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'The Golden Era' Follows A Path From Northern China To Tokyo

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:03pm

The biographical drama tells the story of a Chinese novelist and poet who spent her brief life in so-called "interesting times."

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Beauty And Loss In 'The Tale Of Princess Kaguya'

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:03pm

The latest film from the celebrated Studio Ghibli follows a girl far from home who must inevitably return there.

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'Dear White People' Is A Satire Addressed To Everyone

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 1:35pm

Justin Simien's film is funny, but it pushes viewers to think seriously about race and stereotypes in their own lives. Tongue-in-cheek title aside, he says the film speaks to the "human experience."

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The Jacket Designer's Challenge: To Capture A Book By Its Cover

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:25pm

Peter Mendelsund has designed hundreds of book covers, including two new ones of his own: Cover and What We See When We Read. He talks about his process and why "dead authors get the best" covers.

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With Few Stages Left To Conquer, Neil Patrick Harris Goes To The Oscars

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 7:57am

It seems like Neil Patrick Harris has always hosted everything, but in fact, his February 2015 outing hosting the Oscars will be his first time in that particular job.

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Book News: The 'Dickens Of Detroit' Leaves His Collection To South Carolina

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 6:44am

Before his death, crime novelist Elmore Leonard chose to host his archives at the University of South Carolina. Now, the school is unveiling the first of these items. Also: McSweeney's goes nonprofit.

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Shazam! Rebooted Comic Heroine Is A 'Marvel'

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 6:03am

Author G. Willow Wilson and artist Adrian Alphona introduce the new Ms. Marvel — a 16-year-old Muslim girl from Jersey City — with elegant linework and utterly believable characterizations.

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Comedian Mindy Kaling On Refusing To Be An Outsider And Sexism On Set

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 2:33am

Kaling says she often forgets that as an Indian-American woman who's not pencil thin, she's kind of a new thing for broadcast TV. But, she says, "I refuse to view myself in such terms."

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'Citizenfour' Charts The Early Days Of Snowden's NSA Revelations

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:21pm

Melissa Block speaks with documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras about her new film, Citizenfour that charts her meeting with Edward Snowden and his subsequent revelations about government surveillance.

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Roald Dahl, A Bottle Of Dreams And A 'Letter Of Note'

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 3:42pm

Audie Cornish speaks with Amy Corcoran, who shares a treasure from her childhood: a letter she received when she was 7 years old, from her favorite author at the time, Roald Dahl.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch: A Report From New York Comic-Con

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:55pm

Pop Culture Happy Hour pal Petra Mayer just got back from New York Comic-Con, so we got her to update us briefly on Gillian Anderson, fandom and very big crowds.

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'The Assassination Of Margaret Thatcher' And Other Stories From Hilary Mantel

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:50pm

Heads tend to roll, figuratively and otherwise, in Mantel's writing. Critic Maureen Corrigan says this new short story collection — about grotesque characters in the modern world — is breathtaking.

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HBO Without Cable, Coming In 2015

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:31am

HBO has announced that beginning in 2015, it will offer what many have long wanted: access to HBO without having cable.

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Book News: Big Names And A Few Surprises Among National Book Award Finalists

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 7:43am

The prominent literary prize narrowed its nominees to 20 writers — a mix of heavyweights and many new ones. And across the Atlantic, Richard Flanagan won Britain's biggest award, the Man Booker Prize.

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Get To Know The Finalists For The 2014 National Book Award

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 7:40am

The shortlists — for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature — were announced Wednesday on Morning Edition.

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When Good Kids Go Feral, Bloody 'Brood' Hits Its Stride

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 6:03am

Gratuitous, gore-soaked and reveling in poor taste, Chase Novak's Brood is a true B-movie sequel — and just as fun. But despite its body count, the book still could have used a little more blood.

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Australian Novelist Richard Flanagan Awarded Booker Prize

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:01pm

The head of the judge's committee says The Narrow Road to the Deep North, the story of POWs in World War II forced to build the Thailand Burma Railway, is a "magnificent novel of love and war."

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'Letters Of Note' Finds Lessons In Candid Correspondence

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 3:19pm

For a week-long series on letter writing, Audie Cornish speaks to Shaun Usher, author of Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience.

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J.K. Simmons Won't Throw A Chair At Your Head, But His Character Might

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 3:03pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with actor J.K. Simmons about his much buzzed about performance as a brutal music teacher in the new film Whiplash.

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Journalist Talks Confidential Sources, Getting Subpoenaed And His New Book

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 12:28pm

James Risen could face prison for refusing to reveal his source for a story about a botched CIA operation intended to sabotage Iran's nuclear weapons program. His new book is Pay Any Price.

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