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King, Tyrant, Beheaded Traitor: The Many Trials Of Charles I

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 2:31am

The British monarch ruled at a time of civil war — and was blamed for much of the bloodshed. In Killers of the King, Charles Spencer tells the story of the men who signed the king's death warrant.

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Book Review: 'The Evening Chorus'

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 3:00pm

Alan Cheuse reviews The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphries.

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Philip Levine Reads 'What Work Is'

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 3:00pm

Former U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine died on Saturday at the age of 87. In Levine's memory, we air his reading of the poem "What Work Is."

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One Playwright's 'Obligation' To Confront Race And Identity In The U.S.

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 3:00pm

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has written a trilogy of provocative and fantastical explorations of race. His latest, based on a 1859 melodrama, pokes fun at conventions while raising difficult questions.

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Ten Hearts For The Country — And Language — Of 'Ice Cream Star'

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 6:03am

Reviewer Jason Sheehan says Sandra Newman's debut novel may start some arguments — but readers would be better off just sitting down, opening the book and letting the beauty of her language sink in.

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'Party Like A President' Recalls Mixology, Mischief Inside Oval Office

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 2:43am

In his new book, author Brian Abrams chronicles the drinking habits and debauchery of former presidents.

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'Shesh Yak' Explores A Society Torn Apart By The Syrian Civil War

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 4:00pm

The off-Broadway production is the work of a Syrian playwright trying to sort out the fear and distrust that have torn his country apart. It's written for audiences who only know Syria from the news.

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Thrilled By Chills? Take A Look At The World's Coldest City

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 4:00pm

In a remote region in Russia, six time zones away from Moscow, lies the coldest city on earth. Rich with natural resources, Yakutsk is home to 270,000 residents brave enough to face the extreme cold.

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In His Latest Book, Neil Gaiman Offers Readers A 'Trigger Warning'

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 4:00pm

Trigger warnings caution readers to tread carefully and Neil Gaiman encourages those who pick up his latest collection of "short fictions and disturbances" to do the same.

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Comedian Bill Burr Says Stand-Up In Asia In Its 'Lenny Bruce Years'

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 4:00pm

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Burr — just back from a trip to India — about comedy abroad, and how difficult it is for an American to find material that will make the world laugh.

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Philip Levine, Who Found Poetry On Detroit's Assembly Lines, Dies At 87

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 2:29pm

In his six-decade career, Levine found grace and beauty in the lives of working people, especially the people and places of his youth. He was a United States Poet Laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner.

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Fake Food George Washington Could've Sunk His Fake Teeth Into

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 7:03am

Herring with mustard sauce, ham hocks, hog jowls —Sandy Levins painstakingly recreates our founding father's meals for America's historic houses. Just don't try to eat them: They're sculpted replicas.

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'La La La' I Can't Hear You

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 6:46am

Every answer is a word or name of three or more syllables in which an interior syllable is an accented "la."

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How Black Lives Have Always Mattered: A Reading List

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 6:03am

For Black History Month, historian Peniel E. Joseph recommends books that take an unsparing look at slavery and American capitalism, with a focus on the often overlooked work of Stokely Carmichael.

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Polish Filmmaker To Bring Her Political Eye To 'House Of Cards'

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 6:03am

Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, whose films explore fascism and communist oppression, is guest-directing the new season of House of Cards. Host Indira Lakshaman asks Holland about the political undercurrents in her work.

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'The Room' Offers An Escape From The Office — Or Does It?

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 6:03am

Swedish actor and playwright Jonas Karlsson ventures into fiction with The Room, a surreal tale of a dour bureaucrat who finds a tiny secret room at his workplace, a room which may or may not be real.

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In 'Still Alice,' Director Couple Tells A Story That Mirrors Their Own

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 6:03am

Just before Richard Glatzer and his husband, Wash Westmoreland, took the film on, Glatzer was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease. By the time filming began, he was using an iPad to communicate.

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How Singapore Transformed Itself Into A Food Lover's Destination

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 6:03am

More than 14 million tourists visited the island nation last year. Many came for the food. It's all part of the Singapore government's master plan to make culinary enticements a key lure for tourists.

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At 'The Grand Budapest,' A Banquet Of Beards And Melange Of Mustaches

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 4:20pm

Nearly every male actor in The Grand Budapest Hotel has some kind of facial hair. In charge of each follicle — real or fake — was Oscar-nominated hair and makeup designer Frances Hannon.

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Filmmaker David Cross Says It's No Wonder We All Want Fame

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 3:54pm

The Arrested Development actor makes his directorial debut with the film Hits, which explores how easy it is to become famous in our celebrity-obsessed culture.

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