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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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'State Of Affairs': Television From The Precise Middle Of The Barrel

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 1:27pm

The new spy/political drama starring Katherine Heigl and Alfre Woodard isn't good, but it isn't bad either. That's a problem in television's very competitive landscape.

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An In-Depth Look At The U.S. Cyber War, The Military Alliance And Its Pitfalls

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:18pm

In the book @War, Shane Harris reports that U.S. intelligence agencies, sometimes aided by corporations, are trying to dominate cyberspace. It's "changing the Internet in fundamental ways," he says.

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Holy Smokes 'Batman,' The '60s Series Is Out On DVD

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:18pm

Various rights issues kept the original Batman from home-video release until now. Young viewers may be surprised by its pop-art sensibility, vibrant colors — and that it was played for laughs.

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Book News: Mo'ne Davis Steps From The Pitcher's Mound Into Memoir

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 9:32am

The teen pitcher, who made history at the Little League World Series, will tell her story in a book to be released in March. Also: R.A. Montgomery, an innovator in interactive reading, dies at age 78.

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For One Essayist, 'The Unspeakable' Isn't Off-Limits

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 5:47pm

Meghan Daum's new collection looks at life in that awkward stage of adulthood that comes before you'd call yourself middle-aged. "Are we in the twilight of youth?" she asks. "That sounds not good."

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For One Artist, Colorblindness Opened Up A World Of Black And White

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 7:07am

After his diagnosis, Peter Milton wasn't about to abandon art; but he did feel he had to abandon color. Today he says he finds black and white to be "fully more elegant than color."

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Today's Fairy Tales Started Out (Even More) Dark And Harrowing

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 7:07am

Evil figures prominently in favorite bedtime stories. But a new translation of the first edition of the Brothers Grimm's tales reveals exactly how un-sanitized and murderous these stories once were.

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Jacobson And Glazer Take 'Broad City' On The Road

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 7:07am

Real-life friends and comedians Abbi Jacobsen and Ilana Glazer star in Broad City, about two flawed women navigating New York City in their 20s. NPR's Rachel Martin caught up with them on tour.

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