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Remembering Hedy Lamarr: Actress, Weapons Systems Developer

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 3:53pm

Renaissance woman Hedy Lamarr was born on this day 100 years ago. Not only was she a major screen actress, she was also an inventor. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates speaks with Lamarr biographer Richard Rhodes.

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Inhalable Chocolate? Ingestible Ideas From A Lab For The Senses

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 10:22am

A real-life Willy Wonka invites scientists, designers, composers, artists and chefs to collaborate on novel foods and other cultural confections.

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Is America Ready To Fall In Love With The Telenovela?

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 9:18am

The CW took a big risk when it adapted a Venezuelan telenovela for American prime time, now Jane The Virgin is being renewed for a second season.

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Imagining Lives That Might Have Happened In 'End Of Days'

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 6:45am

German author Jenny Erpenbeck's new novel grapples with the classic question: What if? What if one choice, one event goes differently, and the whole course of your life changes?

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Will Self's 'Shark' Swims In A Chaotic Sea

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 4:41am

Featuring the same time frame and some of the same characters as his last novel, Umbrella, Shark continues Self's modernist exploration of the human psyche and the violence done by modern society.

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Richard III: Not Such A Bad Guy After All?

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 4:41am

Archaeologist Mike Pitts' new book, Digging for Richard III, recounts the search for the king's skeleton — and sheds new light on a ruler who's often seen as one of history's great villains.

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Inside The 'Life And Crimes' Of A Career Jewel Thief

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:08pm

International jewel thief Doris Payne, now 84, has a criminal history that dates back to the 1950s. A new documentary tells her story and goes inside one of her more recent trials.

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Not My Job: 'Elementary, My Dear (Dale) Watson'

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 9:26am

Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! is in Austin this week, and so we've invited country singer Dale Watson to play our quiz. We'll ask him three questions about Sherlock Holmes.

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London's Mayor On Winston Churchill: He Saved Civilization

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 6:37am

Winston Churchill was a writer, an orator and a Tory. So is London Mayor Boris Johnson, and he has a new book about the late prime minister. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Johnson about his new book.

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McCain's 'Soldiers:' 13 Ordinary People Transformed By Battle

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 6:37am

In his new book, Sen. John McCain tells the stories of 13 U.S. soldiers in wars from the Revolution to Iraq. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with the senator about his book, Thirteen Soldiers.

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New York Exhibitions Dance With Death Through Victorian Mourning Culture

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 6:37am

Bereavement fashion, post-mortem photography and floral hair wreaths are just some of what you'll find at the Met's "Death Becomes Her" and the Morbid Anatomy Museum's "Art of Mourning."

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'Occupy The Farm': In Berkeley, The Revolution Will Be Irrigated

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 6:03am

A new documentary film follows protesters who occupied a research farm owned by the University of California. The film has become a symbol of the subversive possibilities of urban farming.

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Walking Through Light-Filled Rooms In 'Woman Without A Country'

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 6:03am

Irish poet Eavan Boland's latest volume meditates on the gulf between ideas of nation and individual lives of women; reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it a "beautiful kind of conversation."

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