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Through Thick And Thin, Simmons Is Still Sweatin'

Richard Simmons opened his first aerobics studio in Beverly Hills nearly 40 years ago. Since then, he has become an international celebrity, selling millions of fitness videos and writing best-selling books. But all along the way, Simmons never stopped teaching aerobics classes at that Beverly Hills studio. NPR's Sam Sanders stopped in for a session.
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Eyeing Latinos, NBC News Snuggles Up To Telemundo

NBC News' top-rated Nightly News with Brian Williams draws a modest number of Hispanics, compared with the population at large. Network executives see that as a growth opportunity, and they're turning to their Spanish-language sister network, Telemundo, for help in realizing it.
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In The 'Shadow' Of Death, Stories Survive

When author Vaddey Ratner was just a child, the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia and destroyed her aristocratic family. Her new novel, In the Shadow of the Banyan, draws on her terrible experiences — and the poetry and stories from her father that helped her survive.
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'Cosmo' Editor Helen Gurley Brown Dies At 90

When Brown took the reins at Cosmopolitan magazine in 1965, it was a foundering monthly known for fiction. Without any editing experience, she turned it into the wildly popular, sexy, women-focused, hugely profitable glossy we know today. She died Monday in New York.
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Wicked And Delicious: Devouring Roald Dahl

There's nothing scarier than having someone you love turn on you. For author D.W. Gibson, that someone was Roald Dahl, who, in addition to children's books, wrote short stories that are truly terrifying. Is there a book that haunts your dreams? Tell us about it in the comments.
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From A British King To Rock 'N' Roll: The Slippery History Of Eel Pie Island

Seeking eel pie's origins, the Kitchen Sisters find an island where the Rolling Stones used to play. The traditional British dish can only be found in a handful of London shops now, but Eel Pie Island lives on in music history.
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Looking To The 'Stars' For A Reason To Live

In Peter Heller's debut novel, The Dog Stars, a man named Hig survives a superflu that kills most of humanity. Heller, a travel and adventure writer, says that when his novel took a post-apocalyptic turn, he found himself relying on his real-life scrapes and survival skills.
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Hardcore Job Program Helps Unlikely 'Get To Work'

A new Sundance Channel series looks at the path back from long-term unemployment. The show follows a boot-camp-like job training program, STRIVE, and its clients aren't just victims of hard economic times. They come from addiction, incarceration and abuse. Guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with STRIVE's Rob Smith about the show Get To Work.

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