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Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' Legacy: Changing How Americans See Satire

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:41am

Jon Stewart hosts his last episode of The Daily Show tonight, after 16 years as TV's satirist supreme. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Stewart's barbs changed how people talk about politics and media.

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'Marriage Of Opposites' Paints Camille Pissarro's Colorful Family History

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:33am

Alice Hoffman's new novel is a fictionalized account of the painter's early life and family, including the eccentric mother who raised him on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas.

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'The Lufthansa Heist' Is No Score

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 6:03am

The famous 1978 Lufthansa robbery is a great crime story — it was even a plot point in GoodFellas. But a new book about the heist falls flat, hampered by purple prose and pointless details.

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A Rarity Reclaimed: Stolen Stradivarius Recovered After 35 Years

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 4:00am

For decades virtuoso violinist Roman Totenberg played his prized Stradivarius around the world. Then one day in 1980 it was snatched. Gone. But in June the FBI called his daughter with news.

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A Self-Taught Artist Paints The Rain Forest By Memory

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 1:37pm

He'd never drawn before. Then he was asked to depict the Colombian rain forest he knew so well. Naturalists cherish the ink-and-watercolor works of Abel Rodriguez. And so do art lovers.

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'Bespoke Water' Video Pokes Fun At Earnest Artisanal Food Makers

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 1:31pm

To sell your artisanal products in Brooklyn these days, you need a good story. Meet the Timmy Brothers, a fictional Brooklyn pair who have "a thirst for helping people become less thirsty."

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After Katrina, Tulane's Architecture School Became A Community Builder

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:21am

The storm marked a turning point for the school. Now, instead of focusing on historic preservation, it encourages students to design spaces with and for New Orleans' low-income neighborhoods.

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5 Things We Learned From ShondaLand

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 10:46am

We know that Shonda Rhimes doesn't want to talk about her legacy, that Olivia Pope is a questionable role model, and a few other things about Thursday nights on ABC.

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'Two Across' Spells Out A Charming Love Story In Crosswords

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 9:21am

Jeff Bartsch's new novel is about a brainy couple who, after meeting at a 1960s spelling bee, conduct their troubled love affair through secret clues in the crosswords they compose for newspapers.

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Six Friends, A Pile of Cash And A Game With Deadly Consequences

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 6:03am

Black Chalk hinges on a plot twist that we won't give away. But we will say it's the summer thriller we've been waiting for: about a teenage game that turns dangerous as its players become adults.

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Need Fake Friends For Your Wedding? In S. Korea, You Can Hire Them

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 4:17am

Baby showers, weddings, even meet-the-parent weekends don't have to include your actual loved ones, at least not in South Korea. A cottage casting industry exists to help fill your life-staging needs.

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At Some Stores, Readers Can Go Get A Refund For 'Watchman'

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 3:26pm

Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman has sold millions of copies, but some feel it has not lived up to the hype. A bookstore owner in Traverse City, Mich., is giving readers a refund — and an apology.

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These Books Amp Up The Adrenaline In Summer Reading

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 3:26pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Jonah Ogles, editor of Outside Magazine, about adventure reads — summer books about survival. On his list: a tale of an 11-year-old who survives a plane crash.

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The Bonds Of Friendship Stay Strong In 'Stranger'

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 3:26pm

Newbery Medal-winning author Rebecca Stead says her latest, Goodbye Stranger, is about love and how it helps a trio of seventh-grade girls stay friends through the challenges of middle school.

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Metropolitan Opera To Drop Use Of Blackface-Style Makeup In 'Otello'

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 3:14pm

The Met says it is committed to 'colorblind casting' and that its production of Otello this fall will be the first without dark makeup since the opera was first seen at the company in 1891.

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How Percy Shelley Stirred His Politics Into His Tea Cup

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 2:43pm

In 19th century Britain, keeping sugar out of tea became a political statement against slavery. The sugar boycott was no easy choice for the radical poet, who hated slavery but loved tea.

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'Dragonfish' Offers A Noir Vision Of An 'American Dream Gone Rancid'

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 2:06pm

The debut novel by Vu Tran is a crime drama involving a white cop, his Vietnamese-born ex-wife and her new husband, a violent crime boss. Maureen Corrigan calls Dragonfish a "haunting literary novel."

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A Pig, A Frog And Two Producers: 'The Muppets' Talk About Returning To Prime Time

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 1:10pm

At the Television Critics Association press tour, the producers and stars of the new Muppet comedy talked about romance, fighting, and being owned by Disney.

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'Fifth Season' Embraces The Scale And Complexity Of Fantasy

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 9:03am

Yes, N.K. Jemison's newest epic is the kind of fantasy that has not one but two glossaries at the end — but reviewer Jason Heller says that just underscores her sumptuous detail and dimensionality.

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Complex, Generational Music In Lyrical 'Daughters'

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 6:03am

Women are the blood and backbone of Adrienne Celt's debut novel, and at the heart is Lulu, who's revisiting family stories and legends as she comes to terms with her daughter's birth and an old curse.

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