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Chris Rock On Finding The Line Between Funny And 'Too Far'

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:00pm

"No comedian wants to have to analyze and defend" jokes, says Rock, who wrote, directed and stars in the new film Top Five. He adds: "I'm not a politician; I'm not a thinker. I'm a comedian."

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Book News: Doris Lessing's Personal Library Returns Home — To Zimbabwe

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:48am

More than 3,000 books from the British Nobel laureate's collection have been donated to a library in Zimbabwe, where Lessing lived for 25 years. Also: J.K. Rowling promises 12 days of Harry Potter.

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A Surprisingly Effective Trailer For 'The Last Five Years'

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:26am

The trailer for the upcoming film The Last Five Years shows lots of Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan singing to each other, because ... that's the movie. It's good, though.

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Author Of 'Bridge To Terabithia': Messages Are Poison To Fiction

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 5:35pm

Katherine Paterson describes the inspiration behind her best-known children's book, as well as tales from her childhood in China and missionary work in Japan, in her new memoir, Stories of my Life.

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Women Butchers Are Slicing Through The Meat World's Glass Ceiling

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 3:54pm

The meat industry traditionally has been a male-dominated field. But as demand for local meat grows, that's made more room for women to carve out ownership roles in the business.

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Siblings Build A Butcher Shop For Meat-Loving Vegans

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 9:05am

Brother and sister Kale and Aubry Walch plan to open the country's first vegan butcher shop. Their goal: To free vegans from enduring yet another tofurkey holiday.

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Siblings Build A Butcher Shop For Meat-Loving Vegans

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 9:05am

Brother and sister Kale and Aubry Walch plan to open the country's first vegan butcher shop. Their goal: To free vegans from enduring yet another tofurkey holiday.

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Just Say No, N-O

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 7:03am

Every answer today is a familiar two-word phrase or name with the initial letters N and O.

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In Troubled Times, Does 'The Black Church' Still Matter?

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 6:37am

As the nation endures a season of racial tension, NPR's Michel Martin talks about the mission of the black church and whether it remains relevant in the social justice movement.

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Before Dylan, Dave Ray's Blues Rocked Minneapolis

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 6:37am

When Bob Dylan moved to Minneapolis in 1959, he was overshadowed by a singer and guitar player named Dave Ray of the blues trio Koerner, Ray and Glover. A new box set traces the singer's evolution.

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Billions Of Years Go By, All In The Same 'Room'

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 6:37am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Richard McGuire about his arresting graphic novel, Here. It's an austere, profound journey backward and forward in time through the life of a single room.

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Millenia Of History, Beautifully Illustrated 'Here' In One Room

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 6:03am

Richard McGuire's Here started small — as an underground magazine cartoon 25 years ago. But it's grown to an epoch-spanning narrative that captures all the bits of history happening in one room.

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A Pop-Up Cafe Caters To Hikers Along The Pacific Crest Trail

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 4:19am

The 2,650-mile trail is grueling. But for a few weekends each season, hikers on the stretch near California's Sonora Pass encounter a hiker's dream: fresh fruit, cakes and other goodies for the weary.

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A Pop-Up Cafe Caters To Hikers Along The Pacific Crest Trail

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 4:19am

The 2,650-mile trail is grueling. But for a few weekends each season, hikers on the stretch near California's Sonora Pass encounter a hiker's dream: fresh fruit, cakes and other goodies for the weary.

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Is Privacy Protection 'More Awesome Than Money'?

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 5:46pm

Jim Dwyer's new book chronicles the life of Diaspora, a feisty, nonprofit social network dedicated to safeguarding personal privacy.

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Getting Your 'Shine On Is Becoming Increasingly Legal

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 4:13pm

Mention moonshine and you might think of an illegal backwoods still carefully hidden to evade authorities. But recently, legal distilleries have been popping up in a white lightning renaissance.

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At 86, Poet Donald Hall Writes On, But Leaves Verse Behind

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 4:13pm

The former U.S. poet laureate says he can't write poetry any more, but still has some prose in him. In a new book, Essays After Eighty, he considers his art, his beard and his experience growing old.

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Four Lessons From The Media's Conflicted Coverage of Race

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 10:38am

After grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans notes media missteps in discussing race.

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Not My Job: E Street Drummer Max Weinberg Gets Quizzed On New Jersey

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 9:14am

Peter Sagal has taken more than a few potshots at his home state over the years, so we'll quiz Weinberg — a proud son of Newark — about some of New Jersey's highlights.

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First-Generation 'Boston Girl' Becomes Career Woman In Diamant's Latest

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 6:47am

Anita Diamant — who also authored The Red Tent — tells the story of Addie Baum in her latest novel. Baum is a Jewish girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents in Boston's North End.

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