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Smashing Snowglobes: A Writer On Essays, Novels And Translation

5 hours 4 min ago

Valeria Luiselli, who was born in Mexico City and lives now in Harlem, released two slim, multinational books this year: the essay collection Sidewalks and her time-jumping novel Faces In The Crowd.

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Desperate To Speak: How Emily Blunt Found Her Voice

7 hours 15 sec ago

The actress stars in the new film Into The Woods, in theaters Thursday. On screen she's a natural. But as a kid, she had a stutter so severe she could hardly say her own name.

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The Whiteness Project: Facing Race In A Changing America

7 hours 1 min ago

A filmmaker invited white residents of Buffalo, N.Y., to speak candidly about race. Karen Grigsby Bates finds the results are thought-provoking, often surprising and sometimes disturbing.

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Listen: The Not-So-True Story Of Santa's Naughty-Or-Nice Division

11 hours 50 min ago

So how does Santa know when you're awake? Our audio holiday card (fictionally) tells you how the North Pole operates — amid office politics, ethical conundrums and hours of surveillance video.

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In 'Two Days,' A Mother Lobbies Coworkers For Her Job

15 hours 49 min ago

The latest movie from filmmaking brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne stars Marion Cotillard as a young mother who fights to keep from getting screwed over by her colleagues at work.

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Filmmaker: Sony Hack Will Make Satirists Think Twice About Content

15 hours 49 min ago

Sony has canceled its new film, The Interview, which depicts the assassination of North Korea's leader. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with filmmaker Kevin Smith about writing controversial comedies.

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Bradley Cooper And 'American Sniper' Widow Team Up To Tell SEAL's Story

19 hours 5 min ago

Cooper worked closely with Taya Kyle to turn her late husband's book, about his time as a Navy SEAL, into a film. "We all felt him the whole time we were shooting the movie," Cooper says.

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Why Does It Take A Movie Robot To Show What Nurses Really Do?

19 hours 24 min ago

If TV and movie nurses took care of us when we're sick, we'd be in a heap of trouble. Those images of nutty, slutty and clueless nurses are bad news for the profession, and for patients.

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In Wineries Vs. Weather, Drones To The Rescue?

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 8:17pm

Rising temperatures have hastened harvest dates in Sonoma County — and they're changing grape-growing patterns around the world. Vineyards are responding with everything from sunscreen to sensors.

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How Tinseltown Got Tipsy: A Boozy Taste Of Hollywood History

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 4:16pm

Mark Bailey, who detailed old Hollywood's legendary love affair with liquor in his book Of All the Gin Joints, shares stories from a bygone era over cocktails at a legendary Hollywood bar.

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Hollywood Pros Fear A Chilling Effect After Sony Bows To Hackers

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 9:53am

Some in the entertainment industry are wondering if they'll have to be careful now about the stories they tell or the jokes they make in the wake of Sony's withdrawal of The Interview.

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Not My Job: Comedian Jenny Slate Gets Quizzed On Jennifer Lopez

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 9:38am

Slate has rocketed to fame with her online film series Marcel the Shell with Shoes On and the movie Obvious Child — but there are some other famous Jennifers out there ...

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'Going There' in 2014

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 8:03am

Michel Martin has spent much of the last few months on the road, and she has been moved by the people she's met and the stories they've shared with her. She remembers her 'Top 5' moments of 2014.

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Wexford Carols Brings Irish Holiday Relics To Life

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 6:33am

A new Christmas music collection resurrects Irish carols from the 17th century. NPR's Scott Simon talks to singer Caitriona O'Leary and producer Joe Henry about songs both sacred and political.

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Turner Was A Brute, But He Painted With Romantic Radiance

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 6:33am

One of Britain's best-loved artists, J.M.W. Turner, has been brought to life on the big screen. A new film paints him as an occasionally boorish man who turns out incandescent work.

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A Literate London Cabbie's Favorite Books For 2014

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 6:33am

Every year, well-read London cabbie Will Grozier joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk books. In 2014, he recommends the writing of a fellow taxi driver, and a new take on World War I.

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Gentlefolk All, Survive Your Holidays With Help From Chaucer

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 6:03am

Who better to help you through the stresses and strains of a modern Christmas than a 14th-century English poet? Yes, Geoffrey Chaucer is online now, and he's here for all your holiday advice needs.

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Sondheim's Songs Go 'Into The Woods' And Onto The Big Screen

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 4:30am

Director Rob Marshall is no stranger to the movie musical — and now, he's taking on the challenge of adapting Stephen Sondheim's knotty, complicated songs to the big screen with Into the Woods.

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Antarctic Holiday: A Christmas Feast In The Loneliest Spot On Earth

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 4:16am

For Dr. Gavin Francis, Christmas Eve marked the start of a year-long stay in an icy research base 8,700 miles from home. In this "empire of ice and isolation," he says, food is essential to morale.

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'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 5:33pm

This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.

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