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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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A Navy Man's Argument That Cutting Pensions Might Be Good

Bryan McGrath spent 21 years in the United States Navy before retiring. He now works as a defense contractor, and he believes that it's not necessarily a bad thing that military pensions are changing. NPR's Rachel Martin reports.
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Narcissistic Or Not, 'Selfie' Is Nunberg's Word Of The Year

Linguist Geoff Nunberg says he feels a little defensive about choosing "selfie" — a word that wears its ephemerality on its outstretched sleeve — as the word of 2013. But not only was this a year when we couldn't stop posting photos of ourselves online; we couldn't stop talking about it either.

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