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Sandra Boynton: "Frog Trouble"

Beloved children's author and illustrator Sandra Boynton is making a splash in another area: songwriting for kids. She's got a Grammy nomination under her belt for an earlier album, and has gone country with her latest, "Frog Trouble." A roster of big-name stars lend their talents, including Alison Krauss, Dwight Yoakam, Fountains of Wayne and Ben Folds. We speak to Boynton about songs that appeal to young and old alike.

The Making Of Sandra Boynton's 'Frog Trouble'

Sandra Boynton's 'Be Like A Duck'

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Is It All Greek To You? Thank Medieval Monks, And The Bard, For The Phrase

Ben Zimmer, language columnist at The Wall Street Journal, explains the origin of the phrase "it's all Greek to me" — and shares a few variants from other languages.
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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Kerry: Iran Faces 'Hard Choices' To Reach Nuclear Deal With West

The secretary of state, who has been in talks in Vienna for the past several days, says an agreement could be done "quickly" if Tehran is prepared to compromise.
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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.