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Welcome to "Check Your Balance"

by Samantha Fields Sep 30, 2019
Where the economy, your personal life and your money meet.
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What happened to the rom-com?

by Kai Ryssdal and Sean McHenry May 2, 2019
Wesley Morris, writer and New York Times critic, reflects on its seeming demise.
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He brought "Game of Thrones" languages to life

by Maria Hollenhorst Apr 10, 2019
David Peterson created the Dothraki and High Valyrian tongues.
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark in "Game of Thrones" season 8.
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In the age of the selfie, a younger market for cosmetic procedures

by Erika Beras Mar 18, 2019
Botox and injectable fillers are now being marketed to women in their 20s and 30s.
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Remembering Karl Lagerfeld, a creative force in the business of fashion

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Feb 19, 2019
The fashion house Chanel announced its creative director died today.
Karl Lagerfeld before the opening of his photo exhibition entitled 'Little Black Jacket' at the Grand Palais in Paris, France on November 8, 2012.
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Report: The average American spends the equivalent of 2.5 work weeks in traffic

by Ben Bradford Feb 13, 2019
The report, from traffic data company INRIX, finds Boston drivers spend the most time in congested commutes, with Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York and Los Angeles rounding out the top 5.
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How to be a...

How to be a park ranger

by Eliza Mills Jan 21, 2019
You don't have to major in environmental sciences.
Andrew LaValle switched careers to spend more time outdoors.
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Money may matter more than age when it comes to teen drivers

by Erika Beras Jan 17, 2019
As the cost of cars, insurance and drivers ed has climbed, the number of teen drivers has fallen.
"It's much harder for a teenager to be able to afford a car or pay for the costs of driving than was the case 20 years ago,” said Robert Foss, director of the Center for the Study of Young Drivers at the University of North Carolina.
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In Virginia, a new coalition tries to tackle the high eviction rate

by Megan Pauly Jan 2, 2019
One in 10 renters in Richmond, Virginia lose their homes to eviction every year
The Richmond skyline is viewed from across the James River on July 23, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.
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Shelf Life

Inside today's fraternities

by Amy Scott and Maria Hollenhorst Jan 1, 2019
A lot of us have an image of what they look like. Is it justified?
Greek organizations "occupy this unique position where they are both dependent on universities and separate from them, and they are big businesses," author Alexandra Robbins says. Above, the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity house at San Diego State University in California in 2012.
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