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    • The Elf on the Shelf Is the Greatest Fraud Ever Pulled on Children

    • By: Kelsey McKinney
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Christmas caters to small children. The endless mythology around Santa and the endless fights over popular toys all revolve around bringing Christmas cheer to another generation of tiny humans who have yet to realize that everything is a lie. One of the most popular lies to tell children in recent years has been the myth of the Elf on the Shelf. Here's everything you need to know.

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    • How a Washington-Based Clinic Treats Video Game Addiction

    • By: Blake Hester
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 19 mins
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    Dr. Hilarie Cash recognized a growing problem. As a Seattle-area general practitioner, in the '90s she began seeing patients come in with issues she knew nothing about: addictions stemming from the internet, from computers, from video games.

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    • The Myth of Self-Control

    • By: Brian Resnick
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 11 mins
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    Psychologists say using willpower to achieve goals is overhyped. Here’s what actually works.

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    • I'm a Black Ex-Cop, and This Is the Real Truth About Race and Policing

    • By: Redditt Hudson
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 16 mins
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    On any given day, in any police department in the nation, 15 percent of officers will do the right thing no matter what is happening. 15 percent of officers will abuse their authority at every opportunity. The remaining 70 percent could go either way depending on whom they are working with.

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    • Sonic the Hedgehog's Long, Great, Rocky History

    • By: Blake Hester
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 35 mins
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    Sonic the Hedgehog has stood as an institution for Sega for more than two decades, a cultural icon with mass marketing abilities. He has appeared in dozens of games, numerous action figures and hundreds of comics. He’s had five television series and even his own tubes of toothpaste and cans of spaghetti. To date, the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise has collectively sold over 140 million copies, with some games regarded as some of the best of all time and others some of the worst.

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    • Exclusive Trump Op-Ed: We Must Clean up This Corruption

    • By: Donald J. Trump
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 4 mins
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    For 17 months, I’ve traveled this country and met countless Americans from every walk of life. Your hopes have become my hopes and your dreams have become my dreams.

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    • IBM Built a Voice Assistant for Cybersecurity

    • By:  Ian Sherr
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 1 min
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    In this week's This Feels A Little Like Skynet: IBM built a new voice assistant using artificial intelligence called Hayvn, focused on cybersecurity. Think of it as Amazon Alexa, but instead of ordering soap, it's helping you manage threats.

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    • Wine Label Design Is More Important Than You Think

    • By: Andreas O'Hara-Plotnik
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 12 mins
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    One cold weekday earlier this year, I convinced five friends to let me follow them around while they bought wine. We passed row after row of bottles, hundreds of images competing for our 10 to 15 dollars, from chateaus and vineyards to gold pheasants, floating bubbles, a goose mid-flight, and a man with an apple on his head. In split-second decisions, we rejected everything until each of us picked up one special bottle, looked at the label for a few seconds longer, and said to ourselves: sure, this looks good.

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    • When FDR Moved Thanksgiving: The Presidential Power Grab That Tore a Nation Apart

    • By: Andrew Prokop
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 5 mins
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    States split on whether to abide by his decree, and for three years many celebrated the holiday on separate dates - with FDR's new chosen date being derisively dubbed "Franksgiving" by Republicans.

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    • How the Internet Keeps Poor People in Poor Neighborhoods

    • By: Alvin Chang
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 12 mins
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    These invisible decisions group us digitally — and in real life.

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    • 7 Things You Should Know About Kosher Wine

    • By: Khushbu Shah
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 2 mins
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    Passover is just around the corner, which means many people will swap regular bottles of wine for those that are kosher-certified. So just how different is kosher wine from the normal stuff?

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    • A Republican Intellectual Explains Why the Republican Party Is Going to Die

    • By: Zach Beauchamp
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 10 mins
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    Avik Roy is a Republican’s Republican. A health care wonk and editor at Forbes, he has worked for three Republican presidential hopefuls - Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Marco Rubio. Much of his adult life has been dedicated to advancing the Republican Party and conservative ideals. But when I caught up with Roy at a bar just outside the Republican convention, he said something I’ve never heard from an establishment conservative before: The Grand Old Party is going to die.

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    • Why WikiLeaks Hates Hillary Clinton

    • By: Zack Beauchamp
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 9 mins
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    One of the weirdest sub-dramas of the 2016 US presidential election has been WikiLeaks, an organization nominally dedicated to “radical transparency,” serving as a de facto Donald Trump Super PAC.

    "Why WikiLeaks Hates Hillary Clinton" is from vox.com, published on September 15, 2016.

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    • I Used to Lead Tours at a Plantation. You Won't Believe the Questions I Got about Slavery

    • By: Margaret Biser
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 16 mins
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    Up until about a year ago, I worked at a historic site in the South that included an old house and a nearby plantation. My job was to lead tours and tell guests about the people who made plantations possible: the slaves. The site I worked at most frequently had more than 100 enslaved workers associated with it - 27 people serving the household alone, outnumbering the home's three white residents by a factor of nine.

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    • Brain Activity Is Too Complicated for Humans to Decipher. Machines Can Decode It for Us.

    • By: Brian Resnick
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 17 mins
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    Why we need artificial intelligence to study our natural intelligence.

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    • White Riot

    • By: Zack Beauchamp
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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    It’s tempting to see Trump’s rise as something sui generis: something so bizarre, so linked to his owncelebrity, that it could never be repeated. Yet it is being repeated: Throughout the Western world, far-rightpopulists are rising in the polls.

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    • In 20 to 40 Years, Most Americans Won't Have Sex to Reproduce. Get Ready

    • By: Henry T. Greely
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 18 mins
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    For 100 million years, all our ancestors reproduced basically the same way. A male reproductive organ deposited sperm into a female reproduction organ, where it could fertilize eggs - leading to baby ancestral tetrapods, mammals, primates, and eventually humans. The past 60 years have seen this begin to change, first with clinically available artificial insemination and then with in vitro fertilization (IVF).

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    • How an Elephant Tranquilizer Became the Latest Deadly Drug in the Opioid Epidemic

    • By: German Lopez
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 13 mins
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    It’s the latest sign that the opioid epidemic, already the deadliest drug overdose crisis in U.S. history, may be getting even worse.

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    • Tastes like Chicken

    • Fat Vampire, Book 2
    • By: Johnny B. Truant
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal VOplanet Studios
    • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
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    It's been six months since fast-food-addicted Reginald Baskin was turned into a vampire too fat to live peacefully amongst the glamorous undead - six months in which Reginald and his 2,000-year-old maker Maurice have learned that power doesn't equal popularity. Sure, Maurice is now calling the shots, but the Council is up to new and dirty tricks, threatening to once again upset the balance...

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    • SO DEEP AND UNMYTHOS

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-02-17

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    • This New Study May Explain Why Peer Review in Science Often Fails

    • By: Julia Belluz
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Academics vet the work of their peers — for free, in their spare time — in a process that is supposed to weed out junk science before it’s published. But researchers say the task is thankless, that it slows down the publication process. To make matters worse, this cornerstone of the scientific method has surprisingly little evidence for its effectiveness, and many mysteries about how it works.

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