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The Inconvenient Truth About Polar Bears

Zac Unger moved to Churchill, Manitoba, to cover the decline of the polar bear. It was 2008, and the adorable predators had become symbols in the battle over climate change. But the story he ended up writing in his new book was more complicated than he expected.
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Three-Minute Fiction Round 10: Leave A Message After The Beep

This round of the short story contest for weekends on All Things Considered will be judged by author Mona Simpson. For Round 10, she wants original fiction with the "texture of voice."
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Astronaut Mae Jemison Plays Not My Job

In 1992, Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman to fly in space when she served as a science mission specialist on the space shuttle Endeavour. We've decided to ask the space pioneer three questions about a truly unpredictable vehicle — the airport shuttle.
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In Prison And Among Zombies, Shakespeare's Reflection Shines

William Shakespeare gets two modern takes with the Italian art film Caesar Must Die and the romantic zombie comedy Warm Bodies. The quirky, curious reinventions show how the words of the Bard can brighten up any story.
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'Schroder' Chronicles A Father's Desperate Mistakes

In Amity Gaige's new novel, Eric Kennedy, aka East German immigrant Erik Schroder, reveals his true identity to his ex-wife and explains why he kidnapped his own 6-year-old daughter.
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For Super Bowl Ads, More Social-Media Savvy

For years, Super Bowl ads have gone viral after they've aired. But these days brands like Doritos and Volkswagen are turning to social media to crowdsource ad creation — and to boost the buzz long before the big Sunday kickoff.
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An Oscar-Nominated Guacamole: Your Friday Visual Feast

Guacamole Fresh is up for an Academy Award later this month. The extremely short animated film is a charming stop-motion take on the beloved Mexican dish. The twist? See the ingredients.
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'Gatekeepers' Let Us Inside Israeli Security

The Oscar-nominated documentary directed by Dror Moreh is not a defense of Israeli security policy, but a critique. The six Shin Bet heads Moreh interviews may believe in the tactics they devised, but it's the overall strategy they think is flawed.
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How The Glock Became America's Weapon Of Choice

In his book Glock: The Rise of America's Gun, Paul Barrett traces how the sleek, high-capacity Austrian weapon found its way into Hollywood films and rap lyrics, not to mention two-thirds of all U.S. police departments.

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