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6:03 am
Tue February 11, 2014

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Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 10:55 am

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Tue February 11, 2014

'One More Thing' Has A Few Too Many Things, But It's Still Funny

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Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 10:25 am

How entertaining is B.J. Novak? With One More Thing, the standup comic, scriptwriter and actor (best known for his work on The Office), takes his talents to the page in 64 fresh, short, offbeat and often hilarious stories, many of which involve updating classics for satirical effect — whether with a rematch between the tortoise and the hare, or by replacing detective Encyclopedia Brown from children's literature with Wikipedia Brown, who is hopelessly distracted by tangential subjects.

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History
5:36 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Museum Employee Breaks Napoleon's Chair

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 12:28 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

We can all sympathize with an employee at a museum on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. The museum possesses a sort of director's chair, once used by Napoleon. Like any number of visitors, an employee was tempted to sit and, of course, the chair collapsed. The museum covered up this incident until the Napoleon's chair was fixed. The French leader famously said: An army moves on its stomach. Now we also know that its general sat on a fragile chair.

Sports
4:04 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Olympic Snowboarders Groove To DJ Naka G

Who pumps up the crowd as Shaun White throws down in Sochi? DJ Naka G.
Sergei Grits AP

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 12:29 pm

It's hard to tell on TV, but in person, the Olympics are loud.

Every competition has its own DJ, and for the snowboarding, Russia has brought in a little help from the USA: Mike Nakagawa, better known as DJ Naka G.

The men's snowboarding team is hitting the halfpipe Tuesday in Sochi, and it's Naka G's job to pick the song for each rider.

"We're really providing the soundtrack for a story," he says. "We're making it dramatic. We're making it exciting. We're making it just pure fun."

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Deceptive Cadence
1:03 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Monastic Life At The Top Of The Charts

Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 12:28 pm

When the sisters of Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles aren't hard at work on the monastery grounds, they're topping the charts with albums of sacred music.

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