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Freakonomics

Freakonomics Radio is hosted by Stephen Dubner, with co-author Steve Levitt as a regular guest. It is an award-winning podcast and also airs on public-radio stations across the country. Levitt and Dubner use the tools of economics to explore real-world behavior. They tell stories about cheating schoolteachers, self-dealing real-estate agents, and crack-selling mama’s boys. Among the most popular episodes to date: "Do More Expensive Wines Taste Better?" and "The Upside of Quitting." Freakonomics Radio occasionally hits No. 1 on iTunes (subscribe here), with 3 million downloads a month.


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In A Remarkable Feat, 'Boyhood' Makes Time Visible

Boyhood is about a boy in Texas whose parents have separated. Filmed over 12 years, audiences watch him grow up — and his worldview evolve. The cumulative power of the movie is tremendous.
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Spread Of Palm Oil Production Into Africa Threatens Great Apes

Palm oil growers are setting their sights on Africa as they amp up production. More than half of the land that's been set aside for plantations in Africa overlaps with ape habitats, researchers say.
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Democrats Push To Overturn Hobby Lobby Ruling

Virginia's Tim Kaine and other Democrats are trying to overturn the ruling with legislation they say will protect female workers.
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Friday Feline Fun: A Ranking Of The Most Famous Internet Cats

Forget the Forbes Celebrity 100. This is the Friskies 50 — the new definitive guide of the most influential cats on the Internet. The list is based on a measure of the cats' social media reach.