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Will The Supreme Court Nomination Fight Cost This Senator His Seat?

A new challenger plans to put Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley's opposition to holding Supreme Court nomination hearings at the center of her campaign.

Children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who died in 2012, spent much of his life obsessed with death. In 2011 he told Fresh Air's Terry Gross: "There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready." Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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With Fear, Determination And Poetry: How Great Writers Face Death

Katie Roiphe's The Violet Hour is a meditation on mortality in which she describes the last days of Maurice Sendak, Sigmund Freud, Susan Sontag, John Updike, James Salter and Dylan Thomas.

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Hulk Hogan Awarded $115 Million In Sex Tape Lawsuit Against Gawker

A jury has decided the news and gossip site Gawker should pay $115 million and punitive damages to Terry Bollea, better known as Hulk Hogan. Gawker had posted excerpts of a video showing him having sex with a friend's wife.

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Think Twice Before Telling A Woman To Smile

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Best Fake Smile James Bay
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Will The Supreme Court Nomination Fight Cost This Senator His Seat?

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A Family Engulfed By Heroin Fights To Keep A Son Alive

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Days to Come [*][Instrumental] Bonobo
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Children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who died in 2012, spent much of his life obsessed with death. In 2011 he told Fresh Air's Terry Gross: "There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready." Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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With Fear, Determination And Poetry: How Great Writers Face Death

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The Musical That Ushered In The Jazz Age Gets Its Own Musical

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Mmmhmm Vijay Iyer Trio
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'I Grew Up In The Shadow Of This': Writer Reflects On His Brother's Murder

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On 'The Very Last Day,' Parker Millsap Brings Apocalyptic Imagery To Life

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