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The Running Joke

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 9:56am

In Iceland, Jón Gnarr takes his pointed political stand-up routine to the extreme.

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Blood Sport

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 9:56am

Point guard Alex Owumi has just landed in the Middle East to play basketball for his childhood hero.

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Up In Smoke

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 9:56am

Glynn the Activist takes on big tobacco — and turns to ash.

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Look At This: Astronaut Reid Wiseman, Space Photographer

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 9:13am

Cmdr. Reid Wiseman is an astronaut, a photographer and a pro at Twitter. Listen to (and look at) this 2-minute thing — in which he shares some of his favorite space pix!

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Is There Any Way To Screen Pilots For Suicidal Tendencies?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 8:27am

There are questionnaires that aim to identify people at risk of killing themselves. But the tests are flawed — and it's not at all clear they'd be effective in assessing the mental state of pilots.

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Airlines Worldwide Rush To Adopt '2-Person' Cockpit Rule

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 8:21am

In the wake of the apparently deliberate crash of a German airliner, carriers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia say they will emulate a U.S. rule requiring two people in the cockpit at all times.

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How Does Play Shape Our Development?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:52am

Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, and fantasy are more than just fun. He came to this conclusion after conducting some somber research about the stark childhoods of murderers.

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What Can Bonobos Teach Us About Play?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:52am

Primatologist Isabel Behncke explains how bonobos learn by constantly playing. She says play isn't frivolous; it appears to be a critical way to solve problems and avoid conflict.

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Who's That Guy Riding The Subway In His Underwear?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:52am

Charlie Todd choreographs bizarre, hilarious, and unexpected public scenes. He explains how his group, Improv Everywhere, creates these moments of urban whimsy to bring people together.

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How Can Playing A Game Make You More Empathetic?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:52am

Why is it so hard to feel empathy for strangers? Because we're stressed by them, says neuroscientist Jeff Mogil. His research suggests one way to reduce that stress: play Rock Band together.

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How Can Video Games Improve Our Real Lives?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:52am

When Jane McGonigal was bedridden after a concussion, she gave herself a prescription: play a game. She says games helped her get better; and for many of us, virtual games can improve our real lives.

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Top Stories: More On Crash Co-Pilot; Reid Won't Seek Re-Election

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:40am

Also: The House has passed a bill ending fee cuts to Medicare doctors; Indiana Gov. Pence authorizes a limited needle exchange program; and astronaut Scott Kelly heads for space for a year's stay.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: SXSW And Hometown Cliches

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:03am

Scads of music recommendations, talk of Austin and Portland, and what's making us happy this week.

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Sen. Harry Reid Says He Won't Seek Re-Election

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 6:59am

The Democratic leader in the Senate announced his decision in a video. "My friend Sen. [Mitch] McConnell, don't be too elated," he said. "I'm going to be here for 22 months."

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WATCH: Obama, A 'Wire' Superfan, Talks To Show's Creator David Simon

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 6:38am

The president called the show "one of the greatest, not just television shows, but pieces of art in the last couple of decades." Their conversation was about the effects of the war on drugs.

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Social Media Posts Help Police Nab Suspect

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 6:31am

While police in Fairfield, Maine, were searching for a supsect, he was posting on Snapchat. A friend told police where he was hiding, according to the Morning Sentinel.

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Buffalo Fans Cheer Sabres 4-Game Losing Streak

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 6:25am

In the NHL, the Buffalo Sabres and the Arizona Coyotes are battling for the title of the worst in the league. The loser would get better odds of landing a top draft pick.

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Stretching One Great Teacher Across Many Classrooms

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 6:03am

A Nashville middle school is test-driving a big idea: To put a great teacher in charge of multiple classrooms.

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Report: Germanwings Co-Pilot Treated For Depression

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 5:51am

The report in the daily Bild comes as Duesseldorf police searched Andreas Lubitz's home Montabaur. Lubitz appears to have deliberately crashed the plane carrying 150 people into the French Alps.

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German Police Search For Clues To Crash In Co-Pilot's Homes

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:14am

Police have searched the homes of Andreas Lubitz in two German cities in search of an explanation for why he may have crashed a passenger plane into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board.

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