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The Pains Of Parenting, And Other Life Lessons From Louis C.K.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 6:36am

The new series of Louie is underway, and the schlubby everyman portrayed by comic Louis C.K. is confronting the difficulties of raising two daughters — and the possibilities of dating while fat.

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Director Richard Ayoade Holds Up A Dark Looking Glass In 'The Double'

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 6:33am

In The Double, a man finds that he's been replaced by his own doppleganger, whom everyone likes more than him. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with the director, Richard Ayoade.

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'Snow In May': The Lives Of Magadan, Gateway To The Gulag

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 6:33am

Kseniya Melnik's debut collection of short stories portrays life in Magadan, Russia, a town notorious for it's Gulag labor camps. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Melnik about her book, Snow in May.

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Mothers, The Rich Emotional Centers Of The Movies

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 6:33am

From Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich to Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side, moms make the movies. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Richard Corliss about his new book that looks at iconic screen mothers.

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Past, Present And Future Dovetail In 'The Adjacent'

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 6:03am

The new novel from The Prestige author Christopher Priest weaves together multiple millennia-spanning storylines, parallel universes, love, war, hope and loss in a dizzyingly metaphysical melange.

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Dolphins, Pirates And David Hasselhoff: Breaking Into TV At Sea

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 4:21pm

Leah Warshawski's big break happened on a boat excursion in Hawaii. While translating for Japanese tourists, she met the producer of Baywatch. She's been using her marine knowledge ever since.

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Coffee And Cups: 2 Stories Of High Stakes And High Prices

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 4:21pm

Paying $15 for a cup of coffee may sound alarming. Ozy.com co-founder Carlos Watson tells NPR's Arun Rath why some think it can be worth it. They also discuss a rising star on Portugal's soccer team.

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My Country, Flat Or Sharp: Eurovision And The Global Citzen

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 10:14am

Nick Andersen looks at the Eurovision Song Contest and the experience of watching from afar as all of Europe makes its own way through sequins and singing siblings.

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A Family In Grief And A Neighborhood Sketched Too Lightly

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 7:43am

God's Pocket, the directorial debut of Mad Men's John Slattery, can't draw its sad story of loss with a strong enough hand to make it feel real.

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Seeing The Whole Picture In We'll Go To 'Coney Island'

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 6:52am

In a collection of old photos, Barbara Scheiber spotted her father and his mistress on the Coney Island boardwalk. She talks to NPR's Scott Simon about her new book: We'll Go to Coney Island.

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The Catchy Songs Of Eurovision Transcend Europe's Divided Politics

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 6:52am

Eurovision: Love it, hate it, or have no idea what we're talking about? With tensions high in Ukraine, Russian performers are facing the music at the kitschy singing contest.

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Neurosurgeons Express Their Medical Challenges Through Art

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 6:52am

Craniotomy in G Sharp is one of the works on display at a San Francisco exhibit of art by neurosurgeons. Its creator says her work often begins with a scalpel and ends with a paint brush.

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Welsh Actor Keeps Soviet Secrets In 'The Americans'

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 6:52am

The Americans is a hit TV show on FX about KGB spies living in the United States. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Welsh actor Matthew Rhys about playing a Russian with an American accent.

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Lesbians And Mashed Potatoes Are All 'Under The Table'

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 6:52am

Grace McLeod is a 19-year-old filmmaker with a message to self-proclaimed social progressives: Tolerance and acceptance are not equal. She talks with Scott Simon about her new work, Under the Table.

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A Fractured Tale Of Time, War And A Really Big Diamond

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 6:03am

Anthony Doerr's new novel, All The Light We Cannot See, follows a blind French girl and a young German private after the Normandy invasion — but his gorgeous prose is marred by jagged jumps in time.

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Questions For Earl Swift, Author Of 'Auto Biography'

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 6:03am

It's been a long and winding road for the '57 Chevy station wagon at the heart of Earl Swift's new book Auto Biography. Swift traces the car through 13 owners and a dramatic restoration attempt.

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Larry Wilmore Named As Successor To Stephen Colbert

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 4:45am

The Daily Show's "senior black correspondent" will host The Minority Report With on Comedy Central when Colbert leaves for CBS next year.

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