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Questlove And The Roots: How A Hip-Hop Band Conquered Late Night

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:55pm

"It's strange to admit it, but this is kinda the job we were born for," Questlove says of his group serving as house band for The Tonight Show.

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David Tomas Martinez Turns Hustle In The Street To Poetry On The Page

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:30pm

Before writing the poems that make up Hustle, Martinez was hustling a long time. His work dips into his teenage years running with a gang, his enlistment in the Navy, and his turn to poetry.

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In Charming Film 'Begin Again,' Music Can Save A Life

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 1:14pm

Keira Knightley plays a heartbroken singer-songwriter who teams up with a drunken producer in Begin Again. Irish director John Carney, who had a surprise hit with the musical Once, hit his mark again.

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'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 1:14pm

In late 2012, filmmaker Steve James and Roger Ebert began talking about filming a documentary based on Ebert's memoir. Ebert's wife, Chaz, agreed. They didn't know that he would die within months.

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The Late Walter Dean Myers Wrote In The Language Of Teens

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:07pm

Myers' young adult novels talked about the tough realities of urban life in language that made teens stop and listen. He won almost every award for YA literature during the course of his career.

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No Ants Were Harmed At These Picnics Of The Past

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:48am

There's something about eating outdoors that makes even a mundane meal feel special. In the spirit of the Fourth of July, we bring you nostalgic food ads and picnic scenes to inspire your feast.

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Book News: Children's Author Walter Dean Myers Dies At 76

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 6:45am

Also: Colum McCann was hospitalized following an attack at a Connecticut hotel; World Book Night suspends operations.

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A Primer On The 'Care And Management' Of Hope In Wartime

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 6:03am

Jacqueline Winspear — author of the Maisie Dobbs mysteries — tackles the anniversary of World War I with a standalone novel following four intertwined, war-scarred lives, at home and in the trenches.

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With Dirt And A Vision, Palestinian Architects Break The Mold

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:07am

In the city of Jericho in the West Bank, there's a new home that looks like it might be from another planet. But in fact, its designers took pains to use materials that were as local as possible.

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Addiction Battled Ambition For Reporter Caught In D.C.'s Crack Epidemic

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:05am

In the early '90s, Ruben Castaneda was a crime reporter for The Washington Post, and an addict who bought crack on the very streets he wrote about. His new book is called S Street Rising.

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Vroom, Vroom, Hmmmm: Motorcycles As Literary Metaphor

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:04am

Motorcycles provide an open road for literature, a device writers can use to talk about adventure, rebellion, even inner peace. NPR's Mandalit del Barco gets some reading ideas from actual bikers.

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Sci-Fi Kid Flick 'Earth To Echo' Broadens The 'E.T.' Formula

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:14pm

First-time feature filmmaker Dave Green sets his movie apart from Steven Spielberg's classic with found footage, an African-American protagonist and a more central female co-conspirator.

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'Friendship': A Startlingly Nice Novel By A Tough-Girl Blogger

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 1:47pm

Emily Gould's first novel stars 30-something single women in New York City who are figuring out what's important in life. It's worth picking up for its sharp social observations and inspired wordplay.

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Actor Don Cheadle On His Career's Longevity, The Key To Success

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:51am

Actor Don Cheadle is known for his roles in film and television. In this encore broadcast, host Michel Martin asks Cheadle if he's hit a career peak and how he'll know when to call it quits.

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Mourning In The Closet: She Was More Than My Best Friend

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:51am

StoryCorps, the team that brings you conversations between loved ones, is now highlighting voices of the LGBTQ community. 'OutLoud' brings a story about losing a partner while living in the closet.

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Google Glass Faces A Ban In British Movie Theaters

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:41am

Just one week after the Google Glass eyewear went on sale in the U.K., fears of movie piracy have led an industry group to call for a ban on the device in theaters.

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Book News: Amazon Defends Negotiating Tactics In Hachette Fight

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 6:39am

Also: The bench in Amsterdam where the main characters sit in the film adaptation of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars is missing; a new poem by Joel Brouwer.

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An Exploration Of 'Friendship' That's Full Of <3

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 6:03am

Emily Gould's new novel follows Bev and Amy, best friends who love each other deeply but don't always get along. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn praises Gould's depiction of genuine female friendship.

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'Drunk History' Serves An Educational Cocktail, With Comedic Twist

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 2:41am

The show's creator, Derek Waters, is the first to admit that history can be pretty boring. But "if you can make someone laugh," he says, "you can secretly make them learn something."

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Remembering Paul Mazursky, A Filmmaker With An Ear For His Era

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 3:25pm

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Paul Mazursky has died at the age of 84. As seen in his films Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and An Unmarried Woman, Mazursky had a way of mixing comedy and drama that captured the 1960s and '70s.

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