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Book News: Battle Over Maurice Sendak's Book Collection Sparks A Lawsuit

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:29am

The dispute centers on many of the late author's rare books, which a Philadelphia museum says are being withheld by Sendak's trustees. Also: Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy may be coming to HBO.

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The Secrets Of The Coxswain

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:12am

What we can learn about life from the leader of the crew.

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Putin Puts Shawl On China's First Lady, And Censors Leap

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:08am

When Russian President Vladimir Putin moved to place a shawl over the shoulders of Peng Liyuan, the wife of China's President Xi Jinping, he set off alarm bells.

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How 'The Hot Zone' Got It Wrong And Other Tales Of Ebola's History

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:04am

Do people with Ebola actually cry tears of blood? What happens if the U.S. Army thinks you might have Ebola? We catch up with science writer David Quammen to discuss truths and myths about the virus.

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Pay Attention To The Health Insurance Calendar To Avoid Surprises

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 9:48am

Consumers can sign up for health insurance through the online marketplaces anytime from Nov. 15 to Feb. 15. But waiting can trigger medical bills and the health law's penalties.

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In China, Dreaded Process Of Getting A Visa To The U.S. May Get Easier

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 9:45am

The first impression most Chinese have of the U.S. government comes when they apply for a visa. A deal announced this week between the U.S. and China may spare people from having to apply every year.

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Guest DJ Dave Grohl

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 9:40am

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl joins hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton to discuss his upbringing in Washington, D.C., and the role of geography in Foo Fighters' new album, Sonic Highways.

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Are You Important?

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 9:10am

Network science is shining a spotlight on everything from your status in high school — it's not as simple as how many people you know — to the spread of diseases, says commentator Adam Frank.

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Sterilization Operations In India Reportedly Kill 9 Women

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 8:56am

More than 80 surgeries were performed on women at a government-run camp Saturday; the first death was reported Monday morning.

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Anthony Bourdain And Carla Hill Turbo-Charge D.C.'s Hunger Fighters

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 8:46am

Celebrity chefs haven't just made us aware of the latest noshing fashions; they have also spread the word about anti-hunger initiatives like those at the innovative DC Central Kitchen.

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Behind The Famous Story, A Difficult 'Wild Truth'

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 8:43am

When Christopher McCandless died in the wilds of Alaska, his story became famous all over the world. A new memoir by his sister Carine reveals some of the reasons he chose to walk away from the world.

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Rand Paul's Kentucky Problem

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 8:36am

The Republican senator, a top 2016 presidential prospect, is up against a state law that prevents him from running for re-election and president simultaneously.

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Trouble Swallowing Pills? Try The 'Pop Bottle' Or The 'Lean Forward'

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 8:28am

One-third of people have trouble downing pills, and many skip taking medications as a result. A researcher in Germany says that two techniques help. Really? We tested them ourselves to find out.

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Run The Jewels: 'I'm Taking This Life'

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 7:30am

"Me and Mike have managed to find a decent way to express something symbolically that kids need to be able to say simply," says El-P. "I'm taking it over."

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Top Stories: U.S., China To Lower Tariffs; Ferry Captain Sentenced

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 7:18am

Also: E-Retailer Alibaba sets a sales record on the obscure Chinese holiday, "Singles Day"; lava burns the first Hawaiian house; and President Obama will award 19 Medals of Freedom.

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U.S. And China Move Toward Ending Tariffs On High-Tech Gear

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 7:10am

The existing tariff system, which adds as much as 25 percent to the cost of American high-tech exports, covers more than $4 trillion in annual trade, the White House says.

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Q&A: Lamar Alexander On Education In The New Congress

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 6:18am

The veteran Tennessean is poised to take a leading role on education in the new Congress.

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Politics And A Food Fight Are Stalling A Major U.S.-Asia Trade Deal

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 6:03am

Supporters of expanded trade with Asian nations hoped this week would bring completion of a major deal, but U.S. and Japanese negotiators — and Obama and congressional Republicans — still don't agree.

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South Korean Ferry Captain Sentenced To 36 Years

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 5:59am

The punishment for the April calamity drew shouts and sharp criticism from victims' family members in the courtroom; many had urged a death sentence.

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Injured Pedestrian Cited For Jaywalking

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 5:49am

Police in New Jersey say the man was drinking and wandered into the road.

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