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How To Stay Afloat In Your Infinite Stream Of Photos

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 5:01pm

In an age of smartphones, it's easy to take an overwhelming number of photos. NPR's picture editor, Kainaz Amaria, has some tips for creating a bounty of images without driving yourself crazy.

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Kate DiCamillo's Picks For Summer Treehouse Reading

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 4:19pm

The author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux shares her summer book recommendations for young readers ages 8-13.

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Seeing The New X-Men? Take Along A Teenager To Explain

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 3:35pm

Bob Mondello says X-Men: Days of Future Past is awesomely urgent and utterly forgettable all at once, but it'll leave you bouncing with excitement — if you can keep the multiple mutants straight.

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A #FakeMemory You Have To See To Believe

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 3:18pm

Photos from childhood can often elicit rich memories — even when we can't truly remember the event. We asked you to share your favorite #fakememory on Instagram; this is what you told us.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Cinematographer Gordon Willis

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:38am

Willis shot eight Woody Allen films and the entire Godfather trilogy. He died Sunday at 82. Willis spoke to Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 2002.

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HBO's 'The Normal Heart' Looks At The Early Days Of The AIDS Crisis

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:38am

On Sunday night, HBO presents a new TV version of Larry Kramer's 1985 play. Kramer himself wrote the adaptation, which stars Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts.

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'The Immigrant': An Ellis Island Period Drama From James Gray

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:38am

In the director's latest film, Marion Cotillard plays a Polish woman trying to free her sister from the island's infirmary and Joaquin Phoenix co-stars as a shady businessman.

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A Painful But Critical Reminder From 'The Normal Heart'

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 10:50am

Eric Deggans looks at HBO's The Normal Heart, which, alongside Dallas Buyers Club and the documentary How To Survive A Plague, serves as a reminder of a response that was late to begin.

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The Crisis In The 'Ivory Tower'

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 9:43am

A new documentary takes on the storied past and uncertain future of higher education.

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God, The Devil And 'Hannibal'

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 8:48am

While many expected little from NBC's show about Hannibal Lecter, the show has become something quite surprising: a nuanced exploration of divinity and love.

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Should We Be Afraid Of Death?

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 8:10am

Philosopher Stephen Cave delves into the simple question: Why are human beings afraid to die?

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Is It Possible To Be Fearless?

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 8:10am

Illusionist and endurance artist David Blaine reveals how he has made a career out of fearlessly performing death-defying feats.

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Is There A Cure For Stage Fright?

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 8:10am

Folk singer Joe Kowan talks about the visceral, body-hijacking experience he feels when he's performing in front of an audience, and how a song helped him cope with stage fright.

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What's The Difference Between Rational and Irrational Fears?

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 8:10am

Through the story of the whale ship Essex, novelist Karen Thompson Walker describes how our most vivid fears are often not the most realistic.

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How Do You Deal With Fear Versus Danger?

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 8:10am

Astronaut and retired colonel Chris Hadfield discusses how to prepare your mind for the unexpected, and the worst.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Godzilla' And Things That Got Better

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 7:31am

On this week's show, we belly up to the latest in cinematic disasters. We also take a look at some things that improved over time and at what's making us happy this week — like our next live event.

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Book News: NASA Has Free E-Book On Decoding Extraterrestrial Messages

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 6:37am

Also: Amazon has removed the "Buy" buttons from a number of Hachette titles; Hassan Blasim's short story collection The Iraqi Christ has won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

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Impressionists With Benefits? The Painting Partnership Of Degas And Cassatt

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 1:57am

A new exhibit explores the intense relationship between French painter Edgar Degas and American painter Mary Cassatt. No one knows whether it was romantic, but there was certainly no lack of passion.

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Overexposed? Camera Phones Could Be Washing Out Our Memories

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:07pm

When you snap lots of photos, psychologists say you're subconsciously relying on the camera to remember the experience for you. And your memory, they say, may suffer because of it.

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Love Blooms In Midlife, But Halfheartedly

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:03pm

The good news is that there are multiple new films following the arrival of love for mature adults. The bad news is that they're not very satisfying.

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