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Oliver Sacks: A Neurologist At The 'Intersection Of Fact And Fable'

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 1:09pm

The neurologist, who died Sunday, saw "infinitely moving, dramatic, romantic situations" during his decades studying the human brain. Fresh Air remembers Sacks with two interviews from 1985 and 2012.

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How Shows Like 'Will & Grace' And 'Black-ish' Can Change Your Brain

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 9:19am

Go ahead, use this article to justify binge-watching Orange Is The New Black all weekend.

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The Glimmering Sheen Of A Wide World Seen From Inside A Bubble

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 5:09pm

The teen heroine of Nicola Yoon's debut novel, Everything, Everything, has a disorder that bars her from leaving her house. Still, her world is vast, filled with writings, drawings — and new love.

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An Aerobatics Pilot Spins (And Rolls, And Loops) A Career From A Crash

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 4:09pm

Award-winning aviator Patty Wagstaff tackles the extreme, but she was inspired by a simple takeoff gone wrong. Crawling out of the plane, she looked at her pilot and thought, "I can do a lot better."

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Television 2015: The Future In Questions

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 11:49am

We've spent two weeks looking at the state of television, and now it's time to ask some questions about where it's going from here.

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Oliver Sacks, Renowned Neurologist And Author, Dies At 82

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 7:53am

His book Awakenings, about reviving patients from a catatonic state was turned into a 1990 film. He also wrote more than a dozen other books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

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A Young Woman Goes 'Underground In Berlin' To Escape The Holocaust

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 7:19am

Hermann Simon's mother lived as a Jew in Berlin during World War II. Through cunning and disguise Marie Jalowicz Simon managed to evade the Nazis right under their noses.

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How Fishermen's Bragging Rights Gave Birth To Fine Art

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 6:03am

In 19th century Japan, fishermen found a foolproof way to record trophy catches: a "fish rubbing" inked onto paper, creating a permanent record of their size. Gyotaku soon evolved into fine art.

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Presenting: The Holy Romance Trinity Of J

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 6:03am

Blogger Sarah Wendell usually reads on a Kindle, but she treasures a row of crumbling paperbacks by authors she calls the Holy Romance Trinity of J: Jude Deveraux, Julie Garwood and Judith McNaught.

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German Filmmaker Wim Wenders Sums Up His Work In One Word

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 4:16am

That word is "searchers." Wenders says, "If you look at the history of filmmaking, most great filmmakers actually were working on one story for all their lives."

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The Bloody Mary Meat Straw: An All-American Story

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 3:57am

Bloody Mary's have been around for ages, but an Iowa man has invented a way to take them to a whole new level: a straw made of meat. They've become a hit at bars, ballparks and stadiums. #America

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The Bloody Mary Meat Straw: An All-American Story

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 3:57am

Bloody Mary's have been around for ages, but an Iowa man has invented a way to take them to a whole new level: a straw made of meat. They've become a hit at bars, ballparks and stadiums. #America

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For Carl Phillips, Poetry Is Experience Transformed — Not Transcribed

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 4:10pm

Phillips' new collection is both raw and refined, drawing on intimate experience while shunning autobiography. "I become uncomfortable when people make an equation between author and poem," he says.

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Ursula K. Le Guin Steers Her Craft Into A New Century

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 7:04am

The famed novelist says that at 85 she no longer has the energy to write another book, but she's just released a revised and updated edition of her manual for aspiring writers, Steering the Craft.

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The Gentlemen Bastards Unfold Sumptuous Stories Within Stories

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 6:03am

This weekend, the NPR Books Time Machine is rewinding Scott Lynch's swashbuckling Gentleman Bastard series, a combination fantasy of manners, heist caper and heartfelt buddy comedy. With pirates.

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Making Sense Of A Tragedy, One Narrator At A Time

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 6:03am

June Reid has lost everyone she loves in one horrifying moment, but she's not the only one grieving. Bill Clegg's new novel tells of June's loss through the voices of those who know and encounter her.

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For Inca Road Builders, Extreme Terrain Was No Obstacle

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 5:49am

A new exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian highlights the engineering prowess of the Inca, whose great road once spanned mountains, deserts and forests in 6 South American countries.

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Television 2015: Some Writing About Writing About TV

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:49pm

Television coverage is in more places than ever, doing more work than ever, involving more people than ever. In that way, it's a lot like the medium it's analyzing.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Show Me A Hero' And A Summer Update

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 9:41am

This week's show has HBO, summer box office, pop songs and summer songs, television we forgot to tell you about, and a lot more. It's just packed — just like summer.

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How Brewers Are Churning Out Tangy Sours Without The Hefty Price Tag

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 6:03am

Sour beers are made by deliberately adding microbes to create complex brews with a crisp, acidic taste. But that process takes lots of time and money, resulting in a pricey final product. Until now.

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