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Could Nate Silver Predict How Good Your Pumpkin Pie Will Be?

Scientists have come up with an algorithm to guess how many stars a recipe will receive online. By building "social networks" for ingredients, the algorithms also reveal how we mix and match spices, make dishes more healthful and customize flavor profiles.
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'Color Of Christ': A Story Of Race And Religion In America

What did Jesus look like? In their new book, The Color of Christ, Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey explore how different groups have claimed Jesus as their own — and how depictions of Jesus have both inspired civil rights crusades, and been used to justify the violence of white supremacists.
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Artist Creates Elaborate Sand Sculptures In Ocean City

Artist Randy Hofman has been carving elaborate sculptures into the sand near the Ocean City, Md. boardwalk for more than 30 years.

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At Burmese Dissident's Cafe, A Taste Of Politics And Salad

Myat Thu knew early that he was destined as a cook to make salads. His restaurant on the Thai side of the border with Myanmar specializes in Burmese salads. Thu has been cautiously watching Myanmar's political change, hoping to go home one day.
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Anne Lamott Distills Prayer Into 'Help, Thanks, Wow'

As Thanksgiving draws near, many of us are thinking about what we're thankful for. Novelist and memoirist Anne Lamott says she is filled with "wonder at the just sheer beauty of creation." She discusses her new book, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers.
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A Far-Out And Forgotten Renaissance Man

Athanasius Kircher, a 17th-century Jesuit priest, was a renaissance man in name and deed. He strove to learn about almost everything. Unfortunately, many of his inventions and theories were pure nonsense. John Glassie writes about Kircher in his new book, A Man of Misconceptions.
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Kids Prove They're No Pawns In 'Brooklyn Castle'

What happens when you take a group of junior high kids from a school with a poverty level of more than 65 percent and teach them how to play chess? Katie Dellamaggiore's documentary, Brooklyn Castle, explores the amazing results.
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Book-Vending Machine Dispenses Suspense

Insert $2 into the Biblio-Mat, and customers get a mystery, a biography, historical fiction — or a dud. The owner of a bookstore in Toronto came up with the machine as a way to clear his shelves of more ill-favored reads.
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Put A Little Soul In That Thanksgiving Stuffing

Thanksgiving has its must-haves: potatoes, cranberries, turkey. But cooking the feast with a soul-food style gives the meal a whole new flavor. Three chefs give their take on the tradition and serve up some recipes, too.
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Relationships, Short And Sweet, In 'Married Love'

Host Rachel Martin speaks with British writer Tessa Hadley about her new collection of short stories, Married Love and Other Stories. Hadley teaches creative writing at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom, and her stories regularly appear in The New Yorker magazine.

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