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Hollywood Bug Man Understands How Cockroaches Think

How do you get insects to "act" on camera? Entomologist Steven Kutcher tells NPR's Scott Simon about wrangling bugs for Hollywood — and about using the insects as living paintbrushes.

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Meet The Murdering, Kidnapping Imposter Who Fooled Walter Kirn

In 1998, the novelist befriended a rich, eccentric, art-loving Rockefeller — or so he thought. Kirn explores the man's lies in Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade.

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'Unproductive Anxiety' And The Solo Act Of Essay Writing

Wednesday, the College Board announced it will make the essay portion of the SAT exam optional. But what is lost when the importance of essays is diminished?

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'Unproductive Anxiety' And The Solo Act Of Essay Writing

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Brush Up Your Shakespeare Gangsters
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CPAC Is A Siren Call To GOP Presidential Hopefuls

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Time Spent Deaf Center
I Love to Laugh Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke et. al.
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Spain's Robin Hood Mayor Fights For 'Communist Utopia'

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Night Life in Shanghai [Ye Shang Hai] Zhou Xuan

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A Kid Named Carl Stirs Up The Bach Musical Dynasty

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String Quartet No. 14 in A flat major, B. 193 (Op. 105) [Molto vivace] Delme String Quartet

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What Germans Know Could Help Bridge U.S. Workers' Skill Gap

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Reaching The Young And Uninsured On A Texas Campus

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Hollywood Bug Man Understands How Cockroaches Think

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All My Friends Are Insects [*] Weezer
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The Persistence Of Elbow

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