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Revenge Of The 'Nerdist': Chris Hardwick Takes Over Your TV

Chris Hardwick might be the best example of how the nerds triumphed over pop culture in 2013. A standup comic and actor, Hardwick created the Nerdist podcast and hosts Talking Dead (a talk show that discusses The Walking Dead); now, his social media-centered comedy game show @midnight has been picked up by Comedy Central.

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Amiri Baraka, Poet And Co-Founder Of Black Arts Movement, Dies At 79

The former New Jersey poet laureate, born LeRoi Jones, died Thursday at age 79. Much of his work — including well-regarded poetry and plays — reflected his commitment to Black Nationalist ideals. He co-founded the Black Arts movement, and wrote poems that were as controversial as they were influential.

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Slow Cook Your Way To The Colonel's Secret Recipe

Slow-cooking expert Stephanie O'Dea shares the story behind her KFC-inspired chicken: It was an attempt to recreate the Colonel's secret recipe so that her daughter, who has celiac disease, could experience a taste most Americans take for granted. In a twist, O'Dea also wanted to cook the chicken in a Crock-Pot.

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It's Not Magic On The Mountain, It's A Rain-Making Machine

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Sea Hare Dirty Gold
Western Boy Little Comets

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Natural Gas Boom Cuts Into Pennsylvania's State Forests

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When the Night St. Lucia
Ode To a Mountain The Melodic
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Slow Cook Your Way To The Colonel's Secret Recipe

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Big Fat Hen Wynton Marsalis Quartet
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Mi Chocolatina Quantic

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Revenge Of The 'Nerdist': Chris Hardwick Takes Over Your TV

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Changes Mocean Worker & Herb Alpert
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Lillies of the Valley
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Moussaka [DJ Click Version] Gnawa Njoum Experience

Two-dozen Retuerta horses, the second of two batches, are released into the Campanarios de Azaba Biological Reserve in western Spain. The animals' DNA closely resembles that of the ancient wild horses that once roamed this area before the Romans began domesticating them more than 2,000 years ago. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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Rare Horses Released In Spain As Part Of 'Rewilding' Effort

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Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Controversial And Achingly Beautiful

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