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In The Documentary 'Karl Marx City,' A Grim But Enlightening Homecoming

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 4:00pm

A filmmaker returns to the former East Germany to uncover family secrets and explore how life behind the Berlin Wall traded on civilian informants and an insidious collective obedience.

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Despite Historic Mix-Up, PricewaterhouseCoopers Will Keep Its Oscars Job

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 2:38pm

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says there'll be a few new safeguards following the Best Picture flub, including not allowing electronic devices backstage.

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#ThanksForTyping Spotlights Unnamed Women In Literary Acknowledgements

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 1:31pm

A professor shared book acknowledgement pages, where men thanked their wives for typing their manuscripts. #ThanksForTyping soon sparked a conversation on women and their uncredited roles in academia.

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In 'Monsters,' Graphic Novelist Emil Ferris Embraces The Darkness Within

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 12:58pm

After West Nile virus left her paralyzed, the Chicago illustrator had to relearn how to draw. She says that experience was key to the publication of My Favorite Thing Is Monsters.

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In A Bullet-Riddled Mansion, A Beirut Architect Envisions A Museum Of Memory

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 6:45am

Beirut is peaceful now, but political divisions still run deep — and people are still hesitant to look back on the civil war years of the 1970s and 1980s.

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Hulu's 'Harlots' Follows Prostitutes In 18th Century London

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 3:41pm

Set in 18th century London, Hulu's new drama, Harlots, is about a group of women who work and live in brothels. The show is told from the point of view of the women and has an almost entirely female production team.

'One Of The Boys' Tells The Story Of A Corrosive Father-Son Relationship

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:19pm

Daniel Magariel's debut novel explores the fierce love a 12-year-old boy has for his abusive father. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a "slim, deeply affecting and brutal story."

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Bob Dylan Agrees To Accept His Nobel Prize During A Tour Stop In Stockholm

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 9:54am

Since the American musician won the Nobel Prize in Literature last year, he has not yet picked up his award in person or delivered the customary lecture required for him to receive the prize money.

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Celebrating A Glorious Life Of Excess In 'A Really Big Lunch'

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 6:00am

Jim Harrison lived as he wrote — vividly. One year after his death, a new collection of his essays on food, wine, writing and aging brings him roaring back in all his immoderate brilliance.

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The Tahri That Binds: How A Sweet Rice Dish Connects A Woman To Her History

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 4:51am

Making the traditional foods of home on the holiday of Cheti Chand — which falls on March 29 this year — helps a member of the Hindu Sindhi diaspora feel less disjointed.

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First Episode Of 'All Things Considered' Is Headed To Library Of Congress

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 2:01am

The NPR program's inaugural 1971 broadcast has been added to the National Recording Registry, alongside other "aural treasures" like Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow." Take a listen to the first show!

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Inside DARPA, The Pentagon Agency Whose Technology Has 'Changed the World'

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 12:27pm

Journalist Sharon Weinberger discusses the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency, which develops innovative scientific technologies for the military. Her new book is The Imagineers of War.

Pinkies Up! A Local Tea Movement Is Brewing

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 6:00am

Most of the world's tea comes from China, India and Sri Lanka. But since 2000, dozens of farms have sprouted across the U.S. producing small-batch, artisanal tea sold at a premium.

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'Novel Of The Century' Is A Lively Companion To 'Les Misérables'

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 6:00am

David Bellos' new book is a comprehensive guide to Les Misérables, and a compelling story in its own right, packed with detail about the creation and publication of Victor Hugo's massive masterpiece.

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Kerry James Marshall: A Black Presence In The Art World Is 'Not Negotiable'

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

For decades, the 61-year-old artist has depicted black lives on canvas. He says inclusion in museums must not be contingent on "whether somebody likes you ... or somebody's being generous to you."

How For-Profit Colleges Sell 'Risky Education' To The Most Vulnerable

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:49pm

Tressie McMillan Cottom worked in enrollment at two for-profit colleges, but quit because she felt uncomfortable selling students an education they couldn't afford. Her new book is Lower Ed.

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Emma Donoghue Helps Kids Deal With Dementia (And Still Has Fun) In 'The Lotterys'

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 4:06am

Emma Donoghue tackles a tough topic with light and humor in The Lotterys Plus One, her new kids' book about a boisterous blended family learning to accommodate a difficult grandfather with dementia.

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Author Finds A Counter-Narrative Of Equality In Adam And Eve Story

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 5:26pm

Bruce Feiler speaks about his new book, "The First Love Story," and how the story of Adam and Eve is still important to relationships between men and women today.

'Wait Till You See Me Dance' Is A Marvelous Waltz Of Misdirection

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 9:00am

Deb Olin Unferth's story collection delights in going in unexpected directions, and her sensitively-drawn characters feel the full, real, often contradictory and uneasy layering of human emotion.

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How Do You Dream Up A Cockatoo Feast? An Artist Explains In 'Imaginarium'

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 7:14am

Looking at Claire Rosen's photographs can feel like walking into someone else's dreams. In her new book Imaginarium she provides inspiration and advice for curating a creative life.

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