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The Art Of A Lost American Couturier, On Display At The Met

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 2:07am

After a two-year renovation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute is reopening with an exhibit on the work of Charles James, who is now obscure, but considered America's first couturier.

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From The Ocean Deep To The Courtroom: A Tale Of Sunken Treasure

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 3:29pm

When the SS Central America sunk in 1857, it took down tons of gold with it — enough gold that the shipwreck contributed to a financial panic. And when the wreck was found, decades of legal battles ensued over rights to the recovered treasure. Gary Kinder, author of Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea, tells the fraught tale of shipwreck and reclaimed gold.

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After Six Decades As A Staple, 'Jet Mag' Ends Its Print Run

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 3:29pm

It's the end of an era, as the Johnson Publishing Corp. announced plans to cease printing Jet Magazine. The magazine, which started some 63 years ago, was long a staple for many African-American communities.

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Larry McMurtry Loves The West, But Knocks The Cowboy Off His High Horse

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 3:29pm

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist says the myth of the cowboy feels "hollow." The Last Kind Words Saloon is a spare and unsentimental story about two western icons, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.

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Author Farley Mowat, Who Wrote 'Never Cry Wolf,' Dies At 92

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 1:50pm

The writer of books including People of the Deer and The Dog Who Wouldn't Be, was also an ardent campaigner for environmental causes well into his later years.

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'Hill Street Blues' Created Two Eras For TV Drama: Before And After

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 11:44am

In 1981, NBC presented a new police series that went on to make TV history. Hill Street Blues has just been released on DVD in its entirety for the first time.

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From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 11:44am

Colson Whitehead's new book was born of an assignment to write about the World Series of Poker for Grantland. It's a sharp observational tale of the game, those who play it and how it changed him.

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The Black Keys 'Turn Blue': The All Songs Interview

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 11:23am

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney unpack the expansive, irresistibly catchy sound of their eighth studio album — featuring new adventures in sampling, falsetto and epic guitar shredding.

Pomade, The New Old Grooming Product for Manly Men

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 9:11am

Forget all that metrosexual jazz; these men's hair products are marketed directly to their tough customers, and three Los Angeles businesses are leading the way.

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Once More Into The Jaws Of The TV Dinosaur Known As Upfrontasaurus

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 8:19am

It's not that the broadcast network upfronts aren't relevant — it's just that it's best to take them with a grain of salt, given how much will be quickly canceled.

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It's Time To Toast Farm-To-Table Cocktails

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 7:50am

When you're at the farmers market, look at the seasonal produce as potential drink, as well as dinner, material. What goes into a craft cocktail? For starters, fresh juice, fruits and herbs.

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Book News: Putin Clamps Down On Cursing In Books, Movies

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 6:50am

Also: excerpts from Portuguese writer José Luís Peixoto's memoir about his travels in North Korea; Dana Perino has a book deal.

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'Worn' To Be Wild: A Visual Feast Of Fashion

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 6:03am

Does your idea of high fashion encompass everything from taxidermy to tutus? Then you'll probably enjoy The Worn Archive, which compiles issues of the quirky Toronto-based fashion magazine Worn.

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Dancers Find A Second Act At Palm Springs Follies

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 2:35am

The Palm Springs Follies is an old-fashioned musical revue with a difference: the performers are old enough to have been in shows like this in their heyday. After 23 seasons, the show closes in May.

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With Faith And Focus, Mariano Rivera Became Baseball's 'Closer'

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 1:54pm

The New York Yankee relief pitcher is revered both for what he did and didn't do — behave scandalously, pick fights, take drugs or chase big contract offers to other cities.

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New Mix: Tori Amos Song Premiere, A Wes Anderson Tribute, More

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 12:03pm

Tori Amos has spent the past several years exploring other worlds of music. She released two albums of classical-inspired work, including a collection of her earlier pop songs retooled as orchestral tracks. Most recently she helped write a musical for the London National Theater. But this month Amos is back with Unrepentant Geraldines, a new album filled with her signature piano-driven baroque pop songs. On this week's All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton premiere "16 Shades Of Blue," a new cut from the album, and talk about why it's Amos' best record in 20 years.

Also on the show: Malaysian-born singer-songwriter Zee Avi covers The Velvet Underground song "Who Loves The Sun;" A new tribute album showcases some of the music featured in Wes Anderson's films, including a thumping cover of The Kinks' song "Nothing In This World Can Stop Me Worrying 'Bout That Girl;" and the Berlin and New York-based dream pop group Fenster is back with an atmospheric sophomore full-length called The Pink Caves. Plus: The captivating voice of singer Alice Boman and the Led Zeppelin-inspired rock of Milezo.

Viewers Not Laughing About SNL Slavery Skit

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 10:51am

A skit about slavery by Saturday Night Live's Leslie Jones outraged many of the show's black viewers. NPR television critic Eric Deggans talks about the joke and the backlash.

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C'mon, Mindy: Enough Already. Own Your Awesomeness.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 9:34am

As The Mindy Project wraps its second season, Mindy enthusiast Jessica Daniels says it's time for Dr. Lahiri to get past the need to reshape herself for her boyfriends.

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Book News: Gay Bookstore Said To Be The Nation's Oldest Is Closing

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 6:51am

Also: Edwidge Danticat on the real price of sugar; the winners of the O. Henry Prize.

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From Flower To Factory, These Bees Are No Bumblers

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 6:03am

Two new books consider the complicated world of bees: Laline Paull's debut novel The Bees imagines humble worker bee's hive adventures, and A Sting in the Tale considers focuses on the bumblebee.

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