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Really Hard Edition 2: Part 3

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 9:37am

In the home stretch, we test Radiolab's Jad Abumrad on accidental scientific discoveries. Plus, They Might Be Giants give a quiz chock full of trick questions, aptly titled, "Wrong, Wrong, Wrong."

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Really Hard Edition 2: Part 2

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 9:37am

It's the definitive test of cultural references, from celebrities and commercial jingles, to comic strips and classic literature, in "Nick Names," "Jingle All the Way," and "Literary Comic Strips."

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Really Hard Edition 2: Part 1

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 9:37am

Can you remember two things at once? Combine the names of celebrities and countries in "International Doppelgangers," then nest words inside of other words in "Russian Dolls."

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Book News: Apple May Pay Consumers $400 Million In E-Book Settlement

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 7:01am

Also: Stephen Burt on trans literature; David Adams Richards on the difference between fiction and nonfiction.

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A Supernatural Family Reunion In 'The Book Of Life'

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 6:03am

Deborah Harkness' latest concludes the sprawling story begun in A Discovery of Witches. There's a bit too much plot to handle comfortably, but fans will be happy to see favorite characters again.

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Viola Davis Gets Groundbreaking Role As ABC Bets On Diversity

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:51am

This fall, ABC will offer its most ethnically diverse slate of new shows in recent memory. But getting people to talk freely about why that's happened is still difficult.

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Book News: Harper Lee Says New Biography Is Unauthorized

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 6:53am

Also: Marvel's Thor is now a woman; the origins of cool.

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'Pirates In The Heartland': At Least This Review Is Safe For Work

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 6:03am

Pioneering underground comic artist (and R. Crumb collaborator) S. Clay Wilson's work is not for the faint of heart — or uneasy of stomach. Volume 1 of a new anthology of his work is out now.

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The Grandes Dames Of The Sea Ply The Tuscan Waters

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:43am

A most unusual regatta recently celebrated vintage yachts, some more than 100 years old, and a time when sailing the oceans depended on well-trained crews with little more than compass and sextant.

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U.S. Customs Seize Giant African Snails Bound For Dinner Plates

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:06pm

Officials say the snails are "highly invasive, voracious pests" that eat paint and stucco off houses. But the snails are a prized delicacy in West Africa, where they're marinated or grilled on sticks.

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An Army Wife Charts Her Struggles In 'No Man's War'

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 2:01pm

In her new book, Angela Ricketts writes about raising three kids while her husband deployed eight times over 22 years. Each separation "kind of blackens your soul," she says.

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At This Summer's TV Press Tour, A Resounding Sense Of 'Meh'

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:51am

Despite what some people think, critics don't love to hate things. At press tour right now there's a glumness that has settled in that can be traced to the fact that we're just not loving anything.

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Book News: Pakistani Civil Servant Who Published Debut Novel At 79 Dies

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 6:47am

Also: Kenyan author Okwiri Oduor has won the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing.

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En Garde! 'Traitor's Blade' Delivers Adventure At Swordpoint

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 6:03am

Former fight choreographer Sebastien de Castell's debut novel is a little heavy on the swordplay — but the story of a disgraced king's guard fighting for honor and justice packs plenty of punch.

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En Garde! 'Traitor's Blade' Delivers Adventure At Swordpoint

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 6:03am

Former fight choreographer Sebastien de Castell's debut novel is a little heavy on the swordplay — but the story of a disgraced king's guard fighting for honor and justice packs plenty of punch.

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Travel Disasters Bring Out The Best, The Worst ... And The Cannibalism

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 2:29am

Tales about travel don't always end well: Planes crash into jungles and ships run aground. For NPR's "Book Your Trip" series, Lynn Neary considers the rich genre of travel disaster literature.

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Was The Green Turtle The First Asian-American Superhero?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 2:28am

A new graphic novel written by Gene Luen Yang re-imagines the Green Turtle, a mysterious superhero created during World War II, as the American-born son of Chinese immigrants.

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Writer Nadine Gordimer Captured Apartheid's Contradictions

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:15pm

The South African Nobel laureate was an associate of Nelson Mandela's, and while she was never imprisoned, several of her books were banned by the government. She died Sunday at the age of 90.

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Sandwich Monday: The Teriyaki Tofu Burger From Gabutto Burger

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 2:35pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a burger that replaces the beef with a deep-fried tofu patty.

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'Mockingbird Next Door': A Genteel Peek Into Harper Lee's Quiet Life

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 2:32pm

After Harper Lee wrote To Kill A Mockingbird, she became a recluse and lived with her sister, Alice, in Alabama. Reporter Marja Mills uses rich detail to provides glimpses into their twilight years.

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