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Melissa Gray

Melissa Gray is a senior producer for All Things Considered.

She is the curator of the ongoing series Found Recipes and was the woman behind the Men Series, which explored men's changing roles in society. Gray, who holds two fine arts degrees and is known around the newsroom for her cartoons, got her start at Member station WUGA in Athens, GA. From there, she went on to report for Peach State Public Radio in Atlanta. She joined NPR in 1999.

Years later, her determination to "learn how to really bake a damn good cake" led her to experiment on the All Things Considered staff. You can read all about it in her cookbook, All Cakes Considered. Melissa lives by this motto: "We have to make our own fun. Nobody else will make it for us."

Forget losing weight. How about a more achievable New Year's resolution, like cutting back on swearing?

People curse for a variety of reasons, including social: they want to fit in, or seem cool or accessible. "But largely, people curse for emotional reasons, when we experience strong transcient emotions: anger, fear, surprise, elation, arousal," said Benjamin Bergen, a professor of cognitive science at the University of California, San Diego.