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Mead Moves Out Of The Middle Ages

Mead was a favorite drink of ancient Egyptians and Vikings, and it's been making a comeback — updated for the 21st century.
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A Holiday Comic Standard: 'Christmas Vacation' Turns 25

With the holiday season, comes holiday movies, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the best — National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
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'Pippin' Performs The Final Ballad Of 'The Hobbit'

Billy Boyd was the hobbit Pippin in The Lord of the Rings films, and he's a musician, too. He talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about writing the last song for the new movie, The Battle of the Five Armies.
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This Weekend, Pick Up The Pieces With 'Gabi'

In our Weekend Reads series, NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Meg Medina about Isabel Quintero's novel, Gabi, a Girl in Pieces. It's the story of a Mexican-American teenager struggling with her identity.
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Adapting 'Inherent Vice' Made Director Feel Like A Student Again

Paul Thomas Anderson is the first to make a novel by reclusive author Thomas Pynchon into a film. He says he studied the book, about a stoner detective, intensely and treated it as his Bible.
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A Reason To Respect The Miss World Pageant

They parade in swimsuits. They swan in evening gowns. And they bring global health issues into the spotlight.
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Not My Job: Actor Patrick Stewart Gets Quizzed On G.I. Joe

We've invited Stewart to play a game called "G.I. Joe, G.I. Joe, fighting man from head to toe!" Three questions about G.I. Joe, the Hasbro company action figure first introduced 50 years ago.
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It's Ugly Christmas Sweater Season — Share Your Best (Bad) Attire

The themed party trend is on us again, and holiday garb bedecked with bells, lights and way too much tinsel is selling fast. Show us your best holiday monstrosity — use the hashtag #NPRuglysweaters.
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Hanukkah History: Those Chocolate Coins Were Once Real Tips

Many Jewish families celebrate the holiday by handing out gelt, chocolate coins covered in gold and silver. These days they're treats for kids. But the practice began as a way to thank labor.
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The Ethics Of Torture, Explored In A Painful Fable

This week, the Senate released a report that details the interrogation techniques used by the CIA after Sept. 11. Author Laila Lalami grapples with the questions it raises by turning to literature.

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