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For Halloween, Please Enjoy This Story In Which NPH Freaks Out Ever So Gently

Neda Ulaby tours a new breed of haunted house that gives her — and Monkey See favorite Neil Patrick Harris — a solid case of the willies.
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'Prairie Home Companion' Sound Effects Man Dies

Robert Siegel remembers the legendary sound effects work of Tom Keith, the man who provided much of the comedy in the sketches on public radio's Prairie Home Companion. He was 64.
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John Hodgman And Robert Siegel Consider 'All' Things, Some Of Them Rather Dubious

If you are uncertain about the implications of The Jock-Nerd Convergence or are unsure about the dangers posed by The Century Toad, fear not: author John Hodgman is here to explain them to you. Also: sardines.
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'Rock Center': Serving Hard News, But Will It Sell?

NBC is rolling out a fresh newsmagazine — the first brand new example prime time has seen in nearly 20 years. Anchor Brian Williams means for it to be a vehicle for serious journalism — but TV writer Eric Deggans says audiences may no longer have the appetite.
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Houdini Relative Unlocks Some Family Secrets

You'd think if you were a relative of someone as famous as Harry Houdini, you'd know it. But George Hardeen, 59, didn't find out he was Houdini's great-nephew until he was a teenager. His grandfather was Houdini's brother. But the family DNA wasn't something anyone really talked about.
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From Mafia Soldier To Cocaine Cowboy

Jon Roberts is the man considered most responsible for bringing cocaine into the US during the 1970s and '80s through the Medellin drug cartel. In American Desperado, a book he co-wrote with journalist Evan Wright, he tells all, from working in the Mafia in New York City to smuggling drugs in Miami.
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'Three Famines': A Struggle Shared Across The Globe

Famines, like the one happening in the Horn of Africa, share common threads with each other, even when they happen on different continents or in different centuries. Host Audie Cornish talks with Thomas Keneally, author of Three Famines: Starvation and Politics, about the modern history of famines.
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Putting The Name Back In The Fame

You will be given the name of a famous person without the first and last letters of their first and last names. Find the missing letters to add onto the name. For example, if you are given "err row," the answer would be "Jerry Brown."
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The Funny 50: A Cavalcade Of Comic Writers

Writer and comedian Andy Borowitz read through more than 1,000 different authors before picking the top 50 for his new book, The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to the Onion.
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After 40 Years, Grisly 'Exorcist' Book Gets A Rewrite

In 1971, William Peter Blatty told the spine-chilling story of a little girl who becomes possessed by a malevolent demon in Washington, D.C. It was called the The Exorcist — and it was only his first draft. Now, Blatty has revised and polished his landmark novel for its 40th-anniversary re-release.

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