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College Life Doesn't Have To Mean Crummy Cuisine, Says Dorm Room Chef

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 4:44am

Sick of dining hall pizza, public health student Emily Hu taught herself how to cook — even with no oven. Now she's hoping to inspire her peers to pick up cooking skills and healthier eating habits.

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College Life Doesn't Have To Mean Crummy Cuisine, Says Dorm Room Chef

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 4:44am

Sick of dining hall pizza, public health student Emily Hu taught herself how to cook — even with no oven. Now she's hoping to inspire her peers to pick up cooking skills and healthier eating habits.

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Be More Awesome — With Help From Kid President

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 4:36am

Kid President (aka 11-year-old Robby Novak) is an internet sensation whose sunny, personality-driven YouTube videos have garnered over 75 million views. Now, he's written a book on how to be awesome.

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Former Basketball Player Scores As A Filmmaker

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 4:27pm

While Deon Taylor was playing professional basketball in Germany, he had an epiphany: he wanted to make movies. The self-taught director's latest film, Supremacy, was released this Friday.

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Mindy Kaling's Super Bowl Ad: Are Indian Women Invisible?

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 4:13pm

In a commercial, the comedian pretends no one can see her. One Indian journalist says there's more to the ad than selling insurance. Being visible comes with a risk of violence for women in India.

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Impressions From The Ice: A Poet Returns From Antarctica

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 4:04pm

Jynne Dilling Martin spent six weeks living on the bottom of the world and watching scientists work. The experience inspired many of the poems in her new collection, We Mammals in Hospitable Times.

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Prime Minister Loses His Noggin But Keeps Talking In 'Head Of State'

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 6:35am

Who says a beheaded man can't still be head of state? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with British journalist, author and TV host Andrew Marr about his novel, Head of State.

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Rod McKuen, The Cheeseburger To Poetry's Haute Cuisine

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 6:35am

Poet Rod McKuen was loved by millions but mocked by literary critics. He died this week at age 81.

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An Odd Crew Dreams Of Swashbuckling In 'We Are Pirates'

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 6:35am

Acclaimed writer Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snickett, drew criticism last year for a racist comment at a literary event. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Handler about his new novel, We Are Pirates.

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Amiri Baraka Didn't Worry About His Politics Overpowering His Poetry

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 6:35am

"The real hallmark of an effective political artist is that the politics is accepted with the art," said Baraka. A new career-spanning anthology collects his work from 1961 to 2013. He died in 2014.

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8 Picture Books You Don't Have To Be A Kid To Love

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 6:03am

Here at NPR Books, we may be grown-ups, but we still enjoy channeling our inner 7-year-olds. And this week, we have the perfect excuse: Monday's Caldecott Medal announcement for picture book artistry.

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8 Picture Books You Don't Have To Be A Kid To Love

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 6:00am

Here at NPR Books, we may be grown-ups, but we still enjoy channeling our inner 7-year-olds. And this week, we have the perfect excuse: Monday's Caldecott Medal announcement for picture book artistry.

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Remembering 'Thorn Birds' Author Colleen McCullough

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 4:36am

Australian writer Colleen McCullough has died at 77; she was best known for her doomed Outback romance saga The Thorn Birds, famously adapted for TV with Richard Chamberlain as a passionate priest.

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Remembering 'Thorn Birds' Author Colleen McCullough

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 4:36am

Australian writer Colleen McCullough has died at 77; she was best known for her doomed Outback romance saga The Thorn Birds, famously adapted for TV with Richard Chamberlain as a passionate priest.

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Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 4:31am

A play based on interviews with former NFL players, their families and fans digs deep: What's so fun about a sport that devastates bodies and brains? And what if it can't be made safer?

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Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 4:31am

A play based on interviews with former NFL players, their families and fans digs deep: What's so fun about a sport that devastates bodies and brains? And what if it can't be made safer?

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The 'Man Who Touched His Own Heart' Changed Medicine

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:59pm

Melissa Block talks to Rob Dunn about his new book, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, a history of science and medicine's efforts to understand the working of the human heart.

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One-Man Show Casts 'Brilliant' Light On Realities Of Suicide, Depression

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:39pm

The off-Broadway play Every Brilliant Thing tackles its dark subject through audience participation and comedy. Both critics and audience members have described it as incredibly moving.

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When Islamists Impose Their Will In 'Timbuktu,' One Family Resists

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 1:24pm

The movie, one of five Academy Award nominees for best foreign language film this year, is about radical Islamists occupying the city in Mali. Remarkably, it's often on the verge of being a comedy.

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