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The Picture Show
9:07 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Photography Cross-Stitch And Rebuilding The Berlin Wall

Mauerpark, 2012
Diane Meyer

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 2:23 pm

How do you photograph something that's not really there? Like the Berlin Wall, for example.

Diane Meyer, an assistant professor of photography at Loyola Marymount University, has one approach: She takes pictures where the wall once stood, prints them out, and then literally rebuilds it with a needle and thread.

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Author Interviews
9:04 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Deadpan Humor And Childhood Fears Collide In 'The Dark'

In The Dark, a boy name Laszlo is visited one night by his biggest fear.
Courtesy of Little, Brown and Company

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 1:26 pm

If there's one thing kids are scared of, it's the dark. In his latest children's book, The Dark, Daniel Handler — who writes under the pen name Lemony Snicket — takes on darkness itself, with the story of a young boy who confronts his biggest fear. Handler is known for his dry wit and matter-of-fact take on the mysterious and macabre.

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Krulwich Wonders...
9:02 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

The Love That Dared Not Speak Its Name, Of A Beetle For A Beer Bottle


Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 4:35 pm

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Mental Health
7:50 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Inside The Mind Of A Sociopath

Confessions of a Sociopath is written under the pen name of M.E. Thomas.
Random House

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 11:48 am

What exactly is a sociopath? Many people might think of killers, criminals, the cruel and heartless, Jack Nicholson's character in The Shining.

That's the common wisdom. But it's being challenged by a new memoir, Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight. It's written under the pen name of M.E. Thomas. The author says most sociopaths are not incarcerated — and the silent majority of them live freely and anonymously. They're your neighbors, colleagues, maybe even family members and lovers.

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The Protojournalist
7:26 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Scandalgate: A DIY, All-Purpose News Story

Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 10:13 am

Good grief.

Scandals seem to swarm around American presidents like yellow jackets around a state park picnic table.

In fact, administration after administration has spent its second term swatting away falsehoods — and true tales — of miscreancy.

And so patterns have emerged. This happens, then that happens and eventually — well, you know how it works.

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Political Junkie
7:25 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

It's The Final ScuttleButton Puzzle ... For Now

Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 10:05 am

Some words I never thought I would utter: This is the last ScuttleButton puzzle that will ever appear on the NPR Web site.

With the cancellation of Talk of the Nation, and of course the weekly Political Junkie segment that goes with it, the long relationship between Political Junkie and NPR is coming to an end.

Thus, this is the last button puzzle, with the final winner (and t-shirt and button prizes) announced on Wednesday, June 26th — the final Junkie segment on TOTN.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
7:25 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Does Life Have A Purpose?

Kind of cute. But pretty stupid. A scale model of a baby sauropod in its egg.
Tim Boyle Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 9:15 am

I don't mean our private lives, our personal choices and hopes, the plans we make along the years. I imagine that each and every one of us believes our lives do have a purpose, or many. What I mean is life as a natural phenomenon, this strange assembly of matter endowed with autonomy, capable of absorbing energy from the environment and preserving itself through reproduction.

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Monkey See
7:25 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

The 25 Movies To Which 'World War Z' Is A Sequel, Probably

Brad Pitt is Gerry Lane, Abigail Hargrove is Rachel Lane, and Mireille Enos is Karin Lane in World War Z.
Jaap Buitendijk Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 9:03 am

World War A (in which Isaac Newton is bonked on the head and still bravely figures out gravity)

World War B (spun off from a VH1 reality show)

World War C (in which two dudes hit each other with cellos for 2.5 hours)

World War D (part of The Great Report Card Skirmish Of 1998)

World War-E (in which a tiny robot rolls around and watches Hello Dolly and then smashes the doubloons out of everything in sight)

World War F (the [bleep]ing best war ever)

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Monkey See
7:25 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Bait And Twitch: 'Vice' Magazine, Suicide Glamour, And Not Staying Quiet

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 1:48 pm

This week, Vice magazine unveiled a fashion spread featuring images based on famous female writers who killed themselves. To call it merely tasteless would be to understate how calculated it was, as well as how revolting it was — it literally created an image based on a real writer who really hanged herself with a pair of stockings, and then it told you where to buy the stockings.

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Planet Money
7:24 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

How A Used Bottle Becomes A New Bottle, In 6 GIFS

Lam Thuy Vo NPR

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 7:39 pm

For more, watch our video: Secrets From The Recycling Plant

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