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Deggans: 'Fargo,' 'True Detective,' 'Transparent' Top Best TV Of 2014

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:53am

At a time when there is so much good TV around, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says any Top Ten list says as much about the critic as the shows they are picking.

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Yes, 'Serial' Is True Crime — And That's OK

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:05am

Our continuing discussion of Serial turns to a consideration of the true crime genre, its tendency to reveal the oddities of human behavior, and what can be taken away from this series.

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At Last, Muslims Can Savor A Halal Spin On Spain's Famous Jamon

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:22am

Authentic jamón ibérico from free-range pigs fed on acorns is a key Spanish food that observant Muslims can't enjoy. But a Tunisian émigré is now making halal ham from lamb and beef in southern Spain.

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Painting Or Photograph? With Richard Estes, It's Hard To Tell

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:21am

The American artist starts by taking dozens of photos of the same thing. Then he paints it, staying as faithful to photos as he can. The Smithsonian American Art Museum has an exhibition of his work.

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'Serial' Isn't About Ferguson (But It's Kind Of About Ferguson)

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:50pm

In Part 2 of a roundtable on the Podcast Everyone's Talking About, Code Switch's Gene Demby says that a lot of Serial's themes echo news stories that focus attention on how our justice system works.

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Murakami's 'Library' Is Dark, Creamy And Grainy At The Same Time

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:46pm

Alan Cheuse reviews "The Strange Library" by Haruki Murakami.

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How To Talk To Boys About Sex And Consent

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:34pm

Given recent stories about violence against college women, what should parents say to college-age sons? NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with author Rosalind Wiseman about guiding boys through adolescence.

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Sandwich Monday: The Hanukkah Miracle

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:26pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, guest eater Dan Pashman shares with us a creation that members of every faith can enjoy. It's a latke-donut sandwich called the Hanukkah Miracle.

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Timothy Spall Takes On Painter J.M.W. Turner, A 'Master Of The Sublime'

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:24pm

The 19th century painter wasn't always "very pleasant" and he was a "man of massive contradictions," Spall says. So Spall says he had to "dig deep" to play the title role in Mr. Turner.

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Sometimes You Can't Pick Just 10: Maureen Corrigan's Favorite Books Of 2014

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:00pm

This year, Fresh Air's book critic rejects the tyranny of the decimal system and picks 12 titles published in 2014 — all with characters, scenes and voices that linger long past the last page.

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Watts Going On: The Gaudy Excess Of 'The Great Christmas Light Fight'

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 10:23am

If you've never seen hundreds of thousands of lights used to do things like animate wire-frame animals, you're going to love this bonkers piece of television.

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Book News: Apple Enters A New Round In E-Book Price-Fixing Fight

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:48am

Apple goes before an appeals court in a battle expected to help clarify the legal line between business agreements and outright collusion. Also: Hilary Mantel denounces her critics' "froth and bile."

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Your #NPRUglySweaters: The Joy Of Knitwear We Ought Not Wear

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 9:58pm

A bright, blinking, tinsel-covered, delightfully tacky peek inside of NPR listeners' closets — check out some of our favorite photos of your favorite Christmas attire.

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'El Deafo': How A Girl Turned Her Disability Into A Superpower

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 5:09pm

Navigating elementary school is already hard enough — try adding in a bulky metal hearing aid. Cece Bell's new young adult graphic memoir captures the experience in a poignant and humorous way.

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'#Blackmendream': Showcasing A Different Side Of Black Manhood

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 4:05pm

In Shikeith Cathey's short film, faceless strangers answer questions like "What makes you happy?" and "Do you cry?" The artist says, "These questions, as simple as they are ... they aren't discussed."

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Mead Moves Out Of The Middle Ages

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 6:46am

Mead was a favorite drink of ancient Egyptians and Vikings, and now it's making a comeback. Weekend Edition food commentator Bonny Wolf examines how the beverage has been updated for the 21st century.

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'Pippin' Performs 'The Hobbit's Final Ballad

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 6:46am

Billy Boyd was Pippin in The Lord of the Rings, but he's also a musician. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to him about writing the final song for the new Hobbit movie, The Battle of the Five Armies.

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A Holiday Comic Standard: 'Christmas Vacation' At 25

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 6:46am

With the holiday season, comes holiday movies, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the best — National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

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Beware The Tippling Point, And Other Cocktail Party Tips

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 6:46am

It's the season of holiday cocktail parties and Dan Pashman of the Sporkful podcast has tips for how to be a good guest and host. For instance, if you want to enjoy drinks and appetizers, buddy up.

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This Weekend, Pick Up The Pieces With 'Gabi'

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 4:41am

In our Weekend Reads series, NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Meg Medina about Isabel Quintero's novel, Gabi, a Girl in Pieces. It's the story of a Mexican-American teenager struggling with her identity.

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