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No Small Feat: The NBA's Shortest Player Never Gave Up

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 4:05pm

At 5 foot 3, Muggsy Bogues holds the record as shortest player in NBA history. Criticism of his height started on the basketball courts of the Baltimore projects, and continued well into his career.

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Cartoonist Looks Back On Career Built On Unnerving Visions

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 4:05pm

As a young man, Jim Woodring was looking for a sign — and he found it in a huge, green hallucinated amphibian. His new book of old drawings, Jim, includes many works inspired by such "apparitions."

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Not My Job: Brady Bunch's Florence Henderson Gets Quizzed On Weird Science

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 9:23am

For decades, Florence Henderson, who presided over the Brady Bunch, was America's perfect Mom. We'll ask Henderson three questions about the Ig Nobels — awarded for real, if ridiculous, research.

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'Beautiful You' Makes Sex And Death Boring

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 9:03am

Chuck Palahniuk aims for piquant social satire in his new novel, but reviewer (and longtime fan) Jason Sheehan finds his fandom severely dented by lazy characterizations and lack of actual satire.

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Novelist Nuruddin Farah: Facing A Blank Page Is 'Bravest Thing' A Writer Does

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 6:50am

Farah's latest is called Hiding in Plain Sight. It's the story of Bella, a Somali photographer living in Rome who gets drawn into the lives of her niece and nephew after her half-brother is killed.

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Rare Silent Film Discovered With An All-Black Cast

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 6:50am

A 1913 silent film starring a black ensemble cast will debut more than a century after it was made. The Museum of Modern Art has built an exhibit around the film called 100 Years in Post-Production.

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New Shakespeare Movie Puts Hamlet In Kashmir

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 6:50am

Shakespeare's Hamlet has been turned into a Bollywood film, but this time, the story is set in Indian-controlled Kashmir. NPR's Scott Simon talks to screenwriter Basharat Peer.

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Music To Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 6:50am

Composer John Mauceri's latest album is filled with renditions of the most-chilling music from Alfred Hitchcock's films. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon.

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Rare Silent Film Discoveed With An All-Black Cast

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 6:50am

A 1913 silent film starring a black ensemble cast will debut more than a century after it was made. The Museum of Modern Art has built an exhibit around the film called 100 Years in Post-Production.

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The Life Of De Niro, From 'Mean Streets' To 'Meet The Parents'

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 4:47am

Shawn Levy's brick-sized new biography of screen legend Robert De Niro was produced without cooperation from the actor — but Levy says that just forced him to do better research.

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'Heap House' Is A Treasure Of A Trash Tale

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 4:39am

Edward Carey's illustrated young adult novel about the keepers of mystical trash heaps (yes, you read that right) in an alternate Victorian London combines thrills with intelligence and compassion.

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Tracing A Gin-Soaked Trail In London

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 4:36am

Around the world, new gin distilleries are popping up like mushrooms after a rain. NPR traces the boom to its historic roots in London, which once had 250 distilleries within the city limits alone.

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Tracing A Gin-Soaked Trail In London

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 4:35am

Around the world, new gin distilleries are popping up like mushrooms after a rain. NPR traces the boom to its historic roots in London, which once had 250 distilleries within the city limits alone.

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For The Midterm Elections, A Book On 'What It Takes' To Win

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:00pm

The midterm elections are less than two weeks away. Writer Michael Schaub recommends a book that explores what it's like to run for office and live through all the dramatic ups and downs.

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40 Years Later, Diane Von Furstenberg's Wrap Dress Still Wears Well

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:33pm

In her memoir The Woman I Wanted to Be, Diane von Furstenberg says she owes her success to her mother, a strong, strict, Holocaust survivor who called Diane her "torch of freedom."

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Alienating Leading Men: The Force Behind 'Listen Up Philip' And 'Majeure'

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:11pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews Listen Up Philip and Force Majeure -- 2 movies, he says, with compelling lead men who are impossible to empathize with.

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TLC's 'Honey Boo Boo' Cancellation Shows Dangers of Exploitative TV

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:08pm

TLC has canceled its unscripted show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo amid allegations that June Shannon, the mother of the show's young star, has been dating a convicted child molester.

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'Citizenfour': A Paranoid Conspiracy Documentary About Edward Snowden

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 2:10pm

Laura Poitras' new film isn't artfully shaped like her other documentaries. But she captures scenes as history is being made — and it will make you look both ways when you're on the street.

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Patchett: In Bad Relationships, 'There Comes A Day When You Gotta Go'

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 2:10pm

Ann Patchett got married and divorced young. To her second husband, she said: "I'll be true, I'll be faithful ... but I don't want to live together." Her book is This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage.

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Book News: Lily King, Roz Chast And Kate Samworth Win Inaugural Kirkus Prize

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:02am

Earning honors for fiction, nonfiction and young children's literature, respectively, the writers are the first to win the award. Also: The Bronx's bookstore returns, while the U.K. shows off doodles.

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