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How To Have Meaningful Conversations At Holiday Gatherings
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How To Have Meaningful Conversations At Holiday Gatherings

Having good conversations is an art form. To help you out at end-of-year gatherings, NPR's Sam Sanders tapped longtime radio host and podcaster Celeste Headlee for her tips for really listening and connecting.

How To Have Meaningful Conversations At Holiday Gatherings

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How To Make Tastier, Prettier Pies, According To A Self-taught Pie Artist
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How To Make Tastier, Prettier Pies, According To A Self-taught Pie Artist

Just in time for Thanksgiving, self-taught baker Lauren Ko shares her tips for making tastier — and more beautiful — pies.

How To Make Tastier, Prettier Pies, According To A Self-taught Pie Artist

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This Thanksgiving, You Can Carry On Family Recipes In Your Own Way
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This Thanksgiving, You Can Carry On Family Recipes In Your Own Way

Making a family recipe for the first time can be daunting. Will it turn out just like you remembered? For those cooking for the holidays, podcaster Noor Wazwaz walks us through what to remember in the kitchen.

This Thanksgiving, You Can Carry On Family Recipes In Your Own Way

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Every family has stories to tell. Here's how to document yours

Learning stories about our loved ones helps us to better understand the trajectory of their lives — and it helps us make sense of our own story. Here are five tips to guide you as you document your family history.

Every family has stories to tell. Here's how to document yours

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Remembering Petra Mayer: Everyone's a 'real writer.' Here's how to write that book
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Remembering Petra Mayer: Everyone's a 'real writer.' Here's how to write that book

Beloved books editor Petra Mayer believed that all you have to do to be a 'real writer' is to write. We're re-running this episode in honor of Petra who died on Saturday. We hope Petra's generosity, wit and passion for story will help shut down those distracting voices and honor the stories you have to share. (This episode originally ran in April 2020.)

Remembering Petra Mayer: Everyone's a 'real writer.' Here's how to write that book

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This Thanksgiving, here's how you can cook smarter, not harder

This Thanksgiving, New York Times food writer Eric Kim is on a mission to help you spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying your food and your company. These tips and recipes will help you cook smarter, not harder. And you don't need a lot — just a skillet and a sheet pan. Oh, and a turkey.

This Thanksgiving, here's how you can cook smarter, not harder

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Caught in pandemic limbo? Here's how to rebound from life's interruptions

Writer Suleika Jaouad has made a career out of covering folks living in the 'in between' spaces — starting with herself. Diagnosed with leukemia at 22, she embraced writing as a way to regain narrative control of her life. She shares lessons on making peace with uncertainty and transforming isolation into creative solitude.

Caught in pandemic limbo? Here's how to rebound from life's interruptions

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Most students who want to transfer colleges don't. Here's how to start

Most students who want to transfer colleges don't. The process can be complicated and confusing and differ from state to state and institution to institution. Despite these hurdles, transferring is a common route to a four-year college. So how do you make the process go as smoothly as possible? Start early, stay organized and find a good fit.

Most students who want to transfer colleges don't. Here's how to start

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Daylight saving time just ended. These tips can help rebuild your kid's sleep routine

Getting enough sleep helps you focus, retain information and helps to fortify your immune system. For parents and caretakers struggling to get their little ones to bed on time, here are tips on establishing healthy sleeping habits — that can benefit your entire family.

Daylight saving time just ended. These tips can help rebuild your kid's sleep routine

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How to wake up early, even if you're not a morning person

Waking up at dawn with the bakers and the baristas may not be for everyone — especially night owls. Whether you have to wake up early or you'd like to become more of a morning lark, here are a few habits that can help you set yourself up for success at that first alarm.

How to wake up early, even if you're not a morning person

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