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Trading Pom-Poms For Field Boots: Mireya Mayor's Big Break

The explorer's life plays out like an adventure film. But before she ever went diving with great whites, she was cheering for the Miami Dolphins — until a required science course changed her plans.
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Baseball Card Trading App Comes With A Virtual Stick Of Gum

Topps, the best-known of the sports card companies, isn't giving up on young people. David Roth of the sports website The Classical, tells NPR's Eric Westervelt about the baseball card app, Bunt.
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The Music That Makes Choreographers Move

Peggy Hickey, Jamaica Craft and Mark Morris are all in the business of taking music and making it visible as dance. They share some of their favorite songs of 2014.
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The Zig-Zagging History Of The Number Zero

There was a time when a zig-zagging line didn't mean two, and a circle didn't mean zero. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with Amir Aczel about the origins of our numbers and his book, Finding Zero.
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Remembering The Voice Of Babe The Pig

Voiceover artist Christine Cavanaugh died last month. She was the voice behind characters from Babe the pig to Chuckie Finster of Rugrats.
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These 'Almost Famous Women' Won't Be Forgotten Again

Megan Mayhew Bergman's new story collection focuses on the colorful tales of independent real-life, risk-taking women who've faded from the spotlight (or never cared for it in the first place).
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In 'Citizen,' Poet Strips Bare The Realities Of Everyday Racism

For her latest collection, Claudia Rankine mined her and her friends' encounters with racism. She says she wanted to talk about "what happens when we fail each other as people."
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For 98-Year-Old Artist, Every Mural Must 'Be A New Adventure'

Eric Bransby, who studied under Thomas Hart Benton, is one of the last living links to the great age of American mural painting. Age has slowed him down somewhat, but Bransby is still hard at work.
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Donna Douglas, Elly May On 'The Beverly Hillbillies,' Dies At 81

The actress who played the tomboy daughter of Ozark mountain man Jed Clampett also appeared on-screen alongside Elvis Presley and starred in a classic episode of The Twilight Zone.
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For The New Year, Ray Bradbury's Buoyant Vision Of The Future

We saw a lot of dystopias in both films and books this year. Author Jason Sheehan has had enough. He plans to celebrate the new year with some science fiction that's actually hopeful about the future.

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