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Can Shows Like 'The McCarthys' Replace CBS' 'Thursday Night Football'?

October 30, 2014 - 2:05pm

Tonight marks the return of scripted programming on CBS after seven weeks of Thursday Night Football, including a new show, The McCarthys, that should have been left in the locker room.

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So Who Was Socrates, Anyway? Let's Ask Some Kids

October 30, 2014 - 2:03pm

In part two of our look at the ancient Greek philosopher, we ask students at a California school about the Socratic teaching method and the questions it inspires.

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On Stage: A 1920s Halloween With Flapper Dresses And Tap Dancing

October 30, 2014 - 1:50pm

M.A.D.D Rhythms, a tap dancing group based in Chicago, will perform as a part of the 1920s-inspired show, "Harlem Nights."

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Thomas Menino, Boston's Longest Serving Mayor, Dies At 71

October 30, 2014 - 1:40pm

Menino guided the city for 20 transformative years. WBUR's Delores Handy brought us this remembrance.

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4 People Dead After Plane Crashes Into Building At Kansas Airport

October 30, 2014 - 1:37pm

About 100 people were reported to have been in the building at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport at the time of the crash. Authorities said five others were injured.

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Viking's Choice: A Pregnant Light, 'Born To Ruin'

October 30, 2014 - 1:28pm

As a solo artist, Damian Master is unbound by the metal in his catalog. "Born To Ruin" contains his most anthemic statement of purpose yet, curled under a swaggering riff and his fire-spitting bark.

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Thomas Menino, Boston's Longest-Serving Mayor, Dies At 71

October 30, 2014 - 1:17pm

Described as a hard-nosed, old-school pragmatist, he was diagnosed with cancer shortly after leaving office in January.

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How Athletes Are Getting 'Faster, Higher, Stronger'

October 30, 2014 - 1:12pm

Mark McClusky says for elite athletes today, pushing boundaries and breaking records is all about "the aggregation of marginal gains."

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Can States Force People Into Quarantine?

October 30, 2014 - 1:06pm

Maine officials are going to court to keep Kaci Hickox in quarantine for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola.

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Eerie Reads For Halloween

October 30, 2014 - 12:50pm

Petra Mayer of NPR Books recommends a new scary story collection, as well as the '80s classic, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark."

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Reporter Takes Rare North Korea Road Trip

October 30, 2014 - 12:40pm

Eric Talmadge's stories appear as North Korea today declared a 21-day quarantine on foreigners in the country.

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New Crash Test Dummy To Gain Pounds To Reflect Fatalities Among Obese

October 30, 2014 - 12:37pm

Obese occupants of a vehicle are up to 78 percent more likely to die in a car crash than someone of average weight, says the CEO of Humanetics, the world's largest maker of crash test dummies.

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Giants Win World Series, Ending Royals' Storybook Season

October 30, 2014 - 12:35pm

The San Francisco Giants won the World Series with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 last night in Kansas City.

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A Computer Model Forecasts Ebola's Future Path

October 30, 2014 - 12:20pm

With the virus in Africa, the U.S. and Europe, experts have created a computer model to predict where it could go next.

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In 'Goodbye To Language,' Jean-Luc Godard Seeks New Ways To Make Pictures

October 30, 2014 - 12:17pm

At 83, the Franco-Swiss auteur has made another complex visual poem, this time using 3D technology. The film bubbles with invention, thanks to jittery editing and a jumble of photographic styles.

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Metropolis: 10/25/14

October 27, 2014 - 1:08pm

KCRW's Jason Bentley plays several tracks from Flight Facilities, as well as music by Chrome Sparks, Deadmau5 and others in this week's two-hour EDM mix.

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Gladiator Gatorade? Ancient Athletes Had A Recovery Drink, Too

October 27, 2014 - 1:07pm

Gladiators guzzled a drink made from plant ash to help their bodies recover after a hard day of sword fighting, according to Roman accounts. New tests of old bones back up that idea.

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Witches, Vampires, And Pirates: 5 Years Of America's Most Popular Costumes

October 27, 2014 - 12:59pm

Thanks to shows like The Walking Dead and movies like World War Z, zombies are climbing the costume charts. The undead have risen from the 13th most popular costume up to number 4 in just five years.

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Disabled Vermont Woman Who Led Class-Action Suit Sues Medicare Again

October 27, 2014 - 12:56pm

A legally blind woman who has led a fight to make Medicare pay for care even when patients' medical conditions don't improve is in court to get Medicare payment for her own home care.

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Chris Smither On Mountain Stage

October 27, 2014 - 12:56pm

A master of acoustic blues guitar, Smither performs songs from his 16th album, Still On The Levee.

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