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Reading The Game: The Last Of Us

NPR | Jan. 23, 2017 10:58 a.m.

Our occasional series on storytelling in video games continues with a look at The Last of Us. Set in a world undone by a fungal apocalypse, it follows a grizzled smuggler and his surrogate daughter.

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Reading The Game: Red Dead Redemption

NPR | Jan. 23, 2017 10:56 a.m.

Our occasional series on storytelling in video games continues with the epic Western Red Dead Redemption. It's the tale of a reformed gunslinger tasked with hunting down the members of his old gang.

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On 'SNL,' Aziz Ansari Aims To Quell Some American Angst That Shirtless Putin Can't

NPR | Jan. 22, 2017 3:38 a.m.

In the first episode since Trump became the 45th president, host Aziz Ansari took on a serious and diplomatic tone, while the cast honored President Obama in a send-off tribute.

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Hollywood Grapples With TV In The Age Of Trump

NPR | Jan. 19, 2017 8:34 p.m.

As Donald Trump's inauguration approaches, Hollywood faces the question of how this polarizing president might affect its work — and how to tell politically charged stories for a divided audience.

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How Do Pheromones Really Work?

NPR | Jan. 19, 2017 3:25 p.m.

Pheromones are mysterious compounds that can make a mammal smell more sexy--but that's not true for humans. Zoologist Tristram Wyatt says human pheremones are hard to find.

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Coronations, Coups, And Keeping Up With The Kardashians

NPR | Jan. 18, 2017 11:13 a.m.

It's in our nature to idolize the rich and famous. But this week on Hidden Brain, we explore the other side of our nature: the part of us that wants to see the rich and powerful fall from grace.

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After 146 Years, Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus To Shut Down

NPR | Jan. 15, 2017 5:02 a.m.

After struggling to remain relevant amid public concern for animal welfare, coupled with high production costs, "The Greatest Show On Earth" will come to an end in May, the company announced Saturday.

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William Peter Blatty, Author Of 'The Exorcist,' Dies At 89

NPR | Jan. 13, 2017 8:20 p.m.

The novelist died from cancer on Thursday. Blatty was best known for writing the best-selling 1971 horror fiction about a 12-year-old girl, possessed by the devil, before the 1973 film became a hit.

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What Happens When Hackers Hijack Our Smart Devices?

NPR | Jan. 13, 2017 6:48 a.m.

Computer scientist Avi Rubin says all our smart devices — cars, phones, even fitness trackers — can be hacked. He warns that our network of connected technology puts us at risk for cyberattacks.

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Can We Improve Our Transportation Network Using...Biology?

NPR | Jan. 13, 2017 6:29 a.m.

Wanis Kabbaj wants traffic to flow smoothly and efficiently, like the blood in our veins. He says driverless cars may be the solution to today's highway gridlock.