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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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Nora Ephron Plays Not My Job

Nora Ephron is an essayist, novelist and Oscar-nominated writer and director of the kind of romantic comedies you don't have to be ashamed to love. We'll ask her three questions about questionable celebrity endorsements.
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'Klitschko': Brothers And Boxers Who Fight Hard, But Never Each Other

Scott Simon talks to the champion boxers at the center of a new documentary about them — in addition to both being title-holders, they also happen to be brothers.
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Read 'Graveyard' With Our New Back-Seat Book Club

Introducing a new NPR book club ... for kids! Our first book will be The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Young readers are invited to read the book and share their thoughts and questions with us. Gaiman will be on the program on Halloween to answer questions from young listeners.
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New Camera Focuses Shot After It's Taken

Autofocus cameras hit the stores back in the 1970s, making it dramatically simpler for the average consumer to get a good shot. Later, the digital camera made it possible for just about anyone to process their own pictures at home on a computer. Now comes a camera that could represent another kind of photography revolution: the light field camera. Take the picture, but focus it afterward. Robert Siegel speaks with Lytro founder Ren Ng about the new light field camera that his company is producing.
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Israel's Oz On 'Village Life' And Unhappy Endings

Israeli writer Amos Oz rarely settles for a happy ending. His latest book, Scenes from Village Life, doesn't have one and, according to Oz, neither does the recent release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

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