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How Can We Make The World More Compassionate?

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 8:34am

Religion scholar Karen Armstrong describes how compassion is the core principle in all world religions — in the form of the golden rule.

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Are We Wired To Be Compassionate?

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 8:34am

Author Robert Wright says humans are not only wired to be compassionate but we have evolved to feel compassion out of self-interest.

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Is It Enough To Be Politically Correct?

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 8:34am

Political pundit Sally Kohn says we shouldn't worry as much about being politically correct, but instead we need to focus on being emotionally correct.

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The Eye-Opening Saga Of Walter And Margaret Keane, Now On Screen

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:01am

Walter Keane made his name with wistful paintings of big-eyed children — paintings actually done by his wife. Tim Burton directs and Amy Adams stars in Big Eyes, a new movie about the Keanes.

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A Married Couple In Decline

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:03pm

The film If You Don't, I Will has some strong dialogue and performances, but its tale of a marriage in peril sags too often in its recounting of the journey.

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Sarah Koenig On Serial: 'I Think Something Went Wrong With This Case'

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:45pm

Serial, the hugely popular (and sometimes controversial) podcast spun off from This American Life, wraps up its first season today. NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Serial creator Sarah Koenig.

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A Tribute To Stephen Colbert, A Self-Proclaimed 'Junkie For Exhaustion'

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:24pm

Ahead of The Colbert Report's last episode, Fresh Air listens back to interviews with Colbert. "I didn't realize quite how liberal I was until I was asked to make passionate comedic choices," he said.

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Tourtiere: A French-Canadian Twist On Christmas Pie

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:09pm

On Christmas Eve, many French-Canadians will gather after midnight Mass for reveillon, a lavish dinner party that lasts into the wee hours. The traditional centerpiece is a savory, spiced meat pie.

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Book News: The Future of the Public Library May Lie in the Coffee Shop

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:42am

A long-awaited review of public libraries in the U.K. calls for them to expand digital services and offer a "retail-standard environment" akin to coffee shops.

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5 Under-The-Radar Reads From Librarian Nancy Pearl

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:15am

Pearl shares the books she loved this year that you might not have heard of. Her list includes a Hollywood satire, two thrillers, a young adult novel and a nonfiction book about World War I.

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Playlist: Inspiring Stories You'll Want To Share

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:03am

This playlist includes some blockbuster TED talks that have already inspired millions.

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Ho Ho Ho

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:36am

In this final round, every correct answer will start with a jolly "Ho!" sound. Which goalkeeper has won two Olympic medals with the U.S. women's soccer team? That would be Ho Ho Hope Solo!

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All I Don't Want For Christmas

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:36am

Ah, the comfort of cliché gifts and holiday expectations well met. Frozen songwriters Bobby and Kristen Lopez sing about not-so-original gifts to the tune of Mariah Carey's classic holiday earworm.

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Chappy Cholidays

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:36am

All answers in this round start with the letter "h", but we want you to pronounce them with that back-of-the-throat "ch" sound, in honor of the "ch" in "Chanukah." Have a lozenge or two ready.

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Reindeer Games

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:36am

If you spell "reindeer" by combining precipitation ("rain") and a loved one ("dear"), then you think in homophones. We give clues to two words whose homophones form a new word or phrase.

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Schaaps' Family Feud

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:36am

We surveyed our loyal listeners on a wide range of holiday topics and quiz siblings Rosie Schaap (The New York Times Magazine) and Jeremy Schaap (ESPN) on the most popular answers, Family Feud-style.

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'Tis The Season For Corny Movies

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:36am

Nothing says "cheer" like a cheesy made-for-TV holiday movie. Can you tease out the real ones from the fake when it comes to The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation or Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever?

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Season's Eatings

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:36am

Many countries and cultures around the world have their own festive culinary customs. We team up with Adam Rapoport of Bon Appétit Magazine to quiz you on some unusual food traditions.

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Blaze Of Gloria

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:36am

We've rewritten the lyrics of the beloved Christmas carol "Angels We Have Heard on High" to be about things that begin with the "glo-" sound of its famous refrain: "Gloooooooooria [in excelsis Deo]."

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Tinsel Tales 3: NPR Christmas Stories

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:33am

Lynn Neary hosts an hour-long collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places.

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