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I'm Just Sayin': There Are Anachronisms In 'Downton'

If you listen carefully, you'll catch phrases in Downton Abbey that are a little ahead of their time. Linguist Ben Zimmer has been on an anachronism watch and points out a few snippets of dialogue that Lord Grantham would have been very unlikely to say.
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Ralph Nader's $2,680 Airplane Aisle Seat

When Americans traveled by stagecoach, they had to worry about rocks, rattlesnakes, robbers and other varmints. But I wonder if there weren't fewer passenger complaints.
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Week in Politics: Birth Control And The Primaries

Robert Siegel talks to our regular political commentators — E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of the New York Times — about religious employers and birth control, and the Republican primaries.
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Does The 2011 'Photo Of The Year' Look Familiar?

It was taken in Yemen, but it might ring a bell — if you know your Renaissance history.
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How My Voice Went Silent

After coming down with a mysterious headache and a blazing sore throat, NPR science correspondent Richard Harris lost his voice. And it didn't come back. Doctors eventually pinpointed the cause: a paralyzed vocal cord.
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Santorum's Support Goes Beyond Social Conservatives, Strategist Says

In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, Santorum strategist John Brabender said the candidate's victories this week show he has broadened his base.
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How One George Lucas Fan Takes Fan Filmmaking Into His Own Hands

Fan documentaries may seem like the work of bored hobbyists, but for many fans, they outstrip real DVD features for both satisfaction and information.
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Scheming Parents Set Their Kids Up — And It Works

When Steven Ketcham met Alexandra Budny's mother, she told him, "I'm going to be your future mother-in-law." There was only one catch: Steven had never met Alexandra. But their parents had already decided they were perfect for each other.
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Scrappy 'Girlchild' Forms A Girl Scout Troop Of One

Tupelo Hassman's debut novel stars Rory, a resilient, if ragged, life force raised in a Reno trailer park who adopts a tattered copy of The Girl Scout Handbook as her Bible. Rory endures sexual abuse, the death of loved ones, and everyday invisibility — all without playing for our sympathy.

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