Arts

2:04pm

Tue January 14, 2014
Book Reviews

Chang-rae Lee Stretches For Dystopic Drama, But Doesn't Quite Reach

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Dystopia is all the rage these days, especially in young adult fiction: There's the "Hunger Games" trilogy of course; Veronica Roth's "Divergent" series, in which Chicago has gone to the dogs; Cassandra Clare's "Mortal Instruments" series, inspired by a nightmare vision of Manhattan; and Stephanie Meyer's non-Twilight novel, The Host, where Earth has been colonized by alien parasites.

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2:02pm

Tue January 14, 2014
New In Paperback

Jan. 12-18: Revolutionaries, Diplomacy And A Man Of Letters

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 4:40 pm

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12:39pm

Tue January 14, 2014
Author Interviews

'What Everyone Needs To Know' About Today's Cyberthreats

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 5:46 pm

Even if cybersecurity isn't a subject you think about a lot, the data breach of credit card information from Target and Neiman Marcus customers has probably increased your level of cyber-anxiety.

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12:07pm

Tue January 14, 2014
The Salt

Spinach Dinosaurs To Sugar Diamonds: 3-D Printers Hit The Kitchen

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 3:52 pm

A mathematician's sweet dream: For about $10,000, you can print out rainbow sugar dodecahedrons and interlocking cubes.
3D Systems

From cool casts for a broken arm to impressive replicas of Michelangelo's David, 3-D printing has come a long way in the past few years.

In fact, the technology is moving so fast that 3-D printers might be coming to your kitchen this year — or at least, to a bakery or bistro down the street.

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10:29am

Tue January 14, 2014
Wordless News

Wordless News: Brits Struggle To Save Beloved Telephone Box

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 1:45 pm

Maria Fabrizio's illustration of: "Some Brits Not Ready To Say 'Ta-Ra' To Iconic Telephone Box"
Maria Fabrizio

Every day, illustrator Maria Fabrizio posts a news-inspired image on her Wordless News blog. This week, all of her pictures will be inspired by stories she hears on Morning Edition.

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10:10am

Tue January 14, 2014
Monkey See

A Few Lessons About Twitter, Cancer And Publishing

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 8:53 am

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I think that Bill Keller probably meant well when he wrote an op-ed for The New York Times this week about Lisa Bonchek Adams, a woman with cancer who's been writing about it, along with a lot of other things, on Twitter and on a personal blog.

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7:02am

Tue January 14, 2014
Book Reviews

Debut Novel Offers Surprisingly Dark 'Vision' Of Shaker Life

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 9:29 am

In August 1837, a group of girls aged ten through fourteen in a one-room Shaker schoolhouse received "signs from the world beyond." One by one they began singing, jerking, chanting, and reciting Latin. This miraculous phenomenon went on for hours. Elder Sister Agnes, the schoolteacher, witnessed it all. Thenceforth these and other Visionists — the name given to those deemed to be "chosen instruments" of Mother Ann, the Shakers' founder — "were allowed to make things that were not simply functional but beautiful, for they had created them under divine inspiration."

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5:28pm

Mon January 13, 2014
The Salt

Borscht Make Your Heart Beet? They're Serving 70,000 Gallons In Sochi

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 8:57 am

There are dozens of varieties of borscht — but at its most basic, it's a beet soup with potatoes, tomatoes and often beef or pork.
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Russia's Soviet days are well behind it, but if you're headed to Sochi for the Winter Olympics, your dining options will still run deep red — as in borscht.

Organizers in Sochi expect to serve 70,000 gallons of this Russian staple — a hearty soup whose color comes from beets — to spectators. Borscht has graced both the high table of the Kremlin and the lowly tables of peasants across the former Soviet Union.

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5:28pm

Mon January 13, 2014
Arts & Life

Foundations Keep Detroit Art Off The Auction Block

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 8:53 pm

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A federal bankruptcy judge in Detroit has mediated a deal that could potentially solve two of the city's biggest problems. The plan would raise money for retirees' pension funds and keep masterpieces from the Detroit Institute of Art from being auctioned off. NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports.

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5:28pm

Mon January 13, 2014
Television

Is '16 And Pregnant' An Effective Form Of Birth Control?

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 8:53 pm

Episode 1 of 16 and Pregnant tells the story of Maci, a "classic overachiever" at her Chattanooga, Tenn., high school. A new study attributes a portion of the decline in the U.S. teen birthrate to the MTV show.
MTV

The U.S. teen birthrate — one of the highest in the developed world — has been dropping in recent years. There are a number of reasons for the decrease, and a new study attributes a portion of the decline to an unlikely cause: MTV's 16 and Pregnant, a show that takes a brutally honest look at what life is like for pregnant teens.

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