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On A 'Rigged' Wall Street, Milliseconds Make All The Difference

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:28pm

"The stock market is rigged," Michael Lewis says. In his new book Flash Boys, he describes how computerized transactions known as high-frequency trading are creating an uneven playing field.

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Taking Your Kid To The Museum Doesn't Have To Be Miserable

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:08am

Some museums have a reputation for being boring, expensive and not kid friendly. But finding the right museum and planning a family trip there might be easier than you think.

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'Muses And Metaphor' Kicks Off National Poetry Month

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:08am

Tell Me More kicks off its annual poetry month series "Muses and Metaphor." Regular contributors Fernando Espuelas and Connie Schultz share their Twitter poems.

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This Tightly Choreographed Tale Of Ambition And Ballet Will 'Astonish'

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:00am

Maggie Shipstead tells the story of a disciplined dancer who can't make it into the spotlight. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Shipstead is "Edith Wharton with a millennial generation edge."

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Captain America On The Potomac

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 9:57am

Captain America: The Winter Soldier puts Cap in charge of saving an America that's visually defined as, of all things, Washington, D.C.

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When The Twit Hit The Fan: 'I'm Still Here,' Colbert Says

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 9:38am

In his first show since a controversy erupted last week, Stephen Colbert poked fun at the media and himself, declaring that despite a #CancelColbert campaign on Twitter, "I'm still here."

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Oh, 'Mother': An Awful End To A Long Love Story

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 8:06am

How I Met Your Mother ended a nine-season run on Monday night, and it managed to do just about everything wrong.

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'Frog Music' Sounds A Barbaric (But Invigorating) Yawp

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 6:00am

Emma Donoghue's new novel is a rich, raunchy tale of demimondaines and murder in smallpox-riven 1876 San Francisco. Critic Alan Cheuse says the novel sets a jaunty pace and shows a lot of leg.

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The Divine Miss M's 'View From Abroad'

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:00am

Morning Edition host David Greene sits down with Bette Midler at NPR's studios in New York. Her book of remembrances from her first world tour has been reissued.

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Girls Are Taught To 'Think Pink,' But That Wasn't Always So

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 2:08am

After World War II ended, Rosie the Riveter traded in her factory blues for June Cleaver's pink apron. A new exhibit traces pink back to the beginning — when plenty of boys wore it, too.

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Son Of A Secret Smuggler Digs Up The Truth About His Dad

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 2:46pm

Tony Dokoupil's father was once busted for distributing enough marijuana "to roll a joint for every college-age person in America." In The Last Pirate, Dokoupil reflects on his dad's time as a dealer.

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Sandwich Monday: The Waffle Taco From Taco Bell

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 1:49pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we sample the long-awaited Taco Bell Breakfast Menu. Its centerpiece is a celebratory wedding of waffles and tacos.

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We Read The Year's Best New Sci-Fi — So You Don't Have To

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 1:00pm

The Campbell Award honors new writers in sci-fi and fantasy; this year's Campbellian Anthology features 111 authors and more than 860,000 words — and blogger K. Tempest Bradford has read all of them.

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Essie Davis: On Playing A Sexually Liberated 'Superhero' Without Apology

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 8:50am

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is an Australian TV series with a passionate American audience. Davis plays Phryne Fisher, a free-thinking, deeply independent private detective.

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It's 'Mother' Time: A Show With One Last Chance To Get It Right

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 7:42am

How I Met Your Mother comes to an end Monday night, after nine seasons. Kelly Lawler begs for mercy from a show that hasn't always been easy on its ardent fans.

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Book News: Stock Market Is 'Rigged,' Author Michael Lewis Says

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 6:30am

Also: HarperCollins editor Barry Harbaugh on editing; the best books coming out this week.

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In Kitchens Around The World, Comfort Foods Bring Us Together

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 2:29am

Chef Carla Hall invites us over to make spanakopita, one of her favorite Greek dishes. Her new cookbook is all about celebrating the way home-cooked meals unite us — no matter where we're from.

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Cesar Millan's Long Walk To Becoming The 'Dog Whisperer'

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 4:00pm

Millan is one of the world's most famous dog trainers, with TV shows and best-selling books. But his journey was arduous: He came to the U.S. illegally and was homeless before he got his big break.

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Three Bedtime Picture Books That Won't Put Parents To Sleep

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 4:00pm

Librarian Margaret Willison shares recommendations that both children and parents can love. From detailed illustrations to word tricks, she offers tips for making repetitive reading more enjoyable.

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In Civilian Snapshot Of Iraq, An Artist Is A 'Corpse Washer'

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 4:00pm

The Corpse Washer, set in Baghdad in 2003, shows the U.S. invasion through the eyes of an aspiring Shiite artist and a handler of the dead. Author Sinan Antoon says he wanted to share a new viewpoint.

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