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A 19th-Century Novel Explains Quantitative Easing

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 5:34pm

This week, the Federal Reserve ended the quantitative easing program. Author John Lanchester says Anthony Trollope's 19th-century novel, The Way We Live Now, clarifies the current financial situation.

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Like Olive Kitteridge, Actress Frances McDormand Was Tired Of Supporting Roles

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:41pm

"I've made a career of playing small supporting roles," McDormand says. And in a four-hour HBO miniseries she plays Kitteridge, a supporting character who "should be a leading lady."

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Spine-Tingling With A Twang: Great Alabama Ghost Stories

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:33pm

There's nothing like a good ghost story on Halloween — and some of the best tales were told by the late storyteller and NPR commentator Kathryn Tucker Windham.

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Stephen King On Growing Up, Believing In God And Getting Scared

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 1:32pm

"The more carny it got, the better I liked it," King says of his new thriller, Joyland. King talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about his career writing horror, and about what scares him now.

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In The Life Of 'Olive Kitteridge,' It's The Little Things That Add Up

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 1:32pm

The HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand is based on a collection of stories about residents in a small town in Maine. It's about family, friends and the tenuous relationships that make up life.

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Book News: J.K. Rowling Exposes Origin Of Harry Potter's 'Twee' Nemesis

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 9:33am

Dolores Umbridge, enemy of the boy wizard, gets profiled in a new story from Rowling on Halloween. Also: Goodnight Moon goes bilingual, and a campaign for diverse books turns to crowd-funding.

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Halloween Makes Us Think Of ... Diversity In Romance!

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 6:03am

Romance guru Bobbi Dumas once worked at an international school — and she says the colorful world of the kids' Halloween costumes inspired her to think about diversity in her favorite literature.

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Review: Gyllenhaal's 'Nightcrawler' Is Pulp With A Purpose

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:57am

Kenneth Turan reviews Nightcrawler, a thriller set in the "nocturnal underbelly" of Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a young man who discovers the world of L.A. crime journalism.

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The Colorful, Blossoming D.C. Arts Scene In The 1950s, '60s

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:57am

In 1965 the work of six local painters went on exhibit at the now-defunct Washington Gallery of Modern Art. The show launched a movement, and the painters' work now hangs in major museums. One of those artists, now 97, lives in Arlington, Va.

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TV Networks Re-imagine Reruns While Keeping Traditional Viewers

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:57am

A new digital platform called Simpson's World has all 25 years' worth of the show. FX says it is trying to cater to both old-fashioned TV fans and people who watch shows on other devices.

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'The Book Of Strange New Things' Treads Familiar Territory

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 5:20pm

Michel Faber's best-seller, The Crimson Petal and the White, captured the feel of Victorian London. His latest is a literary science-fiction tale that might disappoint hard core sci-fi fans.

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Remembering All Night Fright Fests And Halloween Horrorthons

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:40pm

For Halloween, NPR movie critic Bob Mondello remembers scaring up some frights from his first job at a movie theater.

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A Well-Designed Parking Sign Can Make Life Much Easier

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:40pm

Is it safe to park on the street, or are you risking a ticket? The more signs there are, the more confusing that question gets. Designer Nikki Sylianteng has found a way to help.

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'Nightcrawler' Jake Gyllenhaal: We're All Complicit In 'If It Bleeds, It Leads'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:40pm

"There's something very primal about the slowing down at an accident scene," says Gyllenhaal. He plays a freelance cameraman, racing to get the grisliest footage, in the film Nightcrawler.

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Funny, Dirty, Sad: The 'Holy Trinity' For 'Transparent' Creator Jill Soloway

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 1:24pm

When writer Jill Soloway's father came out as a trans woman, Soloway says it was a huge relief. And it helped her create the series Transparent about "boundaries, legacy, gender, family."

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Can Shows Like 'The McCarthys' Replace CBS' 'Thursday Night Football'?

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 1:05pm

Tonight marks the return of scripted programming on CBS after seven weeks of Thursday Night Football, including a new show, The McCarthys, that should have been left in the locker room.

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In 'Goodbye To Language,' Jean-Luc Godard Seeks New Ways To Make Pictures

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:17am

At 83, the Franco-Swiss auteur has made another complex visual poem, this time using 3D technology. The film bubbles with invention, thanks to jittery editing and a jumble of photographic styles.

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'The Great Invisible' Views An Environmental Catastrophe From Many Sides

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:55am

Margaret Brown's soft-spoken documentary examines the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The film recognizes an instinct toward simplistic polarization, but pushes gently against it.

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Book News: Remembering Poet Galway Kinnell, Whose Song Said Everything

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 9:31am

The Pulitzer Prize winner has died at the age of 87. In his deceptively simple poetry and in his activism, Kinnell sought to broaden his audience, even while grappling with difficult themes.

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I'm Not Scary, I'm Just Drawn That Way: Great Comics For Halloween

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 6:03am

Ready for a Halloween scare? Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says these graphic novels and compilations — packed with creepy cults, alien monsters, gravediggers and ghosts — are just the ticket.

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