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A Comic-Con Diary: The Final Day

Glen Weldon talks to Comedy Bang Bang's Scott Aukerman, contemplates the rise of geek culture, and gets a Batmobile.
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Did America's Pastime Originate In England?

New evidence suggests the first recorded game of baseball took place in Surrey in 1749. Guest host Linda Wertheimer has the details.
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'You Gotta Keep Smashin' And Smashin' And Smashin'!'

A postcard from a summer staple: the demolition derby. The "demos" have their roots on New York's Long Island, where fans got a thrill from accidental race car crashes. Now at Riverhead Raceway in Riverhead, N.Y., drivers and spectators relish the thrill and excitement of crashing cars on purpose.
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'The Telling Room': This Cheese Stands Alone

The Telling Room is a tale of friendship, betrayal, mythmaking, ancient history and, yes, really fabulous cheese. Author Michael Paterniti tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer that the more he learned about cheesemaker Ambrosio Molinos, the less he wanted the story to end.
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Preserving Balanchine's Ballet Legacy, 30 Years Later

Legendary choreographer George Balanchine's work came to define ballet for much of the 20th century. He died in 1983, but his work survived thanks to his disciples who have taken his dances to ballet companies around the world.
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Pie-Deprived New Orleans Roots For Bakery, A Year After Fire

Eating a Hubig's fried fruit pie has been a ritual for decades for the local food-obsessed in New Orleans. But a year ago, a fire destroyed the baking facility and much of its custom machinery from the 1920s. Rebuilding is a long and expensive road, but fans are eagerly awaiting the bakery's comeback.
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Not My Job: Jim Gaffigan Takes A Quiz On Gwyneth Paltrow

Comedian Jim Gaffigan lives with his wife and five young kids in a two-bedroom New York apartment. His latest book, Dad Is Fat, reflects on the challenges and triumphs of raising a big family in a small space.
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In Indonesia, A Genocide Restaged For The Camera

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews a documentary that raised hackles and inspired hosannahs when it played at the Telluride Film Festival. The Act of Killing includes images of an Indonesian genocide — re-enacted by the perpetrators — that add up to a singularly arresting act of cinema. (Recommended)
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John Oliver Steps Into 'Adult Clown Shoes' On 'The Daily Show'

Comedian John Oliver is guest-hosting The Daily Show this summer while Jon Stewart is away directing a movie. He says filling in for Stewart is "a pretty weird experience."
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'Snacks On A Plane' And Other #dullermovies

Twitter users are coming up with some must-not-see film titles like Ferris Bueller Goes to School and I Speculate On What You Did Last Summer. We share a handful of our favorites and invite you to share your own.

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