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Was It A Cat I Saw? (Nope: It Was A Palindrome)

"Madam, I'm Adam!" is child's play. Master palindromist Barry Duncan creates works of art that are paragraphs long and read the same forward and backward. The secret, he says, is finding the middle, "the letter on which the palindrome is going to pivot and turn."
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Products R Us: Are We 'Brandwashed'?

Did you really think the apples you lifted out of a wooden crate at a grocery store came from a local farm? Think again. As Martin Lindstrom explains in his new book, Brandwashed, companies use many tricks to manipulate our minds and persuade us to buy.
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On Broadway, John Turturro Offers Three For One

Actor John Turturro is best known for roles in movies by Spike Lee, the Coen Brothers and others, but this month he's making his debut as a Broadway director. Turturro is directing three one-act plays by three big-name writers: Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen.
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Old-Time Radio Fans Sign Off

After 36 years, the annual Friends of Old-Time Radio Convention will go silent. Radio dramas don't have the audiences they once had, losing out to other distractions. Listeners can still tap into the rich catalogue of The Lone Ranger, Sherlock Holmes and many others via the Internet, though, so the work lives on. Scott Gurian spent time with the group on their last day.
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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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