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NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2017's Great Reads

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 4:00am

The Book Concierge is back and bigger than ever! Explore more than 350 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics.

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Library for Kids Goes Online

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 4:38pm

The Internet Archive and the University of Maryland launch such a library, and it's free to anyone with an Internet connection. Kids helped design the library, and they had final say on the books.

'House Of Cards' Will Get One More Season — Starring Robin Wright

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 3:49pm

Netflix suspended production of the final season after star Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual harassment and assault. Now it says the show will finish with eight episodes sans Frank Underwood.

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Zippy And Delightful, 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Spotlights An Unlikely Comic

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:46pm

Amazon's new series centers on a spurned 1950s housewife who has a knack for stand-up comedy. Critic John Powers says Rachel Brosnahan delivers a "genuinely funny performance" in the title role.

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'Nuclear War Planner' Reflects On The Cold War And Assesses The Current Threat

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:46pm

In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in hopes they would help end the Vietnam War. He looks back on his early days as a national security analyst in The Doomsday Machine.

Do Politics Matter In Poetry? New Biography Explores The Case Of Ezra Pound

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:46pm

A central figure in 20th century poetry, Pound was also an outspoken fascist. In The Bughouse, Daniel Swift investigates whether or not the poet's politics and madness matter to his work.

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Kennedy Center Celebrates Latest Honorees, But Without The First Family

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 4:14am

Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, hip-hop pioneer LL Cool J, Norman Lear and dancer Carmen De Lavallade are this year's Kennedy Center Honorees. Not present, the president and first lady.

In 'Hiddensee,' Gregory Maguire Gets Under The Shell Of 'The Nutcracker'

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 7:08am

Author Gregory Maguire made his name re-writing fairy tales. Now, he's taken on The Nutcracker — a beloved holiday classic, yes, but one that Maguire says makes no sense as it's usually performed.

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Breaking The Bubble Of Food Writing: Cultivating Diverse Stories

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 7:00am

The world of food is vast, but we tend to hear about the same cuisines over and over again. So how do we tip the scales in favor of more diversity among food writers?

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In 'Bombshell,' The Double Identity Of Hollywood Star Hedy Lamarr

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 6:58am

In Alexandra Dean's new documentary, the stunning silver-screen beauty of the 1930s and '40s is also the inventor of a technology that makes today's wireless encryption possible.

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Girl Meets Frog Monster In 'Mrs. Caliban'

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 6:00am

This season's secret weapon in literary banter will be Mrs. Caliban, a peculiar, wonderful, overlooked 1983 novella by Rachel Ingalls, about a housewife whose life is upended by a suave frog monster.

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Emily Wilson's 'Odyssey' Scrapes The Barnacles Off Homer's Hull

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 9:00am

Wilson — the first woman to translate The Odyssey — has created a fresh, authoritative and slyly humorous version of Homer's epic that scours away archaisms while preserving nuance and complexity.

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Craft Hard Cider Is On A Roll. How Ya Like Them Apples?

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 7:00am

Hard cider is having a hot moment. Hotter still, if it's locally made and distributed. Over the past four years, the number of cider breweries across the country has doubled.

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Not My Job: We Quiz 'Lady Bird' Director Greta Gerwig On Female Birds

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 6:44am

The acclaimed actor and screenwriter (and now director) faces questions about hedge sparrows, cuckoos and palm cockatoos.

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Newly Discovered Andy Warhol Art Up For Auction

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 6:43am

A Massachusetts auction house is selling newly discovered Andy Warhol works. They are remnants of the artist's relationship with his last boyfriend found in his mother's attic.

Elizabeth Olsen On A 'Wind River' Oscar Campaign Without Weinstein

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 6:43am

The actress stars in the film once distributed by The Weinstein Company. "Everyday we're learning more about men in power and sexual assault," she says. "And those are what this film is about."

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Debut Author Channeled Her 'Darker Bits' Into A Man Booker Shortlist Novel

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 6:43am

Fiona Mozley's book Elmet explores masculinity in both male and female characters. "When we sort of see a woman possessing unexpected or fantastical physical strength it's questioned more," she says.

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A Spurned Housewife Turns Stand-Up Comic In 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 6:31am

Rachel Brosnahan claims not to be a comedian, but in a new Amazon series about a 1950s woman with a hidden talent, she certainly plays one on TV.

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'Dawn Of The New Everything' Argues For Human-Centered Technology

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 6:00am

Virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier's book is part memoir, part history of the development of VR, and an unexpected but welcome comparison of the promises of VR with those of artificial intelligence.

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