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How A Halftime Show Wardrobe Malfunction Changed The Internet

An accidental flash of skin during the 2004 Super Bowl contributed to the birth of YouTube. In another bid for eyeballs, Super Bowl ads are increasingly geared toward female fans.
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Chinese New Year Food Traditions

The New Year's holiday is among the biggest celebrations in Chinese culture, and it's marked by a number of food traditions.

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A Winter Straight Out Of Dante's 'Inferno'

Writer Sally Franson compares Minneapolis winters to the many stages of hell in Dante's Inferno. She tells NPR's Scott Simon that reading the epic poem is her way of getting through an especially harsh winter.
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What's Best To Drink With Pizza And Football?

Americans will consume a lot of pizza during the Super Bowl. Before you reach for that beer to go with it, NPR's Scott Simon speaks with food writer Katie Parla about the perfect beverage pairing.
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A Major Oscar Dust-Up Over A Song From A Minor Movie

The song "Alone Yet Not Alone" had been nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Oscars. Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter tells NPR's Scott Simon why the Academy rescinded the nomination.
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Comedian's Career Is Central To 'Quality Balls'

Legendary comedian David Steinberg is the subject of a new Showtime documentary called Quality Balls. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Steinberg, whose controversial routine was responsible for the cancellation of the Smothers Brothers' TV show in the 1960s.
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Finding The Sum Of True Love On The 88th Try

Mathematician Chris McKinlay wasn't having any luck finding love, so he used an algorithm to crack the dating website OkCupid. After a mountain of data mining and more than 80 first dates, he finally met his fiancée.
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Not My Job: A Dinosaur Expert Gets Quizzed On Barney

Paul Sereno is a globe-trotting paleontologist and a professor at the University of Chicago. Since he's an expert on dinosaurs of the past, we'll ask him about a friendly purple dinosaur of the present.
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Celebration Is In The Air. Or Is That Just Snow?

Patty Chang Anker recommends a cookbook that eases the anxieties of anyone trying to cook Chinese-American meals, and Lev Grossman reminds us that there is a Seussian storm comparable to the one that shut down Atlanta this week.
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Midwestern Memoir Tracks 'Flyover Lives' Of Author's Forebears

Diane Johnson often writes about American heroines living in France, but when she began her memoir, she found herself drawn back to her native ground in America's heartland. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Flyover Lives "lets scenes and conversations speak for themselves, accruing power as they lodge in readers' minds."

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