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12:51 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

The 'Other' Thing You May Not Know About Facebook

Did you know Facebook had this "Other" folder?
Facebook

Originally published on Sun February 5, 2012 4:57 am

Now that Facebook has filed to go public, there's a lot of reflection on how the social media site became the mammoth it is today. The site has gone through a lot of changes in its eight years. Remember when you had to have a college email address to join? Remember when you had to type "thefacebook.com"?

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Music Interviews
12:50 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

Joe Cocker: The 'Hard Knock' Life Of A Singular Singer

Joe Cocker's new album is Hard Knocks.
Olaf Heine

Originally published on Sat February 4, 2012 9:03 pm

Joe Cocker has one of the most recognizable voices in rock — anyone who's heard his version of "With a Little Help From My Friends" can attest to that. The British singer has been belting out hits for more than 40 years, the biggest of which include "Feelin' Alright," "Up Where We Belong" and "You Can Leave Your Hat On."

But with all that success also came some hard times. Cocker has struggled with drugs, alcohol and financial debt, all of which he's discussed openly.

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Krulwich Wonders...
12:50 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

Two Deaths: A Poet And A Beetle

Janek Skarzynski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun February 5, 2012 4:58 am

She'd wake up like we do, look out the window just like us, rummage through her days, but somehow what caught her attention — a grasshopper's hop, an infant's fingernails, plankton, a snowflake — when Wislawa Szymborska noticed something, she noticed it so well, her gaze reshaped the thing she saw, gave it a dignity, a vividness.

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Books
12:50 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

A Tale Of Two Centuries: Charles Dickens Turns 200

English novelist Charles Dickens was born on Feb. 7, 1812. He was the second of eight children, and had little formal education.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Sun February 5, 2012 4:04 am

Charles Dickens — one of the most beloved storytellers in the English language — was born 200 years ago Tuesday. He was a comic genius and a social reformer whose novels made him famous in his own time, and continue as classics in ours.

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Music Interviews
12:50 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

The Romantic (And Still Relevant) Sound Of Bolero

The now-defunct Puerto Rican and Dominican American group Aventura.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 5, 2012 4:04 am

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