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Arts Giving Is Up, But Hold The Applause

While the overall U.S. economy seems to be stuck in neutral, one bright spot is that charitable giving to the arts is up 5 percent more than last year. It's good news, but a new study cautions that much of that support serves audiences that are wealthier and whiter than the country as a whole.
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Self-Starters Eat Up This Slow-Cooking Technique

Sous vide cooking was once the province of chefs at fancy restaurants — and those home cooks willing to shell out close to $1,000 for a water oven. Now, do-it-yourselfers are making their own, inexpensive sous vide cooking rigs, and they're not afraid to brag about the scrumptious product.
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Sometimes You've Got To Find The Right Word

You'll be given three words. Name the fourth word that, when added to each of these words, creates a familiar two-word phrase. The answer will rhyme with one of the three words. For example, if you're given "boob," "inner" and "test," the fourth word would be "tube."
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Three-Minute Fiction: Closing In On A Winner

One character must come to town and one character must leave town — that's the challenge that more than 3,400 people took up to write original stories for this round of our Three Minute Fiction contest. Our judge is Danielle Evans, author of the short story collection "Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self," and in a few weeks, she'll pick a winner. Evans sits down with weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz to share a few stories that turned her head so far. You can read full versions of these and other entries at npr.org/threeminutefiction.
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It's A Girl! The New iPhone Speaks

Siri is the name of a new talking virtual assistant feature on the latest iPhone that can tell you when you have an appointment, where to find a Thai restaurant, and what the pollen count will be. Why are the voices that emanate from our machines so often female?
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'Jane Austen Made Me Do It,' Authors Claim

The 19th-century novelist with a modern "sense and sensibility" has inspired a new collection of short stories by contemporary authors. Host Scott Simon talks with husband and wife team Frank Delaney and Diane Meier, who penned their contribution to Jane Austen Made Me Do It under the name F.J. Meier.
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Will Smartphones And iPads Mush My Toddler's Brain?

Research suggests that toddlers under 2 don't learn from television — and in fact, TV viewing, even in the background, could harm their development. But what about content on mobile screens? The answer may depend on how you're using them.
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'Hamlet' On An Elevator? The Bard Gets A New Venue

The elevator lunch crowd of a Los Angeles office building is the last place you'd expect to encounter William Shakespeare, but that's just where the Salty Shakespeare theater group is taking him.
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The Harpers Ferry 'Rising' That Hastened Civil War

On the evening Oct. 16, 1859, abolitionist John Brown led a raid he hoped would ignite a nationwide uprising against slavery. Tony Horwitz tells the story of how Brown's defeat helped spark the Civil War, in Midnight Rising.

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