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'The Noble Hustle': In Vegas And In Life, We Play The Cards We're Dealt

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 8:51am

Novelist Colson Whitehead is also a devoted poker player. And in 2011 Grantland gave him the assignment to write about the World Series of Poker — by playing in it.

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Ralph Naders Seeks A United Front Against Corporate America

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 8:51am

Can political opposites attract? Ralph Nader's new book makes a case for the far left and right to come together. He tells NPR's Scott Simon there's common ground in opposing corporate America.

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One NYC Indie Bookstore Survives By Being Small And Specialized

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 4:32am

As bookstores both large and small close across the country, Posman Books, a niche-focused, nimble bookseller, is about to open its fourth store in Manhattan.

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San Diego Animal Ambassador 'ZooKeeper Rick' Plays Not My Job

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 6:44pm

We'll ask Rick Schwartz three questions not about zoos, but rather, about Zumba.

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In 'Belle,' A Complex Life Tangled In Class And Commerce

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 3:21pm

Bob Mondello reviews Belle, based on a true story about a child of an admiral and a Caribbean slave, raised as an aristocrat in 18th century England.

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Maintaining The IMAX Experience, From Museum To Multiplex

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 3:08pm

Big-screen connoisseurs argue that retrofitted multiplex theaters don't provide the same immersive experience as the original, six-story screens.

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Urban Greengrocers Are Back, To Serve Big-Spending Locavores

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 1:49pm

Small independent grocery stores are a growing trend in urban areas. They are like the shops where gran and gramps used to buy their produce, but they have been updated for the modern foodie.

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Does 'Rich Bigot' Sterling Deserve A Break?

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:28am

The NBA could push Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell his team over statements he made about African-Americans. But is he being unfairly chastised? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

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Yiddish Culture Takes Center Stage

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:25am

An effort to preserve the Yiddish language is getting a boost from the theater world. The artistic director of the National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbien talks about preserving the language through art.

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The Making Of 'Godzilla,' Japan's Favorite 'Mon-Star'

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:04am

Steve Ryfle is the author of a book about the making of the film and its many sequels. He spoke to Fresh Air in 2004, on the film's 50th anniversary.

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'Ida': A Coming-Of-Age Story With An Eerie Luster

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:04am

Polish-born director Pawel Pawlikowski's new film centers on an orphan who learns the secret of her past when she's on the brink of becoming a nun.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers British Actor Bob Hoskins

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:04am

Hoskins, who played a human detective in a world of cartoon characters in the acclaimed movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, died this week after contracting pneumonia. He was 71 years old.

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Movie Monsters, Monster Movies And Why 'Godzilla' Endures

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:07am

Unlike Jaws and Alien, whose creatures are soulless things to be destroyed, Godzilla resonates because of something that once defined the best monster movies — a sense of compassion for the monster.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Posthumous Projects And People We're Pulling For

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 8:09am

On this week's show, we ponder the projects that arrive after an artist dies, from Kafka to Tupac. We take a look at a few people we're pulling for, and close with what's making us happy this week.

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Cyborgs, Simpsons And Ticks: All About Free Comic Book Day

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 7:15am

Our comics blogger, Glen Weldon, tees up all 57 of the offerings for this year's Free Comic Book Day and tells you which ones to try to lay your paws upon.

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Book News: New 'Princess Diaries' Books Coming Out — One For Adults

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 6:56am

Also: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger wins the "Best Novel" prize at the Edgar Awards; a text-recognition program has a rather unfortunate flaw.

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Behind 'Belle': An 18th Century Portrait Ahead Of Its Time

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 2:44am

Director Amma Asante's new film is based on the real-life story of a biracial woman who grew up in an aristocratic English family — a story that was immortalized in a painting by Johann Zoffany.

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From A Single Snowplow To A Tragicomic Partnership

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 4:04pm

The new film Whitewash finds Thomas Haden Church playing a man whose unfortunate accident with his snowplow reveals an entire off-kilter relationship.

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Travel And Discovery, For 'Ida' And The Filmmaker Who Watches Her

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 4:04pm

Director Pawel Pawlikowski traces, with visuals reminiscent of silent film, the story of a woman who learns that her history is not everything she thought it might be.

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Meanwhile, In Australia: A Bawdier, Riskier 'Rake'

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 3:04pm

Australian writer Ben Neutze, of The Daily Review, explains the differences between the original, Australian version of the TV show Rake and the version brought unsuccessfully to the U.S.

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