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Creepers, Golliwog, Spalding

Studio 360 - January 18, 2038 - 11:14pm
Kurt Andersen talks to novelist Anne Rice about the mystery and allure of monsters across movies, art, and literature.
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NPR Arts & Culture - May 27, 2014 - 12:00am

The summer-movie slate looks like a typically airheaded one, from Land of the Lost to the naughty new spoof Bruno. But fear not: We found a few dramas — even some foreign weepies — to help tide you over.

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Nerding Out with Ken Burns & Rebranding Marijuana

Studio 360 - April 18, 2014 - 12:00am

This week, Kurt Andersen calls a listener named Ken in New Hampshire who turns out to be Ken Burns, the filmmaker. Burns has a few good words for our latest listener challenge, like "a reel of documentary filmmakers" and "a scratch of DJs." We ask what a rebranding of marijuana for the age of legalization might look like, and compare the effects of pot and alcohol on the creative process.  Plus a performance from MacArthur Fellow Vijay Iyer, a jazz musician who always colors outside the lines.

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Is 'Heaven' Real, Or Just A Place On Earth?

NPR Arts & Culture - April 17, 2014 - 9:10pm

The film Heaven Is For Real tries hard to be about faith, but mostly winds up being about not bothering anybody. It's a shame, because it's a lost opportunity to say something interesting.

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'Completely Unique': Cave-Dwelling Female Insects Have Penises

NPR Health&Science - April 17, 2014 - 8:34pm

A team of international scientists have found four species of insects with reversed sex organs. The females' anatomy may have to do with their need for nutrients that only males produce.

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'Completely Unique': Cave-Dwelling Female Insects Have Penises

NPR News - April 17, 2014 - 8:34pm

A team of international scientists have found four species of insects with reversed sex organs. The females' anatomy may have to do with their need for nutrients that only males produce.

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Even Chimps Know That A Firm Bed Makes For Quality Sleep

NPR News - April 17, 2014 - 6:31pm

A new study looking at the nests made by chimpanzees in Uganda found that they prefer a type of tree that gives them a firm and secure sleeping platform.

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Even Chimps Know That A Firm Bed Makes For Quality Sleep

NPR Health&Science - April 17, 2014 - 6:31pm

A new study looking at the nests made by chimpanzees in Uganda found that they prefer a type of tree that gives them a firm and secure sleeping platform.

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Tabasco And Beer-Flavored: Not Your Easter Bunny's Jelly Beans

NPR Arts & Culture - April 17, 2014 - 6:21pm

On the eve of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day, let us probe the mysterious origins and unexpected ascendency of the humble candy. And to celebrate, we've sampled Jelly Belly's newest flavors.

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Tabasco And Beer-Flavored: Not Your Easter Bunny's Jelly Beans

NPR News - April 17, 2014 - 6:21pm

On the eve of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day, let us probe the mysterious origins and unexpected ascendency of the humble candy. And to celebrate, we've sampled Jelly Belly's newest flavors.

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Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches

NPR News - April 17, 2014 - 6:02pm

The president has visited Prince George's County, Md., four times this year. It is the most affluent county with an African-American majority. It also happens to be very close to the White House.

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Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches

NPR Politics - April 17, 2014 - 6:02pm

The president has visited Prince George's County, Md., four times this year. It is the most affluent county with an African-American majority. It also happens to be very close to the White House.

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04-17-2014 - Marketplace - Burger geography

Marketplace - April 17, 2014 - 5:56pm
Goldman Sachs announced an 11 percent drop in profit today… and it’s stock went up one percent. This happens all the time in the financial world: a company’s shares move in opposition to its earnings results. Why? It’s all about the investors’ expectations, and how the company matches up to them. Mark Garrison explains how those expectation s come about. Also, companies in sectors from telecommunications to banking to healthcare are employing a new technique to shield themselves from lawsuits – adding a provision to their terms of service to say by using a service or buying a product or even liking something on Facebook, consumers agree they can’t sue the company. We look at how widespread this is, and whether the practice might withstand a legal challenge. Plus, Sonic is the 4th largest burger chain in the U.S. by sales, but you wouldn’t know it in a lot of states, because it’s concentrated in certain regions. Now the chain that serves its food drive-in style is expanding. Is it freeing to be #4, after the standard McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s?
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Chelsea Clinton Says She's Pregnant

NPR News - April 17, 2014 - 5:07pm

The 34-year-old daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are "very excited."

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Chelsea Clinton Says She's Pregnant

NPR Politics - April 17, 2014 - 5:07pm

The 34-year-old daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are "very excited."

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When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job

NPR News - April 17, 2014 - 5:03pm

Thirty-six years after Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, employers still have very different interpretations of what they're required to do to accommodate expectant mothers.

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Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies

NPR Arts & Culture - April 17, 2014 - 4:51pm

The master of magic realism was the region's best-known writer. His novels were filled with miraculous events and characters; love and madness; wars, dreams and death. He died Thursday at 87.

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Nobel Prize-Winning Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies At 87

NPR News - April 17, 2014 - 4:47pm

The Colombian-born author of One Hundred Years of Solitude had been in failing health for some time.

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A Story Of Torture And Forgiveness That Spans A Half-Century

NPR Arts & Culture - April 17, 2014 - 4:43pm

Director Jonathan Teplitsky speaks about his film The Railway Man. It tells the true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who was a prisoner of war during World War II at a Japanese labor camp.

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On Russian Call-in Show, Putin Maintains Hard Line Against West

NPR News - April 17, 2014 - 4:12pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he hopes he won't have to move troops into Ukraine to protect the local Russian-speaking population, but he reserves the right to do so.

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