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Mr. Spock And The Consolations Of Solitude

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 6:03am

Mr. Spock was famously the Starship Enterprise's resident emotionless alien. But writer Elizabeth Graham says many alienated teenage nerds found something to love and share behind that mask of calm.

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This Weekend, Experience The Enduring Power Of 'The Millstone'

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 5:04am

Margaret Drabble's The Millstone, set in the 1960s, tells the story of a young, unmarried woman who finds herself pregnant. Author Tessa Hadley says this 50-year-old novel is a weekend must-read.

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Diversity Sells — But Hollywood Remains Overwhelmingly White, Male

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 4:45pm

Women and minorities continue to be under-represented on TV and in film, both behind and in front of the camera, according to a new study — even though diverse films and shows make more money.

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'Whoa, Mama!': A Voice Actress's Road To Fame As A 10-Year-Old Boy

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 3:56pm

Back in 1987, Nancy Cartwright made a risky, last-minute decision during an audition: Instead of trying out for the part of mild-mannered Lisa Simpson, she went for the role of rebellious Bart.

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Iraq's National Museum To Open For First Time Since 2003 Invasion

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 12:12pm

The planned reopening was moved up following the release of a video showing self-declared Islamic State extremists destroying priceless ancient artifacts in the Mosul museum.

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Not My Job: Drummer Marky Ramone Gets Quizzed On Marky Mark

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 10:47am

Marky Ramone, who has just written a memoir called Punk Rock Blitzkrieg, will see if he can correctly answer three questions about Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.

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A 'Show Boat' With An Asian-American Cast Hits The Rocks

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 9:03am

Racial tensions between blacks and whites are at the heart of the "Ol' Man River" musical. Asian-American actors say it doesn't make sense to get on board.

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Silly, Saucy, Scary: Photos Show The Many Faces Of Ugly Fruit

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 8:24am

Wonky produce can take on absurdly entertaining shapes. But one food activist says learning to love these crazy contours is key to stopping mounds of food waste.

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Nimoy Is Gone, But Mr. Spock WIll Live Forever

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 7:01am

Leonard Nimoy died Friday at the age of 83. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the man who was best known for his role as Spock.

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'The Sellout' Is A Profane Riff On Race And Culture

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 7:01am

In Paul Beatty's new satirical novel, The Sellout, the narrator wants to re-segregate his hometown outside of Los Angeles. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the author about using humor to write about race.

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Ex-'Weekend Edition' Producer Tight-Lipped On Her 'Jeopardy!' Appearance

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 7:01am

We all know public radio types are pretty sharp, right? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Laura Lorson about her appearance on Jeopardy! Lorson hosts All Things Considered on KANU in Lawrence, Kan.

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Pakistani Author Mohsin Hamid And His Roving 'Discontent'

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 7:01am

Mohsin Hamid combines the personal and political in his new book, Discontent and Its Civilizations. NPR's Scott Simon talks with the Pakistani author about his new collection of essays.

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Uncovering Hidden Black History, On Screen And On The Page

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 6:03am

On TV and in the movies, it can sometimes seem like black people only existed during slavery or the civil rights era. K. Tempest Bradford recommends some books that bring hidden history to light.

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The Persistence — And Impermanence — Of Memory In 'The Buried Giant'

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 5:08am

Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade follows an old couple on what might be their last journey: Hunting for memories of a son they think they had, in a land covered with memory-shrouding mists.

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Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock Taught Us Acceptance Is Highly Logical

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 3:33am

The Star Trek actor died Friday in Los Angeles, and NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Nimoy's signature role taught fans the power of accepting their differences rather than fighting them.

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Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock Taught Us Acceptance Is Highly Logical

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 3:33am

The Star Trek actor died Friday in Los Angeles, and NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Nimoy's signature role taught fans the power of accepting their differences rather than fighting them.

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Film About Campus Sexual Assault Tells Survivors: 'You Are Not Alone'

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 4:00pm

Survivors Annie Clark and Andrea Pino brought a Title IX complaint against the University of North Carolina. "This is not about UNC," Clark says. "We're not doing this to vilify our institution."

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Tense 'Eastern Boys': Cruising, and Bruising

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 3:42pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews Eastern Boys, a French film that is half love story, half home invasion drama.

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He Was, And Will Always Be, Our Friend: Remembering Leonard Nimoy

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 1:15pm

The Star Trek actor, writer, poet and photographer has died of lung disease at 83. NPR's Neda Ulaby has a look back at the long career of the man who was (and was not) Spock.

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He Was, And Will Always Be, Our Friend: Remembering Leonard Nimoy

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 1:15pm

The Star Trek actor, writer, poet and photographer has died of lung disease at 83. NPR's Neda Ulaby has a look back at the long career of the man who was (and was not) Spock.

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