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The Kendama: Can A Wooden Toy Be A Viral Sensation?

The kendama is a traditional wooden toy, but its appeal is spreading rapidly.
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Mastering A Sea Monster: From Greece, A Lesson In Grilling Octopus

The Greeks have been eating octopus since ancient times, but there's an art to grilling these tentacled sea creatures. An octopus has to be dried in the sun for at least a day first. Otherwise, the flesh just steams and turns into "a rubbery mass."
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Farm Free Or Die! Maine Towns Rebel Against Food Rules

The Fourth of July is still days away, but in Maine, local food activists have already declared their independence. Ten towns so far have passed laws that essentially say local food producers don't have to abide by state or federal regulations if they are selling directly to consumers. And the revolutionary fervor has reached the statehouse.
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Humble Pie And Doughnut Burgers In The Barbershop

The NBA finals, obesity, George Zimmerman's jury, and Paula Deen. It's all up for discussion in the Barbershop. Guest host Celeste Headlee gets the lowdown on the week's news with the Barbershop guys.
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Jeah! We Mapped Out The 4 Basic Aspects Of Being A 'Bro'

In an effort to figure out whether the stereotype of the "bro" had a racial component to it, we mapped out the dimensions of bro-ness. Turns out it's a fairly nuanced landscape, but there's one celebrity who indisputably rules it all.
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Book News: Apple, DOJ Tussle As Ebook Price Fixing Trial Ends

Also: An Oklahoma salesman is accused of stealing $2.8 million in textbooks; Joseph Epstein on why Kafka is overrated.
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Nancy Pearl Scours The Shelves For Books You Might Have Missed

NPR's go-to librarian recommends five "under the radar" books she thinks you should read this summer. They range from from a Jane Austenesque love story to a real-life, intellectual detective tale.
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Paula Deen: Child Of Dixie, Meet The Internet Age

Revelations that celebrity chef Paula Deen admitted to using a racial epithet have inspired some pretty funny punning online. But they've also raised questions whether the controversy will see Deen's buttery empire crumble.
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Gandolfini Suffered Cardiac Arrest On Family Trip, Reports Say

Actor James Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest in Italy, The Los Angeles Times reports, citing the doctor in charge of the emergency department at the hospital where the Sopranos star was admitted. The actor was traveling in a group that included his son, his wife, and other family members.
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'Dome' Luck: On CBS, A Drama About Getting Stuck With Each Other

What happens when Steven Spielberg's idealism and Stephen King's cynicism combine in a CBS TV series? Under the Dome may be packed with sci-fi what-ifs, but beneath its mysteries is a small American town working out some very familiar human problems.

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