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Soft Launching In Nine Months? You'll Need A Social Strategy

Everyone's announcing their pregnancy on Facebook these days. That means it's important to consider your social media strategy, and NPR's Melody Kramer mines the tech startup culture for some humorous ideas.
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A New Rule For The Workplace: 'Hug Sparingly'

Research psychologist Peggy Drexler is calling for an end to the "hugging arms race," particularly at work. She has ways for non-huggers to avoid an unwanted embrace without feeling awkward.
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A Feminist Walks Into A Diet Clinic

Samantha Schoech has struggled with weight for most of her life. As a feminist, she's also questioned society's expectations of beauty, while still wanting to be healthy and thin. The self-proclaimed "life-long yo-yo dieter" recently started taking diet pills.
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Spalding Gray's Family Remembers A Man Who Was 'Never Boring'

On the 10th anniversary of Spalding Gray's disappearance, his widow and stepdaughter remember the writer and monologist — and the difference he made in their lives.
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Supporting The Home Team From The Comfort Of Your Couch

Nowadays, do you have to show your support by purchasing a ticket? As much of the nation endures a historic deep freeze, commentator Frank Deford discusses weather and outdoor stadium sports.
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Fifty Years Later, Did The U.S. Win The War On Poverty?

Jan. 8 is the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's War on Poverty. NPR's Linda Wertheimer reflects on whether Johnson succeeded in his goal.
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Recalling His Inspiration, A Neurosurgeon Thanks A Teacher

As a middle-school student in the '80s, Lee Buono stayed after school one day to remove the brain and spinal cord from a frog. He did such a good job that his science teacher told him he might become a neurosurgeon someday. That's exactly what Buono did.
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Letters: Eggnog Recipe Brings Cheers And Jeers

Robert Siegel reads emails and comments from listeners about this week's Found Recipes segment, which offered up a recipe for eggnog.
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No Rest For Ye Merry NBA Players This Christmas

Pro sports have become almost part and parcel of major American holidays. The NBA's Christmas Day lineup this year has grown to a whopping 13 straight hours of nationally televised games.
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Sorry Assiduous (adj.) SAT-Takers, Linguist In Dudgeon (n.) Over Vocab Flashcards

Many students prepare for the SAT by drilling themselves on esoteric, arcane and recondite words — like esoteric, arcane and recondite. Linguist Geoff Nunberg doesn't discourage these efforts, but he does have a word of caution: memorizing a definition is hardly the same as learning a new word.

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