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Astrophysicist Adam Riess Plays Not My Job

Before he won the Nobel Prize in Physics, Adam Riess had already won a MacArthur "genius" grant, and just about every prize there is to win in his field. So there's really only one place left for him to be victorious: the Not My Job game.
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'Chango's Beads': Kennedy's Latest Albany Homage

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist William Kennedy says his best writing features his New York hometown. His latest book, Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes, is no exception. "There's a richness of Albany that I couldn't possibly exhaust," says Kennedy, who is now 83.
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Foodie Wannabe? Here's How To Fake It

Melissa Block speaks with Alton Brown, creator of "Good Eats" on the Food Network, about his recent comments in New York Magazine on faking food and wine knowledge. Brown gives tips and explains why you might want to fake it on occasion.
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Remembering Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, co-founder and longtime CEO of Apple Inc., passed away this week at the age of 56. Technology writer Steven Levy, author of the book Insanely Great remembers the life and contributions of the technology titan, from pioneering personal computers to the iPhone.
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Is Human Violence On The Wane?

Considering the Norway shootings, drug wars in Mexico and ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, this era may seem as violent as any. But as Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker argues in his book The Better Angels of Our Nature, this may actually be the most peaceable period in human history.
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John Wayne: Icon Of America's Booming Confidence

It's been more than 30 years since the rugged film star's death, yet he still looms large in the national psyche. Critic John Powers was surprised to find that the indomitable American fighting man was actually a hard-earned act of self-invention.
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'Ides Of March': These Days, All Politics Is Lowball

An idealistic campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling) finds himself in the middle of a scandal that could threaten his candidate's chances of becoming president.
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David Rakoff's 'Half Empty' Full Of Humor, Guilt

Writer David Rakoff's received the 2011 Thurber Prize for American Humor for his essay collection Half Empty. In the book, Rakoff explains the powers of pessimistic thought as he analyzes topics such as a pornography trade fair, his neurotic childhood and his recent cancer diagnosis.
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'The League' Uses Fandom To Explore Friendship

Co-creators Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus talk about how their show The League came into being and why it stands out from other modern television comedies.

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