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Jon Stewart Makes A Laugh-Filled, Sentimental Exit From 'The Daily Show'

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 2:07pm

After 16 years as host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, Jon Stewart presented his farewell program last night. TV critic David Bianculli says it was an entertaining finale from start to finish.

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'Blood Will Out' Reveals Secrets Of A Murderous Master Manipulator

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 2:07pm

Author Walter Kirn thought he was befriending an eccentric Rockefeller, but his pal turned out to be an impostor wanted for murder. Originally broadcast March 10, 2014.

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Family Dysfunction Is Set To A Melancholic Beat In 'Ricki And The Flash'

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 2:07pm

In Ricki and the Flash, Meryl Streep plays a singer who left her husband and kids decades ago to pursue her rock 'n roll dream. Reviewer David Edelstein says Streep "tears up the screen" in the film.

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Why The Zambian Hip-Hopper 'B Flow' Changed His Tune

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 11:54am

In his first two albums, the singer/rapper made music for lovers. Then came album No. 3: Voiceless Women.

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Identity Is At The Heart Of Brash, Essential 'Mulattos'

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 6:03am

Tom Williams' new collection digs into the experience of being multiracial, difficult to categorize in a society that likes to slap labels on people. Reviewer Michael Schaub calls it vital and gutsy.

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A Disappointing Origin Story For The 'Fantastic Four'

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 6:03pm

Despite a likable cast, the latest incarnation of the Marvel supergroup is needlessly dour.

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Meryl Streep Shines In 'Ricki And The Flash'

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 6:03pm

Diablo Cody and Jonathan Demme offer a lovable portrait of a singer and guitarist in a better-than-average bar band.

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Jon Stewart On His 'Daily Show' Run: 'It So Far Exceeded My Expectations'

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 1:25pm

As Stewart says goodbye to The Daily Show, Fresh Air listens back to interviews with the host. "I don't know that there will ever be anything that I will ever be as well-suited for," he said.

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Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' Legacy: Changing How Americans See Satire

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:41am

Jon Stewart hosts his last episode of The Daily Show tonight, after 16 years as TV's satirist supreme. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Stewart's barbs changed how people talk about politics and media.

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'Marriage Of Opposites' Paints Camille Pissarro's Colorful Family History

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:33am

Alice Hoffman's new novel is a fictionalized account of the painter's early life and family, including the eccentric mother who raised him on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas.

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'The Lufthansa Heist' Is No Score

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 6:03am

The famous 1978 Lufthansa robbery is a great crime story — it was even a plot point in GoodFellas. But a new book about the heist falls flat, hampered by purple prose and pointless details.

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A Rarity Reclaimed: Stolen Stradivarius Recovered After 35 Years

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 4:00am

For decades virtuoso violinist Roman Totenberg played his prized Stradivarius around the world. Then one day in 1980 it was snatched. Gone. But in June the FBI called his daughter with news.

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A Self-Taught Artist Paints The Rain Forest By Memory

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 1:37pm

He'd never drawn before. Then he was asked to depict the Colombian rain forest he knew so well. Naturalists cherish the ink-and-watercolor works of Abel Rodriguez. And so do art lovers.

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'Bespoke Water' Video Pokes Fun At Earnest Artisanal Food Makers

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 1:31pm

To sell your artisanal products in Brooklyn these days, you need a good story. Meet the Timmy Brothers, a fictional Brooklyn pair who have "a thirst for helping people become less thirsty."

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After Katrina, Tulane's Architecture School Became A Community Builder

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:21am

The storm marked a turning point for the school. Now, instead of focusing on historic preservation, it encourages students to design spaces with and for New Orleans' low-income neighborhoods.

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5 Things We Learned From ShondaLand

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 10:46am

We know that Shonda Rhimes doesn't want to talk about her legacy, that Olivia Pope is a questionable role model, and a few other things about Thursday nights on ABC.

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'Two Across' Spells Out A Charming Love Story In Crosswords

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 9:21am

Jeff Bartsch's new novel is about a brainy couple who, after meeting at a 1960s spelling bee, conduct their troubled love affair through secret clues in the crosswords they compose for newspapers.

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Six Friends, A Pile of Cash And A Game With Deadly Consequences

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 6:03am

Black Chalk hinges on a plot twist that we won't give away. But we will say it's the summer thriller we've been waiting for: about a teenage game that turns dangerous as its players become adults.

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Need Fake Friends For Your Wedding? In S. Korea, You Can Hire Them

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 4:17am

Baby showers, weddings, even meet-the-parent weekends don't have to include your actual loved ones, at least not in South Korea. A cottage casting industry exists to help fill your life-staging needs.

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At Some Stores, Readers Can Go Get A Refund For 'Watchman'

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 3:26pm

Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman has sold millions of copies, but some feel it has not lived up to the hype. A bookstore owner in Traverse City, Mich., is giving readers a refund — and an apology.

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