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After 30 Years, 'The Princess Bride' Abides

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 8:00am

More than just a grab-bag of oft-quoted great lines, The Princess Bride is a fairy tale about fairy tales and a showcase for a gaggle of great character actors.

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A Young Lion Tamed By Chopin's 'Fantasy'

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 7:56am

Watch the young piano virtuoso everyone's talking about, Daniil Trifonov, work his considerable magic on Chopin's Fantasy-Impromptu.

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Here Are The Finalists For The 2017 National Book Awards

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 7:56am

The National Book Foundation winnowed the list of contenders for its literary prize to just 20 — or five finalists each in four categories. Among them are Jesmyn Ward, Min Jin Lee and Frank Bidart.

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All Of Las Vegas Feels A Deep Pain After Sunday's Shooting

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 6:31am

Some 2 million people call Las Vegas home. Some of them were at the country music concert Sunday night, others were not. But either way, the wounds from the attack on their city run deep.

Remembering Lisa Patterson, A Las Vegas Shooting Victim

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 6:30am

Lisa Patterson was a mom, who worked with her husband in the family's hardwood flooring business in Los Angeles. The couple, married for 30 years, often visited Las Vegan to have fun.

Trump Travels To Las Vegas As Probe Continues Into Shooter's Motive

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 6:29am

President Trump arrives in a city where investigators are hard at work reconstructing Sunday night's mass shooting. Trump says gun laws will be talked about "as time goes by."

'Greater Gotham' Is A Great Big Book For A Great Big City

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 6:00am

The second volume in Mike Wallace's Pulitzer-winning history of New York City weighs in at over six pounds — and every ounce is packed with fascinating detail about the city that never sleeps.

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Love At Second Sight

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 5:06am

Jessica Gomes and Aaron Bairos were born on the same day in the same hospital. Their paths crossed in high school and also in a driver's ed class. They got married last month.

Want Change In Education? Look Beyond The Usual Suspects (Like Finland)

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 5:02am

New ideas for learning are found in the most unexpected places. Three new projects are helping them spread.

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Antonio Sánchez Brings Electronics and Politics To 'Bad Hombre'

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 5:00am

The jazz drummer shares why he opens his latest album with a recitation by his grandfather, "the ultimate bad hombre."

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LISTEN: Amid Chaos In Las Vegas, Police Dispatches Reveal An Evolving Response

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 5:00am

As bullets rained down on a concert Sunday, police struggled to save dozens of people — and determine who exactly was attacking them. What was it like for officers in those confusing minutes?

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Nobel Prize In Chemistry Honors Views Of Human Cells Working At The Atomic Level

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 4:58am

Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank, and Richard Henderson worked to develop cryo-electron microscopy, which the Royal Swedish Academy says "both simplifies and improves the imaging of biomolecules."

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Sweet Sweet Little Ramona

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 4:57am

An NPR editor mistakenly posted on NPR's Facebook page about a baby and a cat. It went viral, after people said it was something happy to read about after recent bad news.

FBI Hopes Paddock's Girlfriend Can Provide Insight Into Las Vegas Attack

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 4:50am

Marilou Danley was in the Philippines when Stephen Paddock opened fire on an outdoor concert. When she flew back to Los Angles Tuesday night, FBI agents met her flight, The Associated Press reports.

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Why Counting Injuries Is Difficult

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 4:47am

It's hard to get an exact number of the people shot during the massacre in Las Vegas, especially because of the enormous number of victims.

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