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Craft Brewers Are Running Out Of Names, And Into Legal Spats

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 8:08am

One consequence of the thousands of breweries that have sprung up? Just about all the beer names you can imagine have been snapped up. That's making it harder for newcomers to name that brew.

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How 'Star Wars' Helped Patton Oswalt Beat His Movie Addiction

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 5:25pm

The actor and comedian reveals in his new memoir, Silver Screen Fiend, that he used to have a film addiction. Watching the first Star Wars prequel led to a realization that helped him kick the habit.

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TV in 2015: Late-Night Shuffles, Big Goodbyes And More

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 1:00pm

The most important TV events coming in 2015 include new voices in late-night, big goodbyes, online platforms picking up old shows and, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says, more of everything.

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A Winter Puzzle To Brrring In The New Year

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 8:04am

Given a clue, each response is a two-word answer with the first word starting with B-R and the second word starting with R.

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What's A Pirate's Favorite Radio Station? N-P-Arrr

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 7:03am

Every answer is a word starting with the letters A-R, which you need to identify from its anagram.

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Humans On Display In 'Hall Of Small Mammels'

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 6:46am

Author Thomas Pierce has a new book of animal-centered short stories, Hall of Small Mammals. He talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about his book, which toes a line between the bizarre and mundane.

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In 'God Loves Haiti,' Clutching Memories When The Earth Moves

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 6:46am

In his debut novel, Haitian expat Dimitry Elias Legér uses the 2010 earthquake in Haiti as a backdrop to a love triangle. Leger tells NPR's Rachel Martin why he titled his new book God Loves Haiti.

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How A Skeptic Learned To Love Meditation

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 6:46am

Fancy feeling happy in 2015? Dan Harris, co-anchor of ABC's Nightline, has written a book called 10% Happier. He shares with NPR's Rachel Martin the reasons that drove him to write a self-help book.

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'I Was So Grateful For My Body': Jennifer Aniston On Portraying Chronic Pain

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 6:46am

In Cake, Aniston plays a haunted woman who is suffering from debilitating pain. While Aniston is not actively looking for dramatic roles, she says "comedy and drama go hand in hand."

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Trading Pom-Poms For Field Boots: Mireya Mayor's Big Break

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 4:57pm

The explorer's life plays out like an adventure film. But before she ever went diving with great whites, she was cheering for the Miami Dolphins — until a required science course changed her plans.

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Remembering An Iconic Cartoon Voice

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 6:58am

Voiceover artist Christine Cavanaugh died last month. She was the voice behind characters ranging from Babe the pig to Chuckie Finster of Rugrats.

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The Zig-Zagging History Of The Number Zero

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 6:58am

NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with Amir Aczel about his quest to find the origins of our number system and his new book, Finding Zero.

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The Music That Makes The Choreographers Move

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 6:58am

Peggy Hickey, Jamaica Craft and Mark Morris are all in the business of taking music, and making it visible as dance. They share some of their favorite songs of 2014.

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Sports Trading Cards App Comes With A Virtual Stick Of Gum

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 6:58am

Topps, the best-known of the sports card companies, isn't giving up on young people. David Roth of the sports website The Classical, tells NPR's Eric Westervelt about the baseball card app, Bunt.

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In 'Citizen,' Poet Strips Bare The Realities Of Everyday Racism

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 6:58am

For her latest collection, Claudia Rankine mined her and her friends' encounters with racism. She says she wanted to talk about "what happens when we fail each other as people."

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For 98-Year-Old Artist, Every Mural Must 'Be A New Adventure'

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 5:25am

Eric Bransby, who studied under Thomas Hart Benton, is one of the last living links to the great age of American mural painting. Age has slowed him down somewhat, but Bransby is still hard at work.

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These 'Almost Famous Women' Won't Be Forgotten Again

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 4:26am

Megan Mayhew Bergman's new story collection focuses on the colorful tales of independent real-life, risk-taking women who've faded from the spotlight (or never cared for it in the first place).

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Donna Douglas, Elly May On 'The Beverly Hillbillies,' Dies At 81

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 4:13pm

The actress who played the tomboy daughter of Ozark mountain man Jed Clampett also appeared on screen alongside Elvis Presley and starred in a classic episode of The Twilight Zone.

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What 'Back To The Future 2' Got Right — And Wrong — About 2015

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 3:18pm

The movie Back to the Future 2 imagined 2015 as a world full of hover skateboards, flying cars and 3-D printed pizzas. How many of those predictions came true?

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For The New Year, Ray Bradbury's Buoyant Vision Of The Future

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 3:18pm

We saw a lot of dystopias in both films and books this year. Author Jason Sheehan has had enough. He plans to celebrate the New Year with some science fiction that's actually hopeful about the future.

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