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A Futuristic Private Eye Gets In Over Her Head In 'Depth'

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 9:00am

Lev AC Rosen's dystopian thriller, set in an underwater New York City, is an expert mix of the sci-fi and hardboiled genres. Reviewer Jason Heller calls it a nervy crime caper with hidden depths.

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'SuperMutant Magic Academy' Is Hogwarts With Nuts (And A Cherry)

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 6:03am

Kurt Vonnegut once famously described book critics as donning armor to battle a hot fudge sundae. Jillian Tamaki takes on Harry Potter in SuperMutant Magic Academy, but she's tossing marshmallows.

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Graphic Novel About Holocaust 'Maus' Banned In Russia For Its Cover

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 6:51pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author Art Spiegelman about how his book Maus — the very antithesis of Nazi propaganda — was purged from Moscow stores because it has a large swastika on the cover.

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Director Julie Taymor Steers A 'Grounded' Portrait Of A Drone Pilot

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 3:55pm

The political, one-woman play starring Anne Hathaway seems to be the opposite of what Taymor — the creative force behind Broadway's The Lion King and Spider-Man musical — is known for.

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Virtual Readings For Baltimore's Freddie Gray

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 3:38pm

Here are some words from novelists, poets and rappers that folks are sharing on social media to make sense of what's going on in Baltimore.

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Tea Tuesdays: Tea-Drinking Tips For A Longer Life

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 3:12pm

Researchers studying the Blue Zones, five regions around the world with lots of centenarians, have come up with this rule: "Drink coffee for breakfast, tea in the afternoon, wine at 5 p.m."

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Louis C.K. On Life And Standup: 'I Live In Service For My Kids'

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 2:12pm

The star of the FX series Louie talks about the pain of his first-ever open mic experience and the "massive gift" of taking care of others before himself.

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What Luck! 'Early Warning' Continues Smiley's Farm Family Saga

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 6:03am

Readers eager to catch up with the Iowa farming family Jane Smiley introduced in Some Luck will enjoy the latest installment, which follows the five children off the farm and into the postwar era.

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'Ashley's War' Details Vital Work Of Female Soldiers In Afghanistan

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 2:49am

A new book looks at the female soldiers who served alongside elite special operations units in Afghanistan in order to connect with a population that was off-limits to male soldiers: Afghan women.

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Sandwich Monday: Deep-Fried Cheese Curds

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 1:01pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try deep-fried cheese curds. They're a regional specialty and the reason we haven't left the Midwest.

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From TED Talks To Taco Bell, Abuzz With Silicon Valley-Style 'Disruption'

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:19pm

Linguist Geoff Nunberg considers the roots and resonance of the latest tech buzzword to catapult into the mainstream. "Disrupt" may be ubiquitous now, but could the term be on the eve of a disruption?

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6 Novelists Withdraw From Event Honoring 'Charlie Hebdo' For Free Speech

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:00am

Peter Carey and Rachel Kushner are among those who are withdrawing in protest from the PEN American Center's annual gala. Kushner says she is uncomfortable with Charlie Hebdo's "cultural intolerance."

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For Decades, A Serial Killer Stalked Black Women In LA

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 3:30am

From 1985 to 2002, a series of killings struck South Central Los Angeles. A new documentary, Tales of the Grim Sleeper, explores the 25 years it took for police to arrest the alleged killer.

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This Weekend, Investigate The 'Edges' Of Fred Moten's Musical Poetry

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 6:42am

In honor of National Poetry Month, our latest Weekend Read is Fred Moten's collection The Little Edges. Poet Douglas Kearney says Moten's power is in his attention to music, both in text and subject.

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A Puzzle As Easy As Falling Off A Log

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 6:42am

Every answer to today's puzzle is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with L-O and the second word starts with G.

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Who's Behind The Latest Ethnic Food Trend? Maybe It's A Government

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 6:03am

It's no accident that Peruvian cuisine has become popular in recent years. It's government policy – one that a number of middle-income nations are adopting to flex their muscles on the global stage.

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A City Full Of Contradictions, And A Trilogy To Match In 'Nocturne'

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 6:03am

The second volume of Anne Opotowsky's lavish trilogy about the Kowloon Walled City is like the city itself — vibrant and contradictory, its skilled atmospherics sometimes marred by sloppy art.

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Actor Nick Kroll: 'I'm A Real Solid Uncle The First Hour'

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 4:38am

"By hour three," Kroll says, "I'm either on my phone or taking a nap." He tells NPR how being a youngest sibling and uncle of 12 informed his new film, Adult Beginners.

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The World Music Education of Philip Glass

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:06pm

In his new memoir, Music Without Words, the composer explains how a chance meeting with Ravi Shankar sparked a fascination with the cultures of the world and their music.

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The Power Of Edouard Manet's 'Very Active Muse'

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 9:06am

Maureen Gibbon's new novel, Paris Red, delves into the life of Victorine Meurent, Manet's favorite model and the central figure in some of his most famous paintings.

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