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The Secret, Steamy History Of Halloween Apples

A Halloween apple was once a powerful symbol of fertility and immortality. In Europe and the early years of America, girls used apples and apple peels to divine their romantic destiny.
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Art Or Act? New Yorkers Give Banksy Residency Mixed Reviews

As part of a monthlong, outdoor exhibition, the secretive British street artist has been placing graffiti-inspired paintings and installations all around New York. Now that the month is almost over, NPR's Joel Rose asks fans and critics to assess Banksy's work.
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Providence Kindles Love Of Horror Writer H.P. Lovecraft

The science-fiction writer is attracting new attention. Hordes of visitors and tentacle-bedecked merchandise descended on Rhode Island for a literary festival this year that would have made Cthulhu and Yog-Sothoth proud. A bronze bust of Lovecraft even appeared in a local museum.
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Recurring Dream: Morpheus Returns In Gaiman's 'Sandman' Prequel

The last issue of Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics came out a decade ago. Now, the author returns to Dream's world with a prequel series, The Sandman: Overture. Gaiman speaks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about the freedom of starting something new and why he, like all writers, is a Sandman himself.
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Medicinal Laughs: Could 'Daily Show' Sour Millennials On ACA?

Jon Stewart's news-driven comedy show has mined many a joke from the Affordable Care Act's rocky rollout. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans spoke with All Things Considered's Audie Cornish about whether the mockery could have a real impact on younger viewers' responses to the health care law.
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Priceless Italian Treasure Is Shown Off In Rare Exhibition

For the first time, 70 pieces of the Treasure of San Gennaro — said to be more valuable than the British crown jewels — have been transported from a vault in Naples to a museum in Rome. The collection highlights historic gifts from European leaders, including Napoleon.
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Astronaut Chris Hadfield Brings Lessons From Space Down To Earth

The former International Space Station commander achieved Internet stardom with his in-space rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." After three missions and a total of six months in space he shares what he's learned in a new book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.

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Jay Z Adds Another Problem To Add To His 99: Barneys

Host Michel Martin talks with the Beauty Shop ladies about the thin line between creative and offensive Halloween costumes. They also discuss claims of racially profiling by retailer Barneys.
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Haiku In The News: Reality In Riyadh

Finding poetry / In the news of the moment / Can be meaningful.
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When Celebrity Retirements Don't Quite Stick

When a celebrity athlete, actor or musician calls it quits, there's often a bit of fanfare — a big announcement, a farewell tour, maybe an exit interview. But then, the retirement doesn't always stick. Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne round up some celebrity retirement reversals.

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