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'Test Kitchen': How To Buy The Safest Meat And Make The Juiciest Steaks

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:22pm

The Cook's Illustrated Meat Book gives tips on how to shop for, store, season and cook meat. Why shouldn't you pack your burgers too tight? Two America's Test Kitchen editors explain.

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New Documentary Profiles Human Rights Watch Team

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:20pm

An elite group known as the E-Team travels across the globe documenting human rights violations and war crimes.

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Uninsured Patients In Texas Turn To Walmart

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:12pm

Near the Fort Hood military base, Walmart recently opened a Care Clinic that has everything a typical doctor’s office has – except a doctor.

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Canadian PM: 'We Will Be Vigilant But We Will Not Run Scared'

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:06pm

A day after a shooting attack in Parliament yesterday, the Prime Minister of Canada urged the nation to remain strong.

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Song Premiere, Robin Bacior, 'If It Does'

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:00pm

Robin Bacior's honeyed but vibrant voice hits gently, bestowing the listener with comfort and calm.

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Great Danes: Three Symphonic Albums By Danish Composers

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:58am

From tiny Denmark comes a big symphonic sound. Three recent albums offer a glimpse of the Nordic sound, from the undervalued Carl Nielsen, the experimental Per Nørgård and the accessible Poul Ruders.

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Hiss Golden Messenger On World Cafe

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:58am

Hear songs from the dubby North Carolina folk-rock duo's new album, The Lateness Of Dancers.

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Bottom Of The Sea Is 'A World Of Surprises'

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:50am

The world's oceans cover nearly two-thirds of the Earth's surface, yet little is understood about the ocean floor.

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Blizzard In Nepal Deals A Blow To Porters As Well As Trekkers

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:31am

Working as a porter in the mountains is a way out of poverty. But it's a job with great risk. After this month's killer storm, the government is calling for regulations to protect visitors and locals.

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Mark Zuckerberg Shows Off His Mandarin Chinese Skills

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:00am

The Facebook co-founder and CEO spoke at Tsinghua University in Beijing for about 30 minutes. In Mandarin. His audience liked it.

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Why California's Drought-Stressed Fruit May Be Better For You

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:49am

Is California's severe drought hurting the nutrient content of fruit? No, preliminary data on pomegranates suggest. The fruit may be smaller, but packed with more antioxidants, tests show.

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Girl Scouts Look For A Way Out Of The Woods

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:11am

More than 100 years old, the organization offers young American girls the chance to succeed. So why is it struggling?

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You're Enjoying Low Gas Prices, But Is It Really A Good Sign?

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:52am

All around the country, drivers are seeing signs that gas prices are depressed. Those drops helped hold down the latest consumer price index. But economists worry about too much of a good thing.

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Canada's Parliament Gives Sergeant-At-Arms Standing Ovation

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:42am

Fifty-eight-year-old Kevin Vickers is being hailed as a hero for reportedly shooting the gunman who attacked the Parliament.

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'Season Of The Witch' Shines A (Black)Light On The Occult In Rock

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:03am

Rock 'n' roll rebellion is mainstream today, but Peter Bebergal's new book summons a more shadowed past, when artists like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin brought an occult mystique to the music.

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Accentuate The Positive

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:55am

What do Beyoncé, André the Giant, and a soufflé have in common? Why, the accents in their names, bien sûr! The answers in this final round will be words, names, or phrases containing an accent.

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Very Confused TV Guide

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:55am

Have you ever been perplexed by the on-screen guide descriptions of your favorite TV shows? Us too. We serve up descriptions of shows, whose titles have been taken perhaps a bit too literally.

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IQ Test

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:55am

These words, names, and phrases contain the letters "IQ" consecutively somewhere inside of them. Does this somewhat oblique game pique your interest?

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Presidential Keywords

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:55am

U.S. Presidents spend years in office, but their tenure is often remembered in the mind of the public by a singular moment or trait. Given a keyword, you tell us which President it describes.

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It's A Snap

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:55am

This game has attitude — each answer is a word or phrase containing the word "snap." But extra coordination is required: substitute an actual *snap* of your fingers where it appears in the answer.

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