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Recipe Rebellion: A Year Of Contrarian Cookbooks

The rebels, rule breakers and renegades who rule this year's Top 10 list aren't looking for a Ph.D. in Traditional Cooking. They're pleasure seekers whose books are filled with quirky facts, gorgeous pictures and ingredients deployed in unexpected places.
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The Mayan Apocalypse: Worthwhile, In Hindsight

Yesterday came and went, but I never finished Ulysses. I never took up skydiving. Come to think of it, I didn't even really finish cleaning up my closet before the "Mayan Apocalypse." Yet even a failed apocalypse still has value, in reminding us that life is fleeting, fragile and unpredictable.
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Week In Politics: Newtown, Fiscal Cliff, John Kerry

Robert Siegel speaks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Matthew Continetti, editor of the Washington Free Beacon. They discuss the Newtown, Conn., shootings, the fiscal cliff, and Sen. John Kerry's nomination to Secretary of State.
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Commentary: 'I Just Wish Guns Were Harder To Come By'

Youth Radio's Davina La'Shay shares her unwanted but intimate relationship with guns in her home city of Oakland and how she wants that to change it.
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Forget YOLO: Why 'Big Data' Should Be The Word Of The Year

"Big Data" had just as much to do with President Obama's victory as phrases like "Etch A Sketch" and "47 percent," says linguist Geoff Nunberg. Big Data is also behind anxieties about intrusions on our privacy, whether from the government's anti-terrorist data sweeps or the ads that track us on the Web.
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When Someone You Know Loses A Child

Nothing is enough to ease a parent's pain in losing a child, but simple gestures of kindness and concern are still welcome even in the depths of grief.

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