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75 Years Of 'Colossal Poets' And Live Literature At NYC's 92nd Street Y

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:22pm

Writer Cynthia Ozick attended readings at the Y in the '50s. "You saw these icons standing in a blaze of brilliant spotlight," she says, "and you felt that you were at the crux of all civilization."

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The Man Behind Wonder Woman Was Inspired By Both Suffragists And Centerfolds

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 2:28pm

Wonder Woman's creator, William Moulton Marston, had a secret life: He had a wife and a mistress and fathered children with both of them. Jill Lepore explains in The Secret History of Wonder Woman.

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Gladiator Gatorade? Ancient Athletes Had A Recovery Drink, Too

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:07pm

Gladiators guzzled a drink made from plant ash to help their bodies recover after a hard day of sword fighting, according to Roman accounts. New tests of old bones back up that idea.

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Irish Dance Steps Up Diversity

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:08am

As the All Ireland Dancing Championships kick off, more performers from across the world and of all racial backgrounds are stepping into the world of competitive Irish dancing.

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Irish Dancers Today May Look Different Than You Remember

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:08am

If you haven't been paying attention to Irish dancing since Riverdance, you might be surprised by the ethnic diversity on display as the All Ireland Dancing Championships kick off this week.

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Love Is Saying 'Sari': The Quest To Save A South Asian Tradition

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:36am

Commentator Sandip Roy says the traditional sari has been falling out of fashion in the new India, but designers are turning to pop art prints and other changes to boost its appeal.

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Watch This: Crime Writer James Ellroy Recommends — What Else? — Noir Flms

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:36am

The author of L.A. Confidential discusses his favorite flicks, including a 1963 Akira Kurosawa film he says may be the greatest crime movie he's ever seen.

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LeVar Burton Reads 'Go The [Expletive] To Sleep'

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 4:09pm

To any over-exhausted parents who suspect they're hallucinating, we assure you: former Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton gave a reading of the 2011 bestseller this weekend.

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After The Blackwater Convictions, A Book On Iraq's Nightmarish Reality

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 4:01pm

This week, four former Blackwater guards were found guilty in connection with a fatal shooting in 2007. Author Brian Castner recommends a book on the toll violence has taken on Iraq.

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The Freaky, Fabulous, Feminist 'Secret History' Of Wonder Woman

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 4:18am

Jill Lepore's new book about Wonder Woman reveals the unconventional life of her creator, William Moulton Marston, who invented the lie detector, championed feminism, and lived with two women at once.

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The Freaky, Fabulous, Feminist 'Secret History' Of Wonder Woman

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 4:18am

Jill Lepore's new book about Wonder Woman reveals the unconventional life of her creator, William Moulton Marston, who invented the lie detector, championed feminism, and lived with two women at once.

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The Serious History Of Hocus Pocus In 'Penguin Book Of Witches'

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 4:17am

In Colonial America, a witch was not a Halloween costume, but a criminal. NPR's Rachel Martin revisits this moment in history with Katherine Howe, editor of the new Penguin Book of Witches.

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A New Lending Library — For Your Kitchen

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 5:17pm

Fondue sets, ice cream makers and juicers are fun to have, but they take up a lot of cash — and counter space. So a new Toronto start-up offers subscription-based access to borrowed appliances.

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No Small Feat: The NBA's Shortest Player Never Gave Up

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 4:05pm

At 5 foot 3, Muggsy Bogues holds the record as shortest player in NBA history. Criticism of his height started on the basketball courts of the Baltimore projects, and continued well into his career.

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Cartoonist Looks Back On Career Built On Unnerving Visions

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 4:05pm

As a young man, Jim Woodring was looking for a sign — and he found it in a huge, green hallucinated amphibian. His new book of old drawings, Jim, includes many works inspired by such "apparitions."

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Not My Job: Brady Bunch's Florence Henderson Gets Quizzed On Weird Science

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 9:23am

For decades, Florence Henderson, who presided over the Brady Bunch, was America's perfect Mom. We'll ask Henderson three questions about the Ig Nobels — awarded for real, if ridiculous, research.

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'Beautiful You' Makes Sex And Death Boring

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 9:03am

Chuck Palahniuk aims for piquant social satire in his new novel, but reviewer (and longtime fan) Jason Sheehan finds his fandom severely dented by lazy characterizations and lack of actual satire.

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Novelist Nuruddin Farah: Facing A Blank Page Is 'Bravest Thing' A Writer Does

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 6:50am

Farah's latest is called Hiding in Plain Sight. It's the story of Bella, a Somali photographer living in Rome who gets drawn into the lives of her niece and nephew after her half-brother is killed.

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Rare Silent Film Discovered With An All-Black Cast

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 6:50am

A 1913 silent film starring a black ensemble cast will debut more than a century after it was made. The Museum of Modern Art has built an exhibit around the film called 100 Years in Post-Production.

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New Shakespeare Movie Puts Hamlet In Kashmir

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 6:50am

Shakespeare's Hamlet has been turned into a Bollywood film, but this time, the story is set in Indian-controlled Kashmir. NPR's Scott Simon talks to screenwriter Basharat Peer.

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