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Remembering The 'Short And Tragic Life Of Robert Peace'

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 2:26am

Robert Peace, a 30-year-old African-American, was a Yale University graduate and an almost straight-A student in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. He also dealt marijuana.

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An 'Epilogue' That Makes Sense Of The Chaos Of Memory

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 3:57pm

In his episodic memoir, Will Boast meets the siblings he never knew while navigating family deaths and secrets. Critic Ellah Allfrey finds Epilogue conceptually ambitious, but lacking in execution.

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Mia Wasikowska On The Sounds Of Camels And The Lure Of Travel

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 3:24pm

Melissa Block talks to actress Mia Wasikowska about her new film, Tracks, which follows a woman on a long journey with only camels and a dog for company.

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Sandwich Monday: The Abe Lincoln

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 2:48pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we eat a mashed potato and sausage log tribute to our beloved 16th president. After this meal, the better angels of our nature may need CPR.

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Got Dessert? Slather On The Salted Caramel, Or Just Nibble Some

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 1:59pm

Once a high-end fad, the salted caramel dessert has made inroads into the most mainstream of American food chains, TGI Fridays. Maybe it was inevitable, given our historic cravings for salt and sweet.

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Fall TV Preview: 'Gotham,' 'Scorpion' And 'Black-ish'

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 1:18pm

For major broadcast networks, Monday is the official start of the 2014-15 TV season. Fresh Air's critic has a not-very-long list of new shows you should make an effort to sample.

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Ron Perlman On 'Sons Of Anarchy' And His Many On-Screen Transformations

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 1:18pm

Perlman played the ruthless leader of a motorcycle gang on the FX series. In his new book, Easy Street (The Hard Way), he talks about having a face "that was not ugly but surely one of its kind."

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Deggans Picks 'Gotham,' 'Black-ish,' 'The Flash' Among Fall TV's Best

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 9:33am

As the fall TV season begins this week, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans gives his picks on new shows to watch and a few to avoid (or hate watch, if you like).

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The Only One: A Talk With Shonda Rhimes

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 8:13am

On Friday night, Shonda Rhimes spoke about her hugely successful television career, her love of the National Spelling Bee, and the piece that called her an "angry black woman."

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'Sally Heathcote' Rescues Women's Suffrage From The Doldrums

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:03am

A working-class activist anchors this graphic novel portrayal of British suffrage. Sally Heathcote is a compelling mix of visual ingenuity and historical accuracy.

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A Poet Parses The Legacy Of War In 'My Life As A Foreign Country'

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 4:29pm

When award-winning poet Brian Turner served in the Army, he was following a long family tradition. His new memoir traces that history — and imagines the perspectives of the people shooting back.

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It May Be 'Perfectly Normal,' But It's Also Frequently Banned

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 4:00pm

It's Perfectly Normal, a 20-year-old illustrated sex-ed book for kids, is meant to teach children about sexual health, puberty and relationships. It's one of the most banned books in America.

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Mafia Wife, Getaway Driver, Stunt Woman: From The Underworld To Hollywood

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 4:00pm

Georgia Durante's career as a stunt driver has led to roles in car commercials and movies. But before the bright lights of Hollywood, the former model was speeding away from a dark past.

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In 'Transparent,' Transgender Issues Are A Family Affair

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 3:40pm

Amazon Studios' Transparent features a slate of well-known actors playing a family dealing with the revelation that the person they'd known as Mort, their father, is a transgender woman.

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Boys Puzzle Through Twists And Turns In 'Maze Runner'

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 6:45am

NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks with young Korean-American actor Ki Hong Lee, who appears in the new film, The Maze Runner, about how he broke into acting, and Asian-Americans in Hollywood.

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Jargon-Free History Of The Universe Finds Beauty In Ordinary Words

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 6:45am

Astrophysicist Roberto Trotta argues that we don't need jargon. He tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn he's compiled a history of the universe as we know it, using only the 1,000 most-common English words.

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Adding Color To 'The Great White Way'

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 6:45am

NPR's Michel Martin asks a panel of award-winning playwrights how diverse artists are challenging Broadway's landscape, and whether it matters.

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Finding A Voice — Again — In The Pages Of A Comic Book

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 6:45am

David Rector was a long-time NPR producer — and comic book geek — before being felled by a terrible brain injury. Now, his fiancee is spearheading the creation of a comic book based on Rector's story.

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The Stories In 'Bright Shards' Glimmer With Empathetic Power

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 4:31am

The characters in Monica McFawn's short stories range from a gambling nanny to a butterfly-selling mathematician. Each story is full of carefully observed human detail and flashes of brilliance.

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Author Of 'Passages' Reflects On Her Own Life Journey

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 3:55pm

Gail Sheehy is famous for her in-depth profiles of influential people, as well as her 1976 book on common adult life crises. Now she turns her eye inward, in her new memoir Daring: My Passages.

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