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A Doctor Reflects On Race And Medicine In 'Black Man In A White Coat'

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 6:46am

Black Man in a White Coat is Damon Tweedy's memoir of his experience as a young black doctor. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks to him about how the medical field addresses race.

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Lighter Than Air: An End-Of-Summer Comics Collection

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 6:03am

Just in time for the long Labor Day weekend, we've got the perfect selection of comics to help you wring the last bits of sunlight out of summer: plenty of heroism and romance, but nothing too heavy.

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In A Shadow Tongue, 'The Wake' Tells Of Bloody Battles And Old Gods

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 6:03am

Paul Kingsnorth invented a whole new language for his novel about the Norman invasion of England in 1066. Critic Jason Sheehan says that hard work paid off.

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'Fear Of Dying' Asks: Can You Go Zipless At 60?

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 4:47am

Author Erica Jong famously explored female sexuality in 1973's Fear of Flying. In her new novel, she writes about how the need for sex, touch and connection doesn't diminish when you get older.

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Jesse Eisenberg's New Book Gets Seriously Absurd (And A Little Serious)

Sat, 09/05/2015 - 4:52pm

The actor and writer has a collection of funny short stories that also mine some emotional truths — from post-gender attempts at pick-ups to a lonely 9-year-old reviewing expensive restaurants.

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Not My Job: Chef Edward Lee Gets Quizzed On Dog Racing

Sat, 09/05/2015 - 8:27am

We recorded the show in Louisville, Ky., this week — the capital of horse racing. So we've invited Lee to play a game called "It's just like horse racing, if you pretend they're tiny horses."

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'Harriet Chance' Explores Late-Life Reinvention

Sat, 09/05/2015 - 7:00am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Jonathan Evison about his new novel, This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance, in which the title character finds herself on an Alaskan cruise with the ghost of her husband and a daughter she can't trust.

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'Dragon Heart' Is Epic Fantasy With A Gothic Air

Sat, 09/05/2015 - 6:03am

Historical novelist Cecelia Holland ventures into fantasy with this tale of a mute princess and a dragon. Critic Jason Heller says the book has an intriguing and unexpected core of Gothic romance.

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Salman Rushdie: These Days, 'Everyone Is Upset All The Time'

Sat, 09/05/2015 - 4:27am

"Everything I write upsets somebody," Rushdie tells NPR's Scott Simon. His latest book, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, sweeps the reader into a turbulent, magical, mythological world.

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Aretha Franklin Blocks Premiere Of Concert Film 'Amazing Grace'

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 7:33pm

A documentary about Franklin's famous 1972 live album Amazing Grace has suffered years of delays due to technical and legal challenges.

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Patricia Clarkson On 'Learning To Drive,' Fighting For Starring Roles

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 5:08pm

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to actress Patricia Clarkson about her role as a jilted wife without a driver's license in Learning to Drive. Ben Kingsley plays her instructor, who is a Sikh man.

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Open Your Eyes To The Infinite Possibility Of The Tomato

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 4:57pm

How do you transform 100 pounds of 60 varieties of tomatoes into a seven-course meal? It may sound like a math problem, but it's more of a creative journey into the infinite possibility of the tomato.

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Lives Displaced By Central Park Take Center Stage In New Play

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 4:49pm

The land that became New York City's Central Park was once home to Manhattan's first-known community of African-American property owners. A new play explores how eminent domain forced them out.

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To Cure What Ails You, Bibliotherapists Prescribe Literature

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 3:31pm

There are all kinds of therapies to cure what ails you. But a new and intriguing approach is bibliotherapy, which dispenses a prescription of literature specifically tailored to a patient's unique circumstances. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with pioneering bibliotherapist Susan Elderkin.

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New Film Asks: Were Steve Jobs' Flaws Uploaded To His Machines?

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 2:28pm

Alex Gibney's documentary joins a growing list of Steve Jobs biopics and biographies. The director's thesis seems to be that Jobs' flawed character was infused into the machines he made.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers 'Nightmare' Director Wes Craven

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 12:45pm

Craven, who died Sunday, revitalized and the horror genre with his Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream movie franchises. Includes excerpts from interviews originally broadcast in 1980, 1987 and 1998.

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Why Are We Drawn To Heirloom Fruits And Veggies? They're 'Edible Memory'

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 10:47am

Heirloom foods have grown in popularity, making their way into gardens, farms, farmers markets and restaurants. A sociologist says they offer a powerful emotional and physical connection to the past.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Mr. Robot' And Title Sequences

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 9:34am

The gang offers up its thoughts on a much-loved USA Network series and the way movies' opening credits can set the tone for what's to come. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.

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A Slight Night In New York From A Moonlighting Superhero

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 9:33am

The directorial debut of Chris Evans is a simple banter-based romantic story about a couple bumping into each other in Grand Central Station.

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An Inventive Story Of Connection And Isolation In 'Blind'

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 9:03am

The story of a blind woman who confines herself to her Oslo apartment explores surprising connections between characters within a deftly constructed narrative.

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