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These Dioramas Are To Die For

Using figures that were made for miniature train sets, a former Las Vegas crime reporter is finding big success creating and selling tiny imaginary crime scenes. Abigail Goldman's macabre, and sometimes funny, "Die-O-Ramas" are selling out before she's even completed them.
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'Books On Bikes' Helps Seattle Librarians Pedal To The Masses

Imagine a library small enough to be towed by a bicycle; on that bike is a librarian who can check your books out, answer research questions and even issue a library card. The Seattle Public Library is experimenting with a program that does just that.
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The Tricky Business Of Predicting Where Media Will Go Next

One of journalism's most recognizable mastheads, The Washington Post, is entering a new era with a new owner. In 1992, the paper's managing editor urged it to get at the forefront of the upcoming digital revolution, but it so far has fallen short in a world of fast-paced BuzzFeeds.
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Florida's Highwaymen Painted Idealized Landscapes In Jim Crow South

In the Jim Crow Florida of the 1960's a group of young African-American landscape painters became famous for their art. They also made a lot of money selling oil paintings that depicted an idealized, candy-colored Florida of palms and beaches, and sleepy inlets. These young painters came to be known as the Highwaymen, and they painted thousands of these paintings until the market was saturated and the whole genre vanished. Host Jacki Lyden traveled to Florida and explored their fascinating story. (This piece originally aired on All Things Considered on Sept. 19, 2012.)
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Technology's Role In Romance Dates To The Telegraph

Modern technology has enabled people to find love without the old fashioned rituals like meeting in person or talking on the phone. And the anonymity of social networks has also opened up opportunities for fraudsters and fakes. The movie and TV show Catfish have told versions of this story. But when tech journalist Clive Thompson recently rediscovered a novel from 1879, he found that people have been finding love and anonymity through technology at least as far back as the telegraph.
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Al-Qaida Today: Evolution Of A Terrorist Organization

Host Jacki Lyden talks to Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, foreign correspondent for The Guardian newspaper, about how Al-Qaida as an organization has changed in recent times.
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Diplomatic Security In An Age Of Terror Threats

The State Department announced that all but one of the 19 embassies and consulates closed because of terror threats last week will reopen Sunday. The embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, will remain closed. Host Jacki Lyden talks with Prudence Bushnell, former U.S. Ambassador to Kenya and Guatemala, about what changes on the ground when an embassy closes and how diplomatic security has evolved in recent decades.
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Russia Invites U.S. To A 'Tank Biathlon'

This week's U.S.-Russia talks in Washington were intended to relieve some of the tension between the two countries, so the suggestion of a little friendly competition — under fire — wasn't out of place.
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Sheriff: Calif. Girl Rescued, Alleged Abductor Killed In Rural Idaho

Sixteen-year-old Hannah Anderson, the subject of a multistate police search, was rescued Saturday, and her alleged abductor was killed in a confrontation with law enforcement officials in rural idaho, officials said.
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Ex-Microsoft VP, Son Dead In Connecticut Plane Crash

The former executive was piloting the plane when it crashed into two homes a few blocks from an airport.

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