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How Bad Can He Be? Only The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

Author Douglas Coupland tells NPR's Arun Rath that he's not exactly sure how the lead character of his new novel entered his mind. (This story originally aired on Morning Edition on April 19, 2014.)

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Take A Ride On The Plural Side

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 7:03am

Two clues will be given. The first answer will be a brand name that sounds like it's plural; change the first letter to spell a new word that answers the second clue.

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Lose Yourself In The Wild Forests Of 'Those Who Wish Me Dead'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 6:03am

If you're looking for a cracking summer read, NPR's Madhulika Sikka says you absolutely must pick up Michael Koryta's thrill-a-minute new novel about a teenager on the run in the Montana woods.

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An Elegant, Thoughtful Exploration Of Life In 'Two Italies'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 4:04am

Italian professor Joseph Luzzi's new memoir digs into the divisions in Italian society: north and south, poor and rich, and the question of his own complicated identity as an Italian American.

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Television Critics Give Big Awards To 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orange Is The New Black'

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 8:22pm

On Saturday night, the Television Critics Association hands out its 30th annual round of awards, and the big winners are from cable TV, broadcast TV, and even new spaces entirely.

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To Meet A 'Mockingbird:' Memoir Recalls Talks With Harper Lee

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 4:05pm

Marja Mills spent more than a year living next door to reclusive author Harper Lee and her sister. She documents that time in The Mockingbird Next Door. But Lee says she never authorized the book.

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Author Finds The Human Side Of The IMF

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:00am

Liaquat Ahamed's new book looks at one the world's most powerful international institutions. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author talks with NPR's Scott Simon about Money and Tough Love: On Tour with the IMF.

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Watch Out For That Butterfly: The Lure Of Literary Time Travel

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:00am

As part of our summer Book Your Trip series, Petra Mayer delves into the mysteries of time travel: how do authors make it work? What's the appeal? And should you kill Hitler, if you get the chance?

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Elaine Stritch: 'I'm Not Easy'

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:00am

The legendary actress Elaine Stritch died this week. NPR's Scott Simon remembers her career and an interview he had with her earlier this year.

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In The World Of Global Gestures, The Fist Bump Stands Alone

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 6:08am

Obama does it. And increasingly, so do folks around the world. Why is the fist bump so popular? And do other cultures have similar gestures?

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A Shot And A Book: How To Read In Bars

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 6:03am

It's the book critic's eternal dilemma: how do you fit all that reading into your daily life? Juan Vidal has an unusual solution: he gets his reading done in bars, preferably dark bars at mid-day.

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With Humor, 'Dead And Breathing' Dives Into End-Of-Life Struggles

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 4:47am

Carolyn, 68, is ready to let go. Dying of cancer, she tries to get her nurse to assist in her suicide. Playwright Chisa Hutchinson drew on real-life inspirations for this dark comedy's characters.

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Not My Job: French Laundry Chef Thomas Keller Gets Quizzed On Actual Laundry

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 7:34pm

Keller has done pretty well running a restaurant called The French Laundry, but how many clothes has he cleaned? We'll find out.

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Surviving An Adult World In Fairy Tales, And Real Life

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 4:35pm

Since October thousands of children attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border have been taken into custody. Author Kate Bernheimer recommends a book to help reflect on the lives of these children.

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In 'Wish I Was Here,' Well-Covered Territory And Familiar Pitfalls

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 3:54pm

Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here feels like a spiritual descendant to his Garden State. As much as it shares his sensibilities, it also shares some of the earlier film's weaknesses.

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In New Film, Zach Braff Asks: How Long Can You Pursue Your Dreams?

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 3:19pm

Wish I Was Here follows a struggling actor and father of two whose breadwinning wife is starting to rethink her role. It's the first feature film Braff has directed since 2004's Garden State.

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So, Thor Is A Woman And Cap Is Black: Is This A Big Deal Or Not?

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 3:05pm

Marvel plans to make big changes to two of its iconic characters, announcing that Thor will be rewritten as a woman and that Captain America's identity will be assumed by an African-American. To learn more about the decisions, Audie Cornish speaks with Maggie Thompson, the former editor of Comics Buyers Guide.

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'Newburgh Sting': Terrorist Cell, Or Group Sold On A Trap By FBI?

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 3:05pm

Filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner discuss their new documentary The Newburgh Sting, which covers the FBI investigation and conviction of four American men for plotting an act of domestic terrorism.

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What Does It Take To Dive Into Dangerous Waters?

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 7:42am

In pitch-black, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, hallucinating, Diana Nyad kept swimming. She describes the journey of her historic 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, at age 64.

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How Do Our Near-Wins Motivate Us To Keep Going?

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 7:42am

Not everyone can win the gold medal, and historian Sarah Lewis says that's a good thing. It's the near-wins and bare losses that truly motivate us to master our destinies.

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