Mon December 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Good Riddance! 'Fiscal Cliff' Tops List Of 'Words To Be Banished'

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 9:44 am

Be gone!

Oh, if only someone could enforce this "edict."

Michigan's Lake Superior State University is out with its 38th "List of Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness," and right there at the top is a two-word combination that none of us in the media seem able to avoid, especially not today:

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Mon December 31, 2012
Best Music Of 2012

In Memoriam: Musicians We Lost In 2012

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 12:26 pm

Whitney Houston performs in 1988.
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NPR Music remembers the singers, instrumentalists, songwriters and personalities who died in 2012. Explore their musical legacies by launching our musical interactive here or by clicking on the image.

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Sun December 30, 2012

It's Never Early To Think About 2013's Best Music

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 10:22 am

Radiohead's Thom Yorke leads Atoms for Peace, his supergroup with Flea, Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco.
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Sat December 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Love Lists? We've Got 'Em, For Better & Worse

Originally published on Sun December 30, 2012 3:58 pm

The mysterious, most-interesting, super-sexy North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (And if you believe all that, you may be reading too many reports from Chinese media.)
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For those inclined toward nostalgia, forgetfulness or with a fondness for accounting, it's the season of The Lists: The excellent and execrable, winners and losers, scoundrels and heroes, the hot and the not.

We've searched through such lists so that, as they say, you don't have to. Here are 21, in no particular order, that touch on some of the outliers and prognostications of our times.

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Fri December 28, 2012
Best Books Of 2012

Short Stories To Savor On A Winter Weekend

Originally published on Sat December 29, 2012 3:38 pm

Nishant Choksi

Hortense Calisher, a virtuoso of the form, once called the short story "an apocalypse in a teacup." It's a definition that suits the remarkable stories published this year by three literary superstars, and two dazzling newcomers with voices so distinctive we're likely to be hearing from them again. These stories are intense, evocative delights to be devoured singly when you have only a sliver of time, or savored in batches, at leisure, on a winter weekend.

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