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For This Nostalgia Trip, 'We Don't Need Roads'

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 8:32am

This oral history of the Back to the Future movies offers a wealth of fascinating historical trivia — but critic Genevieve Valentine says it's carefully broad scope can mean a lack of sharp analysis.

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USA's 'Mr. Robot' HBO's 'Ballers' Among Picks For Best Summer TV Series

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 4:45am

As a flood of at least 120 new and returning series come to TV this summer, NPR's TV Critic picks four shows most worth binge watching by the pool.

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Peru's Pitmasters Bury Their Meat In The Earth, Inca-Style

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 5:39pm

Step up your summer grilling game by re-creating the ancient Peruvian way of cooking meat underground in your own backyard. It's called pachamanca, and it yields incredibly moist and smoky morsels.

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High Tea, Afternoon Tea, Elevenses: English Tea Times For Dummies

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:47pm

It's easy to get overwhelmed by the English and their social tea traditions. What time are they each at, anyways? But don't fret. The Salt is here to offer guidance.

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Misty Copeland Becomes First Black Principal Dancer At American Ballet Theatre

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:15pm

Misty Copeland has been promoted to top dancer at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre in New York. She is the first African-American female principal dancer in the company's history.

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How A Stolen Backpack In Casablanca Inspired A Novel About Shifting Idenity

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 12:33pm

The main character in Vendela Vida's new novel is alone in Morocco when her bag with her passport and credit cards is stolen. Vida says The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty was inspired by her own travels.

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After 25 Years, A Comics Publisher Pauses To Collect And Reflect

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 11:24am

A massive new anthology collects the impressive and varied work of the Montreal-based publisher Drawn And Quarterly, whose comics and graphic novels represent a deeply human kind of storytelling.

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A Lyrical Coming Of Age Tale In 'Bird Hill'

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 9:03am

Naomi Jackson's first novel follows a pair of Brooklyn sisters sent to live in their mother's small Barbados hometown. Critic Michael Schaub says "it's not a perfect book, but it's a lovely one."

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How 4 Gay Black Women Fought Back Against A Sexual Harasser — And Landed In Jail

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 8:58am

They're called the New Jersey 4, a group of young women who were catcalled and allegedly attacked in New York. Why did they — and not their harasser — end up in jail? A new documentary digs in.

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'Philosopher Kings' Leaves Plato's Republic Far Behind

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 6:03am

The second volume of Jo Walton's trilogy about the creation of a real-world Republic picks up 30 years after events of the first book. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says it's an expectation-shattering read.

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Curb Your Appetite: Save Bread For The End Of The Meal

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 2:02pm

A hot bread basket is a tasty way to start off dinner. But all those carbs before the main fare can amp up appetite and spike blood sugar. Saving the carbs for the end of the meal can help avert that.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch Edition: Audiobooks

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 1:37pm

We have a conversation with one of our favorite regular-book enthusiasts about the special matter of the audiobook.

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Mat Johnson On 'Loving Day' And Life As A 'Black Boy' Who Looks White

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 12:31pm

As a biracial child growing up in Philadelphia, writer Mat Johnson identified as black – but looked white. His new novel is about a man who returns to his hometown after inheriting a run-down mansion.

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From 'My Adidas' To FUBU, Fashion And Hip-Hop Have Always Matched Beats

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 6:48am

A new documentary, Fresh Dressed, explores the relationship between the clothes and the music of hip-hop — including the rise and fall of black-owned brands and black designers.

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Where There's A Will There's A Way To Solve This Puzzle

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 6:48am

For every word provided (all starting with the letter "W"), give a proverb or saying that contains that word.

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Do Try This At Home: Hacking Ribs — In The Pressure Cooker

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 6:48am

Tender, smoky, fall-off-the-bone ribs can take three or four hours to make the traditional way. But Baltimore chef Shirlé Koslowski uses a pressure cooker to get all that flavor in only an hour.

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Like Seinfeld, 'Festival' Is About Nothing... And Everything

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 6:03am

Milan Kundera's new novel is short on plot, but don't mistake that for dullness. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says the book is slim, funny and stunningly profound.

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Raised By 5 Different Families, 6 Siblings Are Reunited In 'Bastards'

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 4:19am

In her debut memoir Mary Anna King tells the story of her fractured upbringing and how — in the face of poverty — love and hard work were not sufficient to keep her family together.

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What Right Do Muralists Have To The Buildings They Paint On?

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 5:01pm

Musicians have their instruments, painters have their canvases, and muralists have ... walls. But when the building a mural is on is changing, the muralist has to choose to fight — or say goodbye.

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Marvel's Half-Black, Half-Latino Spider-Man Is Going Mainstream

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 4:07pm

"It won't be [that] Miles is Spider-Man with an asterisk or some kind of adjective or adverb attached to it," says writer Brian Michael Bendis. "He is going to be Spider-Man — just Spider-Man."

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