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Beatlemania! When The Fab Four Rocked The Lunchroom

Soon after they arrived on U.S. shores, The Beatles infiltrated just about every part of American pop culture — including lunchboxes. Fans have been known to shell out more than $1,000 for an authentic 1960s lunchbox featuring the band.
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Seed Librarians, Stone Carvers And Sheepherders Along The Hudson

British graphic designer Nick Hudson bicycled 500 miles along the Hudson River valley, striking up conversations with local artists and craftspeople as he went. Those stories — from maple syrup producers, sculptors, boat restorers and more — have been collected in a new book, Conversations on the Hudson.
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Break Loose, Break Loose, Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes

Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase in which the first word has a long-A vowel sound (as in "break"), and the second word has a long-U vowel sound (as in "loose").
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Why Confounding Coincidences Happen Every Day

David Hand, an emeritus professor of mathematics at Imperial College in London, believes that miracles and rare events actually aren't so uncommon. Hand speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about his new book, The Improbability Principle.
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In 'Poetry,' The Story Of An African-American Military Family

Many of Marilyn Nelson's most famous poetry collections are for children. Her latest work, How I Discovered Poetry, is a memoir about her own childhood, which was spent traveling around the country in the 1950s as the daughter of an Air Force pilot.
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Blowing Away The Limits Of Convention

A Tunisian inventor has come up with a new design for wind turbines that may be cheaper and more efficient than current models. Ozy.com has this and more stories about moving beyond expectations, from HBO's True Detective to smart technology that's making us better tippers.
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Lessons On Addiction And Escaping The 'Death Grip From Satan'

In order to understand and to mourn the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon recommends reading The Night of the Gun by David Carr.
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People, Language And Controversy In The Headlines

Writer and comedian Hari Kondabolu speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about India being excluded from the Olympics, a controversial Coke commercial, and comments from Sen. Pat Roberts from Kansas during the confirmation hearings for surgeon general nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy.
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For Top-Flight Animators, The Gag Is An Art All Its Own

In the animated world, just about anything goes: Toys talk, mice are chefs, and pandas do kung fu. In animation, the sky's the limit. In this encore broadcast, we learn about the hundreds of people working on big studio features who spend their days figuring out how to manufacture this silliness from the ground up. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Nov. 27, 2013.)
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Not My Job: An American Music Historian Gets Quizzed On K-Pop

Peter Guralnick is the author of a number of books on American music, so we've invited him to play a game called "Heyyyyy, sexy ladies!" Three questions about K-pop — slickly produced songs and videos from Korea that are taking the world by storm.

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