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Fans Flood Artist Ai Weiwei With Offers Of Legos

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 11:36am

The Chinese artist says the Danish company that makes the toy bricks has refused to sell a bulk order for an exhibition on free speech. Ai says Lego is bowing to pressure from Chinese authorities.

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A Witch's Brew Of Fear And Fantasy: America's Tiny Reign Of Terror

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:47am

Pulitizer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff's last book was a best-seller about Cleopatra. Now, the Massachusetts native is out with a history of a subject closer to home: The 1692 Salem witch trials.

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'East Los High' Serves Up Sex Ed With Its Teen Drama

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:47am

For three seasons, fans have flocked to Hulu for East Los High. The teen soap follows its characters through the tumult of adolescence and uses a secret weapon to deliver life lessons along the way.

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'Birth Of A Race': The Obscure Demise Of A Would-Be Rebuttal To Racism

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 5:05pm

The Birth of a Nation, a Ku Klux Klan-glorifying epic, was America's first blockbuster film. It was also the spark for Emmett J. Scott, a black filmmaker who hoped to answer with a vision of his own.

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In 'Brothers,' A Pair Of Divergent Paths Split By Race

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 4:10pm

Illustrator Barry Moser's new memoir, We Were Brothers, explores his relationship with his sibling Tommy. Tommy absorbed the racism passed down by their parents, while Barry left the family behind.

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I Think That I Shall Never See / A Password As Secure As ... Poetry?

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 9:24am

It's a thoroughly modern problem: crafting a password that's both secure and memorable. But two computational linguists see a very old answer — one written in iambic pentameter and end rhyme.

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Eileen Myles Offers A Double Shot Of Punk Rock Poetry

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 9:03am

The veteran poet's beloved 1994 novel Chelsea Girls has been reissued alongside a new collection, I Must Be Living Twice. Myles' poems chronicle a life of art and sex in gritty 1970s New York City.

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This Weekend, Hoist A Pint With The 'Young Skins'

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 7:12am

Irish writer Colin Barrett's debut story collection Young Skins is our latest Weekend Reads pick. It's recommended by Tessa Hadley, who praises Barrett's "lovely, high-flown, playful" writing.

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Happy (?) Birthday, Gregor Samsa: 'The Metamorphosis' Turns 100

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 6:03am

Critic Juan Vidal says Kafka's classic tale of alienation — published 100 years ago this month — helped bring about a metamorphosis in his own life (though rather more positive than Gregor Samsa's).

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'After Alice' Gets Lost In Wonderland, Sensible Bestie Comes To Her Rescue

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 5:03am

Gregory Maguire, of Wicked fame, has written a kind of parallel narrative to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. This story focuses on Ada, a friend who knows Alice needs help getting home.

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In 10,000 Snaps Of The Shutter, A 'Photographic Census' Of A City

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 4:14pm

Brandon Stanton left a life in finance for an entirely different quest: to snap the portraits of 10,000 people. The project eventually became Humans of New York, a blog and the basis for two books.

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Maureen O'Hara, Hollywood's 'Queen Of Technicolor,' Dies At 95

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 2:34pm

The Irish-American actress, known for her cascading red hair and sea-green eyes and who often starred opposite John Wayne, passed away at her home in Boise, Idaho, Saturday.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Cosmos Expert Neil DeGrasse Tyson On Cosmetology

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 9:53am

Sure, he knows a lot about stars, but what does he know about hair stylists and spa experts?

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Pottery Winner: An Artist's Dark, Funny Ouevre Gets Major Show

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 9:27am

Ceramics artist Ron Nagle uses unconventional materials and bright colors to make odd, miniature marvels with punderful titles. His work has helped make modern ceramics a star at art museums.

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Bill Murray Talks 'Kasbah'

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 7:23am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with actor Bill Murray about his latest role, the Chicago Cubs, and "taking a vacation from himself" after the actor lost his phone.

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CNN Anchor Talks 'Running Dangerously'

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 7:23am

Tom Foreman, the CNN anchor and reporter, is training for tomorrow's Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. He takes a break from his run to chat with NPR's Scott Simon about his new book on running.

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From Shirley Bassey To Sam Smith, Bond Songs Remain A Pop Oddity

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 7:23am

Scott Simon speaks with the authors of a new book about the two dozen theme songs produced by the James Bond films, and what they say about the times in which they were written.

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A Dark And Stormy Night: Why We Love The Gothic

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 6:03am

Inspired by the new film Crimson Peak, critic Genevieve Valentine digs into our enduring love for stormy nights, eerie castles, romantically exotic monsters, swooning maidens and all things Gothic.

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When Everything's Gory, What's Scary?

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 3:30pm

Pop Culture Happy Hour visits All Things Considered for a talk with hosts Ari Shapiro and Audie Cornish about scary things as Halloween approaches.

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'Suffragette' Strikes A Blow For Women's History

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 3:30pm

Screenwriter Abi Morgan's new movie focuses on the working-class women who fought for votes in the U.K. before World War I. She tells NPR she had no intention of making a polite British costume drama.

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