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Cutting Off Long Oscar Speeches: In Defense Of The Conductor

If you're ever tempted to blame the conductor who plays off the long acceptance speeches, you shouldn't — it's the producer's fault.
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Meet The Mathematical 'Genius In My Basement'

In the mid-1980s, Simon Norton was considered one of the great mathematical prodigies of the 20th century. Decades later, biographer Alexander Masters just knew him as the unkempt, eccentric man who lived downstairs. Their friendship is documented in Simon: The Genius in My Basement.
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And The Best Picture Oscar Goes To ...

In honor of the Oscars, every answer is the name of a film that won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Identify the films from their anagrams.
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A Theologian Has A Falling Out With God In 'Still'

In her new book, Lauren Winner writes about the spiritual crisis she experienced when she was "no longer in the glow" of converting to Christianity.
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A Homecoming For Alvin Ailey's Artistic Director

Robert Battle started dancing as a ninth-grader at Northwestern Senior High School — a public school in one of Miami's poorest neighborhoods. "I think I work hard because I feel that I owe that to people who have helped me along the way," he says.
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As Video Gaming Goes Pro, Viewers Pay Up

Video gaming has become a spectator sport. This weekend in New York, 32 of the world's top gamers are gathered to compete. Host Scott Simon speaks with eSports shoutcaster Mike Lamond (aka "Husky") about the growing popularity of professional video gaming.
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'Watergate' Revisited: Inside The Criminal Minds

In his latest novel, Thomas Mallon takes a fresh look at the scandal that brought down the Nixon administration, re-imagining it through the eyes of the cast of characters involved.
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In Tombstone, The O.K. Corral Still Looms Large

After more than a century, the gunfight that made lawman Wyatt Earp famous continues to draw more than half a million tourists to the dusty Arizona town each year.
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Athena's Library, The Quirky Pillar Of Providence

Athenaeums are social libraries, cornerstones of a community where you don't just borrow books — you can visit cherished antiquities, hold talks, attend parties and even bring your dog. In Providence, R.I., the "Ath" is a 19th-century library with the soul of a 21st-century rave party.

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