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'Our Secret Life': Watching The Quirky Criterion Classics

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 6:45am

J.M. Tyree and Michael McGriff spent a year watching the entire Criterion Collection of classic films. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to them about their new book, Our Secret Life in the Movies.

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'We Need To Talk': Sports News By Women, But Men Can Watch, Too

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 6:45am

This fall, CBS launched the first sports talk show with all female commentators. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to panelist Amy Trask about the show, and the evolving role of women in sports journalism.

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Faber's 'Strange New Things' Is A Tribute To His Wife

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 6:45am

Michel Faber talks about how he came to write his new novel, The Book of Strange New Things. It's the story of a husband and wife, separated by a huge distance. They're on different planets.

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Rebuilding A Broken Family 'In Plain Sight'

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 6:03am

Somali author Nuruddin Farah's new novel follows a glamorous photographer who takes in her brother's children after he dies in a terrorist bombing. Reviewer Alan Cheuse calls it complex yet uplifting.

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Like It Or Not, Architect Le Corbusier's Urban Designs Are Everywhere

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 4:23am

"He's blamed for urban renewal ... urban freeways, even countless suburban office parks," says Anthony Flint, author of the new Le Corbusier biography Modern Man.

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An Ambivalent Double Agent, Torn Between Two Countries

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 6:04pm

Ha Jin's new spy novel resembles the story of the real-life Chinese agent Larry Chin — and echoes the expat author's own experiences. But, he notes, a writer's life is less political than a spy's.

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Millennials Navigate The Ups And Downs Of Cohabitation

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 4:00pm

Millennials are more likely to live with the person they're dating than previous generations were — it's practically a rite of passage. So what does that means for their relationships?

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'Comedy Is Extraordinarily Difficult': John Cleese On Being Funny

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 1:41pm

John Cleese of Monty Python fame has written a memoir, So, Anyway ... , which brings him from boyhood in a quiet British town called Weston to the footlights of London and screens all over the world.

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40 Is The New Cute: Hello Kitty Celebrates Birthday

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 12:13pm

The milestone inspired a Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles this week. But the largest fete was in Tokyo, where parent company Sanrio put on a parade and other events.

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Not My Job: Actor Daniel Radcliffe Gets Quizzed On Chia Pets

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 9:24am

We ask the man who spent a decade playing Harry Potter three questions about hairy pottery.

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William Gibson Skypes The Future In 'The Peripheral'

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 9:03am

The master of cyberpunk returns to form with a new novel set in his old stomping grounds — the near future. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says it sings with controlled, dark energy and effortless grace.

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Reviving A Grand Tradition Of 'Black Prophetic Fire'

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 7:04am

Cornel West's new book laments the decline of what he calls "prophetic fire" among black leaders, and lifts up six examples of people who were willing to risk their lives in the service of the truth.

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'Ciao, Carpaccio!' Painter's Reputation No Longer Sliced Thin

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 7:04am

Jan Morris's new book is an ode to Renaissance painter Vittore Carpaccio. Yes, the thinly sliced meat is named after him. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Morris about her life, work and favorite painter.

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Election Night Eating: A Tasting Menu For What's At Stake

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 5:03am

NPR's politics team is hosting an election night party Tuesday. But you can't have a party without good grub. So we've put together a menu inspired by the politics in play.

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A Century Of Black Glamour In This Fine 'Vintage'

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 4:23am

Nichelle Gainer's new Vintage Black Glamour, based on the popular Tumblr, collects a wealth of historical and biographical information — alongside gorgeous imagery — on great black entertainers.

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With Style And Silo, 'Modern Farmer' Melds Agrarian With Urban Hip

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 4:21am

Modern Farmer is less than two years old but it's already won a National Magazine Award. "We're making fun of ourselves, in a way, because we don't know anything about farming," says the editor.

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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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