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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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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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For Political Junkies, A (Literary) Post-Election Fix

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 5:22pm

Post-elections, Molly Antopol and Jason Sheehan reflect on the results by turning to their favorite political books, Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World and Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.

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As A New 'Doctor Who' Season Ends, Have Its Stories Matched The Hero?

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 5:03pm

Britain's Doctor Who series finishes its first season with new hero Peter Capaldi on Saturday. TV critic Eric Deggans says Capaldi's portrayal of the Doctor is often better than the stories he's in.

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Tripping Into A Black Hole In This Week's Movies

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 4:21pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello gets blinded by science this week at the movies, what with The Theory of Everything, Interstellar, Big Hero 6 and some really cool black holes.

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'Viva La Libertà' Offers Harmless Electoral Fun

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 2:37pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews Viva la Libertà, a lightweight Italian election comedy that might provide even Democrats with a smile this week.

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Can A Smell-Emitting Fork Alter How We Savor Flavor?

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 1:05pm

Flavor is a combination of taste and aroma. So can a scent-emitting fork trick our brains into thinking we're tasting something, when we're only just smelling it? The Salt team tests it out.

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Anjelica Huston Tells Her 'Story' Of Growing Up With A Director Dad

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 12:26pm

The actor's new memoir, A Story Lately Told, covers her early life growing up in Ireland, the daughter of director John Huston. In 1969, the two collaborated on a film, and it was disastrous.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Interstellar' And Other Space Movies

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 10:07am

On this week's show, we jump in with Christopher Nolan's new space super-adventure, take on space in general, and talk about what's making us happy this week.

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