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The 'Man Who Touched His Own Heart' Changed Medicine

2 hours 49 min ago

Melissa Block talks to Rob Dunn about his new book, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, a history of science and medicine's efforts to understand the working of the human heart.

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One-Man Show Casts 'Brilliant' Light On Realities Of Suicide, Depression

3 hours 9 min ago

The off-Broadway play Every Brilliant Thing tackles its dark subject through audience participation and comedy. Both critics and audience members have described it as incredibly moving.

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When Islamists Impose Their Will In 'Timbuktu,' One Family Resists

5 hours 24 min ago

The movie, one of five Academy Award nominees for best foreign language film this year, is about radical Islamists occupying the city in Mali. Remarkably, it's often on the verge of being a comedy.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Jane The Virgin' And Sexy Sex Thrillers

9 hours 30 min ago

Both the sublime and the ridiculous get thorough airings this week as the team takes on the fine CW show Jane The Virgin and the bonkers sex thriller The Boy Next Door.

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Songwriter, Poet Rod McKuen Dies At 81

10 hours 56 min ago

Rod McKuen is credited with more than 200 albums and more than 30 collections of poetry. He died on Thursday after a lengthy illness.

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From Laundering To Profiteering, A Multitude Of Sins At The Vatican Bank

15 hours 33 min ago

In God's Bankers Gerald Posner explores the history of money, power and the church. During World War II, he says, the Vatican made money off of the life insurance policies of Jews sent to death camps.

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The Gift Of Eternal Shelf Life: 'Tuck Everlasting' Turns 40

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:11pm

In Natalie Babbitt's celebrated classic, a young girl stumbles upon a secret spring and the family the spring has given eternal life to. Babbitt says she wrote the book to help kids understand death.

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The Arctic Circle's Coolest Accommodations Turn 25 Years Old

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:21pm

The Icehotel in Sweden, built in winter and vanishing in spring, is the original hotel carved from snow and ice bricks. It's also an art project; sculptors compete for the chance to carve out rooms.

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NBC's 'Parenthood' Ends As A Family Drama Built On Small Moments

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:10pm

NBC's Parenthood airs its final episode, wrapping after six seasons. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says it's a rare gem; a family drama centered on the small, emotional moments between relatives.

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In 'Outline,' A Series Of Conversations Are Autobiographies In Miniature

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:21pm

Rachel Cusk's novel centers on a writer and mother recovering from divorce who teaches a summer course in Athens, Greece. The narrator has 10 conversations filled with holes, lies and self-deceptions.

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Low-Key, Real Life Heroism In 'March: Book Two'

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 9:03am

Congressman John Lewis continues his graphic memoir series about the civil rights movement in March: Book Two, and he isn't afraid to humble the famous and focus on those history often overlooks.

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A Haunting, Victorian-Inflected Dystopia In 'The Mime Order'

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:03am

Samantha Shannon's richly detailed followup to The Bone Season picks up with clairvoyant heroine Paige on the run after leading a revolt against the alien oppressors of her far-future England.

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'Little House,' Big Demand: Never Underestimate Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:35pm

Wilder's memoir reveals that she witnessed more violence than you'd ever know from her children's books. The South Dakota State Historical Society can barely keep up with demand for the autobiography.

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In 'The Americans,' Art Imitates Real Life Lies

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:26pm

Robert Siegel talks to Joe Weisberg, creator of the FX television series, The Americans, about the similarities between his show and recent real-life spy-related events in New York and Argentina.

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Full Of Complexity And Ambivalence, 'American Sniper' Shows The Cost Of War

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:37pm

The film about a Navy SEAL whose service in Iraq made him a mythic figure has become a cultural lightning rod. But the squabbles are too simple for a low-key movie striking in its lack of stridency.

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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:03pm

New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.

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If You've Gotta Reboot 'Ghostbusters,' At Least Do It With This Cast

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:27am

The announcement of the new Ghostbusters cast went over like ... well, gangbusters.

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Should Ray Rice Get A Second Chance? 'Maybe,' Parcells Says

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 9:20am

In part two of David Greene's conversation with Bill Parcells, the legendary football coach discusses how he dealt with players' drug use, and redemption for the former Baltimore Raven running back.

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Smithsonian In Talks Over London Outpost — Its First Overseas

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 8:57am

If negotiations are successful, the Smithsonian would join other attractions at the site of London's Olympic Park.

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'How To Grow Up' Needs To Grow Up

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 6:03am

Poet, novelist, memoirist and queer icon Michelle Tea makes a rare misstep in How To Grow Up, an essay collection that reviewer Michael Schaub calls "a well-intentioned, exasperating mess of a book."

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