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Carolyn Hax And Nick Galifianakis: Tell Me About It

It's not your grandmother's advice column: Words of wisdom from Carolyn Hax and Nick Galifianakis.

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Two Films Shoot Past Realism To Weirder Territory

Ruby Sparks and Killer Joe tell of an author who conjures a woman from his typewriter and a corrupt detective hired to kill an aging mother, respectively. But Fresh Air's David Edelstein says the films share a common trait: Both take their stories beyond common reality to more fascinating parts of the psyche.
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In '1493,' Uncovering The World Columbus Discovered

When Columbus crossed the Atlantic in 1492, his journey prompted the exchange of not only information but also food, animals, insects, plants and disease between the continents. In a new book, Charles C. Mann describes the aftermath of Columbus' arrival in the Americas.
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New Chief For Smithsonian Natural History Museum

A paleontologist from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science has been tapped to take over curation of the Smithsonian natural history museum in Washington. 

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National Digital Library Effort Gets $1M

A national arts funding organization is hoping to jump start an effort to digitize a national library with a $1 million grant.

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Honoring The Games, And The Past, With Poetry

In the days of the ancient Greeks, poetry and sport went hand in hand at athletic festivals like the Olympics. Morning Edition is reviving that tradition with the Poetry Games. We've invited poets to compose original works celebrating the Olympics. You will judge who should win the victor's crown.
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The Trainer Who Created Four-Legged Stars

Names like Gene Autry, Bette Davis and Buster Keaton draw tourists to a cemetery in the Hollywood Hills. But those legends of the silver screen also lie near a lesser-known man who made animals into Hollywood stars.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 27

Where We Live and one more Snow White.

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It Was All A Dream (Or: Turns Out Spoilers Are Good For You)

The combination of instant commentary on Twitter and delayed viewing on DVRs and Hulu has made fans especially careful about spoilers. But according to one study, spoilers actually make you enjoy a work more than if you didn't know what was going to happen.

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