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Myth And History Collide In 'The Erstwhile'

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 6:00am

The second installment of B. Catling's trilogy is full of oddities and quirks and familiar characters.

When Clothes Make The Man Appear Dangerous

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 4:01am

The revival of playwright Luis Valdez's "Zoot Suit" reminds us that clothes and garments have long been the site upon which bigots can project their prejudices and fears.

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Author Unravels Her Spy Dad's Life, One Secret Mission At A Time

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 3:28pm

Keggie Carew grew up with her father's stories of parachuting into the jungle and working as a spy in Burma. She wasn't sure how much to believe until she started researching her new book, Dadland.

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On Italy's Feminist Holiday, Women Have Their Cake And Eat It, Too

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 1:12pm

Leave it to the Italians to take a holiday steeped in women's rights and turn it into Festa Della Donna, when women leave menfolk behind to celebrate each other with flowers, wine and above all, cake.

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From Refugees To Politics, Mohsin Hamid Writes The Change He Wants To See

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 1:00pm

"All of us who are writers are doing something that actually matters," Hamid says. His latest novel, Exit West, follows a couple who have to decide whether to flee their homeland.

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Fred Weintraub, Founder Of The Bitter End And 'Enter The Dragon' Producer, Dies At 88

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:04pm

As an impresario and producer, Weintraub fueled the careers of scores of important performers across music, comedy and film — from Bob Dylan to Woody Allen to Bruce Lee. He died Sunday at age 88.

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'All Grown Up' Is The Picture Of Someone Who Isn't (And A Voice That's Nothing New)

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 6:00am

Jamie Attenberg's newest novel follows a woman living her life unapologetically, and on her own terms. But that kind of life can is not necessarily a good one.

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How Do Americans Feel About The Courts? Let Hollywood Be The Judge

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 3:44pm

With all the recent talk about politics and the judiciary, NPR's Bob Mondello has been thinking about how judges are depicted on screen. He takes us on a tour from Duck Soup to Judgment at Nuremberg.

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Cold War Spy Series 'The Americans' Taps Into Today's Concerns About Russia

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 1:16pm

TV critic David Bianculli says the new season of the spy series about Soviet sleeper agents in Virginia has unexpected resonance given today's headlines: "The Americans deserves your attention now."

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Author Says Hitler Was 'Blitzed' On Cocaine And Opiates During The War

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 1:03pm

Author Norman Ohler says that Hitler's drug abuse increased "significantly" from the fall of 1941 until winter of 1944: "Hitler needed those highs to substitute [for] his natural charisma."

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Rebuilding A Father's Life — But Tearing Down His Myths — In 'Dadland'

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 6:00am

Keggie Carew's father was a genuine war hero, but he was on shakier ground close to home. And after he began to suffer from dementia, Carew set out to reconstruct — and demythologize — his life.

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