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How Singapore Transformed Itself Into A Food Lover's Destination

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 6:03am

More than 14 million tourists visited the island nation last year. Many came for the food. It's all part of the Singapore government's master plan to make culinary enticements a key lure for tourists.

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At 'The Grand Budapest,' A Banquet Of Beards And Melange Of Mustaches

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 4:20pm

Nearly every male actor in The Grand Budapest Hotel has some kind of facial hair. In charge of each follicle — real or fake — was Oscar-nominated hair and makeup designer Frances Hannon.

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Filmmaker David Cross Says It's No Wonder We All Want Fame

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 3:54pm

The Arrested Development actor makes his directorial debut with the film Hits, which explores how easy it is to become famous in our celebrity-obsessed culture.

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'Strange Fruit' Shares Uncelebrated, Quintessentially American Stories

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 3:54pm

Have you heard of Bass Reeves? Richard Potter? Spottswood Rice? "Box" Brown? If not, illustrator-historian Joel Christian Gill says, you're missing out on some of the best stories in American history.

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Three Books To Light Your Fire For Valentine's Day

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 9:03am

If you've been comfortably paired up for years now, our romance guru Bobbi Dumas recommends three Valentine's Day reads that'll help give you the spark and thrill of first love all over again.

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Not My Job: Three Questions About Bass (The Fish) For Lance Bass (The Singer)

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 8:06am

This week we're recording our show in Orlando, Fla., birthplace of the massively popular boy band NSYNC.

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In Art For The Blind, Touching Exhibits Is Mandatory

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 6:23am

Museums are filled with signs that say "do not touch." But a current exhibition at the Museo del Prado in Madrid wants you to do just the opposite. The exhibit is designed for blind people.

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The Other Chocolate Tries For Sweet Redemption

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 6:12am

Some say white chocolate has a bad reputation because of its history of poor quality ingredients. But aficionados say its mellow sweetness can bring out flavors that bitter dark chocolate smothers.

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Dangerous Freedoms And Fading Memories In 'Find Me'

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 6:12am

Imagine a future where an epidemic that erases memories (and eventually kills) takes over the country: That's the setting for the first novel from celebrated short story writer Laura Van Den Berg.

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For Three Comedians, Valentine's Day Makes For One Big Joke

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 6:12am

Whether they find Valentine's Day "icky," or the "Christmas of love," stand-up comics Jim Gaffigan, Marina Franklin and Ted Alexandro all find plenty of funny material in romance — or the lack of it.

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Hugh Grant On Smart Romantic Comedies And Standing Up To The Tabloids

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 6:12am

In The Rewrite Grant plays a washed-up Hollywood screenwriter who takes a job teaching at a college. Recently, Grant has been fighting against British tabloids using illegal hacking tactics.

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A Berkeley Student Comes Home In 'Braggsville,' With Consequences

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 6:12am

T. Geronimo Johnson's new novel follows a young man from a small Georgia town who comes home from college with a multicultural crew of friends, and plans for a disruptive (if well-intentioned) prank.

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Gary Owens, 'Rowan And Martin's Laugh-In' Announcer, Dies

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 6:05pm

Owens, known for his baritone, parlayed his role on Laugh-In into a long career of voice-over work in more than a dozen movies and many TV shows. He was 80-years-old.

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See What 'Saturday Night Live' Looks Like The Rest Of The Week

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 4:48pm

Saturday Night Live celebrates its 40th anniversary on Sunday. Throughout, the show's two photographers have been flies on the wall, capturing read-throughs, rehearsals and back-stage shenanigans.

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Sizzling-Hot Reads For Those Cold Winter Nights

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 2:04pm

If the cold and snow has you feeling, well, frigid, here's the solution. Five titillating titles that'll put you in a steamy frame of mind.

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Love From A To Z — And Back Again — In 'The Last Five Years'

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:57pm

The Last Five Years is a musical romance with a unique storytelling twist. NPR film critic Bob Mondello says the quirks and tricks have him singing the movie's praises, despite a flaw or two.

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If You Strip The Bondage, '50 Shades' Is A Conventional Love Story

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:52pm

The film, based on E.L. James' best-selling novel, has been denounced by decency brigades. But it's a surprisingly mild, corny romance that affirms traditional values: It's Jane Eyre with ropes.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Jupiter Ascending' And On-Screen Chemistry

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 9:21am

On this week's show: the Wachowskis' new kooky space adventure, the power of chemistry, and what's making us happy this week.

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'Fifty Shades' Director Explores Passion, Performance And Control

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 3:19pm

Fifty Shades of Grey is expected to be a blockbuster — and the director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, is a relative unknown outside of the art world, where she's a star. NPR's Neda Ulaby has a profile.

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'Ida' Director Made Film To 'Recover The Poland' Of His Childhood

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:32pm

The film is set in 1962 in Poland where director Pawel Pawlikowski lived until he was 14. Up for an Oscar for best foreign language film, Ida is about identity, faith, guilt and socialism.

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