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A 3-Star General Explains 'Why We Lost' In Iraq, Afghanistan

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 4:22pm

In his new book, a former Army lieutenant general compares the war on terrorism to Alcoholics Anonymous: "Step one is admitting you have a problem."

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James Earl Jones: From Stutterer To Janitor To Broadway Star

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

The 83-year-old was once a farm kid who didn't want to talk. Today, the unmistakable stage and screen actor (not to mention the voice of Darth Vader) still calls himself a "journeyman actor."

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'The Black Horn': Blowing Past Classical Music's Color Barriers

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

Robert Lee Watt, the first black French horn player to join a major U.S. symphony, spent 37 years with the LA Philharmonic. He faced a lot of resistance along the way, as his new memoir recounts.

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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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In 'The Theory Of Everything,' Science Takes A Back Seat

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 5:29am

The new Stephen Hawking biographical film The Theory Of Everything takes such a starry-eyed view of love and life that it seems to be from another era.

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Answering The Old Question: Who Lost China?

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 5:04am

Richard Bernstein's new China 1945 looks at the momentous events of that year in Asia, and argues that the U.S. focus on fighting Japanese forces in China weakened Chiang Kai-Shek's Nationalists.

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New Stephen Hawking Biopic Explores Love, Not Science

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:53am

The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne, focuses on the theoretical physicist's relationship with his wife more than his professional accomplishments.

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The Ancient Art Of Cheese-Making Attracts Scientific Gawkers

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:52am

In England, cheese-making is an art stretching back hundreds of years. But recently, scientists have become interested in the microbes that make the country's artisan cheeses so tasty.

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