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Superstorm Sandy Inspires Bleak, Poetic Landscapes In 'Let Me Be Frank'

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 12:57pm

In Richard Ford's brilliant collection of four short stories, protagonist Frank Bascombe returns to be "frank" about touchy topics. His awareness, particularly of mortality, is profound and hilarious.

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Book News: PBS Promises 'Olympic-Style' Coverage Of Miami Book Fair

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 9:06am

The network will feature the massive festival, which boasts hundreds of authors and countless more attendees, in a live webcast. Across the Atlantic, The Hunger Games is getting a theater adaptation.

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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Hits A Home Run With The Stupendous Andre Braugher

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 7:35am

Sunday night's Brooklyn Nine-Nine gave star Andre Braugher a moment of pure comedic joy-genius.

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If Literature's Great Characters Could Text, They'd Charm Your Pantalets Off

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 2:05am

Texts from Jane Eyre imagines a Mr. Rochester who worries over his "attic wife" and a super flirty Scarlett O'Hara: "did you know that pantalets are out this year[?] that's why I'm not wearing any :)"

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Whether Green With Envy Or Tickled Pink: We Live In A Color-Coded World

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 2:02am

Red means stop; green means go. You live in a red state or a blue state. Elizabeth Blair kicks off NPR's color series with a look at the way color organizes our lives — in ways we don't even realize.

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A 3-Star General Explains 'Why We Lost' In Iraq, Afghanistan

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 4:22pm

In his new book, a former Army lieutenant general compares the war on terrorism to Alcoholics Anonymous: "Step one is admitting you have a problem."

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James Earl Jones: From Stutterer To Janitor To Broadway Star

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 3:53pm

The 83-year-old was once a farm kid who didn't want to talk. Today, the unmistakable stage and screen actor (not to mention the voice of Darth Vader) still calls himself a "journeyman actor."

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'The Black Horn': Blowing Past Classical Music's Color Barriers

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 3:53pm

Robert Lee Watt, the first black French horn player to join a major U.S. symphony, spent 37 years with the LA Philharmonic. He faced a lot of resistance along the way, as his new memoir recounts.

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Remembering Hedy Lamarr: Actress, Weapons Systems Developer

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 3:53pm

Renaissance woman Hedy Lamarr was born on this day 100 years ago. Not only was she a major screen actress, she was also an inventor. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates speaks with Lamarr biographer Richard Rhodes.

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Inhalable Chocolate? Ingestible Ideas From A Lab For The Senses

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 10:22am

A real-life Willy Wonka invites scientists, designers, composers, artists and chefs to collaborate on novel foods and other cultural confections.

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Is America Ready To Fall In Love With The Telenovela?

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 9:18am

The CW took a big risk when it adapted a Venezuelan telenovela for American prime time, now Jane The Virgin is being renewed for a second season.

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Imagining Lives That Might Have Happened In 'End Of Days'

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 6:45am

German author Jenny Erpenbeck's new novel grapples with the classic question: What if? What if one choice, one event goes differently, and the whole course of your life changes?

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Will Self's 'Shark' Swims In A Chaotic Sea

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 4:41am

Featuring the same time frame and some of the same characters as his last novel, Umbrella, Shark continues Self's modernist exploration of the human psyche and the violence done by modern society.

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Richard III: Not Such A Bad Guy After All?

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 4:41am

Archaeologist Mike Pitts' new book, Digging for Richard III, recounts the search for the king's skeleton — and sheds new light on a ruler who's often seen as one of history's great villains.

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Inside The 'Life And Crimes' Of A Career Jewel Thief

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:08pm

International jewel thief Doris Payne, now 84, has a criminal history that dates back to the 1950s. A new documentary tells her story and goes inside one of her more recent trials.

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