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Editor: New 'Cosmo' Woman Is 'Interested In Mascara And The Middle East'

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:09am

"Men are allowed to talk about sports relentlessly, and yet we still take them seriously," says Cosmo's Joanna Coles, so women should be able to talk about fashion and politics.

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In This 'Alphabet,' 'O' Is For Helpful Owl And 'C' Is For Escapist Cup

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:13pm

From a cup who dreams of a window seat to a problem-solving owl, Oliver Jeffers' new picture book, Once Upon an Alphabet, gives each letter its own story.

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In Film, Women's Stories Break Through At Fall Festivals

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:13pm

Study after study reveals that women remain underrepresented in film, both on screen and off. But film festivals can play a role in closing the gap.

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What's It Like To Be Neil Patrick Harris? He Gives You Options

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 9:03am

The actor says he's been able to do a lot of different things in his life, including his role as Doogie Howser. So when he sat down to write a memoir, he made it a "Choose Your Own Adventure."

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Friction Can Save Your Sandwich, And Other Tips For Better Bites

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 2:24am

Many sandwiches lack structural integrity due to "the sliced cucumber conundrum," says Dan Pashman, author of Eat More Better. He has fixes for it and other kitchen woes — like sad-looking leftovers.

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'As You Wish': Take A Peek At The Making Of 'The Princess Bride'

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 3:54pm

Actor Cary Elwes, best known for his dashing performance as the heroic farm boy Westley in The Princess Bride, has a new book out, full of memories from the cast of the cult classic.

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Striking Mosaic Found In Greek Tomb Dates From 4th Century B.C.

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 3:37pm

Dating from the last quarter of the 4th century B.C., the mosaic covers a space of nearly 15 feet by 10 feet. It features two horses, a man, and the god Hermes, in colorful detail.

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Wolverine's Death: Superheroes And The Cycle Of Eternal Return

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 1:00pm

Nerd-about-town Glen Weldon explains to a non-comics-reading guy exactly what is up with the impending death of Wolverine. (That's not a spoiler; the miniseries is actually called Death of Wolverine.)

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Neil Young's Writes Of His Love Affair With Cars

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 6:22am

Neil Young loves his cars so much he wrote a second memoir, Special Deluxe, devoted to them. He speaks with NPR's Ari Shapiro about music, the environment and, of course, automobiles.

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From VMI To James Island, Hollywood Battles To Get The Civil War Right

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 6:22am

The new film Field of Lost Shoes follows a group of VMI cadets who fought at the Battle of New Market. The film is one in a long history of Civil War movies, many of which have been problematic.

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Book Offers A Get-Wit-Quick Workout

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 6:22am

NPR's Ari Shapiro gets schooled in the art of being interesting by Benjamin Errett, the author of the new book, Elements of Wit.

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The Feathery Saga Of A 'Sucker For Unwanted Birds'

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 5:07am

Michelle Raffin's new The Birds of Pandemonium is an impassioned but occasionally jumbled memoir of her adventures in the noisy, smelly, exhausting, rewarding world of rare bird conservation.

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TV Giant Norman Lear Shares Gems From 92 Years Of 'Experience'

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 5:09pm

Host Arun Rath asked TV giant Norman Lear where he got the confidence to spend three years fighting to get All In The Family on air. His answer: "Can you say 'beats the **** out of me' on NPR?"

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Extra-Permanent Ink: Preserving Your Tattoos After Death

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 4:14pm

Got a killer tat? There's no reason for it to die with you. Thanks to a Dutch tattoo artist, if you sign the right forms and pay the right price, a lab can preserve your body art after you die.

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The Empire Strikes Back: The Fan-Made Version

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 4:08pm

A follow-up to 2010 Emmy-winner Star Wars Uncut, the film is a pastiche of live action, stop-motion and animation that shows both the contributors' talents and their passion for the original.

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Behind The Motorcycles In 'Easy Rider,' A Long-Obscured Story

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 3:58pm

The alleged last authentic motorcycle used in the 1969 film Easy Rider is going up for auction. The man who designed the bikes, Clifford Vaughs, says he has never gotten proper credit for his work.

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Hugs For Hecklers: Cameron Esposito On Life As A Lesbian Comedian

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 3:58pm

Esposito discusses her new album, Same Sex Symbol, and tells NPR's Arun Rath she feels concern for the people who heckle her about her sexuality: "I just wonder, what's up with your life? Are you OK?"

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A Slow Simmer Of Grief And Strength In 'Nora Webster'

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 6:03am

Colm Tóibín's new novel is set in his Irish home town in the early 1970s, and follows the titular Nora as she and her family struggle to cope with the loss of her beloved husband.

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'Schiaparelli': The Shocking, Shadowed Life Of A Fashion Icon

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 5:14am

A new biography by Meryle Secrest looks at the troubled life of designer Elsa Schiaparelli — renowned as the Queen of Fashion, a glamorous innovator whose career never recovered from World War II.

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For This Baseball Season, Roger Angell Has Just The 'Ticket'

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 4:40pm

The American League Championship Series begins tonight. Writer Kate Tuttle says Roger Angell's 1988 collection of essays, Season Ticket, is the perfect accompaniment to the postseason.

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