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Top Picks: Smithsonian Channel's 'America’s Badlands,' the movie 'Marjorie Prime,' and more top picks

The Radiolab podcast 'More Perfect' is a compelling and educational look at the US Supreme Court, 'Tajmo' is the inspired pairing of blues circuit vets Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’, and more top picks.

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Meanwhile... in Gabon, scientists are asking concerned citizens around the world to help save elephants

And in Sweden, some girls are saying no to traditional Santa Lucia pageants, while on St. Helena, an ancient tortoise is looking forward to a new crowd of admirers.

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‘Dunkirk’ won box office – is an Oscar next?

The film is now one of the 10 domestically highest-grossing movies of the year. As a historical drama, it stands in sharp contrast to such fellow Top 10 list occupiers as the remake of 'Beauty and the Beast' and superhero movies 'Wonder Woman' and 'Spider-Man: Homecoming.'

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How Pootie got his way

I didn’t want a Christmas tree, but my husband insisted that someone else truly did.

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Top Picks: The documentary 'California Typewriter,' the Cal app, and more

If you’re looking up at the night sky as you leave the latest holiday gathering, use the Stellarium Mobile Sky Map app to get guidance on the stars you’re seeing, director Steven Soderbergh’s latest film, 'Logan Lucky,' stars Channing Tatum and Adam Driver, and more top picks.

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Meanwhile... In Rwanda, the Mahama refugee camp looks more like a city than camp

And in American Samoa, the members of firefighting Squad 61 have developed a motivational tool rarely if ever seen among other firefighters: They sing.

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Ill-defined boundaries that are set in stone

For this New Englander, permission to build a deck means scouring a thicket for obscure markers.

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Spotlight is on women artists for ‘Her Paris’

An American Federation of Arts exhibition presents more than 80 bold and engaging paintings by 19th-century women from the United States and across Europe.

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Top Picks: 'Aretha Franklin: A Brand New Me,' the app Solar Walk 2, and more

The Ski Tracks app could become your favorite skiing buddy, director Bertrand Tavernier’s documentary My Journey Through French Cinema celebrates those who work in film, and more top picks.

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Meanwhile... On Christmas Island, millions of red crabs are making their annual migration to the Pacific Ocean

And in Veracruz, Mexico, they are rocking the danzón, while in Suður-Þingeyjarsýsla, Iceland, farmer Ólafur Ólafsson uses a drone to herd his sheep.

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Tale of an overachieving toaster

Its zeal was sudden and short-lived. But it changed me.

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Top Picks: 'Spider-Man: Homecoming,' the iCatcher! Podcast Player app, and more

The latest installment in the series based on the classic science fiction film 'Planet of the Apes,' 'War for the Planet of the Apes,' is available on DVD and Blu-ray, the PBS program 'Making a New American Nutcracker' is about a new twist on a holiday classic, and more top picks.

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Meanwhile... In Iowa, three young Tanzanian visitors seem to have touched the hearts of residents

And in Morocco, 110 synagogues have been restored, while in Bolivia, Thailand, and Tunisia, women outnumber men as research scientists.

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My life of lists

I’m in good company as I cross off groceries, errands, books ...

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In these dark times, Hallmark Channel's golden glow beckons

For those weary of crises and violence in the news and on television, more people are turning to the Hallmark Channel's predictably happy endings.

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Top Picks: 'Gregory Porter: Nat ‘King’ Cole & Me,' 'Survival in the Skies,' and more

The podcast 'Ben Franklin's World' has explored topics relating to the 18th century, from British soldiers who fought in the Revolution to the Nat Turner revolt, CBS is honoring the legacy of 'The Carol Burnett Show,' and more top picks.

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Meanwhile... the first international cricket match in eight years took place in Pakistan

And in Kenya, the country’s new ban on plastic bags is an economic opportunity for women, while in Peru, American trekker Nick Stanziano is urging people to walk the historical Great Inca Trail. 

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A broken circle, and an unbroken one

I had a flat and few Spanish words. Would they help me?

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Docs in Progress gives documentaries a boost

The organization, based in Silver Spring, Md., offers screenings and courses on the nuts and bolts of filming, editing, and production. 'I think that documentaries do have a potential to really have a huge impact,' says executive director Erica Ginsberg.

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