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There's More To Asking Than Just Art

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 6:03am

Amanda Palmer's new The Art of Asking outlines a well-intentioned but hazy philosophy of asking for help. Critic Annalisa Quinn says Palmer glosses over societal realities of who has access to help.

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'Redeployment,' 'Age Of Ambition' Win National Book Awards

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 8:57pm

The veteran-penned short story collection and the nonfiction look at modern China and its citizens joined youth literature winner Brown Girl Dreaming and poetry winner Faithful and Virtuous Night.

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NBC The Latest To Distance Itself From Bill Cosby

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:24pm

There was more fallout for actor comedian Bill Cosby on Wednesday, following renewed allegations about sexual misconduct. NBC said it was cancelling plans for a comedy it was developing with Cosby.

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NBC And Netflix Shelve Bill Cosby Projects As New Rape Claim Emerges

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 2:07pm

A TV comedy Bill Cosby was developing for NBC has been canceled, after new allegations of rape against the comedian. Netflix made a similar move late Tuesday, shelving a comedy special.

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Just What Is In Pumpkin Spice Flavor? (Hint: Not Pumpkin)

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 1:33pm

Pumpkin spice is the flavor of the season, but does anyone think there's real pumpkin in the "science goo" in our lattes? Turns out flavor companies have come up with a simple chemical recipe for it.

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Jon Stewart On The 'Daily Show': 'I'm Still Really Proud Of The Work We Do'

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:45pm

Stewart talks about his future hosting the show known for its political satire. "It is unclear to me," he tells Fresh Air. "The minute I say I'm not going to do it anymore, I will miss it like crazy."

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Bennett Miller On Making The True-Life Crime Film 'Foxcatcher'

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:45pm

Foxcatcher is about wealthy heir John du Pont who hosted Olympians on his estate. The director talks about casting Steve Carrell, the challenge of filming wrestling scenes and his film Capote.

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'Grape Salad' Is Not Minnesotan, And Other Lessons In Cultural Mapmaking

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:16am

A New York Times project claims that Minnesota is best defined by heated-up grapes and sour cream. C'mon, now, guys — give us a break.

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Book News: Artist, Falconer And Neurosurgeon Make Costa Award Shortlist

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 9:31am

With 20 nominees across five categories, it's little surprise that the Costa Book Award shortlists prove eclectic. Also: A remembrance of the late novelist and transgender activist Leslie Feinberg.

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'Unspeakable' Gives Voice To Things We All Think, But Don't Say

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 6:03am

Meghan Daum's essay collection is intensely personal, but also universal. Critic Tomas Hachard says that on a deep level, it's about the process of growing up and deciding whether to conform or rebel.

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Norman Lear Looks Back On His Long Life In 'Even This I Get To Experience'

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:33pm

Lear, who co-created All In The Family, has written a new memoir at the age of 92. He tells Fresh Air about getting involved in politics and how his storylines addressed subjects like racism.

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How A Feud Between Two Russian Companies Fueled A 'Spam Nation'

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:33pm

Brian Krebs' new book tells the story of how two companies groomed spammers, and then destroyed each other. In the process, Krebs got access to documents that illuminated how cybercriminals operate.

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'MasterChef Junior': The Secret Ingredients Are Moppets And Empathy

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 1:47pm

The cooking-kids show MasterChef Junior somehow combines high energy, endearing kids with really skilled cooking. The result is a very different kind of competition show.

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As Espresso Rises, Will 'Greek Coffee' Be Left To The Turks?

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:01am

"Greek coffee" may be a matter of national pride in the Mediterranean nation. But increasingly, Greeks are embracing espresso, an imported brew. Chalk it up to globalization.

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Book News: Jonathan Franzen's New Novel Poised For September Release

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 9:42am

The book, titled Purity, promises an expansive sprawl and familiar themes, but also a few stylistic experiments. Meanwhile, Texas gears up for a hearing and final vote on much-debated textbooks.

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A 'Garden' Full Of Dazzling, Whimsical Tales

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 6:03am

Young Woman in a Garden brings together 24 previously published short stories by the fantasy fabulist Delia Sherman. Reviewer Jason Heller says it's full of dazzle and heart, with a dark edge.

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Take It In: 'Vape' Is The Oxford Dictionaries Word Of The Year

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 6:12pm

The growing popularity of e-cigarettes sparked the notice of the Oxford Dictionaries, which chose "vape" as the word of the year for 2014. It beat out contenders such as "bae" and "normcore."

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A Painful Hollywood Portrait Makes For Great TV On 'The Comeback'

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 4:58pm

We chat about the return of the terrific if little-seen Lisa Kudrow show The Comeback, which has resurfaced on HBO for a new season after almost 10 years.

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Bill Cosby's Silence On Rape Allegations Makes Huge Media Noise

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 4:00pm

Bill Cosby's silence when asked by an NPR anchor about rape allegations made big media news. The ongoing controversy may also hint at a generational divide between his fans and his latest critics.

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Sandwich Monday: Papa John's Frito Chili Pizza

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 2:25pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try an innovative new pizza from Papa John's. It's covered with Fritos and chili.

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