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'Noble Savages': A Journey To Break The Mold Of Anthropology

In 1964, Napoleon Chagnon did what few other anthropologists had ever done: He went to the Amazon to study an isolated tribe. His findings cast him out from his profession as a heretic.
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Pentametron Reveals Unintended Poetry of Twitter Users

A program that makes poems from our tweets / With rhyming lines and smooth iambic beats ... Ranjit Bhatnagar wrote a program to find tweets in iambic pentameter and retweet them in rhyming pairs. With NPR's Jacki Lyden, he shares some of the resulting couplets.
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'Argo': What Really Happened In Tehran? A CIA Agent Remembers

The political drama Argo is based on the real story of a CIA-planned rescue in revolutionary Iran. Experts say it gets most of the story right — but two men who were actually there say the end of the story was more complicated than Hollywood might think.
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Al Gore Plays Not My Job

Back in 2011, Gore's former boss Bill Clinton appeared on Wait Wait and correctly answered three questions about the My Little Pony children's TV show. We're going to ask Gore three questions about Shetland ponies.
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Tales Of Transformation Make 'Vampires In The Lemon Grove' A Stunner

Karen Russell's new collection of short stories has dead presidents reincarnated as horses, girls turning into silkworms, and vampires who quench their thirst for blood with lemons. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer says that in Russell's world we aren't fixed in space and time but can change at any moment.
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Living And Dying In Brick City

Growing up on the tough streets of Newark, N.J., Sampson Davis and two childhood friends made a pact to pursue medical degrees. Davis is now a practicing physician who helps at-risk youth choose education.

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Say Yes To 'No': Retro Political Thriller Packs A Timely Punch

Imbued with a retro, classic feel, the stunning Chilean drama No takes a powerful look at the positive effects of political advertising. It's a message American audiences might marvel at, but this Oscar-nominated film definitely delivers. (Recommended)
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A New View Of Newton in "Isaac's Eye"

What would Isaac Newton be like if he had been born a few centuries later? A new play "Isaac's Eye" reimagines Newton and his scientific rival Robert Hooke. Playwright Lucas Hnath and actors Haskell King and Michael Louis Serafin-Wells join Ira Flatow to talk about the play.
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Book News: DOJ Approves Penguin, Random House Merger

Also: The erotic writings of John Donne; Randi Zuckerberg gets a two-book deal; and the whimsical world of book sculpting.
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Fried Chicken And Waffles: The Dish The South Denied As Its Own?

Fried chicken and waffles is a delicious combo — but is it a traditional Southern one? A lot of readers objected to the idea that this dish originated in the South. We look into the roots of the dish — and the objections to calling it Southern.

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