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Cantinflas, With His Puns And Satire, Is Back (And Still Relevant)

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:07pm

Mexican actor Mario Moreno, known as Cantinflas, made dozens of films between the 1930s and 1980s. A biopic about the comic, whose humor tweaked the rich and powerful, opens in the U.S. this weekend.

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Florida-Grown Fiction: Hiaasen Satirizes The Sunshine State

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:14pm

Novelist and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen writes with passion about the state he loves. His book, Bad Monkey, is an offbeat murder mystery set in Key West. Originally broadcast June 13, 2013.

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John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, And Lives To Write About It

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:14pm

The 68-year-old film director hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco for his book Carsick. He says hitchhiking is "the worst beauty regimen ever." Originally broadcast June 10.

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Not Quite Bond, Pierce Brosnan Is Back In Action In 'The November Man'

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:45am

Pierce Brosnan has left James Bond behind, but he struggles for his footing in an action thriller he himself fought hard to bring to the screen.

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A Photographer Captures The Often-Overlooked 'Aunty' Couture

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 8:42am

Toronto-based Meera Sethi's multimedia art project showcases the unique style of South Asian women, fondly called "Aunties."

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Book News: Born to Write? Bruce Springsteen To Publish A Children's Book

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 6:18am

Also: the case for a more inclusive literary culture; healthcare and the modern writer.

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Weekend Musher Finds Dogs Keep Her Hanging On

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:02am

Julia Bayly of Fort Kent, Maine, works as a reporter at the Bangor Daily News. Her passion outside of work is dog sledding. It's the latest installment in our hobby series "Alter Egos."

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What's A Writer Gotta Do To Get A Little Health Care Around Here?

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:22pm

When you're making plans to become a famous author, just remember that you're going to want health care — especially when 40 rolls around and your body is no longer made of rubber.

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New Amazon Series Pilots Fall Short Of A TV Revolution

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:03pm

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans ranks Amazon's new batch of five series pilots, asking why none of them seem break the rules of TV quite enough to draw attention.

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More Physical Than Plausible, 'Starred Up' Sharply Portrays Confinement

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:03pm

The edgy drama from Glasgow-based director David Mackenzie takes a few convenient plot turns, but remains a violent and fiercely acted picture of life in prison.

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'The Notebook': A Grim Fable Of Cruelty In Wartime

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:03pm

What begins as a World War II weepie quickly morphs into a dark story of separation, brutality and parenting that's far from the current nurturing American model.

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In 'The Congress,' An Animated Future Where Movie Studios Are Villains

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:03pm

Israeli director Ari Folman creates a trippy, half-animated film that posits a world where movie studios eventually take over the world, allowing us to consume, literally, our entertainment.

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Teen Drama? Occult Thriller? Gritty War Epic? 'Bone Clocks' Is All Three

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:26pm

David Mitchell's new novel might span five perspectives and six decades, but he brings this complex mix together with signature elegance. The combination makes for a thrilling read.

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Controversy Over Sofía Vergara Obscures An Industry's Failings

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:18pm

When the Colombian actress appeared in a widely-derided stunt at the Emmys, much of the attendant outrage centered on her very prominent image. Juan Vidal argues this lets Hollywood off the hook.

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Jon Hamm On The Evolution Of Don Draper On 'Mad Men'

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:47pm

Hamm has never won an Emmy despite 13 nominations, including two this year for Mad Men. In 2010, Hamm talked with Fresh Air about how Draper was "losing touch" with his life and the world around him.

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Edie Falco On Sobriety, The Sopranos, And Nurse Jackie's Self-Medication

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:47pm

Falco plays ER nurse Jackie Peyton, who is competent at her high-stress job but struggles with addiction. Falco was nominated for an Emmy for her role on Nurse Jackie, which is in its sixth season.

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Playlist: Listens For A Long Hike

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:03am

TED speakers explore big ideas while you explore the great outdoors.

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Book News: Former Poet Laureate Robert Hass Wins $100,000 Poetry Prize

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 6:37am

Also: Leslie Jamison on a lonely whale; Ben Lerner on writing fiction.

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'Kill My Mother' Is A Darkly Drawn Confection

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 6:03am

Veteran cartoonist Jules Feiffer has just written his first graphic novel, the noirish Kill My Mother. Reviewer Alan Cheuse is discovering graphic novels equally late, but still finds it a good read.

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Telling Crimea's Story Through Children's Books

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 6:02am

Blending history, myth and geopolitics, Lily Hyde uses fairy tales to teach children and young adults about Eastern European history. To cover the current unrest, though, she's put fiction on hold.

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