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Cannibalism: It's 'Perfectly Natural,' A New Scientific History Argues

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 9:00am

It's gruesome, but from a scientific standpoint, there's a predictable calculus for when humans and animals go cannibal, a new book says. And who knew European aristocrats ate body parts as medicine?

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Adolescence Isn't The Only Horror In 'The Mercy Of The Tide'

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 6:00am

Zinemaker and designer Keith Rosson's debut novel is set in a small Oregon town in the 1980s, where the rain pours down, jellyfish rot on the beach — and a strange supernatural force is on the move.

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In A Film Industry Focused On Youth, Older Characters Are Tough To Find

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 4:33pm

A study of the 25 films nominated for Best Picture Oscars over the past three years, found less than 12 percent of the characters were people over the age of 60.

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Are Cyborgs In Our Future? 'Homo Deus' Author Thinks So

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 4:04pm

Yuval Noah Harari expects we'll soon engineer our bodies in the same way we design products. "I think in general medicine ... will switch from healing the sick to upgrading the healthy," he says.

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Grad Student Discovers A Lost Novel Written By Walt Whitman

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 2:08pm

An ad in a March 1852 edition of The New York Times led Zachary Turpin on an electronic search that uncovered a rags-to-riches novella that Whitman published anonymously.

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What A Classic '50s Western Can Teach Us About The Hollywood Blacklist

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 1:58pm

Author Glenn Frankel says the 1952 film High Noon was inspired by the toxic political climate of the time. "People ... felt they want to get their country back," Frankel says.

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Singer And Actor David Cassidy Says He Has Dementia

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 8:22am

"I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," David Cassidy, 66, says of his condition.

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The Circus Is A Glittering Wartime Refuge In 'The Orphan's Tale'

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 6:00am

Pam Jenoff's new novel follows two women who sign on with a German traveling circus — and the Jewish baby they're both determined to protect as the darkness of World War II falls across Europe.

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Behind This Exuberant Dance Number? Planning, Precision And Practice

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 3:49am

Choreographer Mandy Moore was lying underneath a car on the LA freeway, counting and calling out steps, throughout the 47 takes it took to shoot La La Land's fun-filled opening scene.

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Behind This Exhuberant Dance Number? Planning, Precision And Practice

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 3:49am

Choreographer Mandy Moore was lying underneath a car on the LA freeway, counting and calling out steps, throughout the 47 takes it took to shoot La La Land's fun-filled opening scene.

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After Underage Sex Comments, Milo Yiannopoulos Loses CPAC Invite, Book Deal

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 9:53pm

The American Conservative Union disinvited the far-right provocateur citing comments it said condoned "pedophilia." Hours later, Simon & Schuster said it was canceling the publication of his book.

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'#Republic' Author Describes How Social Media Hurts Democracy

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 3:40pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to Cass Sunstein about his new book, #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media. He says democracy needs people to come across a variety of viewpoints, and much of social media limits that exposure.

Song Exploder: 'Moonlight' Composer Describes Process

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 3:40pm

Nicholas Britell, the composer for the Oscar-nominated score for Moonlight, describes the story behind his music.

In 'Captured,' Democratic Senator Decries Money's Role In Politics

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 3:40pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island about his new book, Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy.

An Irish Immigrant Fights On The Great Plains In 'Days Without End'

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:51pm

The protagonist of Sebastian Barry's new novel is conscripted right off the boat as the price of American citizenship. Eventually he finds love and companionship with one of his fellow soldiers.

Uncovering Presidential Secrets, From Washington To Trump

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:51pm

Author Mary Graham discusses the confidences that presidents keep. When it comes to President Trump, she says: "I think we're seeing that it's not possible to keep policies secret in the digital age."

'The Good Fight' Offers Edgier Version of 'The Good Wife' In Series Debut

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 5:51pm

The Good Fight is a spinoff of CBS's award-winning drama, The Good Wife. It brings back star Christine Baranski, whose character's savings were wiped out in a financial scam.

So Much Anxiety Over Sibling Rivalry

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 11:50am

Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering "radical empathy" and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Today the hosts hear from a woman who is considering having a second child, but is hesitant.

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In 'Things We Lost,' Argentina's Haunted History Gets A Supernatural Twist

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 6:58am

The country's military dictatorship ended decades ago, but author Mariana Enriquez says there's still "a ghostly quality to everyday life" there.

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After 21 Nominations, Will Sound Mixer Kevin O'Connell Finally Win His Oscar?

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 6:58am

O'Connell earned nominations for work on Top Gun, Transformers, Armageddon and many more. Losing streaks are never fun, but O'Connell seems at peace. "It hasn't been the right time for me," he says.

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