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Siri listening in
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Do you ever get the feeling that your digital devices are eavesdropping on you?
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Surrounded by jerks.
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TTBOOK producer Doug Gordon wonders if he's surrounded by a**holes.More

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2:42
General Electric dial
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Kurt Vonnegut joined his brother, Bernard, at General Electric in the late 1940s. Ginger Strand explains how Kurt's time at G.E. influenced his fiction.More

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14:28
A crystal ball
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There's no shortage of forecasts about the future these days. But did you know that ordinary people can out-predict the pros? More

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10:51
Gazing into the future, forever
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Canadian cultural critic Hal Niedzviecki makes the case that as a culture, we may for the first time in history be more focused on what is going to happen in the future than on what is happening right now.More

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10:19
A discarded pen of a poet.
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Renunciation can be a creative force. American scholar Ross Posnock tells stories of writers, philosophers and artists who've committed "acts of abandonment," leaving careers and creative lives behind. They weren't failures, Posnock says — they were necessary departures that led to creative and intellectual breakthroughs.More

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10:17
Shulem Deen
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Shulem Deen was a Skverer— a member of one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the U.S.  Then he got curious about secular life and the world outside his small village in Rockland County, NY.  The community branded him a heretic and expelled him.More

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11:31
Cabin in the woods
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Howard Axelrod was accidentally blinded in one eye in a freak accident when he was in college. Disoriented and depressed, he retreated to an off-the-grid cabin in the Vermont wilderness. More

One last drink
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Could you give up alcohol for a whole month? No cocktails with friends, wine with dinner, or beer after a game. Ten years ago, John Ore and his wife started a new tradition and named it "Dry- nuary ." Today, people all over the world observe it. John says even after a decade, it's still a challenge — but worth it.More

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Ernest Hemingway and the many endings of "Farewell To Arms"
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Hemingway rewrote the ending to his classic novel dozens of times. After he died, his grandson Sean Hemingway collected those other endings and published them in a new edition of the literary classic.More

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