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Sunday Puzzle: S.V. You

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 6:40am

Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name, with the initials S.V. For example, given "noted Idaho ski resort," you would say "Sun Valley."

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'Train to Crystal City' Tells A Secret Story Of WWII Internments

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 6:40am

A World War II program traded German and Italian Americans for Americans who were trapped abroad. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with author Jan Jarboe Russell.

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Finding A Childhood Bully, And So Much More, In 'Whipping Boy'

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 6:40am

In his new memoir, Allen Kurzweil goes looking for his childhood tormentor — and discovers he's served time for involvement in an international fraud scheme so wild and colorful, it could be a movie.

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It's A Chump's Life In 'Amnesia'

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 4:52am

Peter Carey's new novel starts with a sad-sack disgraced reporter tasked with writing the biography of a notorious hacker, but reviewer Jason Sheehan says there's a jarring change of gears halfway.

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'Wallander' Author Henning Mankell On The Catastrophe Of Cancer

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 8:10pm

The famed Swedish author of the Kurt Wallander mystery novels was diagnosed a year ago — "a catastrophe for me," he says; since then, he's talked more about the disease than the drama of forensics.

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London Project Aims To Increase Diversity Of Filmmakers

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 4:20pm

Deborah Sathe, head of talent development and production for Film London's Microwave project, talks with NPR's Arun Rath about the project's efforts to recruit and mentor diverse filmmakers.

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'Blackhat': A Classic Detective Story For A Brave New World

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 4:20pm

Over his years as a director, Michael Mann has taken on many crime stories. In his new film, malware is a central villain and the hero battles an adversary who resides in the virtual world.

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New Memoir Recalls Marching In Selma At Just 15

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 4:20pm

NPR's Arun Rath talks to Lynda Blackmon Lowery about her memoir, Turning 15 On The Road To Freedom.

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Iranian-American Filmmaker Is Blowing Up, Not Being Boxed In

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 1:03pm

Desiree Akhavan wrote, directed and stars in the new comedy Appropriate Behavior. It's informed by her life as a bisexual Brooklynite, but the film, like its maker, defies easy categorization.

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'Gateway To Freedom': Heroes, Danger And Loss On The Underground Railroad

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 10:21am

While writing his new book, historian Eric Foner relied on a recently discovered record of slaves' escapes. He says the documents paint a "revealing picture" of life on the Underground Railroad.

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Not My Job: Dame Edna Everage Gets Quizzed On Farewell Tours

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 9:15am

Housewife and superstar Dame Edna Everage is the creation of Australian comedian Barry Humphries. Edna has just launched her U.S. farewell tour so she'll be playing a game called "I won't be back!"

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And The Oscar Goes To ... Wait, Who Hasn't Had One In A While?

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 9:13am

It's happened enough that it's a thing: A stellar actor is awarded for a not-so-stellar role. Many feel it happened again this week with the Oscar nominations.

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United Noshes: Dinner Party Aims To Eat Its Way Through Global Cuisine

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 8:38am

A couple is cooking its way through meals from all 193 members of the United Nations. The series of dinner parties for friends and strangers is also a fundraiser and way to foster global connections.

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A 'Down-To-Earth Diva' Confronts Her Flaws And Good Fortune

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 6:30am

In a frank new memoir, soprano Deborah Voigt reveals her troubles with obesity, alcohol and bad relationships, along with her many triumphs in opera houses the world over.

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Resurrections, Do-Overs, And Second Lives: A 2015 Poetry Preview

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 6:03am

After the troubles of 2014, critic Craig Morgan Teicher offers up a full shelf of poetry for a brand new year — offering no solutions, but full of ambivalence and precision, balm and fire.

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Can A 'Whitney' Biopic Beat Watching Whitney Houston?

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 4:26am

Angela Bassett directs the Lifetime movie about Whitney Houston airing Saturday, but the project lacks structure and especially subtlety.

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Can A 'Whitney' Biopic Beat Watching Whitney Houston?

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 4:26am

Angela Bassett directs the Lifetime movie about Whitney Houston airing Saturday, but the project lacks structure and especially subtlety.

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'Thieves Of State' Reveals Tremendous Power Of Global Corruption

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 3:50pm

Audie Cornish talks to former NPR reporter Sarah Chayes about how corruption can create the fertile ground for religious extremism.

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Julianne Moore: Alzheimer's Makes Us Question 'Our Essential Selves'

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 3:26pm

In Still Alice, Moore plays Alice Howland, a 50-year-old linguistics professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. Moore says she spent months meeting with people affected by the disease.

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'Still Alice' Is A Triumph For Julianne Moore, But The Rest Of Film Is Thin

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:55pm

The movie is based on neuroscientist Lisa Genova's novel about a linguistics professor with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. While Moore is fascinating, the rest of the characters are half-formed.

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