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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Shark Tank'

36 min 58 sec ago

NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith joins the panel to talk about the oddly successful and often bizarre ABC series that brings entrepreneurs to beg for money from rich people.

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Gabrielle Union Gets Real In 'We're Going To Need More Wine'

1 hour 39 min ago

Union has graced screens big and small since the '90s. Now she's written a frank, funny essay collection that's not just a celebrity tell-all (though she does dish on Heath Ledger's dreaminess).

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LAPD Investigating Accusation Of 2013 Rape By Harvey Weinstein

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 7:53pm

Weinstein has been dogged by a litany of allegations of sexual misconduct ever since the New York Times reported earlier this month that he has paid off accusers for decades.

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In The Searing 'BPM (Beats Per Minute)' ACT UP Acts Up

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 4:01pm

This French drama about the Paris chapter of ACT UP in the '80s and '90s feels urgent and chillingly relevant — a call to arms against silence and complacency.

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'Wonderstruck': A Lifeless Diorama About Lifeless Dioramas

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 4:01pm

Todd Haynes follows up Carol with this New York fable set in different time periods, but "there's little room left for insight and emotion in this overstuffed cabinet of curiosities."

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Do You Want To Skip 'The Snowman?' (You Should)

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Tomas Alfredson buries a pulpy serial-killer yarn under an avalanche of portentous, boring, art-house fussiness.

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New Book Argues A Theory In Policing Is To Blame For Eric Garner's Death

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 3:16pm

Eric Garner was killed by the police in New York City in 2014. His final words were, "I can't breathe." A book by journalist Matt Taibbi argues that "Broken Windows" is to blame for Garner's death.

For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An 'Invasive Weed' Inside His Mind

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 1:34pm

"It starts out with one little thought, and then slowly that becomes the only thought that you're able to have," Green says. His new novel, Turtles All The Way Down, is about a teenage girl with OCD.

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Amnesty For Little Book Lovers: New York City Libraries Shelve Kids' Late Fees

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:19am

On Thursday, the city's public library systems are forgiving fines on overdue materials checked out by readers age 17 and under, reopening library doors to young readers once blocked by unpaid fees.

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Moonshine Makes A Comeback in Virginia. And This Time, It's Legal

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:45am

While the revival has taken off around the country, it's especially strong in Virginia, where many of the twists, turns and car chases that are a part of moonshine lore took place.

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Custom-Printed Cocktails On The Moon? 'Soonish' Shows Us How

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:00am

Zach and Kelly Weinersmith's accessible, occasionally goofy new book lays out futuristic fantasies (like matter-printed cocktails) and connects them to projects scientists are working on right now.

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Philip Pullman's Realm Of Poetry And Inspiration

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 4:00am

Pullman — author of the beloved His Dark Materials trilogy — says poet William Blake's idea of mystical multiple vision, of different ways of seeing, is "absolutely central" to his new book.

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Why Da Vinci's Last Privately Owned Painting Probably Won't End Up In A Museum

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:41pm

The last known privately owned painting by Leonardo da Vinci is going up for auction. But it will probably go back into private hands because no museum can afford the price. "Salvator Mundi" is likely to sell for more than a $100 million.

'A Line In The Dark' Is A Fresh Approach To The Teen Thriller

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 9:00am

Malinda Lo's new book sets up a classic conflict — townie kids versus prep schoolers — and adds nuanced queer characters. Despite a flawed second half, A Line in the Dark has much to offer.

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Not Much To 'Smile' About In Roddy Doyle's Intense New Novel

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 6:00am

The Irish novelist is known for his sense of humor — but his latest, about a man abused in his youth by Catholic priests, is distressing and at times almost unbearable. It's also his best book yet.

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Not Much To 'Smile' About In Roddy Doyle's Intense New Novel

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 6:00am

The Irish novelist is known for his sense of humor — but his latest, about a man abused in his youth by Catholic priests, is distressing and at times almost unbearable. It's also his best book yet.

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George Saunders Wins Man Booker Prize For 'Lincoln In The Bardo'

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 4:18pm

It's the second year in a row that an American writer has taken home the prestigious literary award.

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'Death In The Air' Revisits 5 Days When London Was Choked By Poisonous Smog

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 1:41pm

Kate Winkler Dawson's new book chronicles The Great Smog of 1952, when moist air from the Gulf Stream stalled for days over London, mixing with poisonous gases and causing more than 12,000 deaths.

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'I Am Full Of Contradictions': Novelist Amy Tan On Fate And Family

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 1:19pm

In Where the Past Begins, Tan connects her experience with spirituality to that of her parents and grandmother. "I don't consider myself any religion," she says. " ... I have an amalgam of beliefs."

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Tom Hanks Lays Out A Kinder, Gentler World In 'Uncommon Type'

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:00am

Tom Hanks' well-documented obsession with typewriters is on display in his new story collection, tales linked not just by typewriters but by a benign, humane view of people and their many foibles.

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