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'The Assassin' A Change Of Form For Famed Director

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 7:41am

The Assassin is a change in form for one of the world's most respected directors. Hou Hsiao-hsien is like the Woody Allen of Taiwan, but his latest is a martial arts movie.

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Keep The Consonants This Week? Why, That's A Capital Idea!

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 7:20am

For each of the words and phrases offered in this week's Sunday Puzzle, the consonants in it are the same consonants, in the same order, as those of a world capital. You name the capital city.

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Adopting The Iran Nuclear Deal: What Does It Mean?

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 6:55am

The Iran nuclear deal will begin to unfold in a series of steps that include nuclear cutbacks made by Iran and sanctions relief offered by the other countries.

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The Kids Have Spoken: Discipline Helps, Trophies For Everyone

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 6:43am

Nearly 8 out of 10 kids say discipline helps them behave better, an annual survey has found. And 60 percent give participation trophies — derided by some as reward for just showing up — a thumbs-up.

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What Makes A Do-Gooder Do Good? And How Come We Sometimes Resent Them?

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 6:03am

In her new book 'Strangers Drowning,' Larissa MacFarquhar looks at the motives and methods of people who help others — and the reaction of the less altruistic crowd.

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In Louisville, A Young Conductor Seeks To Challenge And Delight

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 5:22am

At 28, Teddy Abrams is the youngest-ever music director of the Louisville Orchestra. He speaks with Rachel Martin about the task of making classical music at once accessible and provocative.

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As China Cracks Down On Cultural Fringe, Indie Rock Finds A Home In Beijing

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 5:17am

U.S. economist Michael Pettis, an expert on China's economy and professor at Beijing University, is also a key figure nurturing a distinct American sound in Beijing's avant-garde music scene.

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A Tiny School District Reaches Far And Wide For New Teachers

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 5:13am

Across the country, school districts are struggling to find new teachers. One rural town in Colorado is reaching outside the 50 states.

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