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The Inquisition: A Model For Modern Interrogators

The Inquisition revolutionized record-keeping and surveillance techniques that are still used today, says Cullen Murphy. His book God's Jury draws parallels between some of the interrogation techniques used in previous centuries with the ones used today.

Acid Thrown In Face Of Bolshoi Ballet's Artistic Director; He May Lose Sight

Sergei Filin may have been attacked by someone who is angry about which dancers he has chosen for starring roles, his family and colleagues tell news outlets.

Mixed Pickle: The Sweet And Sour Legacy Of Dutch Trade

What do salt, ancient Jewish pickle carts, the sometimes brutal Indonesian spice trade and Vincent Van Gogh have in common? They brought life to Dutch cuisine, specifically, the Dutch pickle.

In A Fragmented Cultureverse, Can Pop References Still Pop?

In film and TV, pop culture references are meant to give a knowing nod to those in the audience who understand the joke. But in an increasingly segmented and diverse country, those jokes may be pulling in fewer laughs.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Jan. 18

A fashion and performance art event features burquas, bikinis, and six scandalous ways to wear a sari and a piano battle. 


Woman Behind 'Dear Abby' Guided Readers Through Personal Crises

Pauline Phillips, better known as the columnist "Dear Abby," died Wednesday at the age of 94.
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U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey says there’s a poem out there for everyone. Her poetry explores the interplay of race and memory in her life and in American history. She joins Diane to discuss what she hopes to accomplish as the U.S. Poet Laureate.


Rereading The Classics: Lessons Learned The Second Time Around

Writer Kevin Smokler spent a year rereading the books assigned in his high school English classes. Smokler, who is now nearly 40, talks with NPR's Neal Conan about what he learned after returning to the classics.

'Dear Abby' Dies; Pauline Phillips Was Adviser To Millions

Writing under the pen name Abigail Van Buren, she wrote the world's most widely syndicated column. The daily readership grew to more than 100 million. The column is now written by her daughter, Jeanne.