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Stephanie Allen's debut novel creates a microcosm of America in 1919 in the form of a traveling medicine show. Packed with people from all walks of life, the novel explores larger issues of race, class, and gender, says our reviewer.
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Through the experiences of a man who lost the academic career and the relationship that grounded him and gave him a sense of self, Joseph Scapellato's novel looks at the ways we perform ourselves.
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In the classroom, learning involving group performances can stir up the same feelings of unity that sports teams do.

“When kids feel that they’re in this together, and they’re co-dependent –– it’s really powerful," says a former coach and teacher.
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Blackface dates back to 1830s minstrel shows where white actors would perform exaggerated stereotypes of black people –– caricatures that came to stand for segregation racism, says a NMAAHC curator.
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School shooters often have a long history of depression, trauma and suicidal thinking. Knowing this may help prevent future attacks, NPR's @RhituC reports.
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RT @nprmusic: Kacey Musgraves (@KaceyMusgraves) takes home Album of the Year for 'Golden Hour' at the 2019 .
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Since 1927, McGill's athletic teams have been nicknamed the Redmen. Nearly a century later, 80 percent of McGill's student body voted in favor of a name change.
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A Gizmodo reporter who spent six weeks trying to cut tech giants like Amazon and Facebook out of her life says, "It's not possible to navigate the modern world without coming into contact with these companies."
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Meet the good dogs in photographer Winnie Au's "Cone of Shame" project. 14/10 would pet them all. 🐶
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A group of guys named Josh Cohen met through The Josh Cohen Club on Facebook. Then, the Joshes went to New York City to watch a matinee of "The Other Josh Cohen."

"We're trying to form humanity's first super Josh Cohen," one Josh Cohen jokes.
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As the anniversary of the Parkland shooting nears, a 40-foot-tall temple is being built. Part memorial, part community art project, it will serve as a destination for visitors to grieve over the tragedy. Then, it will be set on fire.
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"I have always pushed the limits of ski racing and it has allowed me to have amazing success but also dramatic crashes," Lindsey Vonn, 34, said of her retirement. Her 82 World Cup victories are the most of any female skier.
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RT @nprmusic: And Song of the Year goes to "This Is America."
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It's the Year of the Pig –– Peppa Pig, that is, thanks to the "Peppa Pig Celebrates Chinese New Year" trailer that's become a viral hit in China.
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The 61st are happening now. Alongside @nprmusic critics, keep up with the night’s performances, winners and surprises.
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"I'm such a fighter ... That's why I feel like I need to speak up to be an example for women," says Taraji P. Henson, who stars in a gender-swapped reboot of the 2000 film "What Women Want."
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The Trump Administration has proposed giving private mail carriers like UPS and Fedex access to your mailbox for a fee.
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Leah Nobel created her album by listening to a lot stories, from people on social media and in public spaces. "But the core things that make us human," she says, "the things that we want the most –– they're all the same."
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If an agreement on funding isn't reached by Friday at midnight, the government could partially shut down again –– just three weeks after the longest partial shutdown in U.S. history.
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