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Nostalgia, Now Out On DVD, With 'Wonder Years' And 'Pee-wee' Releases

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:09pm

In what may be a last gasp for DVD collections, some of the new boxed-set releases are aimed at Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers with favorites like The Wonder Years and Pee-Wee's Playhouse.

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Ed Norton On 'Birdman,' Wes Anderson And Why $40 Makes Him Proud

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:53pm

Making Birdman "was one of the most creatively satisfying experiences I've had," Norton says. He also talks about why Anderson's films are deep and getting royalties for the music in Death to Smoochy.

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Can Hand-Cut, Artisanal Ice Make Your Cocktail That Much Better?

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:51am

If you're sipping craft cocktails, your fancy $15 drink might now come with fancy ice. It's bigger, clearer and allegedly better tasting than the regular stuff made with tap water.

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Book News: Amazon Inks A Deal With A Publisher Not Named Hachette

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:07am

The online retailer has reached a multiyear deal with Simon & Schuster, one of the "Big Five" U.S. publishers. Meanwhile, Amazon's pricing dispute with Hachette Book Group persists.

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Making The Most Of Your Twenties: Meg Jay Answers Your Questions

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 8:10am

Psychologist Meg Jay answers your questions on making the most of your twenties — the developmental sweet spot — that defines the rest of your life.

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Who Is 'Limonov'? Not Even His Biographer Really Knows

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:03am

A new biography of the Russian political prankster/author/revolutionary Edward Limonov asks what turns out to be an unanswerable question: What's Limonov thinking, and what does he really want?

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Winners And Losers of The Fall TV Season Begin to Emerge

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

One month into the TV season, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.

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Fashion Designer Oscar De La Renta Dies

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

Oscar de la Renta died at the age of 82 on Monday. Steve Inskeep talks to Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan about the designer's legacy.

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From Sizzling Fajitas, To The Super Bowl, How Sounds Help Sell

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:44pm

Joel Beckerman is a composer who specializes in sonic branding. His new book is called The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy.

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One Lawyer's Fight For Young Blacks And 'Just Mercy'

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:00pm

When police pulled a gun on Bryan Stevenson as he was sitting quietly in his car in Atlanta, he knew he had to effect change. His memoir describes his attempts, including freeing men on death row.

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Book News: Toni Morrison's Collection Finds A Permanent Home At Princeton

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:30am

The Nobel laureate taught at Princeton University for 17 years. Now, her papers — some 180 linear feet of them — are returning to be housed in the school's library. Also: a roundup of new releases.

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'Little Dancer' Musical Imagines The Story Behind Degas' Mysterious Muse

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:23am

Ballerina Marie Van Goethem started modeling for Edgar Degas around 1878 and inspired his statue Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. But history lost track of her after she left the Paris Opera.

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There's Never A Dull Moment On This Trans-Siberian Adventure

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:23am

Morning Edition's David Greene has taken this 6,000-mile ride twice. He shares his experience in the cramped third-class cars — borscht and all — in his new book, Midnight in Siberia.

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Starring In 'Fury': The Horrors That People Are Capable Of In War

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:15am

The WWII drama Fury is about a U.S. sergeant and his five-man crew taking a tank on a mission behind enemy lines. Critic Kenneth Turan reviews the film, directed by David Ayer and starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf.

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Many Views Of Muhammad, As A Man And As A Prophet

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:01pm

In her new book The Lives of Muhammad, Boston University professor Kecia Ali discusses the different ways that Muslim and non-Muslim biographers have depicted the prophet over the centuries.

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From Mannequin To Actor: Geena Davis' 'Ridiculous, Ridiculous' Break

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:32pm

Geena Davis has played unforgettable roles in movies like Beetlejuice and A League Of Their Own. But before her acting debut in Tootsie, she worked at a clothing store in window displays.

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The Boston Herald's Missed 'Cartoon-gate' Lessons

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:24pm

The newspaper's heartfelt column about a political cartoon that widely criticized as racist raises a question: Did editors learn the right lessons from the uproar?

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Waterless Worlds The New Hot Dystopia

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:22pm

Following years worth of news stories about climate change and drought, books and movies are starting to capture those stories, too. Worlds without water are the settings for quite a few new projects.

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Understanding Society Through 3 American Classics

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:43am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Azar Nafisi about her new book, The Republic of Imagination, a reflection on America through three of its most memorable books.

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Here's What Happens When Gandalf Talks To Schoolchildren

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:43am

Sir Ian MacEllen made a special appearance at an English school. What special magical message did he impart? Do your homework!

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