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Mike Rowe's Own Dirty Job: Selling Knick-Knacks Overnight

Long before Rowe was the host of Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel, he bet his friend that he could host on QVC. He says he took it as an opportunity to do the late-night talk show he'd always wanted.
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Get Ready To Flip Your Lid

Today's puzzle is "One, Two, Three — Flip!" The answer will come in the form of two words, and for each word you'll get a clue beforehand. Reverse the order of the first three letters of the first word to get the second word.
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Disney's First Crop Of Trained Animators, Profiled

The first generation of animators to attend Walt Disney's California Institute of the Arts in the 1970s is profiled in Vanity Fair magazine. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Nancy Beiman, who was part of that first class.
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Martin Scorsese Takes Poland's Communist-Era Art Films On The Road

The filmmaker fell in love with Polish cinema in college, and the images have stayed with him ever since. "I close my eyes, I see them," he says. "They're very vivid, expressive, immediate." Scorsese's festival of 21 handpicked movies will travel to 30 American cities.
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The Secret Operation To Bring Nazi Scientists To America

In the final months of World War II, the United States undertook an enormous effort to attract Nazi scientists to the U.S. Writer Annie Jacobsen's new book, Operation Paperclip, tells the story of that program.
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Super-Secure, Temporary Texts Draw Interest Of Business Crowd

Snapchat has become a very popular way to text photos that disappear after a number of seconds. Recent hacks have raised questions about the security of the service. Carlos Watson, co-founder of Ozy.com, talks about a service that offers more secure alternative.
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Muses And More: 3 Books We Owe To Writers' Lovers

Author's partners often serve as sources of inspiration — but sometimes their influence is even more direct. In honor of Valentine's Day, Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon recommend three books that would not exist without their writers' significant others.
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Not My Job: Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake Gets Quizzed On Winter Sports

As we enjoy the classic winter sports underway at the Winter Games in Sochi, we've asked Flake to play a game called "Dude, that skijoring was sick!" Three questions about non-Olympic winter sports.
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Shirley Temple's Films Still Charm After All These Years

Shirley Temple starred in reliably formulaic movies — a little girl loses a parent, but unlocks the iron hearts of those around her with smiles and song. NPR's Scott Simon says her films still have the power to cheer us.
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The Thousands Of Ways To Tie A Tie

NPR's Scott Simon notes a mathematician has calculated that there are 177,147 ways to tie a tie.

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