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Inventor Ralph Baer, The 'Father Of Video Games,' Dies At 92

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 4:20pm

Video games have become a ubiquitous, billion-dollar industry, but all of the Playstations, Xboxes and Wiis can be traced back to the work of Robert Baer and his "Brown Box." He died Saturday.

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Perry Wallace, Who Broke Basketball Barriers, Didn't Set Out To Be A Pioneer

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 4:10pm

Strong Inside tells the story of the first black player in college basketball's Southeastern Conference. Wallace says the hard work of integration is "a gritty, dirty, ugly business."

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How Washington's Odd Couple Transformed Welfare

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:54pm

The new book The Professor and the President looks back at how Daniel Patrick Moynihan pushed the Nixon White House to embrace a relatively liberal welfare plan.

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Don't Let The Kasha Vanish: Diners Band Together To Save Café Edison

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:31pm

Also known as the Polish Tea Room, the Café Edison is a favorite of regular New Yorkers and Broadway stars and crew. Now, Jeff Lunden reports it's being threatened with eviction by its landlord.

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Don't Let The Kasha Vanish: Diners Band Together To Save Café Edison

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:31pm

Also known as the Polish Tea Room, the Café Edison is a favorite of regular New Yorkers and Broadway stars and crew. Now, Jeff Lunden reports it's being threatened with eviction by its landlord.

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Sandwich Monday: Doritos Loaded

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 2:59pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try 7-Eleven's latest creation, Doritos Loaded. They're a vaguely Doritos-shaped fried thing stuffed with cheese.

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Spanish Artist Francisco Goya On Display In Boston: An Extraordinary Exhibit

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:01pm

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has assembled one of the largest exhibits of Goya's artwork ever seen in the U.S. His paintings, prints and drawings range in technique from exquisitely refined to raw.

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Chris Rock On Finding The Line Between Funny And 'Too Far'

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:00pm

"No comedian wants to have to analyze and defend" jokes, says Rock, who wrote, directed and stars in the new film Top Five. He adds: "I'm not a politician; I'm not a thinker. I'm a comedian."

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Book News: Doris Lessing's Personal Library Returns Home — To Zimbabwe

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:48am

More than 3,000 books from the British Nobel laureate's collection have been donated to a library in Zimbabwe, where Lessing lived for 25 years. Also: J.K. Rowling promises 12 days of Harry Potter.

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A Surprisingly Effective Trailer For 'The Last Five Years'

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:26am

The trailer for the upcoming film The Last Five Years shows lots of Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan singing to each other, because ... that's the movie. It's good, though.

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Author Of 'Bridge To Terabithia': Messages Are Poison To Fiction

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 5:35pm

Katherine Paterson describes the inspiration behind her best-known children's book, as well as tales from her childhood in China and missionary work in Japan, in her new memoir, Stories of my Life.

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Women Butchers Are Slicing Through The Meat World's Glass Ceiling

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 3:54pm

The meat industry traditionally has been a male-dominated field. But as demand for local meat grows, that's made more room for women to carve out ownership roles in the business.

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Siblings Build A Butcher Shop For Meat-Loving Vegans

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 9:05am

Brother and sister Kale and Aubry Walch plan to open the country's first vegan butcher shop. Their goal: To free vegans from enduring yet another tofurkey holiday.

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Siblings Build A Butcher Shop For Meat-Loving Vegans

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 9:05am

Brother and sister Kale and Aubry Walch plan to open the country's first vegan butcher shop. Their goal: To free vegans from enduring yet another tofurkey holiday.

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Just Say No, N-O

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 7:03am

Every answer today is a familiar two-word phrase or name with the initial letters N and O.

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In Troubled Times, Does 'The Black Church' Still Matter?

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 6:37am

As the nation endures a season of racial tension, NPR's Michel Martin talks about the mission of the black church and whether it remains relevant in the social justice movement.

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Before Dylan, Dave Ray's Blues Rocked Minneapolis

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 6:37am

When Bob Dylan moved to Minneapolis in 1959, he was overshadowed by a singer and guitar player named Dave Ray of the blues trio Koerner, Ray and Glover. A new box set traces the singer's evolution.

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Billions Of Years Go By, All In The Same 'Room'

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 6:37am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Richard McGuire about his arresting graphic novel, Here. It's an austere, profound journey backward and forward in time through the life of a single room.

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Millenia Of History, Beautifully Illustrated 'Here' In One Room

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 6:03am

Richard McGuire's Here started small — as an underground magazine cartoon 25 years ago. But it's grown to an epoch-spanning narrative that captures all the bits of history happening in one room.

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A Pop-Up Cafe Caters To Hikers Along The Pacific Crest Trail

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 4:19am

The 2,650-mile trail is grueling. But for a few weekends each season, hikers on the stretch near California's Sonora Pass encounter a hiker's dream: fresh fruit, cakes and other goodies for the weary.

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