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Coming Monday: A Daily Dose Of 'Book News'

For some months now, many of us at NPR have been enjoying a daily email from our friends here who report about books and the publishing industry. It's a tip sheet with news and a bit of attitude. "Hey, we ought to publish this," we said. Starting Monday, The Two-Way will.
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Choosing Sides: How To Pick Between The Ravens And The 49ers

If you can't develop a real rooting interest in the Super Bowl, perhaps you can come up with something almost completely arbitrary to help you care.
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'Fresh Off The Boat' And Serving Up Asian Culture

Restaurateur and food personality Eddie Huang spent time as a lawyer and a stand-up comic before getting into the food business. In his new memoir, Fresh Off The Boat, he talks about food, family, hip-hop and growing up Asian in America.
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Making Up A History For The 'Dutch Mona Lisa'

Vermeer's famous Girl With a Pearl Earring has returned to the United States for the first time since 1995. Very little is known about the painting, so in honor of the visit, The Guardian newspaper asked its readers to come up with a backstory for the mysterious girl.
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Tackle 'Yards' To Make A Touchdown

In recognition of the Super Bowl, the key word is "yards." You will be given some categories. For each one, name something in the category beginning with each of the letters Y, A, R, D and S. For example, if the category were "Girls' Names," you might say Yvonne, Alice, Rachel, Donna and Sally.
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The Inconvenient Truth About Polar Bears

Zac Unger moved to Churchill, Manitoba, to cover the decline of the polar bear. It was 2008, and the adorable predators had become symbols in the battle over climate change. But the story he ended up writing in his new book was more complicated than he expected.
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Three-Minute Fiction Round 10: Leave A Message After The Beep

This round of the short story contest for weekends on All Things Considered will be judged by author Mona Simpson. For Round 10, she wants original fiction with the "texture of voice."
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Astronaut Mae Jemison Plays Not My Job

In 1992, Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman to fly in space when she served as a science mission specialist on the space shuttle Endeavour. We've decided to ask the space pioneer three questions about a truly unpredictable vehicle — the airport shuttle.

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