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Turkish TV Travels Far As Craze For Dramas Goes Global

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 8:21am

The Turkish television industry is booming. Audience numbers spike at the end of Ramadan, when viewers around the world tune in in massive numbers — but there's year-round enthusiasm, too.

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This Puzzle's Relief Is Beyond Belief

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 7:30am

Change a letter in each word to make two new words. The letter you change must be in the same position in each word. And the letter you change each of them to will be the same letter of the alphabet.

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Hacking Iconic New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp Far From The Gulf

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 6:43am

Barbecue shrimp from Pascal's Manale is one of New Orleans' most beloved and copied dishes. Since it's hard to find head-on shrimp far from the Gulf, chef Mark DeFelice says use more spice.

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The Orchestral-Rock-Folk-Synth-Jazz Sound Of L'anarchiste

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 6:43am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Rob LeCheminant and Alex Gilvarry of the Utah-based band L'anarchiste. The band's new album, Giant, is a blend of classical and folk, synthesized and acoustic.

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Savor The Quiet Sweetness Of 'The Blue Girl'

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 4:21am

Laurie Foos' gently surreal new novel is set in a small lakeside town where the local mothers bake their secret confessions into moon pies, which they feed to a silent, mysterious blue-skinned girl.

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Savor The Quiet Sweetness Of 'The Blue Girl'

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 4:21am

Laurie Foos' gently surreal new novel is set in a small lakeside town where the local mothers bake their secret confessions into moon pies, which they feed to a silent, mysterious blue-skinned girl.

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Birds, Bees And The Power Of Sex Appeal: The Ribald Lives Of Flowers

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 4:48pm

They're billboards for sexual favors, says ecologist Stephen Buchmann. But get your minds out of the dirt: We're talking pollination — and it's played a surprising role in global trade and history.

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Amid Devastation, Tig Notaro Searched For A Sense Of Humor

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 4:08pm

Days after the comedian was diagnosed with breast cancer, she performed at the Largo nightclub in Los Angeles. Her stand-up routine, which became an album titled Live, was an instant hit.

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The Waters Of 'Lagoon' Are Choppy But Enthralling

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 9:03am

Nnedi Okorafor's new book imagines an alien landing in the waters just off Lagos, Nigeria. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it chaotic and beautiful, though occasionally dizzyingly difficult to read.

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In Monroeville, Ala., The Shock And Disillusion Of 'Watchman'

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 6:43am

The critics have already weighed in on Go Set A Watchman. Now regular readers have had a chance to assess Harper Lee's new book. We hear reactions from Lee's home state of Alabama.

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Contriving Characters From Celebrity Culture For 'Lizzie Pepper'

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 6:43am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with author and celebrity ghostwriter Hilary Liftin about her new novel, Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper. Liftin describes the process of pulling fiction from the tabloids.

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Jesus In A Lowrider: El Rito's Santero Carves Saints In Modern Clothing

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 6:43am

Nicholas Herrera offers his own touch to the tradition of saint carving. The santero works out of his studio in a small New Mexico town — but his edgy work can be found in museums around the country.

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A Battle Royale To Keep McDonald's Out Of Historic Food Hub In Paris

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 6:43am

France is now McDonald's No. 2 market. But in a Paris neighborhood historically considered the soul of French gastronomy, residents are fighting tooth and nail to keep the fast-food giant out.

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Sleuthing With Offbeat Variations In 'Irrational Man' and 'Mr. Holmes'

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 3:39pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews two crime movies — Irrational Man and Mr. Holmes — that have different philosophies on logic.

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In Portrait Of A Boxer, Fuqua Takes The Action Outside The Ring

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 3:11pm

For the better part of a decade, Antoine Fuqua has been Hollywood's go-to guy for action-laden drama. But, even with a familiar setting, his latest film, Southpaw, isn't a typical action film.

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'I Really Like You': Amy Schumer Makes A Fine 'Trainwreck'

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 3:03pm

The comedy Trainwreck, written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, takes a few risks with the romantic comedy formula on which it ultimately relies. Plus: LeBron James!

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In 'Trainwreck', A Screwball Comedy Fades To Family-Values Formulaic

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 2:13pm

Amy Schumer plays a writer who dodges lovers' pleas for commitment in Trainwreck, directed by Judd Apatow. Critic David Edelstein says the film loses its "delightful momentum" when it gets serious.

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'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 2:13pm

One-third of the seafood Americans catch is sold abroad, but most of the seafood we eat is imported and often of lower quality. Author Paul Greenberg explains why. Originally broadcast July 1, 2014.

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Beyond Fat-Free And Frozen: The Myriad Ways The World Uses Yogurt

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 2:05pm

Across the globe, the culinary culture of yogurt is ancient, thriving and incredibly diverse. From camel's milk yogurt to yogurt vodka, fish marinades to baked goods, yogurt is a versatile superstar.

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#NPRreads: Climate Scientists In The Crosshairs And China's Economy

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 12:42pm

Also this week, income inequality and the 2016 election, and the little-known Cascadia subduction zone.

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