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Luck Be A Lentil Tonight! What The World Eats To Welcome The New Year

From Italy to Japan to the Philippines, people will hope for happiness, health and wealth as they sit down to a New Year's meal. Sometimes that last wish is expressed as actual money in the food.
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Favorite Films Of 2014: Why Stop At 10?

Box-office figures were gloomy in 2014, but movie critic Bob Mondello still found a lot to cheer about among the year's quirky offerings — and as usual, his annual 10-best list runneth over.
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Book Review: 'Waking Up: A Guide To Spirituality Without Religion'

Astrophysicist Adam Frank reviews Sam Harris' Book, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion.
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Food Psychology: How To Trick Your Palate Into A Tastier Meal

Ingredients and preparation matter in making a delicious dinner. But so do a lot of other external factors, from your mood to room lighting. Here, a guide to enhancing the pleasures of the plate.
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For Comic Hari Kondabolu, Explaining The Joke IS The Joke

Many comedians think that explaining jokes ruins jokes, but Hari Kondabolu doesn't mind. Especially when it comes to jokes about race and ethnicity, he's willing to explain until everyone gets it.
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In 'Death By Pastrami,' Charming Stories Of New York's Garment District

Leonard S. Bernstein — the writer, not the composer — once owned and managed a garment factory. In his first work of fiction the octogenarian crafts quaint parables about the comic futility of life.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 31

Happy New Year from Art Beat! You can celebrate with music and dancing at local venues.

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Banish 2014's Woes With Our Stand-Up Comedy Picks

NPR's Elizabeth Blair polled comedy-industry insiders to find out their favorite jokes of 2014. The results range from supermarket-checkout observations to a historically hysterical take on Oprah.
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In 'The Honorable Woman,' There's No One You Can Trust

Maggie Gyllenhaal says she had reservations about taking on the role of Nessa Stein in the Sundance series. The conflict in the Middle East is "really complicated and it goes back so far," she says.
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Actress Luise Rainer Made Hollywood History — Then Walked Away

Luise Rainer was the first person to win back-to-back Academy Awards (in 1936 for The Great Ziegfield and 1937 for The Good Earth). Ranier died Monday at her home in London. She was 104 years old.

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