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Author Finds Inscrutable Spaces, Secret Cities For 'Unruly Places'

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 6:43am

Alastair Bonnett sought out uncharted and forgotten territories for his new book, Unruly Places. He tells NPR's Tamara Keith about the quest, which included a visit to a traffic island.

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Roxane Gay: 'Bad Feminist,' Real Person

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 4:14am

How do you dig deeper into someone who's already so open about her life, her hopes, her fears? NPR's Annalisa Quinn talks to Gay about her writing, and not acting happy if you don't feel happy.

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Roxane Gay: 'Bad Feminist,' Real Person

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 4:14am

How do you dig deeper into someone who's already so open about her life, her hopes, her fears? NPR's Annalisa Quinn talks to Gay about her writing, and not acting happy if you don't feel happy.

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On July 4, A Celebration Of Walt Whitman's Irreverent Hymnal

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 3:00pm

For "This Week's Must-Read" poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips turns to Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, the man who first heard America singing.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Too Old For Youth Culture And Toys

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 6:49am

On this week's show, we ponder whether there's such a thing as "too old" for youth culture. Then, we remember some of the toys of our youth and wonder how play has changed.

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Celebrating A Star-Spangled Anthem ... That's Really Hard To Sing

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 5:59am

It's been nearly 200 years since Francis Scott Key wrote the words of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in 1814. Set to the melody of a popular English tune, America's anthem spans one and a half octaves.

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Trudging Uphill With Two Men And The Weight Of History

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:03pm

The new film Beyond The Edge follows the Everest trek of Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay — and raises questions about how mountaineering has and hasn't changed.

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Melissa McCarthy, An Unstoppable Force Imperfectly Deployed In 'Tammy'

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:03pm

Tammy finds Melissa McCarthy and her husband and collaborator Ben Falcone struggling with her particular combination of pratfalls and a fundamentally good nature.

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Isolation Spells Frustration In Bertolucci's 'Me And You'

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:03pm

Bernardo Bertolucci has made many films that deal with wealth. But his latest effort isolates its idle central character so much that his normally deft hand is uncharacteristically unsure.

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Simple Summer Jam Session Calls For Strawberries And Sunshine

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 3:03pm

When strawberries are in season, the Food Network's Amy Thielen's thinks of jam — sun jam. She shares her grandmother's method for making preserves with little more than sugar and the summer sun.

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Questlove And The Roots: How A Hip-Hop Band Conquered Late Night

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:55pm

"It's strange to admit it, but this is kinda the job we were born for," Questlove says of his group serving as house band for The Tonight Show.

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David Tomas Martinez Turns Hustle In The Street To Poetry On The Page

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:30pm

Before writing the poems that make up Hustle, Martinez was hustling a long time. His work dips into his teenage years running with a gang, his enlistment in the Navy, and his turn to poetry.

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In Charming Film 'Begin Again,' Music Can Save A Life

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 1:14pm

Keira Knightley plays a heartbroken singer-songwriter who teams up with a drunken producer in Begin Again. Irish director John Carney, who had a surprise hit with the musical Once, hit his mark again.

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'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 1:14pm

In late 2012, filmmaker Steve James and Roger Ebert began talking about filming a documentary based on Ebert's memoir. Ebert's wife, Chaz, agreed. They didn't know that he would die within months.

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The Late Walter Dean Myers Wrote In The Language Of Teens

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:07pm

Myers' young adult novels talked about the tough realities of urban life in language that made teens stop and listen. He won almost every award for YA literature during the course of his career.

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No Ants Were Harmed At These Picnics Of The Past

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:48am

There's something about eating outdoors that makes even a mundane meal feel special. In the spirit of the Fourth of July, we bring you nostalgic food ads and picnic scenes to inspire your feast.

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Book News: Children's Author Walter Dean Myers Dies At 76

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 6:45am

Also: Colum McCann was hospitalized following an attack at a Connecticut hotel; World Book Night suspends operations.

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A Primer On The 'Care And Management' Of Hope In Wartime

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 6:03am

Jacqueline Winspear — author of the Maisie Dobbs mysteries — tackles the anniversary of World War I with a standalone novel following four intertwined, war-scarred lives, at home and in the trenches.

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With Dirt And A Vision, Palestinian Architects Break The Mold

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:07am

In the city of Jericho in the West Bank, there's a new home that looks like it might be from another planet. But in fact, its designers took pains to use materials that were as local as possible.

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