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9:44am

Fri December 13, 2013
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Frozen' Princesses And Character Deaths

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 12:06 pm

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First of all: WOW. We did our live show at NPR HQ this week, and it was wonderful, and all of you who attended made a fantastic audience. You'll be hearing the live show in two segments over the holidays while we take a rest, but in the meantime, we've got a brand-new show to roll out.

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9:29am

Fri December 13, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Does The Subjunctive Have A Dark Side?

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 1:40 pm

"When employed at the right time, grammar can bring the world into sharp focus, and when used at the wrong time, it can make things incredibly blurry." — Phuc Tran
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Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Spoken And Unspoken.

About Phuc Tran's Talk

Phuc Tran grew up caught between two languages with opposing cultural perspectives: the indicative reality of Vietnamese and the power to image endless possibilities with English. In this personal talk, Tran explains how both shaped his identity.

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9:29am

Fri December 13, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Does Body Language Shape Who You Are?

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 9:23 am

James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Spoken And Unspoken.

About Amy Cuddy's TEDTalk

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" can affect our brains, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

About Amy Cuddy

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9:29am

Fri December 13, 2013
TED Radio Hour

How Does History Change The Meaning Of Words?

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 4:54 pm

"I think we shape language more than it shapes us. Reality and history shape language and that's the beautiful thing." — Mark Forsyth
Paul Clarke TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Spoken And Unspoken.

About Mark Forsyth's TEDTalk

Etymologist Mark Forsyth shares the surprising back story on the term "president."

About Mark Forsyth

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9:29am

Fri December 13, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Is Texting Actually Advancing Language?

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 3:53 pm

Linguist John McWhorter says there's much more to texting than there seems.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Spoken And Unspoken.

About John McWhorter's TEDTalk

Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? Linguist John McWhorter says that there's much more to texting — linguistically, culturally — than it seems, and it's all good news.

About John McWhorter

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9:28am

Fri December 13, 2013
NPR Story

Spoken And Unspoken

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 3:28 pm

TED speakers explore the power of how we communicate.
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We communicate with each other in all sorts of ways. In this hour, TED speakers reflect on how words and methods of communication affect us, more than you might expect.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

8:43am

Fri December 13, 2013
Monkey See

First Novels: Acquiring Minds

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The first in my series of posts on The First Novel Experience was called "The Romance of Agents." A couple of people wrote me after it was posted and asked if I was going to include in this series any stories of any writers who'd had a bad time with their books. I thought about it and decided no – at least not yet.

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7:30am

Fri December 13, 2013
Movie Reviews

A 'Hustle' With Flow (And Plenty Of Flair)

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 2:46 pm

A '70s con-artist couple (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) are forced to team up with an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper, right) in American Hustle, inspired by a real-life sting targeting corrupt politicians.
Francois Duhamel Columbia Pictures

David O. Russell hovers at the top of my list of favorite directors. He captures the messy collision of self-interests that for him defines America. In American Hustle, he whips up a black comedy based on Abscam, the late-'70s FBI sting that centered on a bogus sheik and led to the bribery convictions of sundry U.S. politicians. But he doesn't tell the real Abscam story; he adapts it to fit his theme, which is that most of us are busy reinventing ourselves and conning one another.

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7:24am

Fri December 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Publisher's Charity To Pay $7.7 Million Settlement In For-Profit Case

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 7:13 am

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman holds a November news conference on a settlement deal with JPMorgan Chase.
Richard Drew AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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5:19am

Fri December 13, 2013
Poetry

An Elegy For Mandela Looks Back In Mourning, Forward In Hope

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 7:52 am

On Dec. 8, three days after Nelson Mandela's death, a girl in Johannesburg lights a candle in his memory. Poet Mbali Vilakazi has written an elegy for Mandela that asks the next generation of South Africans to continue his legacy.
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In his youth, Nelson Mandela cut a dashing figure. He was a revolutionary, an outlaw — by the early 1960s, he was living underground. And he had a nickname to match: he was known as the Black Pimpernel.

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