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The Science Of Munchies: Why The Scent Of A Burger Gives Us A High

Skipping a meal triggers the munchies in a similar way that marijuana does, a study in mice finds. And it works, at least in rodents, by boosting the sense of smell. Receptors in the brain that get activated when the animals are stoned also light up after they've been fasting.

For Military Couples, It's A Long Recovery 'When We Get Home'

Kayla Williams and Brian McGough met in Iraq in 2003 when they were serving in the 101st Airborne Division. Williams' new memoir, Plenty of Time When We Get Home, describes their homecoming after McGough sustained physical and cognitive injuries during an IED explosion.
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Abandoned D.C: Exploring Lost Spaces

For nearly two decades, Washington D.C. writer and photographer Pablo Maurer has been exploring the forgotten spaces and places society left behind.


Romance Novels Sweep Readers Off Their Feet With Predictability

At $1.4 billion, romance is by far the biggest sector of the publishing industry. Harper's editor Jesse Barron looked into the business of romance and its peculiarities for this month's issue. He says the key is copying the elements that made other authors successful — down to the cover model's pose.

Art Laboe And His 'Devil Music' Made Radio Magic

Laboe, a radio icon in Los Angeles, built a broadcasting career as one of the first DJs to play rock 'n' roll and to take requests live on the air. At 88 years old, he's still drawing listeners in, six nights a week, playing the "Oldies But Goodies" that made him famous.

When Deborah Met Jimmy: Scoring An Interview With The President

Emmy Award-winning journalist Deborah Norville's big break came when she was a senior at the University of Georgia, working as a part-time reporter for a local news station in Atlanta. Norville's live TV interview with then-President Jimmy Carter set off her successful career.

With Fearlessness And A 'Code Name,' Iraqi Helped Navy SEALs

Interpreter "Johnny Walker" accompanied the U.S. military on countless missions in his war-torn home country of Iraq. His memoir, Code Name: Johnny Walker, details his experiences with the SEALs and his family's long path to U.S. citizenship.

The Beatles, As America First Loved Them

Later, they'd get weird, experimental, and rebellious, but when the Beatles made their U.S. television debut 50 years ago, they were still just a band — but a magically brilliant band.

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.

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.