"Canadian culture is so new and almost nonexistent that it's easy for us to see through the eyes of other nations," says Mychael Danna of his scores. Danna won the 2013 Academy Award for his score for Life of Pi. 20th Century Fox hide caption

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Music Interviews

A Week With Musical Storytellers Of The Silver Screen

Music can give movies special power. Hear NPR's Robert Siegel speak with the composers behind Life of Pi, Whiplash, Chocolat, Halloween and Finding Nemo.

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One More Reason To Reach For A Paper Book Before Bed

Using an E-Reader before trying to nod off may disrupt sleep more than reading a paper book, a study suggests. Scientists suspect the screen's blue light is messing with a sleep-inducing hormone.

China's President Xi Jinping, shown speaking in Bruges, Belgium, back in April, has made fighting corruption one of his top priorities. Many Chinese bureaucrats are angry, saying a loss of bribes has greatly reduced their incomes. Yves Logghe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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China's Fierce Anti-Corruption Crackdown: An Insider's View

China's president has pushed hard to combat corruption. But he's meeting resistance from some bureaucrats who say their incomes have fallen because bribes are less common.

This copper engraving from approximately 1700 depicts the condition of the English prisoners at the hands of the Dutch. Cornell University's Eric Tagliacozzo says that in the 1660s, the conflict and competition for the spice trade came to a head. "The Dutch decapitated a number of English merchants who were also in the Spice Islands trying to profit from the trade." WikiCommons hide caption

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The Salt

Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.

People celebrate after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed bill AB60 on Oct. 3, 2013, in Los Angeles. Also known as the Safe and Responsible Driver Act, it allows those in the country illegally to apply for state driver's licenses. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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Around the Nation

California DMV Prepares For Undocumented Residents Applying For Licenses

The state expects 1.6 million who are in the country illegally to apply for driver's licenses when a new law takes effect Jan. 1. The DMV is adding 800 employees to help handle the influx.

Marijuana-infused lollipops are displayed at a dispensary in Denver in 2013. Aspen recently launched an education campaign to teach visitors how to use the drug safely. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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Getting High Safely: Aspen Launches Marijuana Education Campaign KAJX

Authorities in the Colorado city have dispersed information brochures on the do's and don'ts of marijuana use. It lists facts such as where pot is legal and how long the high takes to set in.

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A lone mosque that survived devastating tidal waves sits amid the ruins of the village of Lhoknga, outside the provincial capital Banda Aceh, on Jan. 3, 2005. The mosque became a symbol of the tsunami's destruction. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

A Decade After Tsunami, Asia's Shattered Coasts Are On The Mend

On Dec. 26, 2004, a massive earthquake in the ocean east of the Indonesian island of Sumatra triggered waves that killed 230,000 people in 11 countries.

Kevin Counihan (left) runs HealthCare.gov, and Michael Cannon, of the Cato Institute, is a prominent critic of Obamacare. Courtesy of Chion Wolf/WNPR ; Courtesy of the Cato Institute hide caption

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A Split View On Obamacare's Past And Future WNPR

The Affordable Care Act created insurance subsidies that are under legal challenge. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in 2015 and could rule against a key provision of the law.

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A woman shouts slogans as she attends a pro-Palestinian rally July 25 in Berlin. About 1,200 pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched through Berlin amid high tensions over Israel's actions in Gaza, while some 700 protesters took part in two counter-demonstrations. Markus Schreiber/AP hide caption

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Humans

Want To Solve The World's Most Heated Disagreements? Bring Your Wallet

Research found that a little cash goes a long way toward making people more thoughtful about what motivates their longtime foes, be it Israelis and Palestinians or Republicans and Democrats.

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives at France's Elysee Palace in Paris in June for talks with French President Francois Hollande. Putin and far-right groups in Europe are increasingly supportive of each other. Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Europe's Far Right And Putin Get Cozy, With Benefits For Both

Despite tensions between Russia and the West, Moscow is forging links with far-right, anti-EU parties in Europe. They are attracted to the traditional social values of Vladimir Putin's Russia.

The documentary film Every Last Child chronicles the efforts to eradicate polio in Pakistan. Women play a key role — they are welcome in homes to share information, while men are not. Courtesy of "Every Last Child" hide caption

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Goats and Soda

How To Make An Unboring Documentary About Polio

Filmmaker Tom Roberts was not interested when he was first asked to make a movie about the disease. Then he began to do some research. Every Last Child is the result.

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