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Director Mike Nichols Remembered As A Comedian, Raconteur, Charmer

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:24pm

Robert Siegel remembers director and film icon Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday of a heart attack at 83.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic'

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:09pm

When journalist Alec MacGillis started looking into McConnell's early politics, he says he was "startled" by how moderate the Republican used to be. The book traces McConnell's shift to the right.

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'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:09pm

In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it. On Wednesday, he won the National Book Award for fiction.

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Mike Nichols: Remembering The Ellipses After The Story Ends

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 1:35pm

We consider the work of writer-director-performer Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday.

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Mike Nichols, Award-Winning Director Of 'The Graduate,' 'Silkwood,' Dies

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:00am

Mike Nichols was an ultimate Hollywood insider who won every major show business award directing for stage, film and TV. But his life in America began as an outsider immigrant from Germany.

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Book News: Ursula K. Le Guin Steals The Show At The National Book Awards

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 9:26am

In a ceremony that saw both icons and newcomers honored, it was a fiery speech by the science fiction legend that had attendees talking. Also: A Jonathan Safran Foer book gets adapted to ballet.

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Renowned Theater And Film Director Mike Nichols Dies

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 8:12am

Nichols, perhaps best known for his 1967 classic film, The Graduate, has won Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy awards. He died Wednesday at age 83.

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There's More To Asking Than Just Art

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 6:03am

Amanda Palmer's new The Art of Asking outlines a well-intentioned but hazy philosophy of asking for help. Critic Annalisa Quinn says Palmer glosses over societal realities of who has access to help.

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'Redeployment,' 'Age Of Ambition' Win National Book Awards

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 8:57pm

The veteran-penned short story collection and the nonfiction look at modern China and its citizens joined youth literature winner Brown Girl Dreaming and poetry winner Faithful and Virtuous Night.

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NBC The Latest To Distance Itself From Bill Cosby

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:24pm

There was more fallout for actor comedian Bill Cosby on Wednesday, following renewed allegations about sexual misconduct. NBC said it was cancelling plans for a comedy it was developing with Cosby.

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NBC And Netflix Shelve Bill Cosby Projects As New Rape Claim Emerges

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 2:07pm

A TV comedy Bill Cosby was developing for NBC has been canceled, after new allegations of rape against the comedian. Netflix made a similar move late Tuesday, shelving a comedy special.

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Just What Is In Pumpkin Spice Flavor? (Hint: Not Pumpkin)

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 1:33pm

Pumpkin spice is the flavor of the season, but does anyone think there's real pumpkin in the "science goo" in our lattes? Turns out flavor companies have come up with a simple chemical recipe for it.

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Jon Stewart On The 'Daily Show': 'I'm Still Really Proud Of The Work We Do'

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:45pm

Stewart talks about his future hosting the show known for its political satire. "It is unclear to me," he tells Fresh Air. "The minute I say I'm not going to do it anymore, I will miss it like crazy."

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Bennett Miller On Making The True-Life Crime Film 'Foxcatcher'

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:45pm

Foxcatcher is about wealthy heir John du Pont who hosted Olympians on his estate. The director talks about casting Steve Carrell, the challenge of filming wrestling scenes and his film Capote.

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'Grape Salad' Is Not Minnesotan, And Other Lessons In Cultural Mapmaking

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:16am

A New York Times project claims that Minnesota is best defined by heated-up grapes and sour cream. C'mon, now, guys — give us a break.

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Book News: Artist, Falconer And Neurosurgeon Make Costa Award Shortlist

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 9:31am

With 20 nominees across five categories, it's little surprise that the Costa Book Award shortlists prove eclectic. Also: A remembrance of the late novelist and transgender activist Leslie Feinberg.

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'Unspeakable' Gives Voice To Things We All Think, But Don't Say

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 6:03am

Meghan Daum's essay collection is intensely personal, but also universal. Critic Tomas Hachard says that on a deep level, it's about the process of growing up and deciding whether to conform or rebel.

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Norman Lear Looks Back On His Long Life In 'Even This I Get To Experience'

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:33pm

Lear, who co-created All In The Family, has written a new memoir at the age of 92. He tells Fresh Air about getting involved in politics and how his storylines addressed subjects like racism.

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How A Feud Between Two Russian Companies Fueled A 'Spam Nation'

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:33pm

Brian Krebs' new book tells the story of how two companies groomed spammers, and then destroyed each other. In the process, Krebs got access to documents that illuminated how cybercriminals operate.

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'MasterChef Junior': The Secret Ingredients Are Moppets And Empathy

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 1:47pm

The cooking-kids show MasterChef Junior somehow combines high energy, endearing kids with really skilled cooking. The result is a very different kind of competition show.

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