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So You Need A Celebrity Book. Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghostwriters

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 8:03am

Nonfiction shelves are full of memoirs by people who can't actually write. They're brought to you by authors who suppress their own ego to write in a famous voice — in exchange for a hefty check.

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A Sheep Killer Is On The Loose In 'All the Birds, Singing'

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 8:03am

All The Birds, Singing is the second novel by Australian-British author Evie Wyld. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Wyld about her sinister story revolving around the life of Jake, a sheep farmer.

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With A Wink And Nod To Fans, Movies Roll Post-Credit Scenes

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 8:03am

After-credits scenes have a long history in the movies, from the original Ocean's 11 to the latest Captain America. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with writer Alex Suskind about this cinematic trope.

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Cursed With Mom Guilt? Charlie Brown Might Cure What Ails You

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 6:03am

Whenever writer Yiyun Li feels guilty about her parenting choices, she turns to Peanuts for refuge, holding on to the comforting comic strip as tightly as Linus clutches his security blanket.

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Check It Out! A Photographic Tour Of America's Public Libraries

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 4:05am

From one-room historic buildings to modern architectural marvels, Robert Dawson has been photographing libraries for almost 20 years. His new book is called The Public Library.

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Poisoned Cigars And A Painful Chapter In Our History

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 5:59pm

This week saw celebrations for the anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the reveal of the Zunzeo scandal. Paul Reyes and Ralph Eubanks recommend The Cultural Cold War and We Are Not Afraid.

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Not My Job: Filmmaker Errol Morris Gets Quizzed On Mickey Rooney

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 4:53pm

Morris — whose latest film, The Unknown Known, is about Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld — answers three questions about Rooney, who died Sunday at 93.

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When Is Bottled Air Worth $860? When It's A Work Of Art — And Protest

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 3:00pm

A jar of fresh air from southern France, bottled by a Beijing artist, was sold at auction in China for $860. AP correspondent Didi Tang says it's one of many works of pollution protest art in China.

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Big Names, High Production Values ... And These Are Indie Flicks?

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 3:00pm

In very different ways, the indie films Joe (starring Nicolas Cage) and Only Lovers Left Alive (with Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton) bring a low-budget sensibility to Hollywood.

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Bolshoi Director Makes First U.S. Visit Since Acid Attack

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:40am

Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin is in the U.S. for the first time since he was injured last year. He says he hopes ballet will help soothe international tensions.

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Without Giving Too Much Away, Here's What We Can Say About 'Mad Men'

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:59am

The AMC period drama returns Sunday, with the usual shroud of secrecy that makes it difficult — but not impossible — to review. Fresh Air critic David Bianculli does his best.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fargo, A Farewell, And Pop Culture Breadcrumbs

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 7:57am

On this week's show, we chat about a very fine new TV offering, follow the trails of the things we love back to the things that came before, and wish one of our own well as he travels on.

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Book News: Women Writers Dominate Children's Books, Right? Wrong.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 6:33am

Also: Chuck Palahniuk will edit a collection of tough-guy stories; Adrian Mole series author Sue Townsend dies.

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Poetic Take On Black Boxing Lands Punches With Broad Appeal

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 6:06am

Boxing has long laid bare American tensions around race. Artists like Adrian Matejka, whose latest book of poetry is based on the life of Jack Johnson, take the conversation outside the ring.

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