House staffers, could be a discreet way of showing loyalty to President Trump.

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Atul Gawande On How To Improve End-Of-Life Care

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:20am

The issue was brought home for Gawande, a surgeon and author, when his father was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer.

Juggalo, Pro-Trump And Anti-Trump Groups To Converge In D.C. Saturday

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:09am

The city is no stranger to First Amendment demonstrations, but police will have a heightened challenge this weekend.

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Can A Machine Tell Whether You Are Gay?

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:04am

A new study shows that deep neural networks, DNNs, can determine sexual orientation from facial photos with high accuracy. Blogger Alva Noë examines what this might mean — and the potential pitfalls.

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The Needle Drop: TV Tunes Playlist

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:01am

The right song, placed at the right time in a TV show, can turn an artist into a star — and help fans discover new tunes. Our playlist includes songs from shows like Breaking Bad and 13 Reasons Why.

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Former St. Louis Police Officer Is Acquitted Of Murder In Anthony Lamar Smith Case

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 10:54am

"No one promised a rose garden, and this surely is not one," Judge Timothy Wilson wrote in his ruling on the 2011 killing. Prosecutors had accused Jason Stockley of planting a gun.

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Atlas Obscura Pilot

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 10:41am


Cray Crayola

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 10:40am

We pick the brightest crayon in the box with this final round in which every answer is also the color of a Crayola crayon. It's "bittersweet," which also happens to be a very nice shade of orange.

Mystery Guest

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 10:40am

This episode's mystery guest, Emily Perina, teaches an unusual class for women. Can you solve the mystery before Jonathan and Ophira do?

Talking Heads

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 10:40am

TV pundits in absurdly large suits star in this music game. We rewrote Talking Heads songs to be about the hosts, pundits, and game show sidekicks who make their living as talking heads.

Shocking Surprise

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 10:40am

In this game, we collected movies with surprise endings and gave them a twist of our own by adding one letter to their titles.

Julia Stiles: Antihero Of The 'Riviera'

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 10:40am


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The Sounds Of Failure

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 10:40am

In this round, our contestants succeed by failing as they're quizzed on the sounds you hear when you lose or die in various games.

The Instagram Of Dorian Gray

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 10:40am

What would've happened if Dr. Jekyll used Grindr and wondered why Mr. Hyde was always zero feet away? We've solved the core plot issues in classic works of fiction using modern solutions.

40 Nominees Unveiled For The 2017 National Book Awards

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 10:04am

Of the names announced by the National Book Foundation, four will take home the literary prize in November. Jesmyn Ward, Jennifer Egan and Frank Bidart number among the longlists' familiar faces.

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A Rare Win For A Woman Stabbed By A Stalker In Pakistan

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 9:48am

She spurned a friend's advances. He tried to kill her. She wanted to take him to court. But it's hard to prosecute crimes against women in Pakistan. Then she met a young lawyer with a plan.

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Carly Rae Jepsen, Queen Of Meta Music Videos, Shares 'Cut To The Feeling'

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 9:21am

The thunderous pop song featured in the Leap! soundtrack gets a behind-the-scenes-y music video directed by Gia Coppola.

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Jose Forecast To Become A Hurricane (Again) On Friday

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 9:11am

No coastal watches or warnings are in effect for Jose, but the storm is expected to bring "high surf and life-threatening rip currents along portions of the U.S. East Coast" in the coming days.

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Songs We Love: Petal, 'Comfort'

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 9:08am

In the title track from Petal's new EP, Kiley Lotz wrestles with realistic expectations and mental health, making her disquietude known with nothing but a guitar and her voice.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

TV's Property Brothers Share Their Open Plan For Success In 'It Takes Two'

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 9:00am

Drew and Jonathan Scott trade chapters, attempting to capture their on-camera rivalry. NPR's Linda Holmes says, "They're dunking on each other, but with Nerf balls. And a plastic hoop. At eye level."

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