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A Puzzle With Everything, Including The Kitchen Sink

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 7:03am

Each word provided is an anagram of something you might see in a kitchen. For example, "skin" is an anagram of "sink."

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Orson Welles, Famous In Film, Also Brought Radio To Life

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 6:45am

Orson Welles, born 100 years ago this week, is well-known for breaking new ground in theater and film. But, as author Colin Fleming tells NPR's Rachel Martin, he also did significant work in radio.

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Demystifying The Art World In 'Playing To The Gallery'

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 6:45am

Have you ever stared at a piece of art and thought, I just don't get it? Artist Grayson Perry gives NPR's Rachel Martin the answers to questions about art that some are too embarrassed to ask.

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An Ohio Couple Would Like To Forget 'A Gronking To Remember'

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 4:48pm

A lawsuit alleges that the popular erotica e-book — which centers on Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski — used an engagement photo on its cover without permission.

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Author Hopes Holocaust-Themed Picture Book Will Prompt Conversations

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 4:48pm

Jane Yolen's latest is a children's book about a family trying to survive the Holocaust in France. "I consider Stone Angel a kind of starting place for parents to talk to their kids," she says.

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John Lydon: The Foul-Mouthed Yob Sets The Record Straight

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 2:34pm

"After reading so much rubbish written about me over the years, it became obvious that I had to just tell it like it is," Lydon tells NPR's Arun Rath. Lydon just wrote his memoir, Anger Is An Energy.

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Novelist Ruth Rendell, Author Of 'Wexford' Books, Dies At 85

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 9:12am

She is credited with being a pioneer of the psychological thriller and wrote more than 60 books.

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Not My Job: Designer Jonathan Adler Gets Quizzed On New Coke

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 8:22am

Thirty years ago the Coca Cola company introduced New Coke, which is legendary as both the most disastrous, and most successful product launches of all time.

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'Outsider Baseball': Tells Tales Of Obscure Baseball Characters

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 6:57am

Gary Cieradkowski's new book is an illustrated compendium of baseball's forgotten characters. He talks to NPR's Scott Simon about The League of Outsider Baseball.

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Above The Fray: Mafate Offers A Roadless, Island Isolation

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 6:57am

On La Réunion, a remote Indian Ocean island, one community lives in a collapsed volcanic crater, reachable only by foot or helicopter. We bring you an audio postcard.

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A Veteran Scientist Dreams Boldly Of 'Earth And Sky'

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 6:57am

Famous — and occasionally controversial — physicist Freeman Dyson's new essay collection ranges from scientific history to today's hot-button issues like climate change and genetic engineering.

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Getting To Know The Real Story Was Key To Broadway's 'King And I' Revival

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 6:57am

The musical's heroine was inspired by an English-Indian governess who really did travel to the king of Siam's court. The revival, directed by Bartlett Sher, has received nine Tony nominations.

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Does Post-Apocalyptic Literature Have A (Non-Dystopian) Future?

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 6:03am

Store shelves and libraries are packed with post-apocalyptic, dystopian novels right now. Critic Jason Heller has some suggestions to help you wade through the floods. And the fires. And the fallout.

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At 81, The Man Behind Big Bird Sees 'No Reason To Quit'

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 4:34am

"It's an awfully good job," Caroll Spinney says, of the more than 40 years he has spent on Sesame Street. A new documentary tells the story of the octogenarian man playing a 6-year-old bird.

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Hollywood Offers Up A Bevy Of Superheroes In 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 1:49pm

Reviewer David Edelstein says Joss Whedon's new film plays like "a strategic set-up for a Hollywood franchise." Viewers will be blitzed by sound and fury — and a certain amount of "gobbledegook."

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'Far From The Madding Crowd': Counterprogramming Writ Victorian

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 12:37pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews the new movie version of Thomas Hardy's Victorian romance, Far From The Madding Crowd.

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Kurt Cobain Speaks — Through Art And Audio Diaries — In 'Montage Of Heck'

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 11:18am

"The idea was not to tear him down, nor was it to put him on a pedestal," says director Brett Morgen. Instead, executive producer Frances Bean Cobain told Morgen to "make it honest."

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Free Comic Book Day And Rabbit Holes

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 11:08am

On this week's show, we talk about lots and lots of comics in preparation for Free Comic Book Day, and we go down a few pop culture rabbit holes.

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Free Comic Book Day: A Guide To The Heroes, Musicians And Mutants

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 11:08am

Glen Weldon reviews the 50 comics available at participating comics shops for 2015's Free Comic Book Day, coming May 2 — what to pick up free, skip, and buy while you're in the shop.

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What's Inside A 'Derby Pie'? Maybe A Lawsuit Waiting To Happen

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 8:39am

Around Louisville, "derby pie" is de rigueur fare for the Kentucky Derby. But the pie's creators are real sticklers about what can be called a "derby pie" — and they're not afraid to sue over it.

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