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'Hidden History' Of Koch Brothers Traces Their Childhood And Political Rise

Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money, says the Kochs didn't grow up in "the usual cozy, all-American family." Their parents were away much of the time, and competition between the brothers was fierce.
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Childhood Resentments Mix With Tragedy In 'The Past'

Four adult siblings agree to spend one final summer vacation together in Tessa Hadley's new novel. Reviewer Maureen Corrigan says The Past is "as disturbing as it is diverting."
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Aztec Gold: Watch The History And Science Of Popcorn

Popcorn has been around at least 4,000 years. The Aztecs even had a word for the sound of kernels popping — totopoca. On National Popcorn Day, ponder the story of this beloved snack.
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From Candy To Juleps, Persians Left Imprint On Many Edible Delights

With sanctions lifting, Iran is open for trade again. You might not realize we've been consuming the fruits of trade with Persians for centuries — in the names used for many common foods.
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Diversity In Hollywood: Here's What Critics Are Saying About Round 2 Of #OscarSoWhite

We rounded up some smart reaction to this year's remarkably un-diverse Oscars nominees.
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'Academy Has A Problem,' David Oyelowo Says At MLK Event Honoring Academy President

"I am an academy member and it doesn't reflect me, and it doesn't reflect this nation," the actor said Monday, in a speech that cited black performers' prominent roles in successful films.
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The Real Woods Behind Winnie-The-Pooh's Forest

Winnie-the-Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood is based on a real forest in the English countryside. NPR's Ari Shapiro visits Ashdown Forest with Kathryn Aalto, author of The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh.
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Amid Controversy, Scholastic Pulls Picture Book About Washington's Slave

The book tells the story of Hercules, a slave who President George Washington used as a chef. The book shows Hercules and his daughter happy and taking pride in making Washington a birthday cake.
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When Ancestry Search Led To Escaped Slave: 'All I Could Do Was Weep'

Regina Mason's great-great-great-grandfather, a man named William Grimes, was a runaway slave and the author of what is now considered to be the first fugitive slave narrative.
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Actor Idris Elba To U.K. Politicians: More Diverse Roles Needed

"When you don't reflect the real world, too much talent gets trashed," the Golden Globe winner says. Elba is scheduled to speak to senior TV executives and more than 100 members of Parliament.

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