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For Decades, A Serial Killer Stalked Black Women In LA

31 min 49 sec ago

From 1985 to 2002, a series of killings struck South Central Los Angeles. A new documentary, Tales of the Grim Sleeper, explores the 25 years it took for police to arrest the alleged killer.

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This Weekend, Investigate The 'Edges' Of Fred Moten's Musical Poetry

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 6:42am

In honor of National Poetry Month, our latest Weekend Read is Fred Moten's collection The Little Edges. Poet Douglas Kearney says Moten's power is in his attention to music, both in text and subject.

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A Puzzle As Easy As Falling Off A Log

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 6:42am

Every answer to today's puzzle is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with L-O and the second word starts with G.

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Who's Behind The Latest Ethnic Food Trend? Maybe It's A Government

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 6:03am

It's no accident that Peruvian cuisine has become popular in recent years. It's government policy – one that a number of middle-income nations are adopting to flex their muscles on the global stage.

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A City Full Of Contradictions, And A Trilogy To Match In 'Nocturne'

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 6:03am

The second volume of Anne Opotowsky's lavish trilogy about the Kowloon Walled City is like the city itself — vibrant and contradictory, its skilled atmospherics sometimes marred by sloppy art.

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Actor Nick Kroll: 'I'm A Real Solid Uncle The First Hour'

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 4:38am

"By hour three," Kroll says, "I'm either on my phone or taking a nap." He tells NPR how being a youngest sibling and uncle of 12 informed his new film, Adult Beginners.

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The World Music Education of Philip Glass

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:06pm

In his new memoir, Music Without Words, the composer explains how a chance meeting with Ravi Shankar sparked a fascination with the cultures of the world and their music.

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The Power Of Edouard Manet's 'Very Active Muse'

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 9:06am

Maureen Gibbon's new novel, Paris Red, delves into the life of Victorine Meurent, Manet's favorite model and the central figure in some of his most famous paintings.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Toni Morrison, Ross Macdonald's Crime Fiction, Will Forte

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 8:03am

Nobel laureate Morrison reflects on her life and her regrets; Maureen Corrigan reviews a reissue of four of Macdonald's 1950s novels; SNL alum Forte discusses comedy and Bruce Dern's acting advice.

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'Save Us, Save Us': A Poem For The Migrants Lost At Sea

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 6:33am

We asked poet Craig Morgan Teicher to find a poem to illuminate a recent news event. He says the capsized boat in the Mediterranean Sea made him think of Derek Mahon's "A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford."

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Tiny Pages Reveal Big, Rodent-Related Worries In 'Devotion'

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 6:03am

Don't be put off by the size of Devotion: A Rat Story by Maile Meloy. It's a small book, hardly larger than a pack of cigarettes, but the horror it delivers is real (and rat shaped).

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It's The Fuzz! Cat Detective Swipes A Claw At Crime In 'William'

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:27am

When the Mona Cheesa goes missing in Paris, "international cat of mystery" William is called in on the case. Helen Hancocks joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk about William & the Missing Masterpiece.

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The Hard Work And Close Bonds Of Competitive College A Cappella

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:21am

Pitch Perfect may have made the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella look like a personality contest, but the real competition takes long hours and exacting musicianship.

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The Hard Work And Close Bonds Of Competitive College A Cappella

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:21am

Pitch Perfect may have made the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella look like a personality contest, but the real competition takes long hours and exacting musicianship.

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Marfa's Mexican-Americans Remember 'Giant' And Southwest Segregation

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 3:22pm

The documentary Children of Giant tells the story of some of the people in the 1956 film — not James Dean or Rock Hudson, but rather the Mexican community that appeared in it.

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Don't Take His Stapler: 'Paper Clip' Author's Passion For Office Supplies

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 3:22pm

James Ward's new book stems from a life-long love of Post-it notes, pencils and paper clips; he tells NPR's Melissa Block that they remind him of his school days, when life was less complicated.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Food In Pop Culture And Going Back To College

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 1:30pm

On this week's show, we talk about competitive cooking shows, delicious food in the movies, and all the things we've learned about pop culture representations of college.

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'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:58pm

Historian David Kertzer says the Catholic Church lent organizational strength and moral legitimacy to Mussolini's fascist regime. Kertzer recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his book.

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Deception And Suspense By The Sea In The Iranian Mystery 'About Elly'

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:58pm

Recently released in the U.S., Asghar Farhadi's 2009 film follows a teacher invited on a beach trip by the mother of one of her students. David Edelstein calls the film "Hitchockian" in its suspense.

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Sexy, Simple, Satirical: 300 Years Of Picnics In Art

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 10:36am

From Goya to Banksy, artists through the century have tackled modernity and its discontents through depictions of eating outdoors.

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