October 31, 2012 The classic horror novel The Exorcist inspired an even creepier movie, but author Mark Danielewski says after he saw the film, it changed the book in his mind forever. Has a movie ever overtaken its literary counterpart in your imagination? Tell us in the comments.
Idra Novey visits NPR headquarters in Washington.
October 31, 2012 Each month, NPR's All Things Considered invites a poet into the newsroom to see how the show comes together, and to write an original poem about the news. This month, our NewsPoet is Idra Novey. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put it in the comments below.
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October 31, 2012 NASA's Kepler Mission has been spotting many "Earth-like" planets within our galactic neighborhood. But what fraction of these Earth-like planets are really like our planet? The more we learn about Earth's remarkable properties, the rarer our planet seems to be. And with it, the life it hosts.
October 31, 2012 Nate Beeler and Joel Pett enjoy a scarily partisan holiday.
October 30, 2012 As baseball declines in popularity, football continues to rise. Commentator Frank Deford reflects on the switch from baseball to football as America's favorite sport.
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October 30, 2012 Can there be knowledge of right and wrong? Or is the idea that values can be the object of knowledge a grand illusion? Thomas Nagel, in his new book, comes down solidly on one side of this argument. Commentator Alva Noë weighs in with his thoughts.
October 30, 2012 Hurricane Sandy has wreaked damage throughout 13 states, hitting the New York City area particularly hard. Randall Enos sees the disastrous event as a nasty Halloween trick, while Martin Sutovec imagines the weather-ravaged New York Harbor.
October 29, 2012 Humans may well be programmed to seek purpose in everything — mountains, for instance — whether one exists or not. Commentator Tania Lombrozo says that it's not irrational to seek purpose in our scientific quest to understand the natural world, but that we won't always find it.
October 29, 2012 Liars are sometimes the best storytellers. Author Amy Wilson shares three books with less-than-trustworthy narrators.Who is your favorite unreliable narrator? Tell us in the comments.
October 29, 2012 Only a few days after a Gallup poll with similar results, an ABC/Washington Post tracking poll showed Mitt Romney reaching the 50 percent support level for the first time. Lisa Benson revels in the candidate's surge, while Clay Bennett offers his explanation for Romney's rise.
The Bark winds through southeastern Wisconsin's "Kettle Moraine" — small hills called drumlins and deep glacial lakes known as kettles. It's part of the Mississippi watershed.
October 28, 2012 NPR's Jacki Lyden grew up with the Bark River in her backyard. She left the Wisconsin waterway unexplored, until recently. Floating down the river in a canoe with a historian, Lyden discovered a story that stretches from the Ice Age and the Black Hawk War to churning 19th-century mills.
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October 28, 2012 President Obama is generally acknowledged to have won the final presidential debate. That didn't stop Tim Eagan from admiring Mitt Romney's strategy, or Nate Beeler from arguing that it doesn't really matter.
Frank Tanabe votes via absentee ballot with the help of his daughter, Barbara (left) and wife, Setsuko, in Honolulu on Oct. 17. He died the following week.
October 27, 2012 Japanese-American Frank Tanabe was sent to an internment camp after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Even so, he volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army and fought for his country. Tanabe's last battle was living long enough to cast one last ballot.
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October 27, 2012 Signe Wilkinson and Rob Tornoe remind us of issues that weren't discussed in any of the three presidential debates.
October 26, 2012 Audie Cornish talks to regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss Mitt Romney and President Obama's positions on the economy and foreign policy. They also cover racial divisions in the election.
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