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Baldwin And Bridges: Two Artists, Two Debuts, One Fire

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 6:03am

Reviewer Juan Vidal has had the debut album by Texas soul crooner Leon Bridges on heavy rotation, and it's making him think of parallels with James Baldwin's first novel, Go Tell it On The Mountain.

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In 'Playing Scared' Pianist Grows Less Frightened Of Stage Fright

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 4:10am

Performance anxiety kept journalist Sara Solovitch away from the piano for several decades. Then one day she decided to search for the key to putting her back in tune with her performance side.

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If Robots 'Speak,' Will We Listen? Novel Imagines A Future Changed By AI

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 4:04pm

As artificial intelligence alters human connection, Louisa Hall's characters wrestle with whether machines can truly feel. Some "feel they have to stand up for a robot's right to exist," Hall says.

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An Outsider In Buenos Aires Goes Incognito, For Love Of Tango

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 8:40am

Carolina de Robertis' new novel God of Tango centers on a 17-year-old widow, recently arrived from Italy with little besides a violin. It's Argentina, 1913 — and a magical new music fills the barrios.

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A Little Chiltomate Raises The Underappreciated Turkey Thigh

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:52am

Elizabeth Wiley, chef-owner of two top Dayton, Ohio, restaurants, goes off-menu to cook beer-braised turkey thighs in her home kitchen.

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Decades Of Politics And Partnership In Jimmy Carter's 'Full Life'

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:52am

Former president Jimmy Carter was one of the youngest ex-presidents ever when he left office in 1981. His new memoir, A Full Life, looks back at his years of public service, in and out of office.

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'Shadowshaper' Paints A Vibrant Picture

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:03am

Daniel José Older's new young adult novel follows a Brooklyn teenager who discovers her family has a dangerous magical heritage. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says it's full of music, flavor and color.

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On Its 40th Anniversary, Remembering The Terror Of 'Jaws'

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:28pm

This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the movie, Jaws, the original summer blockbuster.

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Investigating The Drug Trade In 'Cartel Land'

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:17pm

A new documentary tells a riveting story of the way power and violence intersect along the Arizona border and in embattled Michoacan, Mexico.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour No. 250: 'Magic Mike XXL' And 'Catastrophe'

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 7:03am

For our 250th episode, the gang digs into a movie and a TV show, each geared toward grown people in different ways. And, as always, we close with what's making us happy this week.

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New Nation, New Cuisine: The First Cookbook To Tackle 'American Food'

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 6:03am

The first American cookbook, published in 1796, promised local food and a kind of socioculinary equality.

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Peruvian Sisters Can Turn A Gourd Into An $800 Objet D'art

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 6:03am

They can spend up to two months on a single gourd, creating scenes that tell a story. Think of it as a graphic gourd novel.

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Beyond A Voice And A Sad Story, 'Amy' Listens To A Life

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:03pm

A new documentary about singer Amy Winehouse goes beyond biopic standards to reveal a woman whose pains and successes were both well-earned.

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Book Review: 'The Uses Of The Body,' Deborah Landau

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

Poet Tess Taylor reviews The Uses of the Body by Deborah Landau.

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Sonia Manzano, Who Played Maria On 'Sesame Street,' To Retire

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

Maria from Sesame Street — aka actress Sonia Manzano — is retiring after more than 40 years. NPR reports on the Hispanic pioneer's impact on generations of children.

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Get A 'Grip' On This Goofy Noir Sci-Fi Tale

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 10:03am

This reissue of Gilbert Hernandez' series starts out noir — a young man with amnesia and a mysterious lipstick trace — but quickly gets weird. Critic Etelka Lehoczky says it's full of "goofy joy."

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'Magic Mike XXL' And 'Terminator Genisys' Bring The Testosterone

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 4:05pm

NPR's Bob Mondello looks at the Independence Day weekend blockbusters, Magic Mike XXL and Terminator Genisys.

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It's Like It Never Happened: A 'Terminator' Dossier

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 4:04pm

As Terminator: Genisys opens in theaters, we provide the necessary refresher on how exactly the franchise got to this complicated, complicated place.

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I Want My Puzzle Back

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 3:40pm

Even if you've never set foot in a Chili's, you know their classic jingle. In this game, contestants are given clues to three-syllable things that rhyme with "back."

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Celebrity Foods

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 3:40pm

In this punny round, contestants are described famous people who have food as part or all of their last names.

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