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Reading The Game: Shadow Of Mordor

NPR | Feb. 24, 2017 4 a.m.

As part of our occasional series on storytelling in video games, we're looking at a game where the story fails: Shadow of Mordor, which won awards for its gameplay, but lacks a compelling narrative.

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Freda DeKnight: A 'Hidden Figure' And Titan Of African-American Cuisine

NPR | Feb. 23, 2017 10:25 a.m.

DeKnight was Ebony's first food editor and author of a best-selling African-American cookbook in the '40s. Her recipes presented a vision of black America that was often invisible in mainstream media.

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Cannibalism: It's 'Perfectly Natural,' A New Scientific History Argues

NPR | Feb. 22, 2017 7 a.m.

FB: "If you stress any creature out enough, I think the odds are that they'll eat their own kind."

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Are Cyborgs In Our Future? 'Homo Deus' Author Thinks So

NPR | Feb. 21, 2017 6:09 p.m.

Yuval Noah Harari expects we'll soon engineer our bodies in the same way we design products. "I think in general medicine ... will switch from healing the sick to upgrading the healthy," he says.

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In 'Things We Lost,' Argentina's Haunted History Gets A Supernatural Twist

NPR | Feb. 21, 2017 3:04 p.m.

The country's military dictatorship ended decades ago, but author Mariana Enriquez says there's still "a ghostly quality to everyday life" there.

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Grad Student Discovers A Lost Novel Written By Walt Whitman

NPR | Feb. 21, 2017 12:08 p.m.

An ad in a March 1852 edition of The New York Times led Zachary Turpin on an electronic search that uncovered a rags-to-riches novella that Whitman published anonymously.

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How Hermann Rorschach's 'Inkblots' Took On A Life Of Their Own

NPR | Feb. 21, 2017 10:49 a.m.

These days, you're more likely to come across the concept of a Rorshach test in a cultural context than a clinical one. In a new book, author Damion Searls traces the history of the famous inkblots.

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After Underage Sex Comments, Milo Yiannopoulos Loses CPAC Invite, Book Deal

NPR | Feb. 21, 2017 7:41 a.m.

The American Conservative Union disinvited the far-right provocateur citing comments it said condoned "pedophilia." Hours later, Simon & Schuster said it was canceling the publication of his book.

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Looking Past Words: Twitter Movement Helps People Notice Typefaces

NPR | Feb. 19, 2017 4:49 a.m.

Each week, the Design Museum in London announces a theme for #FontSunday, and enthusiasts search for interesting examples to share on Twitter.

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Hookup Culture: The Unspoken Rules Of Sex On College Campuses

NPR | Feb. 18, 2017 9:25 p.m.

Research suggests that college students are not having more sex than their parents were a generation ago. But sociologist Lisa Wade says the culture around sex has changed dramatically.