Shake Shack made its stock market debut Friday, and shares quickly soared to nearly $50. The chain hopes to become the Chipotle of burger joints, but it faces much competition in the fast-casual market. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

Shake Shack Sizzles With IPO As McDonald's Fizzles

Shares of the burger chain shot up Friday, its first trading day. Shake Shack and other fast-casual joints are taking a bite out of McDonald's, which can't recast itself to fit the current trend.

Think of human relationships as entanglements. How do they bind you, how do they reveal who you really are? Daniel Horowitz for NPR hide caption

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Shots - Health News

By Impersonating Her Mom, A Comedian Grows Closer To Her

Human relationships are entanglements, and those connections often aren't clear to us at all. When Maria Bamford impersonated her mom, she realized what she loved about her — and about herself.

Measles brought these kids to a state-run hospital in Hanoi, where their family members offer comfort. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Measles Is A Killer: It Took 100,000 Lives Worldwide Last Year

The uproar over the U.S. outbreak glosses over a bigger problem: Measles takes a tragic toll in poor countries. But a vaccine can effectively stop this deadly — and highly contagious — disease.

Every Brilliant Thing, starring Jonny Donahoe, follows a son's efforts to fight his mother's deep depression. Matthew Murphy/Courtesy of O&M Co. hide caption

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One-Man Show Casts 'Brilliant' Light On Realities Of Suicide, Depression

The off-Broadway play Every Brilliant Thing tackles its dark subject through audience participation and comedy. Both critics and audience members have described it as incredibly moving.

Friday, DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings reminded sports journalist Clay Travis that his five-year guarantee — that Cousins would be arrested — had expired. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

NBA Player Flouts A Critic's Guarantee That He Would Be Arrested

In 2010, sportswriter Clay Travis said in a tweet, "There is a 100 percent chance that DeMarcus Cousins is arrested for something in the next five years." He was wrong.

The defending champion and favorite remains the chicken wing. But underdog snacks like the carrot are trying to elbow their way into the competition. Leif Parsons for NPR hide caption

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The Salt

The Real Super Sunday Battle Is In The Snack Bowl

The competition over what Americans consume during the Super Bowl has gotten vicious. The nation's top merchants of virtuous and not-so-virtuous munching both want control of the line of scrimmage.

Mehdi A.G. Mohamed (left) plays Issan, the orphaned boy who lives with a family outside Timbuktu. The family decides not to leave when radical Islamists come to impose Sharia, or Islamic law. Courtesy of Cohen Media Group hide caption

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Movie Reviews

When Islamists Impose Their Will In 'Timbuktu,' One Family Resists

The movie, one of five Academy Award nominees for best foreign language film this year, is about radical Islamists occupying the city in Mali. Remarkably, it's often on the verge of being a comedy.

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