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Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

6 hours 8 min ago

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

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Remembering Alan Cheuse, Our Longtime Literary Guide

7 hours 4 min ago

For some 30 years, Alan Cheuse was our guide to the best and worst of the written word. He passed away today at 75, after a car accident two weeks ago. NPR's Susan Stamberg has an appreciation.

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The Play's The Thing — High School Productions Down The Decades

7 hours 47 min ago

Bob Mondello looks at the most-produced shows at high schools through seven decades, and ponders what the choices made by drama teachers tell us.

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Alan Cheuse, Novelist And Longtime NPR Contributor, Dies At 75

8 hours 4 min ago

The author and critic died Friday of injuries sustained in a car accident. For years, he was the voice of NPR's literature commentary — and, for many, the "guide to a very exciting world."

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Cheetos, Canned Foods, Deli Meat: How The U.S. Army Shapes Our Diet

8 hours 49 min ago

Many of the processed foods that we eat — and the way they're made — were invented not for us, but for soldiers, says the author of the new book Combat-Ready Kitchen.

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Jon Stewart, Faking It and Making It

9 hours 32 min ago

As host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, Jon Stewart is a funny man with a serious message. Originally broadcast July 22, 2005.

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For Key And Peele, Biracial Roots Bestow Special Comedic 'Power'

9 hours 32 min ago

Comics Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele satirize people of all races on their Comedy Central sketch show. Originally broadcast Nov. 20, 2013.

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'Rogue Nation' Fulfills The Mission Of A Reliable Blockbuster Series

9 hours 42 min ago

Tom Cruise returns as secret agent Ethan Hunt in the latest Mission: Impossible -- a super-fun sequel executed with rigor, clarity, and creative use of Puccini's Turandot.

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New Griswolds Take New Dysfunctions On A 'Vacation'

10 hours 11 min ago

This time it's Rusty Griswold, the grown son of Chevy Chase's Clark Griswold, dragging his family on a doomed road trip. Critic Scott Tobias says the movie is overeager to provoke and offend.

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In 1968, The 'Best Of Enemies' Faced Off In A Brutal, Televised Feud

10 hours 19 min ago

ABC paired two pundits from opposite ends of the political spectrum — William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal — in a series of debates. A new documentary explores the legacy of this war of words.

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'The End Of The Tour' Is A Film For David Foster Wallace Buffs

11 hours 6 min ago

The movie, which draws from journalist David Lipsky's interviews with Wallace in 1996, offers an intriguing (if not altogether convincing) portrait of the Infinite Jest author.

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What Does It Mean To Be A "Cancer Survivor"?

13 hours 55 min ago

Debra Jarvis had breast cancer, but it doesn't define her, she says. Jarvis explains how clinging to the identity of "survivor" sometimes stifles personal growth.

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'End Of The Tour': An Unauthorized 'Anti-Biopic' Of David Foster Wallace

18 hours 37 min ago

Instead of telling the author's life story, the film (which the Wallace estate does not approve of) focuses on five days in 1996 during the publicity tour for Infinite Jest.

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Major Bambi: Meet The Marine Who Was Disney's Famous Fawn

18 hours 46 min ago

A gritty Marine, Donnie Dunagan fought in the Vietnam War and earned decorations for his service. But all his life, there was one thing this commander could never escape: He was the voice of Bambi.

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'Listen To Me Marlon' Explores Brando's Life In His Own Words

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:31pm

The documentary, Listen to Me Marlon, tells the story of legendary actor Marlon Brando through hours of personal audio recordings. NPR's Melissa Block talks to director Stevan Riley about the film.

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'The End of the Tour' Offers A Hint Of David Foster Wallace's Inner Struggle

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 2:29pm

A new film revisits a five-day interview that took place between writer David Foster Wallace and a reporter for Rolling Stone in 1996. Critic David Edelstein calls it a "very good movie."

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A Path From 'Blackout' Drunkenness To Sobriety And Self-Acceptance

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 2:24pm

Writer Sarah Hepola once got so drunk before giving a presentation to 300 people that she didn't remember it the next day. In Blackout, her memoir, Hepola wrestles with her reasons for drinking.

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Coffee Art: When A Spill Turns Into A Masterpiece

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 1:39pm

Ever splashed yourself with coffee? Then you know its staining powers. But where some see a ruined shirt, others have found a canvas.

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'Barbara' Is Imperfect, Defiant And Wonderfully Human

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:03am

The characters in Lauren Holmes' debut story collection are more than words on a page, says reviewer Michael Schaub. They're fully, exasperatingly real, portrayed with charm but without pretension.

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'Baby' Is A Pretty Feat Of Misdirection

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 6:03am

Mary Kubica's new thriller follows a woman who takes in a runaway and her baby daughter. Reviewer Bethanne Patrick says it's a perfect setup — but the twists you expect aren't the ones that arrive.

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