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7 Big Stories You Can't Miss This Week: Experiments, Electronics, Eddie, And Enya

This week for BuzzFeed News, Anne Helen Petersen visits the reclusive Enya in Ireland. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

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1. Inside Enya's Irish Kingdom — BuzzFeed News

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Over the course of three decades and with 80 million records sold, Enya has morphed into more than musician: She’s her own adjective. What makes her music — and the mysterious woman behind it — appealing to so many? Read it at BuzzFeed News.

2. How to Make Millions of Hoverboards (Almost) Overnight — BuzzFeed News

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This holiday season, we want to roll around on motorized two-wheeled scooters — and China wants to give us what we want, as soon as we want it. Joseph Bernstein travels to Shenzhen, the world capital of memeufacturing, to see how your Black Friday sausage gets made. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

3. In Conversation: DeRay MckessonNew York

Photograph by Bobby Doherty for New York Magazine

The founder of the modern-day Civil Rights Movement sits down for a lengthy conversation with Rembert Browne. "For so many of us, protest — the act of confronting and disrupting systems whose impact is oppression — is a way of life. We did not invent resistance and we did not discover injustice last August. We exist in a tradition of struggle." Read it at New York.


4. Mitch Albom's Great Experiment — BuzzFeed News

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Dismissed by critics as hokey and by peers as being out of touch, Mitch Albom has sold 35 million books anyway, building a modern empire out of longingly gazing at the past. Doree Shafrir visits the author in Haiti, where an orphanage — one of 10 charities Albom runs — harkens to simpler times. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

5. Eddie Redmayne’s Complicated Masculinity — BuzzFeed News

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On the eve of his starring role as pioneer trans woman Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl, Eddie Redmayne talks to Meredith Talusan about the complexity of gender: his own and everyone else’s. “I’ve played women since I was a kid and I’ve always enjoyed it.” Read it at BuzzFeed News.

6. Inside the Sony HackSlate

Animation by Lisa Larson-Walker. Image by dotshock/Shutterstock, courtesy of Footage Island.

A year after the devastating cyber hacks that tore Sony apart, Amanda Hess finds out what it was like to be a rank-and-file employee of the entertainment giant at the time. “It was like a bomb went off...We looked around. We were still alive. So we started doing triage.” Read it at Slate.

7. How to Get Your Green Card in America — BuzzFeed Ideas

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Until last year, Sarah Mathews was one of 4.3 million people at the mercy of the legal immigration system, waiting for the chance to stay in the U.S. for good. "There is a before to immigration; not all of you dies to be reincarnated in the new country. The old life, good and bad, rattles inside you like broken gadgetry." Read it at BuzzFeed Ideas.

Anita Badejo is an associate features editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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