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5:46 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

For Cheating Husbands, A Little Dose Of Revenge

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Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 6:20 pm

Sarah Wendell is the author of the book, Everything I Know about Love I Learned from Romance Novels. She is also the cofounder of the romance-reviewing website,

With French President Francois Hollande the focus of international headlines for cheating on his partner, Valerie Trierweiler — who is in the hospital due to the shock — a happy resolution to their problems seems unlikely.

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Book Reviews
5:46 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Rachel Joyce's 'Perfect' A Flawed, But Hopeful Novel

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Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 2:16 pm

It's 1972, when we meet 11-year-old Byron Hemmings, an English school boy living with his mother and sister in a country house. Byron's father Seymour works in the City (the financial district of London) and only comes home to see his family at the weekends. Though his work pays for the big house, the Jaguar that his wife drives and the private education his children receive, he is, in reality, only a visitor in their lives. Within several chapters one begins to believe that this is perhaps for the best — they don't seem a happy family.

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Author Interviews
4:25 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

A Strange Composition: Classical Music Meets Bioterror In 'Orfeo'


Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 8:33 pm

Richard Powers' new novel, Orfeo, tells the story of an avant-garde classical music composer who finds himself dabbling in DNA. Like the Orpheus myth that inspired the book's name, this story takes its hero, Peter Els, on a journey. He becomes a fugitive accused of bioterror, but what follows is also a walk back into the recesses of his own memory told through the music and people he's loved and lost.

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Monkey See
1:37 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

You Can Now Send Someone You Temporarily Like A 'Bachelor' Bouquet

This is a real press release photo of the Bachelor bouquet.
Warner Brothers Entertainment

It's Friday, so let's take a moment to consider the greatest press release of the week. (And by "greatest," I mean "most ridiculous." As always.)

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The Salt
1:31 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Diet Soda: Fewer Calories In The Glass May Mean More On The Plate

Ditching sugar-sweetened drinks in favor of diet ones shaves the empty calories. But it doesn't help if you make up for those calories on your plate.
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Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 1:17 pm

If only dropping pants sizes were as easy as switching from Coke to Coke Zero.

Sure, you're cutting out empty calories when you ditch the sugar-sweetened drinks in favor of artificially sweetened ones. But there's a growing body of research that suggests this isn't really helping in the battle of the bulge.

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12:09 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Did Author Amiri Baraka 'Remix' Who He Was?

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 12:56 pm



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11:55 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Dumpster-Diving Artist Searches Charlotte For Inspiration

Henrique Oliveira searches a dumpsters for materials for his installation at UNCC's Projective Eye Gallery. "My interest in found materials was never as a substitute for a new one, in a sense of working on a budget," he said. "It can be used to create an object that is new but feels as if it is something alive."
Credit Briana Duggan

Throughout January, a Brazilian artist will create a structure made out of Charlotte's trash. The work will be on display at the Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte’s Center City building. WFAE's Briana Duggan rode along with the artist as he hunted for materials and found that gaining access to these things that no one wants – is more difficult you would think.

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Monkey See
10:23 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Golden Globes And Eagle Eyes

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This week's show (which we taped before the Oscar nominations were announced, so you can bet we'll be getting to those later) catches us post-Golden-Globes for a conversation about awards hosts, speechifying, satisfying victories, and the odd surprises that keep us tuning in to the season's drunkest ceremony of them all.

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Wordless News
10:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Wordless News: Trademarking The Cronut

Maria Fabrizio

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 11:20 am

  • Trademark Officially Registered For The Cronut

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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TED Radio Hour
9:36 am
Fri January 17, 2014

How Do Leaders Deal With Failure?

Leaders can let you fail and yet not let you be a failure. — Stanley McChrystal
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 1:39 pm

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Disruptive Leadership.

About Stanley McChrystal's TEDTalk

Four-star general Stanley McChrystal recounts some tough lessons about leadership he gained from the front lines — to listen, to learn, and to address the possibility of failure.

About Stanley McChrystal

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