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Wandering Appetites: Hunting The Elusive Noodle

Jennifer Lin-Liu's On the Noodle Road takes readers on a journey along the former Silk Road, looking for the origins of the noodle. But reviewer T. Susan Chang says that the book gets tied into knots when the quest turns cold.
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Bracing For Google Glass: An In-Your-Face Technology

The new eyeglass frames allow you to take pictures and browse the Internet while you wear them. Early adopters focused on the tiny screens have already been dubbed "glassholes." Fresh Air linguist Geoff Nunberg reminds us that in Shakespeare's time "distraction" was another word for madness.
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Sandwich Monday: Chili Cheeseburger A-Plenty

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we visit the legendary Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg, S.C., and when we're done, we don't want to leave.
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Talent Or Skill?: Honing In On The Elusive 'Sports Gene'

Do big league hitters have naturally faster reflexes? Are African-Americans predisposed to be better athletes? In his new book, Sports Illustrated's David Epstein says science now has answers — or at least insights — to all these questions.
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Book News: Justice Department Proposes Punishments For Apple

Also: The meaning of Homer's "wine-dark sea"; a look at Portnoy's Complaint and the rise of the Jewish sex scandal; the best books coming out this week.
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BBC Announces Peter Capaldi Is The Next Dr. Who

The BBC has chosen the 12th actor to star in Doctor Who, the show about a traveler in time and space. Veteran actor Peter Capaldi is taking over from Matt Smith, who will take his leave in the Christmas special. For more on the show, Linda Wertheimer talks to BBC arts and entertainment correspondent Tim Masters.
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In His Own Words: Remembering Poet Robert Hayden

Robert Hayden was born in Detroit 100 years ago Sunday. He became the first African-American to receive the honor now known as "poet laureate." Among his most famous works is the collection of short poems called Elegies for Paradise Valley. We hear an excerpt from the collection, as read by the author in 1976.
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Charles Manson: Master Manipulator, Even As A Child

More than four decades after the cult leader planned nine vicious murders, he is still part of American culture. Jeff Guinn's new biography digs through details of Manson's troubled childhood, with access to family members and photos never reported on before.
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Aaaannnd The 12th Doctor Who Is ...

The newest Time Lord to pilot the Tardis is Peter Capaldi. He'll be replacing the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, on the long-running British science-fiction television show.
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When Comedians Cross Borders

Ryan Ha, a Chinese-American and CEO of the Comedy Club China in Beijing, is bringing stand-up comedy to China. Host Rachel Martin asks him what's funny in Beijing.

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