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November 26, 2014 | NPR · Wilson’s descriptions of Michael Brown reminded some people of negative depictions of African-Americans in history. Recent studies suggest these perceptions have deeper psychological roots.
 

November 26, 2014 | NPR · Teenagers may not need as much face-to-face interaction as earlier generations to feel connected. And that may explain why a study finds they’re not feeling as lonely, either.
 

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November 25, 2014 | NPR · Digital learning initiatives are spreading to schools across the country, but new research raises doubts about how well they work.
 

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November 24, 2014 | NPR · A big shift has occurred over the past few years: Tech companies now control how you get news and what news you get. Should journalism companies be building and deploying more technology?
 

Facebook
November 23, 2014 | NPR · Female Marines are being humiliated and generally degraded by their peers on Facebook. The groups’ pages are frequently shut down, but return within days due to a dedicated following.
 

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November 22, 2014 | NPR · The 2010 book Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer was highly criticized this week; it shows Barbie designing a game, but relying on male friends to code it for her. So the Internet set out to fix it.
 

Desert Bus
November 22, 2014 | NPR · Desert Bus, a parody game invented by magicians Penn and Teller, consists of driving a bus on a featureless road for hours. A comedy troupe in Canada has turned that monotony into money for charity.
 

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November 20, 2014 | NPR · Newly published research finds that common texting posture can put as much as 60 pounds of force on the cervical spine.
 

NPR
November 20, 2014 | NPR · The website PrivacyGrade rates Android apps based on the personal information they collect from you. It’s another reminder that your data are constantly on the move, whether you know it or not.
 

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November 19, 2014 | NPR · A new generation of baby monitors lets new parents track their child’s heartbeat and other vital signs. But they’re not health devices, a pediatrician warns, and could give a false sense of security.
 

 

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November 28, 2014 | NPR · The actor, writer and director was a staple of Mexican television comedies and children’s programs for decades.
 

November 28, 2014 | NPR · This week, a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown. Writer Syreeta McFadden turns to Audre Lorde’s poetry to make sense of this decision.
 

AMC
November 28, 2014 | NPR · AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead airs its midseason finale Sunday. It’s now one of TV’s most diverse shows, but critic Eric Deggans says it hasn’t always served non-white characters well.
 

Arts & Life

NPR
November 28, 2014 | NPR · You don’t need to have liquid nitrogen at your next cocktail party — but it’s certainly a sure-fire way to impress your guests. Expert mixologist Dave Arnold walks you through it.
 

November 28, 2014 | NPR · This week, a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown. Writer Syreeta McFadden turns to Audre Lorde’s poetry to make sense of this decision.
 

AMC
November 28, 2014 | NPR · AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead airs its midseason finale Sunday. It’s now one of TV’s most diverse shows, but critic Eric Deggans says it hasn’t always served non-white characters well.
 

Music

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November 28, 2014 | NPR · Our last monthly roundup of the year includes new music from Theo Parrish, Kim Ann Foxman, Romare, Helena Hauff, Afrikan Sciences, and Frank & Tony.
 

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November 28, 2014 | NPR · The Atlanta rapper — and one half of rap group Run The Jewels — wants his songs to confront heavy everyday issues with empathy: “I think our regular lives are amazing, beautiful things.”
 

November 28, 2014 | NPR · Bob Gaudio wrote most of The Four Seasons’ hits, some of which are compiled in a new anthology. He tells Fresh Air about the band’s history, including why its songs had some “anger” in them.
 

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