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A Love Letter To Matzo: Why The Holey Cracker Is A Crunch Above

Plain, dry matzo tends to have a reputation for tastelessness. But Dan Pashman, host of the food podcast and blog The Sporkful, argues that the crunchy cracker is a culinary marvel.
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Making Math And Microscopes More Accessible

From popularizing a feared subject to scaling down high-tech tools, here are two examples of experts solving complicated problems with simplicity.
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Check It Out! A Photographic Tour Of America's Public Libraries

From one-room historic buildings to modern architectural marvels, Robert Dawson has been photographing libraries for almost 20 years. His new book is called The Public Library.
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With A Wink And Nod To Fans, Movies Roll Post-Credit Scenes

After-credits scenes have a long history in the movies, from the original Ocean's 11 to the latest Captain America. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with writer Alex Suskind about this cinematic trope.
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A Sheep Killer Is On The Loose In 'All the Birds, Singing'

All The Birds, Singing is the second novel by Australian-British author Evie Wyld. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Wyld about her sinister story revolving around the life of Jake, a sheep farmer.
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So You Need A Celebrity Book. Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghostwriters

Nonfiction shelves are full of memoirs by people who can't actually write. They're brought to you by authors who suppress their own ego to write in a famous voice — in exchange for a hefty check.
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Jackie Collins' Mob Princess Serves Up A Cookbook You Can't Refuse

Collins' The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook is named for her plucky heroine, the daughter of a former gangster. It's got recipes for linguine and the author's eponymous cocktail — but no health food.
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Cursed With Mom Guilt? Charlie Brown Might Cure What Ails You

Whenever writer Yiyun Li feels guilty about her parenting choices, she turns to Peanuts for refuge, holding on to the comforting comic strip as tightly as Linus clutches his security blanket.
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Not My Job: Filmmaker Errol Morris Gets Quizzed On Mickey Rooney

Morris — whose latest film, The Unknown Known, is about Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld — answers three questions about Rooney, who died Sunday at 93.
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Poisoned Cigars And A Painful Chapter In Our History

This week saw celebrations of the anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and revelation of the ZunZuneo scandal. Paul Reyes and Ralph Eubanks recommend The Cultural Cold War and We Are Not Afraid.

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